Men Of Good Fortune - Lou Reed
Here, folks, listen to what may be my favorite song from one of the greatest and most bitterly depressing rock albums ever recorded, Lou Reed’s Berlin. You should be Spotifying the crap out of it right now. Or you could just buy it.
You may have noticed that I didn’t post a Film Friday last week. That wasn’t exactly by design, but it did give me an opportunity to rethink Film Friday as a going concern. I’ve missed a whole bunch of them recently, and when I’ve posted one, it’s been on a Saturday more often than not. The name sets it up as a counterpart to Music Monday, and it was originally meant as such. However, the work involved in the two is hardly equal.
What’s more, I often want to write other stuff about movies, but I have about one longer post in me per week - two, if I’m lucky. I know the FF posts aren’t always that long, but their length doesn’t tell the story of how much effort I sink into them, believe me. Nine times out of ten, they take up an absurd amount of time I could spend doing other writing - fiction, for example. And, let’s face it, sometimes the end result is clearly a case of me attempting to stretch “I like it, it’s good” out into a couple of paragraphs.
The other thing I’ve noticed is that writing about movies I like is harder than writing about movies I find interesting. You’d think those two categories would be identical, but they’re not. They overlap heavily, but some movies I like aren’t very interesting to write about, or so much has been said about them already that I’m only repeating things someone smarter and more prolific than me said. On the other hand, plenty of movies I do find intensely interesting are not very good. One of my favorite hobbies is figuring out why a movie that should work doesn’t - or vice versa, though that’s rarer.
Another problem is that I’ve kept to a fairly strict policy of not spoiling anything about the movie. Frankly, that was always a bad idea, and I shouldn’t have kept to it as long as I did. Some people can write long pieces about movies without giving away much of anything, but what I tend to do best in my critical writing is in-depth analysis of content, not doing a rhetorical dance around said content.
In the face of all the realities above, I have decided to put Film Friday out to pasture. If you like Film Friday, though, don’t worry, because it’s only the name I’m retiring, not the concept. I will still be writing a piece on a single film every week, or as near as I can get, and I will still try and post it on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
There will be some changes to the format in order to focus on my strengths as a writer and a critic, however:
1) I will be operating under the assumption that you’ve already watched the movie I recommended, and as such will not hesitate to spoil anything and everything about it.
2) The movies I talk about will be ones that are interesting to me for some reason, but may or may not be great or even good, so you shouldn’t necessarily take me writing about a given movie as a recommendation.
3) I may not discuss all or even most of the film. Sometimes, I’ll analyze one critical scene in the film. Other times, I may talk about a certain aspect of it to the exclusion of all else. The point will be to write about what interests me, rather than trying to be comprehensive in my analysis. I will, however, be happy to discuss anything you all might have wanted me to cover. Just send me an ask, and I’ll respond in public or in private - whatever the person who asks wants.
4) I’ll put the piece up at any time between when I get up on Friday and when I go to sleep on Sunday (which will include the hours after midnight, which would technically be Monday morning, except that it isn’t, because if I’m still awake, then it’s still Sunday, dammit). It’s high time I made this a feature instead of a bug.
5) The new column will be called Weekend Viewing. Or possibly something else, assuming I come up with a better name in between this post and the first Weekend Viewing column.
We clear? Good.