December 24, 2006

Holiday viewing for Native fans

And so, it is Christmas...And What Should We Watch?Don’t worry. I’m not going to wax philosophical in a nauseating retrospective that have become as common and welcome as those hideous inflatable snow globe lawn ornaments.

Nope. Just a few ideas on how to enjoy the leisure time most of us have the next few days. Like watching a few of our favorite Native and Native-themed movies, that is. So here’s a start, a few must-see (and accessible) films that are available at Amazon and other video retailers. And no, I don’t list Dances With Wolves...

9 comments:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
writerfella would pass up SMOKE SIGNALS as insular, incestuous, and self-serving any day for:
WHEN THE LEGENDS DIE (1972)
WAR PARTY (1989)
BUFFALO BILL & THE INDIANS (1976)
RUN, SIMON, RUN (1970)
Or even Val Lewton's (CAT PEOPLE, CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE, BEDLAM) surrealist masterpiece APACHE DRUMS (1951). Add in THE LAST OF THE DOGMEN (1995), or even BLESS THE BEASTS AND CHILDREN (1971), and you've got yourself a fine weekend.
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Anonymous said...

I think writer fella had too much Christmas nog when he wrote this or he is very jealous of Sherman Alexis success as a writer and film maker. He also needs a dictionary to look up adjectives for context, insular, incestuous and self-serving? Tsk tsk...

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
writerfella owns several lexicons but the best is his own Minnesota-rated personal vocabulary of over 300,000 words. And he cannot stomach Xmas nog owing to a high degree of liquor and liqueur intolerance. Now, if our anonymous 'ghost employee' had said 'beer,'...
And, further, to wit --
1. writerfella did not use the word 'context'.
2. insular: of, or having the form of, an island; narrow-minded; prejudiced.
3. incestuous: excessively or improperly intimate or exclusive for its own sake.
4. self-serving: selfish; preoccupied with one's own interests; serving one's own interests often in disregard of the truth or the interests of others.
Words that are adjectives do not require their own adjectives.
As for being 'jealous' of Sherman Alexie, writerfella quite recently read as much of the man's material as could be found, including a copy of THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO FIST FIGHT IN HEAVEN that was autographed to writerfella by the author. And writerfella found that, though most of it is sturdy prose, it is shot through with author address to the reader, a la Vine Deloria's sermonic asides. None of it did writerfella even come close to wishing that he had written it himself. Sherman Alexie also outweighs writerfella by 75 pounds, which is far from an enviable characteristic, either. One only has to ask Sherman Alexie if he regards his work as a filmmaker to be a 'success' to find one's self surprised at the answer.
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Anonymous said...

oops, my mistake I hit the wrong key and used a comma instead of a period. The last part of my sentence should have read "He also needs a dictionary to look up adjectives for context. Insular, incestuous and self-serving? Tsk tsk..."
As for you weighing 75 LB less than Sherman Alexie, I'm going to assume you would have to be very small in stature. It all makes sense now, you have a Napoleon complex.

Rob said...

Not that it's relevant to the original posting, but Alexie was fairly slender when I saw him a few years ago. I give his novel Indian Killer an 8 of 10 and his movie The Business of Fancydancing a 9 of 10.

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
writerfella will e-mail Rob a photo of Sherman Alexie as printed in the November 2002 issue of OUT Magazine, relative to the indie film, THE BUSINESS OF FANCYDANCING. Eyeopening and eyebrow-raising, to be sure.
And to another matter -- INDIAN KILLER an 8 out of 10, and FANCYDANCING a 9 out of 10? Relative to what? I also have read INDIAN KILLER and barely slogged past the many, many instances of auctorial voice in which Alexie lectures the readers. It had a nice beat and was easy to fancydance to, I give it a 75...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Anonymous said...

I know Sherman Alexie is over 6 foot and I think I read some where that he weighs about 200 LB.
The Business of Fancydancing was OK. I don't think I would give it a 9, maybe a 5 if that. Interesting note about the movie, it was the first time I ever heard the word "suyapi" spoken outside of my family circle. I used to think no one new what that word meant.

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Okay, THE BUSINESS OF FANCYDANCING production photo of the USS Sherman Alexie has been dispatched to Rob via e-mail. Depending on his schedule, it may or may not appear in its own posting very soon.
In any case, writerfella is 6'3", 212#, with ten of those pounds being his vocabulary. So far, all writerfella has named after him is Russell Bates Park in Norman, OK.
All Best
Hopi Hooligans &
A Harpy Near Yew
'writerfella'

Rob said...

My ratings compare The Business of Fancydancing and Indian Killer to all other movies and books based on my perception of their quality. I don't mind "auctorial" asides or other literary gimmicks if they're well done.

Alexie looks a bit stocky in the photo Russ sent. But 200 lbs. for someone over 6 feet tall isn't excessive.