Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This is post number 1,000 at Moon in the Gutter, so I thought I would take the opportunity to reflect a bit on the past couple of years here and thank everyone who continues to visit. While many of my posts have been rather short notes and some just pictures, I have also done a lot of writing here…much more than I have ever done before. I have seen the question of ‘why blog?’ brought up a lot lately and, while I can’t answer for anyone else, the response in my case is easy. Simply put, I enjoy doing it. It gives me an outlet to celebrate different arts and artists that excite, move and fascinate me. My work here has also improved my abilities as a writer and continues to do so. While I’ve never had a problem admitting that essentially everything I do here is a first draft, and could use improving, I hope that my enthusiasm for my subjects has erased some of my admitted sloppiness. Revisiting older posts is sometimes a bit painful due to how much improving they need, but also exciting when I find one that I do want to rework and make better.
Moon in the Gutter has been really important to me as a fan and as a writer, and I am going to keep on rocking it as long as I keep getting solace and enjoyment from it.
I’ve been asked a lot over the past couple of year why I initially decided to call this blog ‘Moon in the Gutter’. I have honestly never had a simple answer for it. One of the titles I wrestled with early on included 'The Blog that Fell to Earth' but once I got 'Moon in the Gutter' in my head it just seemed right, and in hindsight I think it was the right choice. While I named it after the film by Jean Jacques Beineix, the title also has a musical connotation that might lead some people here thanks to Nick Cave, and of course David Goodis’ original novel brings the blog perhaps some hits due to a literary nature as well.
Even more importantly, the name Moon in the Gutter symbolizes for me the central idea I have been trying to get across from Day 1…namely that there is much to love in the ‘highest’ and ‘lowest’ art, and denying this is denying yourself some of the greatest films, records and books of all time. I have taken pride in the fact that one day I might be saluting a Kieslowski or Truffaut picture, while celebrating a film like Hostel Part II or a television show like Karen Sisco the next day. Moon in the Gutter has reflected my rather wild spectrum of tastes, and I have been amazed and thrilled to find like-minded souls who have chosen to go along with me. I’ve never understood art lovers who wish to limit themselves but of course it happens everyday. Perhaps it can be summed up by these shots, two from the chilling climax of maverick Spaniard director Amando de Ossorio's Tombs of the Blind Dead and then fellow Spaniard Pedro Almodovar mirroring the shots a quarter of a century later in Live Flesh.
From my years of managing a video store in the past I always encouraged people who dug critically cherished art house films like Almodovar’s to check out the so called exploitation and often maligned works of someone like de Ossorio. Many would not, and scoffed at the request, and all I can say is that it was and is their loss.
Of course, I know I have lost some folks along the way, a fact that I admit has bothered me but more than anything else I have tried to stay true to myself here, so I guess a bit of alienation is to be expected. The fact that I continue to get emails from people who stumbled across a post on a film that they thought only they liked, or occasionally people I have actually written about, really is just incredible for me. Nobody knows what the future will hold but I hope to keep rolling here at Moon in the Gutter and have a similar post like this one at number 5,000.
So consider this a long-winded thanks to the people who continue to visit and comment here. Every post here is personal in its own way, and it’s a really special thing to have people to share them with.
Finally, it seems only fitting that I should begin and end this post with shots of Claude Jade, the first person I ever wrote on here at Moon in the Gutter.