Egregious ideas: ShaveCarruth

For all I know, Shane Carruth’s and Amy Seimetz’s recriminations are just tendentiously selective portions of the same story. Peradventure The Auteur really did flip his wig and throttle his quondam leading lady after discovering that she was cheating on him, and maybe all of his evidently insane emails and DMs to her are no worse than whatever she may have transmitted to him, other than that famous, unspecified STD.
My own conjecture is that Seimetz, eventually weary of her annual drudgery that entailed performances in two to ten features and series of limited distribution for emolument that barely paid her rent, advanced her career by bedding influential men during her engagement to Carruth. Either before or after she infected him with an venereal disease that she contracted in the course of her infidelity, maybe he berated her, slapped her around, even strangled her as she’s alleged. His deranged correspondence doesn’t indicate whether his abuse was provoked on multiple occasions by possible repeated assignations, or if it was ever even physical. However, this may be entirely wrong; however unlikely, one or both of them are in this scenario villains or liars.

Naturally, those few notables based in Hollywood (amusingly termed “the film community” by the commentariat) who’ve bespoken her allegations are predictably, prejudicially united in support of Seimetz, now a famous actress and directress after transitioning successfully from a prolific career in independent pictures to mainstream visibility during the past eight years. Carruth’s retired, a genuine independent and male, so he won’t be afforded any benefit of anyone’s doubt. Ever conformable, numerous baizuo who profess themselves “former fans” have also turned on him like Greek waiters without considering his (erratically related) account. This bias is readily evident in the forced outrage tweeted in response to his facetious, peripheral, photographic divulgence of her restraining order:

That no such furor was inflamed by his claim that she’s paid an agent to messily disseminate these in his neighborhood once again demonstrates the simple hypocrisy that defines the progressive ethos. They must #believeher; no other options exist.
Withal, a sensible man would’ve controverted Seimetz’s accusations by publishing a detailed disaffirmation, or photos that he claims image wounds she inflicted on him, rather than arguing with pissant nonentities on Twitter. The Auteur is not that man.

Anyone who’s seen Primer or Upstream Color knows that Carruth’s a multidisciplinary genius, and whoever’s read more than a few posts of his Twitter account is familiar with his mordancy, faunal preoccupations and profoundly autistic incapacity for perspicuity. Shane’s communicative opacity is often almost cryptic.

My abhorrence for Twitter is so ardent that I won’t even deign to register a trolling account there, but if I did, its username would be ShaveCarruth. Why should we shave him? Because (as declared in the account’s profile), he’s barbate ‘n’ crazed!!

Obviously, there’s only one rational application for such an account: to make the online life of Amy Seimetz’s personal assistant a living hell by tweeting and retweeting Carruth’s countercharges, parodies of his psychotic, veiled death threats, and video clips of numerous scenes in which Seimetz’s characters have been tortured and murdered to her account, which said subaltern is authorized to operate.

Just imagine…


@amy_seimetz No way you’re living without me. Remember what you said. Maybe vice versa. At least our lives aren’t dull.


@amy_seimetz One of us has photos. The other doesn’t. Think about that.


@amy_seimetz Watched this tonight. Saw it years ago. Remember? It makes way more sense to me now. That third act is hilarious, and has a few great ideas. @Simon_Barrett @ajbowen @joeswanberg


@amy_seimetz I emptied half a bottle of Stoli tonight. Jealous? Maybe you can lie as well in AA as you do to everyone else.


@amy_seimetz You should sprint more often. You know, when you’re not falling down drunk and blaming the bruises on me. Maybe life should imitate art. @Simon_Barrett @joeswanberg @Ti_West @ajbowen


Replying to @amy_seimetz and @foxesinfiction

You’re finished. You just don’t know it yet because you’re in league with the devils of Loudun, you cunt whore.


@amy_seimetz Don’t think I don’t know where you live now. @applebees down the block from you is serving Irresist-A-Bowls. Pretty long drive, so I needed one.


@amy_seimetz No way you’re invited to the reunion screening after that last court call. You’re fucking crazy. @drafthouse


Replying to @amy_seimetz

Cops can’t respond to every single fake call, especially now that their operators know the sound of your voice. I’m in your driveway. Cut the shit and come out.


Replying to @ALM_means_BLM and @foxesinfiction

Can not believe. Just shot myself in the leg, right here in my car. In Amy’s driveway. Relax. Just a BB. Can’t find it yet.


Replying to @ALM_means_BLM @foxesinfiction and 2 others

It’s probably in my sock. Doesn’t matter. I can wait out here all night.


Replying to @darqfybre

At least I’m doing something with my life, brah. Never mind. Want to get a bite tomorrow? I’m buying. Or you are. Whatever.


Wow. Kind of can’t believe that the cops came.


Replying to @When_in_Rome

She looked and sounded like a psycho, right there in front of the house. Blotto and screaming. Now the cops have a glimpse of what I lived with.


Replying to @orlandocinephile @DanBilzerian and 3 others

No charges filed. Weird, though. You’ll have to drive further than me to show me “what you can do,” Orlando.


Replying to @orlandocinephile @darqfybre and 24 others

Never happened. None of it did in the first place. Whatever. Maybe you can sit in on the next court call.


@amy_seimetz Of course you haven’t blocked me. You can’t.


Replying to @ZingularDay and 13 others

Maybe when she stops littering dockets with bullshit ROs.


You get the idea. Of course, the secondary function is to encourage Carruth to Shave:


@harrys Actually looking forward to shaving every few days. Not bad.


Replying to @masterofdisgust @ZingularDay and 6 others

I love to shave. Every day. Almost as good as new pets that just wander in.


If this were successful, Shane would shear those whiskers regularly, and we’d all enjoy that sweet, fresh-faced boy we knew and loved!

Shane Carruth (Photo by Robin Holland/Corbis via Getty Images)

Also, I might somehow convince him to surcease this footling dissipation of his time on adolescent tiffs with losers via social media (like every fifth anglophone under 50), and finally shoot A Topiary. Grow up and follow your calling, Shane.

Great quotes #1: Astute auteurs articulate aperçus…

…if only to counter that preceding post’s vacuities…

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”

–Alfred Hitchcock, Picture Parade, 1960.7.5

“Practice the precept: find without seeking.”

–Robert Bresson

“I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.”

–Stanley Kubrick

“[T]here was always a conflict between my policy of not being too emotional and being true to the fact, without being cold and not reaching the audience. […] I have always insisted that I would never tell lies in my movies, to only tell the truth. This is a big principle for me.”

–Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director Shohei Imamura speaks to the World Socialist Web Site, 2000.9.19

“I think that high art reposes on popular art; without one there cannot be the other.”

–Eric Rohmer

“The function of the flashback is Freudian. […] The Americans had been using it in a very closed way, too rigorously and literally. This was a mistake; you have to let it wander like the imagination, or like a dream.”

–Sergio Leone

“Before, you dealt with the studio. It had one or two persons and now you have masses of executives who have to justify their existence and write so-called “creative notes” and have creative meetings. They obsess about the word creative probably because they aren’t.”

–Roman Polanski interviewed by Taylor Montague

“When I make a film, I never stop uncovering mysteries, making discoveries. When I’m writing, filming, editing, even doing promotional work, I discover new things about the film, about myself, and about others. That is what I’m subconsciously looking for when shooting a film: to glimpse the enigmas of life, even if I don’t resolve them, but at least to uncover them. Cinema is curiosity in the most intense meaning of the word.”

–Pedro Almodovar

“We can see loss as something missing, but that missing space can be filled with something else, and that creates healing.”

–Hirokazu Kore-eda

“I hate even the idea of a synopsis. When stories are really working, when you’re providing subtextual exploration and things that are deeply layered, you’re obligated to not say things out loud.”

–Shane Carruth