Tuesday 17 May 2011

100 Posts! Full Archive

Checking On My Sausages has reached 100 posts. Here they are, give or take a few that were updated by later posts or have been removed.

Essays / Thoughts

A Wounded America : Bad Lieutenant and Southland Tales
A Cinema is A Cave 
Acting in True Grit
The Action/Sports Film (particularly Unstoppable and the Bourne films)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence : Love, Self-love and Self-hate
The Animated World and Books

Avatar and Language
Avatar and the Fusion of Male and Female
Avatar : The American Flag
Chungking Express : Identities and Labels
Close Ups

Dekalog : Chance and Control
Dekalog III : A Dialogue through Light
Dekalog : God in Man
Dekalog IX and X : Greed, Mistrust and Acceptance

Do Films Need Music?
Drag Me to Hell : Three Thoughts
Film Criticism and the Action Film
Film-makers' Intentions
G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra : Paris Chase Scene
Golden Age Gals or Why the Stars shone brighter in the Forties
Hulk : What Has Been Passed On ? (Physical and Emotional inheritance)
Inglourious Basterds : Observations
Is Every Film a Documentary?
The Last Airbender : Circles, Globes and Peace
"Me Too" Cinema
Pixar : Just a Toy 
Reacting to Characters' Reactions
Viewer Authorship


Alice (Jan Svankmajer)
Auschwitz, by Uwe Boll
Black Swan
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Box
Bridge to Terabithia
Cinderella / Battle of Kerzhenets - Cutout Classics
Citizen Kane
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Damnation (Bela Tarr)
Demonlover (Olivier Assayas)
Destino (Salvador Dali / Walt Disney) and Computer Animation
The Exorcist and Horror before The Horror
Film Socialisme (Jean-Luc Godard)
Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao Hsien)
Jeanne La Pucelle (Jacques Rivette)
La Joie de Vivre (Animated Film)
Lady in the Water (M Night Shyamalan)
The New World
Police, Adjective
Psycho II
Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
Revolver (Jonas Odell)
Scenes of the Decade
Scream 4
Star Wars Episode I : The Phantom Menace
Stone Wedding (Nunta de Piatră)
Story of a Street Corner (Animated Film)
Terminator Salvation
The Top 50 Greatest Films 
The Trial of Joan of Arc (Robert Bresson)
Twin Peaks : Fire Walk With Me
Whisper of the Heart (Yoshifumi Kondo)
Your Animated Film Reviews

Image Galleries / Essays

Deer in Film
Gallery of the Cinematic Image
Images Recalling the Passion and Resurrection
John Carpenter - Under Siege
The Matrix Revolutions : Symmetry
Memorable Kisses
Muses (Actress/Director Partnerships)
Performance of the Decade
Romance Language
Travelling through film by Train


Directors' Art Outside of Film 
Disturbing Moments in Film
Revenge of the Sith Companion : Why is Star Wars so loved?
Taxi Driver - Writing while Watching


(Videos by Me)

In Praise of Godard

(Other Videos)

Lotte Reiniger's Animation The Star of Bethlehem


  1. Congrats on your big 100. Did anything exciting happen the moment you posted it, like sirens or raining confetti? Did your computer light-up like a slot machine?

    Did the Blog Fairy leave some loose change under your pillow?

    Actually, forget all that business. The real question I’ve been meaning to ask you… Who is that hot chick reading the book on your main blog picture? She looks damn near identical to a girl I use to go with, no bullshit.

  2. Thank you Cadet.

    "Did anything exciting happen the moment you posted it, like sirens or raining confetti? Did your computer light-up like a slot machine?"

    It gave me an electric shock and shut itself down. May be a hint.

    "Who is that hot chick reading the book on your main blog picture?"

    I don't know if I should tell you....

    Even with some research I'm not entirely sure. It is probably Agatha Couture. The image is from Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme.

  3. My heartiest congratulations on reaching this milestone. It is always a pleasure to read your posts, so I'm already looking forward to seeing you reach your next milestone :) Keep up the great work!!!

  4. Thanks Shubhajit!

    Thanks for the comments you've left over the past months too.

  5. Stephen, I agree with the other commentors--congratulations and this site is awesome (I kinda lump Checking On My Sausages with Things That Don't Suck-extremely intellectual and thoughtful without making us readers feel like dumbshits, and just all around fun reading)!
    Just got home from work, saw this and HAD to check your thoughts on A.I. before hitting the sack. So very well written. Saw it in the theater and fell in love (it brought tears to my eyes at the end) and was puzzled by the "ehhh" reviews and response. Not perfect, but interesting on many levels, which I'll take any time.
    And I thought the ending (the "after humans" part) was stunning, the best cinematic visualization of the concept of "hard sci-fi" I've ever seen.
    Again Thanks, and here's to a hundred more posts! Rob

  6. Thank you very much indeed Rob.

    I know Things That Don't Suck but I haven't really read any of it.

    I think A.I. is excellent.

    "And I thought the ending (the "after humans" part) was stunning, the best cinematic visualization of the concept of "hard sci-fi" I've ever seen."

    What's really interesting about it for me is the steps it implies in between A.I.'s present and future (and it completes the circle of people/things created to provide and receive love).

  7. Stephen,

    This is a remarkable landmark. I can't believe it's only been 100 posts (almost all of which I'm fortunate to have read), because there has been so much debate and discussion here that it feels like COMS has been around for a decade!

    A phenomenal effort, my friend. This is the place where you can be sure you'll get strong opinions.

    My top 5:

    1. A Wounded America : Bad Lieutenant and Southland Tales
    2. Citizen Kane
    3. In Praise of Godard
    4. Taxi Driver - Writing while Watching and obviously
    5. The series on Dekalog

    Bravo, Author!!!

  8. Thank you JAFB!

    I'm glad I've received so many interesting comments, and sometimes fully-fledged discussions and debates, that have improved the pieces.

    The top 5 you chose are among my favourites too (there aren't that many I'm really happy with). The number 1 is my favourite too and I thoroughly enjoyed doing the Taxi Driver experiment.

    Thanks again.

  9. A major accomplishment Stephen! I'm happy to have been at least in some measure a part of the readership here. It's been a place of high fallutin creativity and the spirit to express convictions that may not always be embraced by the general blogger population. I agree that it seems you done way more than 100 posts, but each one is thorough and challenging.

    Obviously the CITIZEN KANR posting was one of the most courageous ever attempted in the blogosphere, and the best films countdown masterful. It's been a real pleasure my friend!

  10. Thanks Sam for your many fine comments and your continued promotion of the site at WitD. It's much appreciated.