Category Archives: movies

Fourteenth: Long Time, No Blog

So it’s been a while, and I have consumed some culture since last posting. A partial list:

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Live.

Josh Ritter. Live.

Jon Dee Graham and Matthew Ryan. Live.

On Becoming a Novelist, by John Gardner

Michael Clayton

Into the Wild

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Seventh Post: Catching Up (Sort of)

Well. I’m not exactly off to a good start. Also, is January 1 too early in the year to begin experiencing regret?

I have several “cultural experiences” to post on, which I will list here for my own self-reference:

What Is the What by Dave Eggers. Finally finished it.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Finished it, too.
Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem. Actually finished it before the others.
I Am Legend, the movie.
Heidi Chronicles, the play
The Bourne Ultimatum, the movie. Twice.

There are likely others, too. For instance, I’m currently listening to the newish Dinosaur Jr. record (a term I use quite loosely, because I downloaded it), and it’s great. So there might be something there.

Sixth Post: Syriana

Watched Syriana for the first time today. As I’d heard, it’s a complicated movie, but I followed enough. Here’s what I got out of it: levels. If you followed its intracacies, it probably made for a very rich experience. But even if you did not, it was still compelling. I think this is likely because of the complex characters, especially the ones played by George Clooney and Matt Damon. You wanted to learn more about them, find out what drove them, so you wanted to keep watching. None of the characters were grotesques. All had likeable traits, or at least offered the viewer the ability to somewhat identify with them.

And while the plot was indeed hard to follow, it was a plot with serious themes, so you wanted to pay attention. If the story was only about, say, mixed-up romantic relationships on the Upper East Side, then I would have moved on. In fact, there are things about the plot that I could apply to my work (if I actually had a “work”)–the complex motives of the nation-state and its power players.

Third Post

So, this blog is off to a bit of a slow start. The reason why, I have realized, is that I don’t exactly read a book a day. I don’t get out to a performing arts event on even a weekly basis. I don’t watch that many movies. And these are things I planned to write about, or at least I plan to write about the things that these things make me think about.

But that’s OK. Maybe having this blog will force me to read more, go see more, watch more.

Or I could just write about Friday Night Lights and Las Vegas.

No, I won’t. At least, not yet.

(So, still reading Dave Eggers’s What Is the What. Watched a good bit of Dog Day Afternoon before falling asleep while Al Pacino was talking on the phone to his “wife,” who is a guy and is also not the woman he is married to. But I’ll pick up later, finish the movie, then come back here to write. Probably.)