February 1st, 2006

Roman

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The LA Times had an article about the Oscar nominees - ahead of news on Bush's stupid, lying speech last night - and the first line of the article says the five best-picture nominees are films most people haven't seen.

I have seen three of the five! Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Munich. I had intended to see a fourth, Capote, but in spite of the controversy wasn't particularly interested in Brokeback Mountain. I think these are terrific nominations. Crash is probably the weakest of the group but worth seeing. The article was a bit on the negative side - how will we attract viewers?? Oh, for heaven's sake.
Roman

Cool Hand Luke

Last night Paul and I watched the last part of the *&^%! State of the Union speech, then went to see Cool Hand Luke at the Fremont. That film has not suffered at all from its age. It's terrific.

If it were made today the prison would be much different and the prisoners probably would as well. Yet I wonder which representation would more accurately reflect reality. We are so used to seeing prisoners as cruel, heartless, in a certain mold, yet would they all be that way in a chain gang? The character of Luke is one of the all-time greats, no matter what. It was wonderful seeing this film again.

An added bonus. There was a rally outside the county building from 4 - 7, an anti-Bush rally, "Disgrace of the Union". Many of the participants in that rally trekked across the street to see the film, so the line was much longer than usual. The Fremont, though, is a big theater. We easily fit.
Roman

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I had my xm radio tuned to AirAmerica this morn, and Jerry was on. I can't put up with him. He's for newbies who need to hear over and over why this is good and that is bad. So I hunted around, looking for something else. I landed on xm classics and they were playing Carmina Burana. I have a CD of this work, I have sung it twice, so I know it really well. It sounded wonderful, better than my CD! I was sad that I had to shut off the radio when I reached work. One of those "driveway moments", as they dub them on public radio.