Sorry I've been such a bad blogger lately. Life has intervened repeatedly. There have been so many things I wanted to talk about but I only have time for a few notes here....
....So, now, I have a reddish, inch-or-so long scar on my wrist from my recent surgery. I noticed the other day that I also have a similar looking scar on the top of my left foot from a battle with a lava lamp back in college. So, one of my friends concludes that I have "catty corner stigmata." Ahem.
...A cool director whose work I really like loved my Josemaria Escriva/ Spanish Civil War screenplay. He would like to direct it tomorrow! Barb is excited. Please keep project in your prayers.
...I was surprised by how much I liked Capote. It is a classic actor's piece. All about going in close and making a mole-hill out of every freckle, in a good way. It is unfair to dismiss the film as either a pro-gay or anti-capital punishment screed. It is neither. It is much more about the creative temperament.
...I also send kudos across town to Alcon Entertainment for the very enjoyable 16 Blocks. It isn't a perfect film, but it is a solid thriller and includes an engaging redemption journey. Good ol' Bruce! Parents can absolutely let their teens go to this one without trepidation. There is no sex, only a couple of instances of violence, and only one very defensible instance of vulgar language. I give it 16 thumbs up.
...I found the Oscars weird and dull, but not disgusting and embarrassing. Okay, well I did find Clooney's speech ("WE REALLY ARE IMPORTANT! We ARE! WE ARE!") and the clips of civil rights movies ("Yes! We ARE important! We ARE!!!!") a bit pathetic, but I thought Jon Stewart really did a good job by placing himself in the perspective of the mainstream audience instead of in the industry. It was a happy thing in the end to have a host from outside the studio swirl. I thought Stewart's posturing was amusing in a way of which he is certainly unaware. His subtext was glaringly, "I'm SO not one of these idiots. I have a CABLE show!" Ah, there is no narcissist like a show narcissist.
..I knew Crash would win. I predicted it on a few radio shows far in advance. (This goes under the sub-heading, "If I don't Tell You How Humble I Am, You'll Never Know.")
...Please note my cool new side bar buttons. These are in response to the hoards of you who are always, relentlessly, indefatiguably pestering me as to how you can buy our book and donate to Act One. Now you can just click. Go ahead, try it.