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October 3, 2004

Lazy Saturday Entry

It wasn't quite a "lovely, cinematic experience," but today was a pretty cool day. I spent most of the morning tracking down books at the Emory library, which always makes me feel like I've accomplished something (I even learned that non-Emory patrons can only check out a total of 25 books at a time). Then I watched as Purdue beat freakin' steamrolled Notre Dame in South Bend for the first time in 30 years--great stuff. I've become a big fan of Kyle Orton, a great quarterback and, by all reports, a good student, too. The bad news is that because Purdue is undefeated, I'll be spending a little too much time paying attention to college football on Saturday afternoon (when I should be working).

But now I've just returned from a nice party/cook-out where I had a good time, especially when I was defending that F9/11 is a documentary film. As I left the party, I realized that I'm almost incapable of leaving a party until the very end--I am, however intentionally, always the last person to leave a party. Probably not a good sign. So, no breathtaking tracking shots or colorful mise-en-scene, but a good day all around.

I also wanted to mention a couple of movies I've seen recently, both of which I'd recommend, but have no desire to review. The first is Crimson Gold, an Iranian film about a jewely heist that goes awry. The film does some interesting stuff with social class, but for wahetevr reason, I don't have much to say (for a change). The second is Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. You'd think I'd have more to say about an anime film about cyborgs and postmodern identity, especially one in which a major character is named "Haraway," but I really don't. I quite liked the animation, and the film does some great things with technologies of vision (there are some great visual references to Blade Runner and film noir in general), but it's been two weeks since I watched the film, so for whatever reason, it didn't resonate. I did watch Going Upriver, the John Kerry documentary, Friday night, and I'll write a review of that later tonight or on Sunday afternoon.

Posted by chuck at October 3, 2004 1:24 AM

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A good day is a good day ... cinematic or not.

Looking forward to the review of Going Upriver.

Posted by: profgrrrrl at October 3, 2004 1:54 AM

Grrrrrr, my NCAA picks are completely screwed this week. But congrats on the Notre Dam win. Better than my team did.

Posted by: Rusty at October 3, 2004 2:09 AM

Speaking of being the last person to leave.. It always bothers me when there's the one character who overstays his welcome. (And I'm not saying that you did this.) But when it's 4am and everyone is gone but the host and she's not picking up on your advances, LEAVE. Sorry, just wanted to rant.

Posted by: Jen at October 3, 2004 10:51 AM

No, I'd never overstay my welcome--about four people left the same time I did. But towards the end of the night (and it was still relatively early, 12:30 or so), I looked up from a really good conversation to see that everyone was gearing up to leave.

I think if my day was cinematic, it was closer to a handheld camera-kind of day. Lots of jittery camera movements from an unsteady camera person. Snippets of conversation, no non-diegetic music....

Review of Going Upriver coming soon, maybe not until tonight, though.

Posted by: chuck at October 3, 2004 11:02 AM

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