Friday, March 19, 2010

Oh My Darling

I put Kid Millions to bed last night and was all set to settle down for some Iclone action when I found myself watching My Darling Clementine; John Ford's take on the Gunfight at O.K. Corral starring  Henry Fonda and Victor Mature.  Wow!  Thats an excellent movie.  Great light and shadows (a bit German Expressionist at times...I read somewhere about Ford being a fan), excellent cinematography, cool characters (Victor Mature was  something of a bad-ass - see Kiss of Death -  and Fonda is always great) and great action.  Theres a superb scene with a thespian acting out a scene from Macbeth for a bunch of ruffians that manages to really enthrall me.  Then its followed with a lightning fast explosion of violence.  

I don't often care for westerns but when I do.... 

Other things inspiring me as the days turn warm again; 

Marcel Duchamp - Is there a cooler artist than Duchamp?  A man who never took himself too seriously but had his fingers in many excellent pies.  I really like Nude descending a Staircase and the fact that he transitioned to hard core chess player makes him ever cooler.  If I were to grab a booth at Old Town for 5 or 6 rounds with a couple of characters I'd take Duchamp, Willie "the actor" Sutton and perhaps Abraham Lincoln.  That would be a drink.

Bokeh Textures - Some fine examples here and here and here

1 comment:

  1. My father was a HUGE Western fan so I grew up watching an enormous amount of Cowboy flicks.

    Clementine ranks right up there with my other faves: Shane and High Noon.

    By co-inkydink, I just spotted that it's on TV this afternoon – I've set it to record and enjoy this evening.