11 August 2002

The Last Temptation of Christ

Walked to Porter Square, got my hair cut good and short. Walked to Harvard, made a hopeless attempt to get the Autechre Gantz_graf DVD. Everywhere had sold out. Someone must be really surprised by how many people are interested in Autechre DVDs. (Note to webmaster@warp: Told you so.)

Tried Alewife Newbury Comics. No luck there either, but unfortunately I found a copy of Stephen Jones: 1985-2001, the ultra-rare album of soundtrack work by the man who was Baby Bird. I say unfortunately, because it was an expensive import, but I knew I’d never see it again if I didn’t buy it…

Then got some extra groceries at Bread & Circus and headed for home.

We just watched The Last Temptation of Christ. Considering how thoroughly denounced it was, I was expecting it to be more interesting. It’s a moderately good film, and the soundtrack is excellent, but I don’t see it as one of the masterpieces of 20th Century filmmaking.

The DVD was the Criterion edition, and one of the most interesting things turned out to be one of the bonus features: Martin Scorsese’s video diary from the shoot. It uplifted me, because it turns out that Scorsese is really crap with a video camera. Suddenly I feel better about my recent efforts.

Laugh if you will, but I thought directors knew how to point a camera and frame a shot. I mean, I understand that the big directors have cameramen and directors of photography to worry about those things for them, but I kinda thought you had to have a sound grasp of technique in order to work your way up to being a world famous movie director in the first place…

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