10.11.2009

Bright weekend sundries



1. Bright Star is just as beautiful as they say. Yet another reason I admire Jane Campion so much. It's a movie that made my heart swell with possibilities, and my mind ache at how one couldn't make that movie here in the US, nor could Ms. Campion's career have evolved here either. A moment to wonder and hope, and yet another moment to ponder and mope.

2. Thai food is medicinal. And for a beautiful some, as of late, it is the only choice tolerable. I gladly follow. This weekend I had noodles on Friday, and a curry dish this evening. Wonderful.

3. Adventureland, a second viewing, note #1: Real stories. It's funny how real stories all work so damn well, and yet there's the whole dilemma of people trying to tell such stories and people like me wanting to enact some Fahrenheit 451 action on said materials. We've all read stories and scripts based on such "real stories," and we've all wanted to light those mothers up. We all know it. And yet, Adventureland, among other examples. And I think the catch is that many have said about this particular film that Greg Mottola wrote the story as it could have been, and then opened it as a collaboration to realize the story as it now stood. A work of fiction. And that is the difference. Real made interesting, made alive, and thus changed. So real is just the starting point. And can be a good one sometimes. But dump the ego, follow the story. I'll be thinking about that myself on Mr. Columbus' day.

4. Sushi shops not opening until 5:30p on a Saturday is some major ass BULLSHIT.

5. Productivity is down. Needs to be up. This has been an issue lately as life keeps on trucking, and trucking in my way. Yo, life. Step off. Or step in line. I'm often amazed at those -- and you know who you are -- who seem always so productive in the face of said trucking, clackety-clacketing away like it was all one big F you. I'm impressed by these people -- who know who they are -- but I also want to, like, do the adult version of ding-dong-ditching them. Whatever that is. Regardless: Productivity needs to be Viagra-Up.

6. A note from one of Keats letters that, if anything, made me feel better about a hurdle I've been trying to jump lately in getting a first draft of my Interloper pilot finished:

I had not a dispute but a disquisition with Dilke, on various subjects; several things dovetailed in my mind, & at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in literature & which Shakespeare possessed so enormously - I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.


7. Adventureland, a second viewing, note #2: Awkward phases. In some part of the disappointing special features on the disc, Mottola says that Jesse Eisenberg described himself as a director's stand-in for stories about their awkward phases. I love that. No shock there really considering my second realization: awkward phases. A lot of people seem really stuck on suave characters. Everyone has to be disco these days. Me, I'm really impressed by the awkward. If a character is that honestly bare that I identify and squirm, I'm 30 billion times more affected and impressed than when someone is doing their best Brad-Pitt-doing-Dean-Martin. All I'm sayin'.

8. It's a bittersweet writerly balm to watch young, miserly Keats feeling defeated by the world.

9. I Heart Community.

10. From Keats' letters to Fanny Brawne:

I almost wish we were butterflies and could live three summer’s days – three such days with you could fill with more delight than 50 common years ever contain.



ps. It's unfair to make Sorkin follow Keats, especially with what I'm choosing from Sorkin's work, but hell, it's part of my bright weekend, so I'm doing it anyway:


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