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Teen Horniness Is Not A Crime [Sunday 3 Jul 2011 at 08:51 pm]
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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: 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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