Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Wire - 100 Greatest Quotes

Love this!!

A selection of the top 100 quotes from The Wire, the greatest TV show ever made. First featured on Contains spoilers from all 5 seasons! Featuring Omar, Bubbles, Bunk, McNulty, Rawls, ...

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are, sons and mother love

As I enter the tunnel (as Sundance's John Cooper and Trevor Groth so aptly put it), I took off a few hours to catch WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE before it slipped out of town. I'd wanted to go opening night and couldn't. The next day, on my way to meetings in NYC, I detoured to pay a visit to my 19-year-old son, now in his second year of college. Not a big movie fan (Transformers is his fav!), he'd gone to Where the Wild Things Are the night before.

"I loved Where The Wild Things Are. But it was so sad!! It's a film for sons and mothers. You know, as boys, we get really frustrated and we break things. But what's really sad, is that we break our own things!

Remember when I got the $5 bill and ripped it into a hundred pieces?"

In that second, I did...
"Yes I do. I'm sorry I wasn't a better mother. I know you were frustrated a lot."

"No, it's ok mom. When I think of you, I think of you always trying to help me. Like you helped me tape it all back together."

Ah my son. And ahhh this film - which had me smiling and sobbing within minutes. Really a modern masterpiece, carving so close to the heart of something so delicate and primal. A real rarity in this day and age. I'm very grateful.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Photos of Old Japan

Wow - just found these fabulous animated stereostopic images via Justin Barber via I don't exactly have a hardcore collector temperament, but for many years, I was on the hunt for Japanese handcolored postcards, just like these. Actually some of these! Still love them! Cool as hell.

Whoa..., checking another link, here's even more! These are amazing! I own some of these images myself. I had no idea of the history, or that so many were available. Not to be missed.

(Sorry, not sure how to grab the images here, but do check further!)



This SPECIAL COLLECTION contains well over 600 old Meiji and Taisho-era ENAMI-RELATED images.

As far as is known, this flickr archive forms the largest 19th and early 20th Century portfolio of any Japanese studio currently on line.



Okinawa_Soba takes pleasure in posting a large selection of Enami's old images of long-gone JAPAN—found amongst my boxes of junk that are otherwise wasting away in a dark corner of my room.

T. Enami (T probably stood for Toshi), whose real name was NOBUKUNI ENAMI (or, in Japanese name order, ENAMI NOBUKUNI) was a “photographers photographer” who in his youthful 20s was a student and assistant to K. OGAWA , and then a Professional until he died at age 70 in 1929.

His own studio, established in Yokohama in 1892 when he was 33 years old, then passed to his son, Tamotsu (not a photographer), who carried on as a commercial DPE photo processor and printer for locals and tourists, as well as a publisher of his father’s photographs.

It is important to remember that on all photographic mounts, the imprint T. Enami never stood for Tamotsu Enami. However, the coincidence --- whether or not intentionally set up by the Elder with the thought that Tamotsu might eventually inherit the studio --- was no doubt helpful to the younger, as the studio name and all stationary connected with it could remain the same.

When the studio was “closed forever” by the fire-bombings of WW2, it had been in continual existence for 53 years—one of the longest running studios to come out of Japan’s old Meiji era.

It's amazing to me that a man born in 1859 during the old Edo-Bakumatsu period of Japan -- and who probably wore the classic "top-knot" as a youngster -- would go on to become a credited, contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine during his lifetime....and a whole lot more than that as well.

A better look at Enami and his photographic accomplishments are found at this Web page on the site dedicated to him :

Enjoy the sets....photographer T. ENAMI'S personal vision of his own world of old Japan.

NOTE : Photo Historian and Curator types please read the bottom portion of the caption block here :