Apparently there were some readers who didn't get that my last post was a parody, a piece of fiction, and they actually thought I had lost my mind over Jessica Alba. To them I say (insert deadpan expression and dry tone of voice here): Yes, every word of it was true...
Except that it was really about Keira Knightley.
(And you know, Keira has denied being anorexic, while in a related story, Keith Richards has confirmed that he will play Johnny Depp's dad in Pirates 3, so of course I'm all like, who are we to believe?!)
Honestly, there's so much going on in celebrity-land (and how about that spotlight-hogging Kim Jong Il, huh? talk about a kidder!) that it hardly seems right to go on about myself. And there are so many other sites that have been tickling my fancy of late that I'm feeling the altruistic urge to share. So I'm going to take a cue from a few of my other readers here, and keep it brief but informative (among the neat responses to my Blogoversary "how'm I doin'?" post was a suggestion from Jamy that I do "shorter ones from time to time," and I am totally down with that!).
So: this is just to steer you towards a couple of film sites that are cracking me up, fascinating or informing me these days, in case you haven't yet discovered them yourself.
FilmWise is a fabulous fun place that's chock full of amusing quizzes, contests and forums. The ones I really like are their visual quizzes, which use frames from movies and are built around idiosyncratic themes, like identify this movie by its closing shot, or (rom-com alert) name the movie this kiss is from, or (one for the boys) identify which movie this cleavage is from. Some of the entries are easy, some will tantalize you like a name that's on the tip of your tongue but remains elusive. One of their quirkier ideas is the Invisibles, where protagonist faces have been photo-shopped out of the frame. Can you guess this one below (I found it easy, but the other frames hard), or name the film at the top of this post, from FilmWise's Say What? quiz?
Also perversely humorous is this craven parody site called Editing Room. Essentially the creation of one curmudgeonly guy who delights in eviscerating films that can stand to be ripped apart, its ostensible purpose is to present "abridged" versions of screenplays (i.e. a couple of pages long), like this wonderfully cruel send-up of Crash (warning: do not read if you're a fan) and this more recent parody of Click, which I found chuckle-worthy even though I haven't seen the movie (miss an Adam Sandler pic? how did that happen?!).
Worthy of note as another time-waster is Screenplay, a somewhat less exciting and inspiring version of FilmWise, but nonetheless featuring a few quizzes that are maddeningly seductive in that "bet you can't do just one" sort of way.
For screenwriting resources -- i.e. as a portal to all kinds of other screenwriting and film-related sites -- I'm fairly impressed with the Red Inkworks resource page, and not just because they list me. It seems more inclusive and thorough than many others I've seen, though of course, of course they've undoubtedly left out a cool site you know about (so here's your opportunity to turn us all onto that one: de-lurk and comment, below).
For quirky fun, Japander makes a good filmic companion to the deliriously poetic humor site, Engrish.com: here's where you'll find all the commercials that American movie stars who are too cool to be seen in American commercials make money on in Japan. If you enjoyed Bill Murray's Suntory spot in Lost in Translation, this site's for you.
Finally, it has come to my attention that there are, oddly enough, some cyber-savvy folks who do not avail themselves of my favorite arts-and-entertainment information-fest. Want to get the critical consensus on that latest movie, DVD, TV, music, book or game release? Hie thee to Metacritic.com already, and what took you so long?
I'll leave you to your happy web-trolling, or as I like to think of it, the Art of Advanced Procrastination. I'm busy trying to understand the alien culture of agents, which may well occasion Living RomCom's next -- longer and more personal (i.e. wittily narcissistic) post.
Meanwhile, for extra points, name the agent who wears these sunglasses...