BEST PART OF THE DAMN MOVIE
(annyas.com/screenshots). My favorite part of a film, any film, occurs just after the studios blast their logos and before a single actor can open his mouth. A film’s title card can either prove the cornerstone of a golden pyramid or the shiniest brick in a dull, insurmountable wall, and the Movie Title Stills Collection compiles some of the best we’ve seen over the course of the past 90 years. Would Spartacus, Pulp Fiction or Lost in Translation have proven quite as iconic without their elegant and memorable title flashes?
BUT IT DID HAPPEN
(facebook.com/group.php?gid=14966119962). For several years in the mid-1990s, the now-defunct Enigma Garden Café was the cultural epicenter of downtown Las Vegas—a place to find art, music, performance and the best coffee to be had in this town, ever. All that remains of Enigma, and the community of artists, professionals and friends that formed around it, is this Facebook group—and though it’s populated by a number of wonderful people, that notion depresses me quite a bit.
ALL TENTACLES AND NO SUBSTANCE
(sleeptalkinman.blogspot.com). The premise of the Sleep Talkin’ Man blog is a simple one: His name is Adam, he is English, and he talks in his sleep. None of these things are remarkable in and of themselves—but the content of those nighttime conversations, dutifully recorded by his wife, hints at a truly fantastic inner life. Adam organizes jungle militias (“Monkey power! Straight from the jungle”), sails with pirates (“We haven’t got a plank. Just fucking jump.”), and even provides color commentary on underwater sports (“Squid wrestling: all tentacles and no substance”). If you’re reading this, Adam, go back to bed: We demand fresh material.