I'm glad to see that this forum is still somewhat lively, and it's always good to see new faces. I've been hovering around, but more or less, I've been inactive for quite a while.
I finished off my year at uni today with an exam, so I'm 'free' for some time now provided things go swimmingly. In all honesty, I've let that feeling run to my head: I'm sitting here with a beer, feeling the breeze flowing in on a nice summer's day. Ahem, yes, but really, it's not quite over yet.
I will be back for a while though, hopefully for criticism purposes in a big way, but also to submit my own stuff. It's convenient that you've been discussing a story relating to Mexican drug wars, setting out your characters and what-not. I recently wrote a short non-fiction piece on my day in Tijuana, 2001, as a tourist at eleven years old. It's not been workshopped to a great extent, but it's something I have people could perhaps check out at some point in the near-future. Flicking through recent material briefly, it's as if non-fiction is still under-utilised here, and I think more than a few of us have good stories to tell on that front. If you're interested, I recommend the Orwell essays 'A Hanging' and 'Shooting An Elephant'. Yes, they're both miserable. Effective though.
But anyway. Hello to everyone.
Recently watched films I recommend:
Last Year at Marienbad (France, Alain Resnais, 1961) - not to be watched when you're tired, but rather when you want a challenge. You may find pretentious - you have been warned. You have also been warned that I may spout silly interpretations if faced with a argument of pretentiousness in this film.
The Lost Weekend (USA, Billy Wilder, 1945) - a classic, first watched by me some time ago. You'll like it, it's about a writer. And alcohol. Provides early use of 'that horror movie sound', provides mainstream hallucination sequence that is still bizarrely creepy.
Wavelength (Canada/USA, Michael Snow, 1967) - Avant-garde classic - can be watched in a somewhat questionable quality here. Try to last forty-three minutes, it's fun! Or rather, mildly unnerving, or boring as you may think. Wear headphones at full volume while watching. I did!
Also, I heard some people take Andy Warhol films seriously the other week. lol.