This is awesome. A compilation of all of Steven Spielberg’s cameos in movies. I never noticed that the office clerk in Blues Brothers was him!
Jurassic Park concept art
I always have loved John Steinbeck, chiefly because the Grapes Of Wrath had such a profound effect on the way I viewed cinema. So much so, you hear a quote from it at the start of Shark’s ‘It All Relates’ music video (directors cut). I feel like this letter is something my parents would write to me, but instead we normally just talk about things anyways. We’re an extremely close family.
Read the below letter and if you’ve not checked out ‘It All Relates’ the directors cut then please do so here. Listen to the quote at the start (where Tom Joad is telling his mum why he has to leave the farm camp they are at, and set out into the world on his own).
I’ll be directing the new video for Sharks this month.
‘Nothing Good Gets Away’
In November of 1958, John Steinbeck — the renowned author of, most notably, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men — received a letter from his eldest son, Thom, who was attending boarding school. In it, the teenager spoke of Susan, a young girl with whom he believed he had fallen in love.
Steinbeck replied the same day. His beautiful letter of advice can be enjoyed below.
(Source: Steinbeck: A Life in Letters; Image: Thom and John Steinbeck with their father in 1954, courtesy of UC Berkeley.)New York
November 10, 1958
We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.
First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.
Second—There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.
You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply—of course it isn’t puppy love.
But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it—and that I can tell you.
Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone—there is no possible harm in saying so—only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.
Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.
Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.
We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
Wim Wenders picks films from the Criterion office’s product closet and tells an anecdote about meeting Nagisa Oshima in Moscow’s airport bathroom
I never knew Wim was this down to earth! Makes me want to hang out with him now. Ruben and Wim, the film buffs.
I found this to be great. It’s part of a compilation of short films, each by a different director and each inspired by a different classic director. This one is influenced by Alfred Hitchcock.
The full length film is called Enfances (childhoods)
Monster Park by Tony Centeno
Up for voting at threadless. I was overwhelmed by the deliciousness of this place; but I made a mistake too. I didn’t have enough respect for those chocolate chips and it’s out now. The only thing that matters now are the cookies we love: Alan and Lex and Tim. John, they’re out there where cookies are being eated!
Found this great website. About to go learn all of them and start unleashing their might on unsuspecting shopkeepers and taxi drivers.
"Say lookie here, hackie!"
Anyone else miss movie dialog from the 30s & 40s?
Especially the “tough guys”:
“Say, listen, you…!”
“Why, I’ve got a good mind to…!”
“Say, what are you, a wise guy?”
“Why, I oughta….”
I just spend the past 30 mins reading about Richard Neutra and how so many of the houses he designed are now destroyed. I’m now depressed. I wish I could go back in time.