22 8 / 2013

michelle-said:

brightwalldarkroom:

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THE PERSON WHOSE CALLS YOU ALWAYS TAKE? THAT’S THE RELATIONSHIP YOU’RE IN.

by Danielle Lee

My eventual cross-country move to New York City elicited many reactions: gentle but disbelieving acknowledgment from my Midwestern-bred parents; a curt “Merci!” from my high school French teacher…

Wonderful essay by my fellow journalism grad and friend, Danielle Lee!

J School Forever! Or as long as is affordable. Or maybe not at all if recent degree stats are sound. Maybe consider a different career altogether? Anyway, I’m still sorta enjoying it, despite pitfalls like the “How’s that savings account coming?” trap my dad lovingly springs open during most phone calls home and that whole chronic job security anxiety thing.

So this essay is more about that than Meryl Streep. Apologies. Here’s a bonus photo from those days as an underpaid-under-the-table editor/”intern,” when I was living in a state of perpetual excitement at being the underage broke collegiate boozing it up at the silliest Hollywood parties where some PR flack would shriek, “Angelina’s brother is here! Are you getting this?” while my roommate and I played that game of evade the creeping “producer” dudes with outstretched martini glasses to get to the schwag tables before the good stuff ran out.

The event pictured still wins the prize of best schwag, full of makeup I’m still using to this day (gross!) and a That Girl! Barbie collectable. It was the Emmys after-party at SkyBar that my editor (center) and I wormed our way into after attending the ceremony, and though my stupidly timed gratis Ritz Carlton facial is partially responsible for those red cheeks (high class problems), it’s mostly the excitement at posing with the “This place is dead, anyway” guy from Swingers. Also, one of the Queer Eyes for the Straight Guy (remember them?) had just complimented my dress (Laundry by Shelli Segal via Ross Dress For Less!), and I was generally young and naive and tipsy and still overjoyed at the perks of Hollywood artifice.

(Source: brightwalldarkroom, via michelle-said)

29 4 / 2013

siphotos:

In this week’s SI, Jason Collins comes out of the closet as the first openly gay player in a major American team sport. (Kwaku Alston/SI)
LIDZ: Jason Collins explains why he came out of closet

siphotos:

In this week’s SI, Jason Collins comes out of the closet as the first openly gay player in a major American team sport. (Kwaku Alston/SI)

LIDZ: Jason Collins explains why he came out of closet

04 4 / 2013

"

Thank you. Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Some of you have read my reviews and columns and even written to me since that time. Others were introduced to my film criticism through the television show, my books, the website, the film festival, or the Ebert Club and newsletter. However you came to know me, I’m glad you did and thank you for being the best readers any film critic could ask for.

Typically, I write over 200 reviews a year for the Sun-Times that are carried by Universal Press Syndicate in some 200 newspapers. Last year, I wrote the most of my career, including 306 movie reviews, a blog post or two a week, and assorted other articles. I must slow down now, which is why I’m taking what I like to call “a leave of presence.”

What in the world is a leave of presence? It means I am not going away. My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.

… The immediate reason for my “leave of presence” is my health. The “painful fracture” that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to. I have been watching more of them on screener copies that the studios have been kind enough to send to me. My friend and colleague Richard Roeper and other critics have stepped up and kept the newspaper and website current with reviews of all the major releases. So we have and will continue to go on.

At this point in my life, in addition to writing about movies, I may write about what it’s like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you. It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.

… So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.

"

04 4 / 2013

"Young men, let your old dad here impart some advice. If a woman has a choice of a man who makes sacks of money on the trading floor and a man who likes to stay home at night reading Lolita, and she’s more attracted to the reader, choose that woman. She needs to pass one more test: Does she believe (a) Lolita is a sex novel, or (b) it’s one of the greatest works of modern literature? Find that out on the second date. If she answers (b), there’s your girl."

Damn. We’ll miss you Roger Ebert. (via hulu)

03 4 / 2013

sometimesagreatnotion:

Our design/content consultation with our wonderful publisher, TypeEngine, was last night and was a great success! Our magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room, will officially launch in early May! This is all really happening!
(You all better subscribe in May - only $1.99 a month! - or else I will never speak to you again.)

Woo! Congrats!

sometimesagreatnotion:

Our design/content consultation with our wonderful publisher, TypeEngine, was last night and was a great success! Our magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room, will officially launch in early May! This is all really happening!

(You all better subscribe in May - only $1.99 a month! - or else I will never speak to you again.)

Woo! Congrats!

22 3 / 2013


I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.

I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.

(via bbook)

21 3 / 2013

brightwalldarkroom:

Hello, everybody. This is Chad, the guy behind this site. I am coming to all of you today, directly, because A Bright Wall in a Dark Room has arrived at a (very promising) crossroads—but if it’s to go any further, we need your help.

It has been vitally important to me over the years to…

I’ve been so lucky to write for this fantastic blog that just brims with love for film and the creative process and the community itself, of unique and lovely writers and the readers that have helped elevate the platform to this new exciting place editor Chad (and Michelle and Elizabeth) have worked toward—an online magazine that will continue all these interesting conversations, but unfettered by ads.

To do this, we’re asking for small donations. Please consider clicking through and throwing a few, or more, bucks toward this sleek new model of online expression and community. It’s been a really valuable space for me, pushing me to write outside of my job responsibilities, and sate a creative yearn I’m often so good at ignoring. And now, in its new incarnation, it’s inspiring me to work even harder to tap into that refuge I seek and have occasionally found alone, in the back of dark theaters, watching transformational movies, attempting to translate those moments of brilliance into words of empathy.

So thrilled to be a part of this next step, and hope you can, too. If not monetarily, by following the thoughts of these awesome writers, and the whole BWDR ethos, into this fantastic new theater.

Thanks!

(Source: brightwalldarkroom)

21 2 / 2013

trevslife:

Puppy Chloe.

DEAD. Miss this girl, now in much larger format.

trevslife:

Puppy Chloe.

DEAD. Miss this girl, now in much larger format.

19 2 / 2013

shortformblog:

wilwheaton:

For the first time, a massive data set of 10,000 porn stars has been extracted from the world’s largest database of adult films and performers. I’ve spent the last six months analyzing it to discover the truth about what the average performer looks like, what they do on film, and how their role has evolved over the last forty years.

This is fascinating.

“Nikki Lee and David Lee—the most common first and last names of porn stars. A nice coincidence that they share the same last name. It means if these hypothetical hedonists were to marry, a name change wouldn’t be needed.”

And here I thought I was going to marry a Chinese or Korean American.

01 2 / 2013

etsy:

All My Vices Come To Hunt Me by dkim on Etsy.

Ahhh, I have a print of hers hanging in my room! Love it.

etsy:

All My Vices Come To Hunt Me by dkim on Etsy.

Ahhh, I have a print of hers hanging in my room! Love it.

(via overtlycovert)