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My so-called weekend

Spent about eighteen hours (or at least it felt like it) grading essays and homework. Gah. Let us say no more about that.

Also watched two movies, both disturbing as is befitting for the week of Halloween: 'Donnie Darko' and 'Heavenly Creatures.' Both are well done, creatively shot, and are giving me second thoughts about having teenagers. (On the other hand, it makes everyone I've ever known look sweet and normal.) 'Heavenly Creatures,' as you might know, was directed by Peter Jackson, and is based on a true story--which makes it especially disturbing. Spoilers follow, be warned. It's about a pair of New Zealand teen girls in the '50s, who were rather too close to each other, and ended up plotting and carrying out a murder just so they could stay together. Freaky yet true.

But I have to admit, when characters in the movie were saying stuff about these girls like, "Their attachment is unhealthy," and were nervously pronouncing "homo-sexu-al-ity", I couldn't help thinking, "Hmm, people say that about Sam and Frodo, too." (Don't kill me; I didn't invent the rumor!) So, to sum up: Peter Jackson has so far directed one movie in which a same-sex pair from real life has a love relationship which is deeply unhealthy, and one movie in which a same-sex pair from a fantasy has a love relationship which is pure and good. Truly I have no idea what to make of that; I just thought it was interesting. Amusing, even.

On 'Donnie Darko': Jake Gyllenhaal (if I spelled that right) is way cool. Despite being an actor, and a young'un at that, he sounded more intelligent than his director, when we watched some of the scenes-with-commentary. I now want him to act in all the screenplays I write. I'll have my people call his people and we'll work out a contract.

Weather: they keep putting a chance of rain on the forecast, for about three days away, then moving it back or cancelling it. Am convinced they're just screwing with me.

Music: at least, while grading, I can listen to CD's. The Divine Comedy's "Casanova" is truly great and you must go get it if you don't have it. (Preferably with the 6-track companion disc.) I should get more by them (him, really...). Also thinking I should get a proper CD by The Damned. No one ever told me they had a really cool Goth phase after their punk phase. Should order "Phantasmagoria" or something.



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Oct. 28th, 2002 05:03 am (UTC)
I was listening to this yesterday too, incidentally, but damn you for having an extra disc! That must be limited edition. It is great - I love Woman of the World.
Oct. 28th, 2002 11:35 am (UTC)
Re: Casanova
Hehe...didn't realize it was so rare! If I recall, I merely ordered it from Amazon, years ago, and that's what I got. I love the track "Lucy" on the extras...

And yes, after seeing several replays of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' on TV lately, I was more able to appreciate "Woman of the World." :)
Oct. 28th, 2002 06:12 am (UTC)
Heavenly Creatures has been played several times on The Independent Film Channel and I have caught it several times for varying lengths of time, enough to say I believe I have seen the whole movie in its entirety (only in scrambled eggs fashion!) Yes! a very strange movie, but wonderfully done.
Oct. 28th, 2002 11:36 am (UTC)
I'm going to have to look up some more information about that case - the original girls who actually committed the murder, that is. Just too weird to be real. Maybe I'll go see what a search engine turns up right now...
Oct. 29th, 2002 07:28 am (UTC)
What part of CA do you live in?
Oct. 29th, 2002 09:06 am (UTC)
The Sacramento Valley--i.e., one of the least scenic parts of California. I'd much rather live on the coast, or somewhere else with actual hills and weather! At least this should be our last year here...then we'll probably escape back to the Northwest.
Oct. 29th, 2002 06:05 pm (UTC)
No way! Move to the North coast. I live in Arcara and, other than all the hippies, it is the best place on Earth! We have giant redwoods, the beach, cheep rent, super local beers, cool summers, and people who hold doors for eachother and don't suck.
Oct. 30th, 2002 04:45 pm (UTC)
If I had to choose somewhere in California to live (regardless of where there are jobs, etc), it would certainly be the north or central coast. Very gorgeous--and the towns are rather classier than the Oregon coast towns. :)
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