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1) Wall-E. I seem to have enjoyed it more than most, but then having read dozens of opinions from folks about what the supposed message was, I was able to realize that as with the news, your objections or kudos to a given media product say more about where you stand than the actual message. Yes, there were one or two overt messages, largely about overconsumption and the need to get out and do something. They're not invalid messages, but they were so incredibly overt that they quickly became funny. As such, I immediately just got over it and simply enjoyed the movie. Anyway, no matter how much you might scowl, you'd have to be cold-hearted indeed not to be charmed by the, let's call it the "dancing" scene so as not to be spoilery.

2) This is probably only of use to folks in the LA area, but, the Americana at Brand is just as irritatingly pleasant as the Grove is. In fact, it's kind of better in its' use of space. The trolley (yes, they have a trolley here too) is completely useless except for cuteness' sake, as it doesn't take you anywhere except on a loop through the entire property, and there is only the one stop at the beginning, or end. At least at the Grove, you can theoretically use it to go from one end to the other. More problematically, there are far fewer shops, and *all* of the shops are upscale, as opposed to the Grove where a few of them are actually useful. And of course there is no Farmer's Market, or as my wife put it as we were getting ready to leave "But there's no meat shop! There should be a meat shop attached!" Which indeed there should always be. To date, we have found no better butchers than those located in the Farmer's Market. If you, whoever you are is reading this, know of a better butcher in the Los Angeles area, I am absolutely soliciting your advice. I'd prefer advice from folks who have actually purchased meat from these butchers, of course.

3) John Adams. Good book, good documentary on HBO. Read it, watch it. I never would have thought that I would find more respect for one of our founding fathers (and, for that matter, lose respect for one who I had largely considered a genius), but I did. Mr. Adams is sadly overlooked in our history. Our revolution would almost certainly not have happened if it were not for him... although perhaps it was inevitable.

There's an alternate history story, if anybody wants to write it: Boston, 1808. The cod fisheries are producing, industry is flourishing from Philadelphia to Boston, the cotton is flowing, and now the crown wants money to fight Napoleon - who steps to the fore? Come now, the British Isles are months away. We can and will have our own country! The sheep farmers of Australia had a revolution 20 years ago and the UTA (United Territories of Australia) is now a free and independent country! Will we sit idle and watch the pointless wars of Europe financed upon our backs? Nay, I say nay!

Movie Meme Recap

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So people got every single one on my lil' movie meme thingie, except one. Well, my dad did get that remaining one, but he admitted to me that he'd googled it just because he was interested.

So, this quote:

-Think her family's gonna be okay that you're a white guy?
-They think any woman over 30 who isn't married is a lesbian. She figures, they'll be so relieved that I'm a man...
-Yeah, it's always heartwarming to see a prejudice defeated by a deeper prejudice.


It's from Lone Star. Er, the 1996 version. You may be surprised to learn that Matthew McConaughey can, in fact, actually act. Or, heh, at least he can be good in a role in which he is mostly required to be deadpan and seem slightly ironic.

Come to think of it, y'all, don't watch it just yet. Let me watch it again and see whether it was as good as I remember it being.

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Blah blah movie quotes etc. Guess away if you feel like it, under the cutCollapse )

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Morosely, Scarlett, A Damn Not I Gave

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From the LA City College's Winter 2008 Community Services Classes catalog comes these offerings. I present it to you exactly as published, letter for letter:

SCREENWRITING WARRIORS
There are many ways to write a script. Some of them are convoluted, some are impossible to apply, and most too much time to write (then rewrite) a script quickly and well, at a professional level of craft and ready to be marketed as quickly as possible, then come learn how not of "pain yourself into a corner". This is the quickest, most direct method of creating; writing and selling a script you'll find anywhere. And you don't have to buy software or a book to do it - it's just a common sense and a practical approach.

Fee: $35
Jack Adams
One Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

PITCHING YOUR FILM/T.V. PROJECT
Got a chance to talk about your script?  Tried to pitch-can't get it across the plate?  There's only one way to do it well, yet many ways to fail to sell. If you want to develop a bulletproof presentation (as well as elephant ride) learn the right way to pitch, get people interested, and make a deal instead of a mess. You only get one chance to make a first impression - don't blow it!  Find our how to approach, and what to expect in (and form) a pitch meeting, whether scheduled or impromptu.

Fee:  $35
Jack Adams
One Sunday
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


I don't know why you'd spend thousands of dollars and several years learning film at UCLA or USC when you could just plonk down seventy bucks on a slow Sunday and let Jack Adams teach you how not of pain yourself into a corner.  And give you an elephant ride, apparently.  I think I'd pay 35 bucks for the elephant ride alone.

More than meets the eye

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So, yeah, it's kind of stupid (since when is LA 20 miles from the Hoover Dam?) but, who cares. Transformers was totally, totally awesome. I'd pay to see it again. And I wasn't even all that big of a Transformers fan as a kid.

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Hooray For Memeywood

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Movies Meme. I suppose if you really care what I think about movies, click hereCollapse )

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