commented on Scarecrow Video Is In Trouble
Scarecrow has over 112,000 titles. How much do you think it would cost to license all of these titles for on-demand streaming? More money than they could ever raise from grants and subscriptions, and they probably couldn't even find a way to license a lot of the stuff in their collection anyway (studios and distributors of the more esoteric stuff probably went out of business a long time ago). Netflix has 36 million subscribers, and you can't even stream Citizen Kane or The Godfather on there. If you're holding on to the belief that a collection the size of Scarecrow's should be available to stream online, forget it. Won't happen in our lifetime. The good news is all of those titles are still available at the store...for now. But should they have to close their doors, a lot of that collection may be gone forever.
commented on Tomato Weather!
I was nervous putting my tomato starts in the ground the first week of May, but they all seem to be setting fruit now. Good progress on the green beans and carrots too. The only thing I've had a problem with is basil--not really growing at all, and the leaves have kinda turned pale. Should I not have planted basil starts in my raised beds next to the lettuce?
commented on The Replacements Are Headlining Riot Fest (And: Do Reunions Matter Anymore?)
@9 Chris Mars will not be participating. He doesn't perform or really even play music anymore. He only felt comfortable recording a song by himself for the Songs for Slim thing:
If I was a betting man, I'd wager that the guitar and drum seats will be filled by the same guys Paul used on his last tour. I know everyone always wants the original lineup for these reunions, but sometimes there's folks better suited for the job. As long as it's Paul and Tommy playing Replacements songs, then it's The Replacements.
commented on SIFF 2013: The Winners
I agree on C.O.G. It's a good story and has some good acting, but the ending felt really abrupt and unsatisfying. I can see now why no one else has tried to adapt David Sedaris' stories for film.
Kinda surprised Touchy Feely didn't get much love. I think it's Lynn Shelton's best work yet.
commented on Street-Level Minimalism: Terry Riley Conducts In C at SAM
I couldn't see the musicians from my vantage point (save for the horn procession coming up 1st Ave) , but I thought it sounded great and worked pretty well with the MIRROR visuals. In fact, I might never be able to view the installation again without thinking of the music.
I saw Terry Riley play the All Tomorrow's Parties fest in Long Beach about 10 years ago, but it was just a duo performance, so I don't remember if they played "In C" or not.