→ 05 Mar 12 at 7 pm
My good friend and fellow filmmaker Leif Peterson now has some blurbs for his website! Including “strained, pretentious, self-congratulatory, [and] insipid.”
But what’s important here is that he has finally been called out (by Dennis Grunes, a man neither of us know in the slightest, though Google suggests he’s a Portlander) for his utter inhumanity. Truly, from seeing one film and not liking it, Grunes has deduced what the rest of us took years to learn — that Leif operates “in the absence of a heart, a mind and a soul.”
For years we have let Leif move through this life — through our lives — as a heartless, mindless, and soulless monster, making visually gorgeous and dramatically sparse films that rely heavily on abstraction of myth and a dense, layered mood full of broken promises and open spaces. But no more! We must destroy this devil in our midst, this automaton posing as man. I’ve seen Earth, a number of times, and I can’t believe I hadn’t noticed until now how it exposes the filmmaker as a “doodler” with nothing behind those eyes but emptiness and scorn.
Leif Peterson, Dennis Grunes is calling you out. He is your Beowulf. You are his Grendel. No more shall you torment his wordpress mead halls with your cinematic monstrosities!
As I said, I don’t really know Dennis Grunes, so I don’t know if he actually thinks of his blog as a mead hall or not. I just think calling an artist a soulless, mindless, heartless doodler is a bit strong for one short film you didn’t like. But seriously, these two should fight to the death with swords. And make a film about it. Set in the Old West. With inadequate performances and an intermittent backing of ominous chords that seem to whisper to us, “You know the story.”