Critics of our postmodern age love to point out that the invention of the popular, portable, personal music systems in the late 1970s contributed to an increasingly fragmented and walled-off social formation. In a typical “get off my lawn” moment, they neglect the fact that the development of mass transit in the 1800s already underscored this urban fragmentation that had been in full effect for, oh, thousands of years. All the invention of the iPod and similar devices did was extend the variety that was available to each commuter. The question is how to put this variety to the service of full sensory effect. Hence the following Authoritative Running Downhill Guide to Early Morning Elevated or Subway or Surface Train Commute Music:
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Posted in Hamiltons, Music, tagged bark psychosis, blade runner, bob dylan, brian eno, cluster, cluster and eno, daydream nation, husker du, led zeppelin, miles davis, morning commute, Music, my bloody valentine, sonic youth, spiritualized, vangelis on March 21, 2010| 6 Comments »
Posted in Cinema, Hamiltons, tagged apocalypto, bad ideas, ben kingsley, bicycle thieves, brian de palma, copycat, eli wallach, ernest borgnine, everest, film sequels, greg araki, jake gyllenhaal, james caan, magnificent seven, martin scorcese, mel gibson, mickey rourke, naomi watts, once upon a time in the west, paul schrader, really bad ideas, rules of the game, schindler's list, sean penn, sigourney weaver, spectacularly bad ideas, steven spielberg, the last temptation of christ, things we would pay money to watch on the big screen, velociraptors, vertigo, vittorio de sica, wild bunch, willem defoe, yul brynner on February 5, 2009| 3 Comments »
2010. Alien³ and Resurrection. The Two Jakes. Psycho 2, 3, 4, and Psycho again: all sequels to classics, all films that didn’t need to be made. We here at Running Downhill, in an effort to head off Hollywood and others at the pass before somebody gets hurt, are providing the top ten ideas that they probably shouldn’t consider greenlighting.
One of the more familiar archetypes of Earth culture is the figure of the Elder, the gift-giver, the bearer of ancient knowledge: the Wizened Old Man. A staple of culture since at least the days of Homer, the Wizened Old Man has helped along narratives by imparting warnings, dispensing information, and offering counsel during trying periods. This figure has taken various forms down through the years, has mutated in different ways, but the idea remains the same. One knows it when one sees it. Here is Running Downhill’s take on the ten greatest Wizened Old Men of all time. [Editor’s note: We here at RD realize that, yes, occasionally, this figure is female, but that’s a different list for a different time. Also, we realize that this list is skewed a little towards modern culture, but that’s just because we don’t read much].
Posted in Hamiltons, Uncategorized, tagged bogey, books, clubber lang, crazy germans, friendship, hemingway, kirk gibson, martyrdom, political implications of dissident Soviet literature, sarah conner, terminator 2 on August 13, 2008| Leave a Comment »