It's a bit weird/funny how certain things follow you. For example, there's really no reason why Werner Herzog and his films would pop up in my life within a short span of time but they are. Sometimes I wonder why I'm being shown the same particular specific things over and over. I know i just wrote about Werner Herzog on this blog but...OH WELL!
My friend Chuck showed me a relatively new issue of Vice that he had brought to our studio. While flipping through it I found an excerpt from a new book by Werner Herzog. The book is basically just the journals he kept while making the film Fitzcarraldo. After learning about this book I decided to pick it up MYSELF!
Fitzcarraldo has been a source of inspiration for me since I've seen it. The film called for pulling a 320 ton steamship over a massive steep hill, so Herzog did it. Because of acts like this, I find it hard to say I "can't", I "don't have the time", I "this" or I "that". It's easy to come up with excuses but when examples of heroic feats like this are in your mind it just sort of seems wrong. Some artists have a dream and they will stop at nothing to make that dream a reality, Herzog is definitely one of those artists.
The bumps along my road just sort of seem to pale in comparison...
It's not a secret that Star Wars Episode 1 is not only a horrible Star Wars movie, it's just a horrible movie in general. Sitting through it is a task, it's so dense and filled with boring political plot points, bad acting and computer graphics. It feels more like an ILM portfolio showcasing CG techniques rather than a film.
I can remember as a kid watching it for the first time and leaving the theater confused. I thought maybe I wasn't watching as careful as I should have been? I dunno what it was but I felt like I missed something because, its Star Wars, isn't it supposed to be good? I thought, "Did I just black out for most of that movie? Was I daydreaming the whole time?" I begged my parents to take me again, so I could see what I surely missed but they wouldn't take me. I had to wait for it to come out on video when I finally realized that it wasn't just me, this shit really does just suck.