BRICK MANSIONS–SITTING EMPTY

The death of actor Paul Walker was tragic & heart rending. He seemed to have evoke the quality of being “nice.” This is a trait that is often abandoned when a certain level of success is reached. Fame & fortune can mess things us up–both for those who have it, and for those who don’t. It can be an oil & water combination, one that might work on salad, but makes the streets of life way too slick for safe travel.

BRICK MANSIONS is an action film. I went understanding that this was not going to be any great competition for either William Shakespeare or Tennessee Williams. But I did have some hope that it might have some of the James Bond or Arnold Schwarzenegger deadpan one liners, or some irony that would serve a purpose. It did not. I can’t quite keep up with the linguistic eloquence of San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick La Salle, but he got it right. It was one pointless fight scene after another. The man who played ‘the con’ (David Belle) came closest to being an interesting human. He had terrific looks, but, more importantly, he had a motivation, protecting his wife from harm. He was convincing, and that small touch of human interest was about the only thing I carried away with me once the closing credits started rolling. To nod off during an action film? Sure did. It was a sad way to say ‘Goodbye’ to one who had potential to expand to other areas. Being sealed into chase/fight scenes may be lucrative, but not memorable.

It was very decent & kind that the film editors did offer a visual Requiem for Paul Walker at the film’s end.

A symbol of hope for BRICK MANSIONS--both in Detroit, Michigan & Galena, Kansas.

A symbol of hope for BRICK MANSIONS–both in Detroit, Michigan & Galena, Kansas.



You Tube Trailer For BRICK MANSIONS

Captain Spaulding Look-alike Ranks Up Ladder of Success!

Now Captain Spaulding, like his counterpart, Princess Melita Bonaparte, is taking over America–He is just like a stealth bomb–wants all the tax money & none of the bother. “I don’t want to have to work for a living, I don’t go ’round putting rubber chemicals in bread, and I don’t take dogs inside of restaurants, hospitals, or welfare agencies, so why shouldn’t I get all the money & fame I want?” He pouts like this all the time, and the best thing is just to run the opposite direction when you see him posing in front of pre-dumpster disposal art. But look how wonderful those doomed displays are! That must be part of the poetry of pre-Dumpster detritus. It’s splendid one day & rotting in AMC Dumpsters the very next day! Captain Spaulding is joining forces with Princess Melita Bonaparte in an effort to protect this highly dismissed & unprotected legacy of our culture.

“I just want Paramount to stop calling me about my car. I don’t have a car. Put me in a blockbuster film, and everyone will be happy as a foot long Subway sandwich!”

If only Captain Spaulding would stop digressing & write a dissertation about this art work not being taken seriously by the film industry, maybe he’d get a trip to Stockholm out of the deal, and Princess Melita Bonaparte would get her grave back & she could haunt it happily ever after.

We just have to clam up on that one. It looks as if someone glued a Subway Footlong on Captain Spaulding’s head & he didn’t get it. Poor thing!

If you can’t get Captain Spaulding’s look-alike out of your mind, contact Paramount Studios. Tell them to bring back the Studio System, give him a ten picture contract & all will be well with the world.

A VOTE FOR CAPTAIN SPAULDING LOOK-ALIKE IS A VOTE FOR AMERICA!

This Captain Spaulding look-alike may creep you out, but he is the hope of America & for a world United against taking cinema promotional art & sticking in into a dumpster.  "No more Dumpster Babies made of cardboard," he implores.  Call Paramount-put me in pictures!"

This Captain Spaulding look-alike may creep you out, but he is the hope of America & for a world United against taking cinema promotional art & sticking in into a dumpster. “No more Dumpster Babies made of cardboard,” he implores. “Call Paramount-put me in pictures!”

Let us do everything we can to help Captain America!

Here is proof that the Captain Spaulding look-alike does his part to help Captain America!

"If I can't get into pictures, I'll answer the want ads," says the Captain Spaulding Look-alike. "I just want to do my part for Captain America."

“If I can’t get into pictures, I’ll answer the want ads,” says the Captain Spaulding Look-alike. “I just want to do my part for Captain America.”

CAPTAIN SPAULDING IS MORE THAN A CARDBOARD DECORATION WAITING TO BE DUMPED!

Can you help Captain Spaulding stand up for Film Promotional Art?  Can you keep him from ending in the Dumpster @ 1000 Van Ness Avenue?  Can  film promotional art be saved?  Maybe the Greek Monarchy can help us?

Can you help Captain Spaulding stand up for Film Promotional Art? Can you keep him from ending up rotting in the Dumpster @ 1000 Van Ness Avenue? Can film promotional art be saved? Maybe the Greek Monarchy can help us?

Site of the Missing Grave For Paranormal activities–gone, gone, gone

Site of the missing grave for Paranormal Activities--taken away before the film had even completed its theatrical release & tossed in the dumpster!  What a loss for film fans!

Site of the missing grave for Paranormal Activities–taken away before the film had even completed its theatrical release & tossed in the dumpster! What a loss for film fans!


Captain Spaulding was created by Rob Zombie, who makes films. His look-a-like wears a costume courtesy of Spirit Halloween Costume Stores, and his graven image is due to the technology of Dreambox.

When NOIR is War, Noir is Hell-Post World War II Japan Noir Film Festival 2014

This is the year of Noir International. Eddie Muller, the producer & curator of this increasingly successful genre film festival, featured two films from Post World War II Japan. Both of them were directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. There was no clean-up, no tidying of the Post War mess, no candy-coating. The background of black marketing, dysfunctional public heath issues, and lack of basic supplies to support ordinary day-to-day functions are reflected in a pool of stagnant water that becomes a constant & silent reference point in the film DRUNKEN ANGEL.

Eddie Muller, writer, film curator, producer, lecturer, visionary, the man who put Noir on the map, and now has taken the concept to higher levels each year since the Noir Festival started 12 years ago.  January 2014

Eddie Muller, writer, film curator, producer, lecturer, visionary: the man who put Noir on the preservationists/restorationist map, and now has taken the concept to higher & international levels each year since the Noir Festival started 12 years ago. Castro Theatre, San Francisco, January 2014

Takashi Shimura plays an alcoholic physician, who needs to abide by the ancient Western proverb of “Physician heal thyself.” His bedside manner is as atrocious as the background in which he must do his best to patch together the broken people of his broken country. Despite his appearance & mannerisms, he is the Angel of Life, trying to bring life to those who are pretty, but in worse physical & emotional condition than he is. Toshiro Mifune, is caught up in a chaotic world of crime & avarice, soon to be doomed by his inability to follow doctors orders & treat his tuberculosis appropriately. Instead, he drinks, smokes, and slugs his way through an underground culture in order to ‘save face’ and prove his worth. It was a struggle from which he could not emerge victorious–and we see the loss of potential, the potential that Japan so much-needed, go to waste, as he throws his life way in the sludge that had, at that time, become the world of a defeated nation.

YOU TUBE DOUBLE OF DRUNKEN ANGEL:Film 1948 & Song by Lucinda Williams from Car Wheels On A Gravel Road 1998

Stray Dog, 1949-also directed by Akira Kurosawa & Starring Toshiro Mifune.

This film is more closely associated with & influenced by the American Noir experience. The emphasis is less upon the Post War infrastructure, and more upon a rookie cop who has had his gun pickpocketed while on public transit. In that respect, those from New York & San Francisco can more easily relate to the overcrowded conditions & the ‘cell mates’ with which we must endure in close quarters on a daily basis. In keeping with Noir, the rookie cop goes on a search for the person who lifted his heater, only to unintentionally go deeper & deeper into an underground cesspool of crime, vice, passion, and vengeance. The gun in question has recently begged re-examination of the issue/question of do guns kill people or do people use guns to kill people? It’s clear that our love affair with Noir embraces guns, but do we want guns to embrace us? (Remember: “It’s a bitter, little world.”)!
Let’s ask the National Rifle Association to embrace Columbine & ask the perennial question: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

Depart from the Film & Listen to Petula Clark, then continue…

YOU TUBE MONTAGE FROM STRAY DOG-edited for horror mode-1949

FENCE WITH CAUTION

Not too far from here, a new outdoor Toilet facility is in the final stages of construction. It should be named The Princess Melita Bonaparte Memorial Toilet. She’s had to put up with so much of what goes into those places!

Here is the fecal fence for free finally!

All caution is off when the Grand Opening Ribbon cutting ceremonial is on. Down the street, the Memorial Shrine is nearly ready!

All caution is off when the Grand Opening Ribbon cutting ceremonial is on. Down the street, the Memorial Shrine is nearly ready!

Artful Rubbish Bin-Fort Mason Area

Does photography have enough trash? Or does trash rate enough to photograph? This rubbish bin is simple, does what it is supposed to do, that is if people co-operate & respond on a communal level & has a sort of simple beauty. Here is the shared vision of where most things end up, before becoming another’s treasure.

Bin was empty @ time of taking this picture.  No law says that rubbish collection has to be an eyesore.

Bin was empty @ time of taking this picture. No law says that rubbish collection has to be an eyesore.

The shadow of ephemera collection...

The shadow of ephemera collection…

DETRITUS & DECAY: DAILY LANDSCAPE/GRACE ALLEY SAN FRANCISCO

7 March 2013-The Street is Grace Alley.  The City is San Francisco.  This is right next to where I word, the Department of Public Health, in a building leased by City & County of San Francisco.  Grim.

7 March 2013-The Street is Grace Alley. The City is San Francisco. This is right next to where I work, the Department of Public Health, in a building leased by City & County of San Francisco. Grim.

Sadly, it has been like this for years. Sometimes it is worse than what is shown here

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