After a full six months of hibernation, TFBN is revving its engines for relaunch. What happened in a half year? Nothing but self-doubt in its various forms. My pursuit in Journalism got wobbly; I never wore these weird Elie Tahari pants that I knew would make a splash, and I even questioned my handwriting. I used to love my handwriting!
The Fly by Night bore the brunt of all this overthinking. The old format was too broad and I realized that the themed quarterly 'zines made for better content. So: themed weeks are now the name of the game - themed weeks of a hyper-specific nature.
When I chose to start off with Almodovar's I'm So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros in Spanish,) it was because the reviews and reported walk-outs were contrary to just about everything I stand for. Most were offended that Almodovar went out of his way to create a blast-from-the-80s tackiness. It was a bumpy flight, a bumpy cinematic flight, a bumpy ride they all wrote, refusing any wordplay to do with Snakes on a Plane even though it was right there.
What happens is dominatrix, a psychic, a hitman and some newlyweds board a flight to Mexico City. A technical issue means that the plane circles over Madrid for hours and the first class cabin has an orgy. At ground level, personal assistants destroy files, daughters forgive fathers, and lovers attempt suicide - a commentary on the festering economical state of Spain. There is also a wonderful Pointer Sister's number, which is how Los Amantes Pasajeros got its English title.
The Spanish title means something along the line of brief encounters, or lovers in passing - something easily translated into every Romance language, but not English. I'm surprised someone didn't think to call it The Fly by Night, something that comes-and-goes with no chance of familiarity. The mysterious, the elusive - it's all there!
The real delight came when I discovered this poster for a then-nonexistent film in the background of Almodovar's Bad Education:
It seems Almodovar's title predated the movie by a longshot (Bad Education was released in 2004.) I like the idea of Almodovar's fixation on fleeting romance, and on the temporary, in general. This is where Almodovar and TFBN meet to share an espresso: on shared moments & quick good-byes between strangers.
In any case, I am very excited to announce a week of Almodovar. TFBN has a cast of new contributors (as well as oldie but goldie, Vanessa Castro) and we are looking for MAS MAS MAS collaborations, MAS events, and MAS content.
But we are also looking for a godamn good time.