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The Business Genius Behind “Get Out”

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Unscripted: How the Famous ‘I Love You/I Know’ Scene Really Came Together

It’s a legendary story, but it’s not true: When Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) confesses her love for Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Empire Strikes Back, the scripted reply was, “Just remember that, because I’ll be back.” Feeling that the line lacked a certain je ne sais quoi, Ford changed it.

“I love you.”

“I know.”

It’s humorous, poignant, and a spot-on character-driven interaction. It’s often cited as the best actor-improvised line in movie history, but, here’s the thing, it wasn’t improvised. Read more…

Retroactive Continuity: The Secret to Star Wars Success

Yep. You read that title correctly. Here’s another goddamn article about Star Wars!

Star Wars celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and the ubiquity of George Lucas’s groundbreaking creation is enough to choke a rancor. Every time you get online, there’s a slew of clickbait promising spoilers, beat-by-beat breakdowns of the latest trailer, and advertisements for the newest doodad with Star Wars stamped on the box.

It takes a near-herculean effort to slog through the crap and remember what it is that makes Star Wars SO FUCKING GOOD. Read more…

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

“Before I show you the results of my trifling experiments, I would like to drink to our partnership. Do you like gin? It is my only weakness. To a new world of gods and monsters.” —Dr. Pretorius, Bride of Frankenstein

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.

Madeleine L’Engle

You said, 'People come here to change the story of their lives.' I imagined a story where I didn't have to be the damsel.

Dolores on HBO’s Westworld

SCHLOCK: The Weird, Wild, and Wonderful World of Red Letter Media

If you’re one of the rare breed of people who love a combination of in-depth film critique and analysis, off-the-wall campiness with a dash of wry humor, and binge-worthy YouTube channels, then Red Letter Media is just the thing for you.

I first stumbled across Red Letter Media when Mike Stoklasa’s The Phantom Menace review was just beginning to go viral in early 2010. If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching this internet masterpiece then do yourself a favor and watch this video ASAP. Read more…

A fragment for my friend--If your soul left this earth I would follow and find you--Silent, my starship suspended in night.

An excerpt from Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

When will I be home? I don't know. In the mountains, in the rainy night, the Autumn lake is flooded. Someday we will be back together again. We will sit in the candlelight by the West window and I will tell you how I remembered you tonight on the stormy mountain.

“When Will I Be Home?” by Li Shang Ying (quoted in The Dog Stars by Peter Heller)

A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet…in Film

“I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony. I do not crave security. I wish to hazard my soul to opportunity.” – Peter O’Toole

The West at the High Dive Review

Some very kind words from Crystal Collins about our SOLD OUT show at the High Dive on Sat. Oct. 19, 2013:

‘The West is a band I’ve seen before in this very same space, many moons ago when there were 10 or 20 people at their show. These guys have graduated. When I first saw The West I thought, “That was fun.” Now, they inspire so much more than that. Their driving snare kick dance beats and unique we’re-here-we’re-nerds-and-you’re-gonna-effing-dance charisma on the stage gets beer spilling and butts moving. They turned the whole place into a dance party, vivacious and alive. This is entertainment, a well spoken rebut to the DJ take over. I finally feel at home in the era I was born. I dance as the music commands and the set flies by.’

Patrick Galactic Review of The West’s “In Low Light”

BEST NEW BANDS: The West Dance Away The Night at The Crocodile

The Stranger’s Review of The West’s In Low Light

Letters of Note: Everything Comes to an End

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  • The October Country by Ray Bradbury

The October Country

Adrienne gave me an early gift for All Hallow’s Read. Ray Bradbury’s The October Country. It’s a collection of macabre short stories about “the horrors and demons that lurk within all of us.” I love this passage from the introduction: Read more…

They play the most incredible dance-rock I’ve heard around the city as of late...I could go on and on about how I'm in love with the lyrics and the keys, but a round of applause needs to be made to their drummer.

Culture Mob on The West

The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury

I posted this recording shortly after the passing of Ray Bradbury in June of this year and I wanted to post it again. It’s a gorgeous love letter from Neil Gaiman to one of his idles and it’s one of my favorite short stories. It’s the perfect balance of sentimentality, sincerity, and magic. It’s an engrossing monologue. Read more…

James Murphy: Soundtrack of My Life

All the pulses of the world, Falling in they beat for us, with the Western movement beat, Holding single or together, steady moving to the front, all for us, Pioneers! O pioneers!

Walt Whitman

The mindset of this dance is: Dress classy and dance cheesy.

Park Jae-sang ‘Psy’