Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

Sanguis bebimus, corpus edimus...

The Mel Brooks box set is out. Good news in general, but in particular is the fact that Young Frankenstein, a film I grew up with and my entire family knows every line and gesture from, is finally presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen instead of the matted laserdisc transfer from many years ago. It has all of the special features of the laser and earlier DVD, only dispenses with the pretense of having stereo sound. The only double-dip I have here is Blazing Saddles, but the version in the box set is the inferior Warner Brothers issue of the disc as opposed to the deluxe edition that I have. On the other hand, as I recall there is a lecture given by Mel Brooks on that disc that isn't on the new one that I have. So it all really works out.

I watched the original version When A Stranger Calls last night. This is a perfect example of how cinema is about a visceral experience as opposed to being a storytelling medium. The story of this film is pretty simple, but it is how the director Fred Walton draws out the tension in each sequence (aided by Dana Kaproff's harrowing score). Carol Kane is fantastic, and while at first glance it would appear that Charles Durning is miscast, the film takes into account his physique and incorporates that into the character. Colleen Dewhurst appears, and Tony Beckley represents an interesting alternative to the current trend where the psycho killer is in control of the situation he's in.

The film has been remade (and inspired the opening sequence of Scream), but the story would have to be significantly altered to work in the contemporary era, the age of the cell phone and caller ID has quite a lot; the sense of mystery of whose on the other end of the phone and the helplessness that the film exploits so beautifully. This is not a slick film, although the sequences at the beginning and end of the film are extremely effective, and its grittiness adds a layer of unease to the proceedings that a modern remake probably won't have. Furthermore, the film does spend quite a bit of time making itself believable. Durning's character does some real detective work, for example, and Dewhurst's meeting with Beckley rings uncomfortably true. I don't know if it is really the scariest movie ever made, as the ad copy on the poster calls it, but it sure kept me on the edge of my seat.

Yoinked from janetweiss69 are some Surveys:

1. Honestly, what color is your underwear?

2. Honestly, whats on your mind right now?
I need to get a job in my work for this afternoon because this morning job is a bust.

3. Honestly, what are you doing right now?
Taking advantage of that job that's a bust to catch up on my online whatevers 'cause my connection at home ain't working.

4. Honestly, what did you do today?
Haven't had much of a chance to do much of anything but wake up and get to work yet.

5. Honestly, do you think you are attractive?
I never gave the matter much thought.

6. Honestly, have you done something bad today?
Define 'bad.'

7. Honestly, do you watch the Disney Channel?

8. Honestly, are you jealous of someone right now?

9. Honestly, what makes you happy?
Music. Movies. People. Food. Books.

10. Honestly, do you bite your nails?

11. Honestly, what is your mood right now?

12.Honestly, have you had an eating disorder?
Well, I used to eat a lot... is that a disorder?

13. Honestly, do you want to see someone this very minute?
Nobody in particular.

14. Honestly, do you have a deep dark secret?
Kind of. It's not much of a secret, though.

16. Honestly, do you hate someone right now?
Nobody in particular, but I'm always ready to loathe.

17. Honestly, who do you want to hug you right now?
I'm in a good mood, so I'm not particular at the moment.

18. Honestly, are you loyal?

19. Honestly, are you in denial?

20. Honestly, wouldn't you rather be having sex right now?

21. Honestly, who is your best friend?
I don't have A best friend, I have many.

22. Honestly, have you ever consumed alcohol?

23. Honestly, do you like someone?
Nobody in particular at the moment.

24. Honestly, does anyone like you?
I wouldn't know.

25. Honestly, is it going anywhere with them?
I doubt it, considering...

26. Honestly, did you answer all these questions honestly?
Everything I say to you is a lie. In fact, I am lying to you right now.

Survey #1

Are you a cuddler?

Are you a morning person? No. I can to it, but I'm never happy about it.

Are you a perfectionist? With certain things.

Are you an only child? Sort of. My half-brother wasn't born until I was 17.

Are you currently in your pajamas? Nope, I'm wearing my Union colors and my jeans.

Are you currently pregnant? I strongly doubt it.

Are you currently single? Currently? It seems 'perpetually' would be more apt.

Are you currently suffering from a broken heart? No.

Are you okay at styling other people's hair? Huh?

Are you left handed? Yes.

Are you addicted to MySpace? I don't like it. But I haven't deleted my account yet for some reason.

Are you online 24/7, even as an away message? No.

Are you very shy around the opposite gender at first? Very much so.

Are you paranoid at times? Rarely.

Do you currently regret something that you have done? I more regret things I haven't done.

When you get mad do you curse frequently? I @#$&%ing curse frequently. I @#$&%ing love it. It really gives some @#$&%ing meaning to my life.

Do you enjoy country music? Not long ago I would have said 'no,' but suitboyskin and Outlaw Country on Sirius have rectified that situation. I just don't like that Nashville crap.

Do you enjoy jazz music? Absolutely. Miles Davis and John Coltrane are, like, gods to me... man.

Do you enjoy smoothies? Yes. Although I'm more a fan of the all fruit, no yogurt thing.

Do you enjoy talking on the phone? I didn't used to, but I have some very fulfilling long-distance friendships now thanks to the wonders of the cellphone (and free long distance).

Do you have a hard time paying attention at school? Only to topics that I wasn't interested in, and only the first time around. This last time I found it a lot easier.

Do you have a hidden talent? If I told you that, it wouldn't be hidden anymore, now, would it?

Do you have a lot to learn? Of course!

Do you have a pet? No, but I love animals.

Do you have a secret that you are ashamed to reveal? Kinda.

Do you have a tendency to fall for the "wrong" guy/girl? If there's a "right" girl, I've not met her yet.

Do you have all your grandparents? No, my paternal grandfather died several years ago.

Do you get along with your siblings? If he doesn't do what I tell him to do, I feed him to the man-eating squid. So we get along just fine.

About how many cousins do you have? Eight immediate cousins.

Have you been told that you are smart? They still haven't convinced me.

Have you broken a bone? No.

Do you have Caller I.D. on your phone? Damn skippy.

Have you bathed someone? No.

Have you changed a diaper? Yes. Ew.

Have you killed another person? I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that it may incriminate me.

Have you had the cops called on you? Yes. There was an incident with a fire extinguisher and... oh, never mind.

Have you kissed someone you knew you shouldn't? No.

Where'd the rest of the questions go? See, now, if you didn't bring up that there were more questions, I never would have known.

Survey #2

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? I need to trim my beard today.

2. When is the next time you will have sex? Any suggestions?

3. What's a word that rhymes with "DOOR"? Lure.

4. Favorite planet? Altair IV.

5. Last person to call you? Dre, a few minutes ago.

6. What is your favorite ring on your phone? It announces the name of the caller.

7. What shirt are you wearing? A red shirt; Thursday we wear our Union colors.

8. Do you "label" yourself? Nah.

9. Name the brand of shoes you're currently wearing? Uh... Rockport?

10. Bright or Dark Room? Now it's dark.

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you? janetweiss69 is nifty.

12. What is your favorite flower?: The Flower of Justice.

13. What were you doing at midnight last night? Sleeping.

14. What did your last text message you received on your mobile say? "Thai. That was good."

15. Where is your letter box? In widescreen, of course. (Front of the house).

16. What's a word/phrase that you say a lot? "Have a better one."

17. Who told you he/she loved you last? I don't remember...

18. Last furry thing you touched? A cat in the building I was in yesterday.

19. How many drugs have you done in the last three days? Two.

20. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed? None.

21. Favorite age you have been so far? The Age of Wonder.

22. Your worst enemy? Boredom.

23. What is your current desktop picture? The monster on board the Narcissus at the conclusion of Alien.

24. What was the last thing you said to someone? "I'll see you in a few minutes."

25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly, which would you do? A million bucks. I believe I can fly.

26. Do you like someone? In particular?

27. The last song you listened to? "The Ambassador" from The Final Conflict by the Great and Powerful Jerry Goldsmith. It counts as a song. There are lyrics.

28. If the last person you spoke to was getting shot at, would you jump in front of the bullet? It depends on the calibre.

29. If you could punch 1 person in your life right now, who would it be? Hmmm... I'm at a loss for now... but maybe later...

30. What is the closest object to your left foot? A desk.

Survey #3

Middle name? Michael.
Nickname? Josh, Swashbuckler, Muffin Man, Yosho...
Birthday? 9/6/74
Hometown? New York City.
Age? 31
Height? Approx. 6'.
Eye color? Blue.
Hair Color? Dirty Blonde.
Piercings? No.
Tattoos? No.
Where do you live in now? New York.


Store? Screen Archives.
Food? Pasta, steak, chocolate.
Drink? Water.
Sport? Jumping into bed.
Color? Blue.
TV show? The Twilight Zone.
Movie? No one favorite, but you can check my user info page for a list...
Ice cream flavor? Chocolates...
Season? Autumn.
City? New York City. Every other city is simply inferior. Don't get me wrong, they may be very nice cities. They can't help it. They're just not here.
Band? Led Zeppelin, the Jimi Hendrix Experience...
Flower? The Flower of Knowledge.
Thing to do when you are bored? Take a walk, listen to music.

About the opposite sex...

Hair color? Unimportant.
Eye color? Unimportant.
Height? Unimportant.
Personality Type? Smart.
Clean shaven or scruffy? I can say that I'm not particularly interested in women with facial hair.
Fat or skinny? I don't like too skinny.
Love or lust? Love. But lust is nice, too.

Have you ever?

Been in love? Yes.
Been dumped? Yes.
Dumped someone? Yes.
Had your heart broken? Not really.
Asked a girl out? Yes.
Gotten drunk? Yes.
Done drugs? Yes.
Smoked? Yes.
Gone skinny dipping? Yes.

Random Questions

What gets on your nerves? Morons.

What turns you on? Intelligence.

What turns you off? Morons. And slugs.

How easily do you trust people? Not easily.

Do you believe in love at first sight? No.

What is your best physical feature? My headphones.

Describe your personality in three words: Creative, dry, distracted.

Are you a good kisser? Anybody care to check?

Are you a good boyfriend? I've never really been one, so...

Are you shy or outgoing? I have aspects of both.

Do you like to dance? No. Bad associations.

What cologne do you wear if any? None.

Most missed memory? This question doesn't make any sense.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Altair.

What do you do when you are angry? I listen to very violent music.

Do you get along with your parents? I have a great relationship to my mother, but I haven't spoken with my father in many years.

Do you have a crush on anyone right now? No.

Favorite place that you've traveled to? San Francisco.

Place you want to travel to? Northern Italy.

Best quality? Loyalty.

Worst quality? Shyness, I guess.

Biggest fear? Mediocrity.

What are you looking for in life right now? I'd like to have a significant other.

Are you happy with your life? I'm okay, but not satisfied.

...and from jenvargas comes More Surveys...

Since the beginning of 2006:

1. Have you had a gf/bf? No.
2. Have you had your birthday? No.
3. Gotten drunk? Yes.
4. Gotten high? Yes.
5. Smoked a cig? No.
6. Cried? Yeah, yeah, you got me...
7. Had someone close to you pass away? No.
8. Pulled an all nighter? Yes.
9. Drank starbucks? No.
10. Went shopping Yes.
11. Been camping? No.
12. Been to the beach? No.
13. Bought something for over $200? Yes.
14. Met someone new? I've met people that I hadn't met before.
15. Been out of state? Yes.
16. Visited a family member? Yes.
17. Gone snowboarding? No.

[[In the past month]]

1. Have you been broke? No.
2. Kissed someone? No.
3. Slept in a friends bed? No.
4. Snuck someone over? No.
5. Snuck out of your own house? No.
6. Been drunk? Yes.
7. Lied? No.
8. Gotten a car? No, I have one already.
9. Went over your cell phone bill? I can't do that anymore.
10. Been called a whore? No, but that would be hysterical.
11. Drove somewhere? Yes.
12. Been away from home for over 2 nights? Yes.
13. Seen an old friend? Yes! I saw Louie on the train home yesterday!

[[In the past week]]

1. Bought something? Yes.
2. Choked? No.
3. Watched t.v for over 3 hours straight? No.
4. Been the the movie theater? No.
5. Been to a party? No.
6. Gone skydiving? No.
7. Been to the beach? No.
8. Smoked? No.
9. Done drugs? Yes.
10. Gotten a gift from someone? No.
11. Been out of control? No.
13. Made a c.d? Yes.
14. Called someone? Yes.
15. Had someone tell you they like you? Nope.


1. Thing you bought? The Mel Brooks DVD box set.
2. Person you hugged? Don't recall.
3. Person you talked to? Dre.
4. Person to call you? Dre (same time).
5. What does the last text message on your phone say? "Thai. That was good."
6. Last person you saw? Not counting the thousands of people I saw on the way to work today?
7. Last thing you said to someone? "I'll see you in a few minutes."
8. Last time you brushed your teeth? This morning.
9. Last time you took a bath/shower? This morning, just prior to the tooth-brushing incident.
10. When was the last time you cried? Don't recall.
11. Last time you felt stupid? The day before yesterday I left my notebook and the novel I was reading in a building's basement.
12. Last time you walked over 1 mile? Yesterday.

Body: 21 of My Firsts............

1. Who was your first prom date? I didn't go to the prom.
2. Who was your first roommate? I never had a roommate.
3. What alcoholic beverage did you drink when you got drunk the first time? Everclear. You think I'm joking but I'm not. Ask Tim.
4. What was your first job? I worked at a local deli.
5. What was your first car? 1987 Chrystler E Class.
6. When did you go to your first funeral? I can't remember.
7. How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown? I still live here.
8. Who was your first grade teacher? Mrs. Friedman.
9. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane? Florida.
10. When did you sneak out of your house for the first time, who was it with? I never had to sneak out of my house.
11. Who was your first Best Friend and are you still friends with them? I can't remember their name. So, no, obviously.
12. Where was your first sleepover? I don't remember.
13. Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day? I don't.
14. Who's wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid or a groomsmen? Tim's.
15. What about your second wedding? ?
16. What is the first thing you do in the morning? Snooze the alarm clock.
17. What was the first concert you ever went to? U2 at Giants' Stadium.
18. First tattoo or piercing? None.
19. First celebrity crush? I don't really do the celebrity crush thing.
20. First crush? I don't remember her name. T'was in junior high.
21. First love? Huh.

Time for my Survey
Body: 45 things you might not know about me

1. what is your middle name? Michael
2. what size is your bed? I think it's a Queen.
3. Spell your first name backwards: Hsoj.
4. Story behind your myspace name: "Swashbuckler" was an old nickname of mine from Tower Records.
5. Where do you live? New York City.
6. what are you listening to right now? Jerry Goldsmith: The Face of the AntiChrist; music from The Omen trilogy.
7. what are the last 2 digits in your phone number? 17.
8. what was the last thing you ate? An omlette.
9. last person you hugged? I don't remember.
10. where do you work at (sic)? I'm a Special Services Field Technician in Manhattan.
11. who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Oy. Dre.
12. the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Depends on the situation, doesn't it?
13. do u have a G/F B/F? It certainly doesn't appear to be the case.
14. do you want children? Maybe, someday...
15. do you drink? Occasionally.
16. ever get so drunk you don't remember the entire night? No.
17. eye color? Blue.
18. favorite holiday? Pesach.
19. favorite season? Autumn.
20. ever cried for no reason? No.
21. last movie you watched? When A Stranger Calls (original version) last night.
22. what books are you reading? Omerta by Mario Puzo.
23. piercings? None.
24. favorite movie? No one favorite, once again, see user info page for more details.
25. favorite college football team? I don't like football. I don't mind standard homoeroticism, but I can't stand that jock homoeroticism.
26. what were you doing before filling this out? Downloading my work for the day.
27. any pets? No, but we loves the animals, yes we does.
28. dog or cat?? Cat. But I like most dogs, too (not the little ones).
29. favorite flower? The Flower of Six Point One Surround Sound.
30. have you ever been caught doing something you weren't supposed to? No. Unfortunately.
31. Have you ever loved someone? Yes.
32. who would you like to see right now? In particular?
33. are you still friends with your exs? One of them.
34. have you ever fired a gun? No, I hate guns.
35. do you like to travel by plane? Yes.
36. right- or left-handed? Left.
37. if you could be with someone right now who would it be? Nobody in particular...
38. how many pillows do you sleep with? 2 or more.
39. are you missing someone? Nothing more than usual.
40. Do you have a tattoo? No.
41. Do you still watch Cartoons on Saturday morning? I'm asleep on Saturday morning.
42. are you hiding something from someone? No.
43. do you play an instrument? My mp3 player.
44. Current Hair color: Dirty Blonde.
45. Current makeup: I'm don't wear makeup and I'm not a big fan of the stuff in general.
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