The writings, opinions, rantings, and random doodling of Paul Attard. Some things about me and my opinions on each of the following topics:
Film: I tend to gravitate my taste towards art-house and foreign cinema. With my recent purchase of a MoviePass, I’ve tried to see more commercial fare in theaters, but seeing as the closest theaters near me are about 20-minute drives from me, I usualy rely on home viewing to get the job done.
My favorite directors who are no longer with us are Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, Satyajit Ray, Sergio Leone, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Charlie Chaplin, and Dziga Vertov.
My favorite living directors are Paul Thomas Anderson, Tsai Ming-liang, Don Hertzfeldt, Park Chan-wook, David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Johnnie To, The Dardenne Brothers, and Jim Jarmusch.
Music: Again, I tend to lean a bit on the obscure with my music taste. If I had to pick my favorite genre, it would probably be hip-hop. I’ve been actively trying to listen to about 100+ albums in a year in order to broaden my horizon, so my taste generally can shift widely on the spectrum.
Favorite current artists include (in no real particular order) Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips, Swans, Aphex Twin, Future, Young Thug, Kanye West, Danny Brown, Spoon, Arca, Oneothrix Point Never, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Shabazz Palaces, Deerhunter, and Deafheaven.
Favorite past artists include Blur, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Talking Heads, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Beach Boys, Galaxie 500, Sonic Youth, J Dilla, LCD Soundsystem (alas, no longer the case), and Nujabes.
Television: I don’t watch a lot of T.V. and don’t really plan to. I do watch a fairly decent amount of anime and catch a show every once and a while.
Favorite shows include Arrested Development, Nathan For You, Bojack Horseman, Xavier Renegade Angel, and Twin Peaks.
Favorite anime includes Neon Genesis Evagelion, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Baccano!, Planetes, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Trigun, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Both seasons are excellent), and Ping Pong: The Animation.
Politics: Every once and awhile I may post something on here dealing with politics. Just to get it out of the way now (and in case someone claims a bias in my writings) I am an incredibly progressive person. I don’t ever really want to get into a full-blown argument with another person over this here because a). I consider this place first and foremost a place to discuss art and b). to try and not sound like a snob, but you won’t change my mind on really any issue I could think of. I’m just being honest as Future would say.
Just About Me: I’m current entering college by the time I’m really kicking this blog off and have been passionate about films since middle school. A viewing of A Bridge on the River Kwai changed me, for better and worst.
So please, enjoy what I have to post here! Or not, it’s not a really contractual thing. If you wish to contact Paul for any reason, his email is anythingplusmore at gmail dot com.