January 24th, 2005

full life

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1. Lots of no posting happening; work has been completely nuts. There are some new developments that I can't quite talk about yet - not even behind a filter. The upshot is that I'll only have some sort of idea about what my job future at my company entails in approximately 1-2 weeks, pending a lot of decisions that are completely beyond my control. Anyway, about the lack of posting - it's not like there's much to report. I suppose I can drudge up enough for a 5-point bulletin, though...

2. Friday night Kath and I finally saw A Very Long Engagement, which was wonderful. Kath was an absolute wreck afterwards - she said she hadn't cried that hard since In America, although you have to keep in mind that Kath cried during the opening credits of every LOTR movie - even when we bought them on DVD, after she'd seen them 5-7 times. Audrey Tatou is fantastic, of course, but the movie itself is beautiful - just the shots of Paris circa 1910 are staggering. It's a love story within a war movie, but it's also mostly a Jeunet film.

3. In the cab ride home from the movie I thought to myself how awesome it is that, in spite of how shitty Hollywood is these days, there are still genuinely interesting films being made by directors with vision. IFC had a documentary about film in the 1970s, and everyone was just jerking themselves off about how brilliant they all were - before the studios gave them too much money, and especially before Star Wars "destroyed" the independent film scene. If anything, however, I think the visionary directors of today - the Andersons (both Wes and Paul Thomas), the Jeunets, the (to a lesser extent) Soderberghs, et al - I think they have a great deal more cojones to be making such wierd films in such a commerically-driven era. Hollywood has so much less tolerance for what constitutes a success these days, and it's refreshing to see directors who continue to not give a shit.

4. The weekend was spent indoors. Kath had rehearsal on Saturday and, as she was coming home, fell down the subway stairs, leaving her with a bruise for the ages. My Saturday was spent trying not to get sick - I also ended up on a sci-fi Bruce Willis kick, watching The Fifth Element and 12 Monkeys. Sunday we actually spent cooking, which was nice. Cooking and watching football, interspersed with "I Love the 90s: Part Deux".

5. Oh yeah, I almost forgot - I'm very, very excited for next Sunday - my high school band, Nepera's Children, is going to jam. This will make for my 2nd reunion jam in 3 weeks. Fun stuff.

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Interesting bit of casting news: IMDB.com is reporting that Audrey Tatou, of Amelie fame, is slated to appear as Sophie Neveu in the upcoming adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks. Also, Jean Reno is to appear as Inspector Bezu Fache.

The book was pretty good, although it's pretty clear, having read a few of Dan Brown's books, that he is a one-trick pony - see, for example, the first few chapters of both Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, where nearly the exact same thing happens. I'm wary of Ron Howard - he's responsible for both Arrested Development and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Tom Hanks - well, whatever, I like him. But let's just have props for the casting director to get both Jean Reno and Audrey Tatou involved.