It must sound naive, but man, it's amazing how dirty you can feel just doing searches for things like, oh, say, "people" or "pose" on the internet these days. Or just browsing the multitudes of self-taken stock photos on DA. It's like I'm getting older but the people on the internet stay the same age.
I rented the first few seasons of The Shield. Besides 24, none of the currently running shows I get on broadcast TV have held my interest enough to watch, so despite the mixed reviews & comments I've read, I decided to give it a shot.
It's a nasty, hard-hearted, vulgar show, but overall pretty awesome. Obviously inspired by the Rampart scandal, with bad cops running rampant through LA, taking down drug dealers and shaping the gangs to suit their own purposes. Probably the best show I've seen since watching Oz.
It's yet another show that's shot mostly handheld. Generally using the sets and locations as a stage, allowing actors to do their thing while a couple of cameramen dance around the scene capturing images in an improvisational style. Some of my film friends complain about being tired of the handheld trend, but something about the way its done on this show makes it hard to imagine it being better with fixed/dolly/crane/steadycams.
Also has some awesome bust/raid/takedown scenes. Every episode has a few and they really get your heart going. I think they switch to some sort of "strobe camera" effect (I don't know the proper term for it) during these scenes and it works really well.
Anyway, with shows like these, who needs movies? I can't even remember the last movie I saw that left a lasting impression.
I read and enjoyed the Cheeseburger's latest. Damn, I was going to post a noir-ish thing myself soon. If I manage to finish it. Which should be tonight. Well, most of it anyway. The finishing touches might take another day.
But anyway, mine's less of a Final Destination type thing and more like a "I can't write so I'll make it bad on purpose" kind of thing. Plus pictures.
There's an ad on the side of a trash bin I walk by frequently. The headline says LITERACY IS A RIGHT. For some reason this bothers me more than it probably should - it's as if literacy is something that is administered by the state and injected directly into the brain. Maybe I'm reading it wrong.
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