"If a lot of dogs are on the beach, the first thing they do is smell each other's ass. The information that's gotten somehow makes pacifists out of all of them. I've thought, 'If only we smelled each other's asses, there wouldn't be any war."
It was said by Dustin Hoffman and it appeals to me by the way of its simplicity (but funny nature) and because it is something so obvious but not something I think about.
Over the weekend I watched the Fritz Lang classic, Metropolis, I've wanted to see it for years but never took the actual time or money to get it. Anyway, a newspaper in the UK offered it for free with every purchase. Bargain I thought.
Personally I cannot believe what was accomplished in this film compared to some of the stuff we have today. The acting by Brigette Helm is really amazing to watch and its a pity she didn't carry her career on any further after 1935. She died in 1996 and after her last film she quit the industry and never spoke about it to anyone ever again. From a historians POV it would of been amazing to gain insight into her life back then and of course from the film itself. She played the famous metallic entity as well as her human form character and others.
Aside from the acting, the exaggerated pace of the movie kinda distracts but its something to do with the old film stock back in the day. Everything looks fast, people run, talk and fight with great speed. Some of the close up shots are amazing and in some parts you just don't believe it was filmed nearly 80 years ago.
How much is $2 million in todays money? It was made in 1927. I'd love to know taking into account inflation.
I also have a new name for my boss at work. Grot. From the film Metropolis, the downside to naming him this is nobody else knows what I'm fucking referring to. Maybe I shouldn't explain it?
"Lead us in a few words of silent prayer." -- Bill Peterson, former Houston Oiler football coach