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Teen Horniness Is Not A Crime [Sunday 3 Jul 2011 at 08:51 pm]
Owen
I saw True Grit 2010. Finally.

The Coen brothers follow the Coen aesthetic: everything is detailed, precise, historically and culturally accurate, and controlled down to the mood, lighting, color palette, props, details, and sounds. The 1969 version feels like a half baked student production by comparison. And True Grit 1969 was pushing hard on literal realism for its time.

There is one exception in both versions. Oklahoma doesn't look one bit like Oklahoma. It looks like Arizona or maybe Colorado. Sure, Arizona is a million times better than Oklahoma and a billion times prettier, but there are actual story elements that follow the landscape. Some of them could not happen in Oklahoma. I wonder if the novel contradicted Oklahoma geography also. The 2010 version can at least be paying homage to the 1969 landscapes; they are admirably closely matched without using the same locations.

I can't say 2010 ends more darkly, though the Coens give it their best. It does lay out a difficult but well earned fate for the characters in a harder edged and more final way, but the original was serious, too.

The acting was a technical triumph by all three principals and the supporting cast. I even lost track of Matt Damon the actor as he sublimated himself so deeply into LeBeouf. The performances all deserve a prize.

Everything in the production was outstanding and most all the spirit of the original was maintained. An excellent excursion.

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Ripe fresh peas are just like candy.

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Why did no one tell me that Southland Tales was amazing? Sure, it's a mess and either the editor or screenwriter was apparently drunk but it's an amazing mess. A collection of good performances by mostly mediocre B-list actors (plus SMG) fills out a dreamy post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Shards of a twisted self-referential plot entertain us until they come together to raise even more questions in the best post-Modernistic way. The dreamy quality of the effects and clips of storytelling is enthralling.

Okay, yes; it's a mess.

But I was fascinated.

And SMG makes the most hilarious hand gesture ever. Yes, ever better than Hush.

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It hit 100 degrees here today for the first time this year. I went out to play at 8 AM when it was only 80 for a long bike ride.

I can hardly believe I used to go out and work hard in the 100+ weather when I was young. How did I do that?

Time for some ice cream.

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Chocolate truffles in this weather are gooey and liquidy instead of soft and buttery.

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Had a meeting with the ex about the kids. Why did she ever marry me if she felt like that? Oh, yeah--now I remember.

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I don't know whom to root for in the Tour de France this year. I like Cadel Evans and the Schleck brothers are cute together. Kloeden and Leipheimer have been fun to watch in the past. Mostly I'm just glad to see Contador in trouble. Even before I knew he was a cheater, I just didn't like the guy.

Maybe both Schleck brothers could pick up their first Tour titles this coming month.

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My parents made a surprise visit for my birthday. I hadn't seen them together for fifteen or twenty years. Took them out to my favorite picnic spot in the mountains. It was a lot of fun but surreal, like being four years old again.

They seemed to get along fine. It's amazing how much they can drink, though.

Listening to them talk about family and cultural context makes me think about the distance between generations. People should really have their children just as young as they are able. Each additional year waiting is a barrier between you and the closest part of your family that will persist forever. Being a free spirit is overrated; youth is wasted on the young.

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I mostly enjoyed the revival Nine. I have tried a few times but I just cannot warm up to Ten. Maybe it's Tennant or maybe it's RTD being RTD, but I just don't like him.

I loved Three and Four and Five as the Doctors of my youth. And I really like Eleven.

Also, could Rose be any more low and grating? I doubt it.
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[User Picture]From: xc_runner50
Monday 4 Jul 2011 at 02:57 am (UTC)
Love your Icon. Do you read the comic that is taken from?
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Monday 4 Jul 2011 at 04:39 pm (UTC)
I do follow Questionable Content. Hasn't Jeff gotten much better as an artist over the years?
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[User Picture]From: xc_runner50
Monday 4 Jul 2011 at 08:43 pm (UTC)
I've only started QC in the last month, but yeah he is a great artist.
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Wednesday 6 Jul 2011 at 03:34 am (UTC)
You should check out the archives. At the beginning the art was barely beyond stick figures. Jeph's evolution as an artist has come step by step entirely in public.
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[User Picture]From: infinitewhale
Monday 4 Jul 2011 at 05:38 am (UTC)

It's been awhile since I read the book, but I think the 2010 adaption is pretty accurate to what happened in it. Some dialogue moved around, but no big changes.

Southland Tales was a bit of a deliberate mess and a regular mess in others. Kelly wasn't sure what kind of movie he wanted to make, IMO. Hence all the actors seeming like they're in different movies spliced into one. I've read like 4 versions of the script and all and significantly different.
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Monday 4 Jul 2011 at 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hence all the actors seeming like they're in different movies spliced into one.

That's exactly what it feels like. Fun, though.
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[User Picture]From: missus_grace
Monday 4 Jul 2011 at 06:29 am (UTC)
Plus, the actress in True Grit 1969 looks like she's 24, not 14. And she's annoying.

I disagree with this statement: People should really have their children just as young as they are able.

I'm not exactly sure of the context of your statement - I don't think that being older necessarily means you're out of touch with the younger generation - not if you stay informed and make an effort to understand their cultural relevance. It's very easy to roll your eyes and say, "kids nowdays, eh?" That'll turn you into a duffer right quick.

I'd like to say that I'm way more clued into my kids' generation than my parents ever were to mine, but my kids are young yet.

I'd just rather see people becoming parents when they are mature and can offer a stable, loving home. But I am opposed to 50-60 year-old men knocking up their trophy wives. It's just unfair to the kid.
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[User Picture]From: zanthinegirl
Monday 4 Jul 2011 at 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'd just rather see people becoming parents when they are mature and can offer a stable, loving home

This!
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Wednesday 6 Jul 2011 at 03:42 am (UTC)
looks like she's 24, not 14. And she's annoying.

Apparently John Wayne said the same thing.

I disagree with this statement: People should really have their children just as young as they are able.

Lots of people disagree. That's why I am surprised that I think that way.

Mostly I'm concerned about the connection a parent and a child can have when they are both still able to raise the grandchildren together or work together or travel together or play sports together.

Popular culture is aimed at mass consumption and you can simply consume it together. Climbing a mountain or designing an invention or helping with small children together is much harder when one of you is thirty and the other is seventy than when one is twenty and the other is forty.

Of course a stable loving home is a pleasant thing and seventeen year olds are unlikely to be able to earn a sufficient living or choose a partner wisely enough to provide one. Too bad.
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[User Picture]From: ms_scarletibis
Monday 4 Jul 2011 at 06:31 am (UTC)
A most interesting and colorful post, to be sure. Thanks for sharing.

"Had a meeting with the ex about the kids. Why did she ever marry me if she felt like that? Oh, yeah--now I remember."

...?
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Wednesday 6 Jul 2011 at 03:44 am (UTC)
"Had a meeting with the ex about the kids. Why did she ever marry me if she felt like that? Oh, yeah--now I remember."...?

I knocked her up.

And being good friends is not the same thing as being in love.
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[User Picture]From: rebcake
Monday 4 Jul 2011 at 07:00 am (UTC)
Listening to them talk about family and cultural context makes me think about the distance between generations.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, having spent time with both parents, which just pointed up that people are different. I was the product of teenaged parents (okay, pop was 20) so I'm pretty close in age with them both, relatively. But nowadays there is so much more cultural common ground between me and my father than between either of us and my mother. It wasn't always like that...I had books and feminism and dancing in common with ma, films and music and politics with pop. At some point, she just got sidetracked and lost interest, while he stayed engaged and intellectually active. I waited to have my own kid, though my stepkids — who've been around since they were in the single digits — would align with my being a teen mom. I don't think I wasted my (extended) youth, and my kid always gets an illicit thrill at hearing what I got up to, in addition to having a lot of cultural common ground presently. It helps that we tend to have kids that are like we were: interested in cultural history, as well as what's happening now. I admit to being a bit terrified of losing my cultural mojo when McDiva heads off to college and beyond. I've had teenagers in the house for decades now, keeping it real. I'm worried that I'll turn into an old lady overnight when the last one has taken flight.

True Grit was amazing, indeed. I find that I adore every other Coen Bros. film, and never even bother to see the ones in between (or I seem them and dislike them).

I skipped a lot of Ten, but I think I was a little bored with Rose and only slightly less bored with Martha. Eleven is working for me, so far, though. In no small part due to Amy, Rory, and River, but also because he's such a great chaos figure.
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Wednesday 6 Jul 2011 at 03:48 am (UTC)
That is an interesting personal history.

I never really got up to much trouble after being a bad boy in school; I'd rather have passed it up and be closer in age for my little ones.

Yes, Amy, Rory, and River are fun companions. Much more fun to watch than Rose. I still wonder how much of the difference is characters and how much writers.
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[User Picture]From: zanthinegirl
Monday 4 Jul 2011 at 08:26 pm (UTC)
It's been a while since I read the book, but from what I remember of it the 2010 movie version was pretty close to it. Gorgeous and moving; easily one of the best of 2010.

I'm not sure I agree about young parents being better. I've spent too much of my career working in pediatrics; mostly NICU and PICU. In my observation the selflessness that perenthood requires is something that comes with maturity. There obviously are young parents who are able to do that, but I think it's easier with some life experience. And caring about the lives and interests of your children isn't related to age!

Interesting that you're not a fan of 10. I love him, though I'm also fond of 9 & 11. I like Rose. I know, not the common opinion. She's the first who-niverse character I bonded with though, and I still enjoy her. I love Donna beyond reason, and adore Rory and River. Amy's just grating though. If she should go away I wouldn't miss her!
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Wednesday 6 Jul 2011 at 03:55 am (UTC)
There obviously are young parents who are able to do that, but I think it's easier with some life experience.

That is a real limit. I'd say it's better for parents to start young but not before they're really ready. And a lot are starting before they're ready.

caring about the lives and interests of your children isn't related to age!

No, but caring can't overcome mortality. Some things are much easier to do together with a companion closer to your own age.

I love him,

It's funny that I can't say exactly what it is I don't like. The best I can do is say that he just seems angry. It's good, though, that lots of fans enjoy all the revival Doctors.
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