I feel like I could write 10 different posts regarding lots of different things going on, but it would probably just end up being a lot of boring fluff. So following please find some random tid bits from life, with only a moderate amount of boring fluff:
-The world did not want me to see Atonement
for some reason. I was SO not in the mood for the free screening that Working Title set up for SoP crew members a few weeks ago. Also, at the time I was exactly half way through the book and didn't want to screw up my thought process. A week later I won tickets to an advance screening at the Arclight that, thanks to work, I was exactly 17 minutes late for...and the movie started exactly 10 minutes late. So close...but I didn't want to miss the beginning so Ritchie and I went out to dinner instead. We finally just ponied up and paid for it last weekend. It paid off...it was fantastic. Also, I'm a retard because there's a bit of a twist at the end and I walked out of the movie going- I wonder why they added that twist...only to go home and reread the last page of the book and realize it was in the book as well. I most have been dozing off towards the end there. Anyway, it's a great little film with a fantastic score and a really pretty 5 minute tracking shot in Darfur during the war. Unfortunately for this movie, I'd be far more impressed with that shot if I hadn't seen the mother of all tracking shots in Children of Men
last year, also through a sort of riot/war. This one stands at a solid second best, however.
-Speaking of seeing movies at the Arclight...they converted our favorite neighborhood theater into it's 2nd branch, so we don't have to trek all the way out to Hollywood to see flicks with the many advantages that come with the Arclight. So that's pretty awesome. Wanna know how much we go there? Too much...asides from that missed screening of Atonement
that we were invited to, we were also granted free passes to the ribbon cutting ceremony last night, where they screened a few choice flicks...we chose To Kill A Mockingbird
. I hadn't seen it since high school and it still holds up. They had kind of a shoddy reel, but it was really authentic the way it crackled and popped. I had forgotten a lot of the story and I feel like I should read the book again. Ya know, after I read the other million books on my shelf. So if that didn't answer my previous questions- the fact that the Arclight hooks us up with all these free screenings is not because we're lucky, it's because we spend A LOT of money there. The last 6 or so movies I've seen in theaters were at the Arclight. Kinda pathetic.
-Speaking of missing that free Atonement
screening...when we missed it Ritchie and I decided not to waste the night out and we went out to dinner instead. We went to P.F. Chang's because it's right next door and I'd never been before. Half way through our meal, Taylor Doose
, idolized in my mind with Gilmore Girls fame, walked into the restaurant and tucked into a meal alone. I was so surprised that A) I recognized him, because I never recognize anyone, but this just goes to show that there are certain things emblazoned into my brain and apparently Gilmore Girls is one of them and B) he was limping and looked rather old. And I guess I never thought of Taylor as old...just annoying and, at times, misunderstood. Anyhow, I thought he looked kind of sad eating alone, but Ritchie and I reasoned that it was possible he preferred the solitary dinner.
-Speaking of the Arclight, sort of, we went to the Arclight in Hollywood on Monday night to catch the cast and crew screening of Walk Hard
. Despite it's certainly lackluster trailer, the movie was absolutely hysterical. And though I knew the songs would be quite good, I was still blown away by them and John Reilly's terrific voice. I was pretty excited to wake up and see he had gotten a Globes nom for his performance. He did
walk really hard....
-One more speaking of...speaking of the Golden Globe nominations, I'm appalled and shocked at the omission of Emile Hirsch from the Best Actor category and Ben Foster from the Best Supporting Actor category. If the Academy Awards follow suit, I just might lose what little faith I have in awards shows. That's not true...I'll always obsess over seeing all the movies and watching the shows, but that doesn't mean I can't be mad at them. And I'm still pissed about Crash
, so they're walking on thin ice.
So that's it for now...I'm trying (trying!) to do write ups on Beowulf
, No Country
, and Walk Hard
, so stay tuned. Maybe one of them will actually happen!