April 16th, 2007


Weekend Movies

It was another laid-back weekend which was just fine with me. Kitty was feeling really crappy on Saturday, so I ended up playing a lot of Imperialism and watching a few movies. We had Netflixed "Broken Flowers" starring Bill Murray. I'm not sure why this ended up on our list, but it was a very interesting movie. I don't know if I would say that it was a good movie, but it definitely made me think about stuff. I am finding movies about men reaching the midlife crisis more and more interesting. Could it be because I have another birthday approaching that issues of life and death are of greater interest to me? The movie deals with Murray receiving an anonymous letter saying that he fathered a child 20 years ago and that the child will be looking for him. He decides to visit the women he loved 20 years ago to see who could have sent the letter. It's a very intriguing concept. Where was I 20 years ago? I was finishing up my undergraduate studies. I was about to head off to grad school. Where are all of my college buddies? I've lost track of most of them. We all meet, establish friendships and relationships, and then we move on. Kind of a sad concept.

Kitty was feeling better on Sunday so we headed off to see "Grindhouse." It was an entertaining 3 hours, but nowhere as good as "Kill Bill" or "Pulp Fiction." I could see how some folks didn't like "Death Proof" because it was too wordy. Yeah. I can see that. It's classic Tarentino, but it was much more effective in films like "Reservoir Dogs." Besides, the movie was supposed to be a throwback to action films of the 70's. They weren't talkie like that. I also found it very annoying that they put in the faux "bad film" moments mostly during the action scenes, but not for the non-action parts. Either do it consistently or don't do it at all. The "missing reel" bits were very well timed, however, and added humor.

One of my favorite genres of films are large character dramas where several stories carry on separately and are eventually brought together in the end. I'm talking about movies like "Crash," "Babel," "Short Cuts," "Magnolia," etc. Yesterday I introduced Kitty to "Grand Canyon," which was nominated for Best Screenplay back in 1991. It's a very interesting look at the culture in LA during that time period. I hadn't seen the flick in many years. I still like it.

I'll post some pics from my Taos trip soon. I have a big meeting tomorrow that I need to prepare for. Take care, fuzzies!
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VT Shootings

My heart goes out to those affected by the shootings this morning at Virginia Tech. This story reminded me of the Oklahoma City Bombing and the Columbine shooting. I first saw the story on LJ and thought nothing of it. The news is full of crazies shooting up offices and such. When LJ started to have more and more posts, I knew something was up. Holy crap. This is horrible. I did an LJ search on Virginia Tech and read the journals of a few people who were in town at the time. I even found a fellow fur and left a comment wishing her the best.

I say this reminded me of Oklahoma City and Columbine because on those 2 occasions I also blew off the news when I first heard it. When I heard a bomb had been detonated at a federal building, I figured there would be a few blown out windows. I knew something big had happened when a fellow employee came back into the office with a glazed look on her face and said it was REALLY bad. I never expected to see half of a building completely gone. With Columbine I heard about a school shooting and figured some kid brought a gun and shot his teacher/enemy/ex-girlfriend. I was crushed to hear that so many young lives were senselessly ended. And now this. What...the...fuck. We don't have enough to worry about with Arab loonies trying to kill us?!? We have our own loonies right here.
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