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Journal of No. 118


February 17th, 2004

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Now that Warren is on his way to Ant-freaking-arctica, I am free to plunder Fark for linkage: No buffalo hide was recovered.

Sunday, we had Jason and Andy over for dinner. Rebecca made a middle eastern-esque feast: olives, flatbread and hummus, two yogurty things, chicken, date sweets, pistachios and mint tea. I washed a dish or two and kept out of the way. Lots of excellent conversation, ranging from politics to insane comic book creators.

Netflix doped us up on documentaries. Spellbound was as good as I'd heard. The important thing is that Little Miss New-Haven-Connecticut-Yale-legacy-continental-au pairs-and-dressage LOSES! And so does the pint-size-megalisping-home-schooled-Jesus-zombie, who shows up near the end. I won't spoil the rest of it.

Last night, we watched American Movie. Mark Borchardt dreams of making horror movies. He's 50% auteur-visionary and 50% fuck-up. He twists arms like a dictator and wheedles cash like a 3 dolla ho, all in the service of his art. The comparisons to Aaron are all too easy to make. And damn if he hasn't sold 5136 units of Coven. No small thanks due to the documentary.

Oh, and we went and saw Master & Commander, which was perfectly enjoyable though Rebecca's correct that much could have been removed. And having removed some of it, I would have much preferred having a complete ending rather than a tease for a sequel.
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Bonus movie 'review': I was poking around ruthlessreviews & spotted this in their 'guilty pleasures' section:
"Erich Schulte's Guilty Pleasures.
10 - The Wild Bunch.
I know, The Wild Bunch is hardly a guilty pleasure. It's a very highly regarded film. My guilty pleasure is how I watch the film. Apparently, it's supposed to be a commentary on violence or something ... and you're supposed to appreciate the natural beauty in the film. If you look at my review, you'll see that I completely ignore all of that. Usually, I just watch the opening scene where all of the bible thumping abolitionists get slaughtered and hop around the room shouting an altered version of the chorus from Metallica's "Call of Cthulu" "DIE BY MY HAND! SPREAD DEATH ACROSS THE LAND!, KILLING FUCKING CHRISTIANS" With the underlying chant of DIE, DIE, DIE, pulsating in my mind."
 
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 17th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)

hee hee

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"American Movie" is in my top 10 all-time fave films. It's hilarious, it's inspiring, it's tear-jerking, it's me. I watch it before I shoot any major project. Greg and I quote lines from it constantly.

Cool beans on "The Wild Bunch"! I should do that...

"It's not enough to just drink and dream, you have to create and complete."
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 17th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)

Re: hee hee

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Is that any way to live your life?
Swilling down peppermint schnapps and calling Morocco at two in the morning?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 17th, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)

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>>Is that any way to live your life?
Swilling down peppermint schnapps and calling Morocco at two in the morning?

"That's senseless!"

I, uh, bought a bottle of peppermint schnapps right after I saw that movie. And I make a good "Uncle Bill," that is, peppermint schnapps and Sprite. I don't know what else he asks for in it. It sounds like "grappa", and that's gross.
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From:rsheslin
Date:February 18th, 2004 01:14 am (UTC)

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Um, I think Anonymous might have had a bit too much of the peppermint schnapps to be carrying on such a conversation with himself....
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 19th, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC)
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We have very similar Netflix queues, apparently. Except that Netflix refused to send us Spellbound, even though it was available and at the top of our queue. So instead we're watching Man from Elysian Fields, which is surprisingly entertaining and has (never thought I'd say this) a genius performance by Mick Jagger.

We saw American Movie recently (after much behesting from Mr. Anonymous up there), and I have to say I didn't like it at all. And don't get me started on Coven -- both boring AND confusing! It's a twofer!

--randy
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:February 19th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)

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We liked the Man from Elysian Fields a lot too. Mick is indeed great.
I enjoyed American Movie, but I had no desire to watch Coven.
We've returned Spellbound, so Netflix' one copy should be on its way to you now.

Journal of No. 118