I've been enjoying James Tata's reports from the bowels of National Novel Writing Month. He's taken up the challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in November. To catch up, see his posts: considering, considering, one day before, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 5.
J. Robert Parks is back with a double-double-feature: Old Joy and 49-Up (an inspired pairing) and The Queen and The Last King of Scotland. I liked three of the four and fully expect to like 49-Up when I have a chance to see it. A couple of these movies in particular I keep meaning to write a bit more about.
In case you missed it, be sure to see Brian Darr's recent interview with Crispin Glover.
Thanks for the interest in my little project. It's been fun, and posting about it has, so far, kept me motivated.
I'm glad you're blogging again. I'm really glad you're back. I think yours was the first blog to add my site to a blogroll.
Oh really. I didn't know that. I do remember discovering your blog. When I decided to steer this site toward movies, I was on the lookout for something with a different focus to help me keep up with other things, especially fiction. It paid off. I think I became interested in J. M. Coetzee because of your site.
Your project is great. If circumstances were slightly different I might be joining you, but for now I'm having fun living vicariously. I'm just glad you've managed to find the time and energy to file reports.
That discussion is making me lean strongly towards seeing Madeinusa at the Latino Film Festival a week from Saturday. I unfortunately couldn't make it to the Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez last night.
I'd be curious to hear your thoughts.
I went!! Upon your recommendation and Michael Hawley's. It is, of course, a sad and devasting documentary. I had some issues with its meandering course until it dawned on me that these various portraits accentuated Tono's "everyman" (more "everyperson") status. As someone who knows Guate very well, it broke my heart to think this poor individual suffered so much only to suffer even more.
Yeah, Michael, I don't know the particulars of the story and location as well as you, obviously, but that "everyperson" thing is exactly what I liked about the film, aside from its obvious emotional impact and relevance to current US politics. The director does a masterful job of giving us a picture of this individual -- in many cases by telling the stories of others! -- and simultaneously giving us a picture of many people in similar situations.
It's quite a balancing act, very subtle. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
I'd just like to say I find your writing intelligent, well thought out, inquisitive, and interesting. A true enjoyment to read.
What a nice thing to say. Thanks very much, and thanks for stopping by.