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staufenburger:

ATTENTION CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK!Come to the amazingly awesome first reading of my new play “The Godzilla Problem” this Friday, March 8th at Simple Studios (134 W.29th (2nd floor b/t 6th & 7th)! What’s the play about, you might ask? Giant monsters, political scandals, hobo murder, dirty Dukes of Hazard references, singing puppets, and more! Plus: IT’S LESS THAN AN HOUR LONG! Wow! How does he do it? Find out Friday! (boring info blurb follows)What: A reading of “The Godzilla Problem” by Mark StaufenbergPlace: Simple Studios 134 W.29th (2nd floor b/t 6th & 7th)Time: 7:45pm startWith: Sean Kenin, Moira Stone, Matthew Trumbull, and Stephanie WillingHow Much? FREEWho: You

Hey New Yorkers, go see my good friend (smart friend, super funny friend) Mark’s play this Friday!!!!

staufenburger:

ATTENTION CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK!

Come to the amazingly awesome first reading of my new play “The Godzilla Problem” this Friday, March 8th at Simple Studios (134 W.29th (2nd floor b/t 6th & 7th)! What’s the play about, you might ask? Giant monsters, political scandals, hobo murder, dirty Dukes of Hazard references, singing puppets, and more! Plus: IT’S LESS THAN AN HOUR LONG! Wow! How does he do it? Find out Friday! (boring info blurb follows)

What: A reading of “The Godzilla Problem” by Mark Staufenberg
Place: Simple Studios 134 W.29th (2nd floor b/t 6th & 7th)
Time: 7:45pm start
With: Sean Kenin, Moira Stone, Matthew Trumbull, and Stephanie Willing
How Much? FREE
Who: You

Hey New Yorkers, go see my good friend (smart friend, super funny friend) Mark’s play this Friday!!!!

#6 - Django (1966) Sergio Corbucci - 1/7/2013

I don’t know if I can say anything coherent about Django, I’m too caught up staring into Franco Nero’s eyes (seriously, that man is soooo fine). The camera loves his eyes too, using them judiciously, withholding them until the most effective moments. 

Django starts with an incredible image - the lone figure trudging across empty land, dragging a heavy coffin behind him, bringing death with him. That figure is an enigma, but the film gives just the right amount of information about him, at the right times. 

The energy in the film is raw and explosive. There is a slow simmer that kept me intrigued. The villain is so bad, but not comically bad; rather, pure evil bad. A ballet of bullets, a Suspiria-like use of blood. More mud than in Deadwood.

Django has a killer theme song, familiar to those who have seen Django Unchained, plus an outstanding score, familiar to those who have seen Kill Bill. Interestingly, the musical motifs used for the Mexican revolutionaries reminded me of parts of the West Side Story score, making me wonder if Luis Bacalov was a Leonard Bernstein fan.

It also looked absolutely incredible on the big screen - the sheen of sweat, the expanses of mud, the texture of the hats, the color of Franco Nero’s eyes (sorry). I will be ordering this Blu-ray posthaste.

#1 - Jack Reacher (2012) Christopher McQuarrie - 1/1/2013

In this movie, Werner Herzog tells a really cool true story about his own life.

It was great getting to watch a movie that so prominently features Pittsburgh while actually in Pittsburgh. Lots of murmurs from the crowd every time there was a new location, trying to place it. Loved the shots of the North Shore, Downtown, the Strip District, Polish Hill South Side Slopes, even Mario’s (hah!). Driving through the tunnels and downtown has always terrified me, so that awesome chase scene was particularly effective.

Tom Cruise was totally a BAMF (as in Jules, not as in X-men universe). Not sure I love the character, but if they make another movie, I’ll see it. The film looked great - loving shots of Pittsburgh, but also some interesting camerawork. I really liked the violation of the 180 degree rule for some reason. Majorly <3 David Oyelowo. Didn’t care for Rosamund Pike as the world’s most inappropriately dressed lawyer, channeling Lorraine Bracco in Hackers. A few groaners, but overall entertaining if not exactly super smart.

The idea that you do what’s right, no matter what it takes…it’s interesting, I’ve gotten totally hooked on Scandal recently (which you should absolutely watch, Kerry Washington is perfection), and it sort of deals with the same idea. but I prefer the more nuanced exploration of that concept on the show.