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2191  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: June 03, 2007, 01:39:12 PM
"I'm a man about town, you know, but the town is not about me.  So I'm thinking we need to install a microwave oven and restore some sense of
2192  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: June 03, 2007, 01:31:19 PM
Dzim, I posted very similar reaction to POTC3 at another website.  What a bladder-busting ordeal.   Keith Richard was okay, but rock star cameos never do that much for me, as they mainly serve to pull me out of the movie -- and there's the little storm of whispering that crosses the audience, "Hey, that's [name]!"  Keira continues to look like the 12 year old boy's dream girl, and seems like she would blow off in a strong wind.  What I'm saying is, she looks very un-17th century, and her attempt at a Henry V rouser/speech on the deck at the end was not too convincing.

2193  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: June 02, 2007, 11:31:57 AM
At this terrible deluge of voices and hallucinations, Gordon realized he was in dire straits, and wondered if he had taken the wrong turn somewhere along the walk of life.  He knew he was not a cockroach, and he knew he was not merely a number --- he was a free man!  No matter what happened, he had to hang onto that one essential truth, even if a big angry balloon was chasing him around the natatorium, even if it pounced on him and had him twisting by the pool.  A man, when he came to the fork in the road, had to pick it up and use it to blow up big angry balloons.  And always, he must choose love over gold, even if it meant....

2194  Arts / Television / Re: Television on: June 02, 2007, 11:24:23 AM
Earl, just to play devil's advocate, I will point out that Charlie managed to kick his drug addiction in spite of the island throwing a whole planeful of heroin at him -- this, to me, doesn't suggest the kind of fatalistic personality that would willingly drown just so someone's dream of rescue came out correctly.  Plus there's that thing called a will to live, survival instinct, or whatever.  My feeling is that if he manages to shut down the jamming signal, he would feel he's done his part and would then take a practical approach to survival.  Then again, maybe all those years of doping have taken their toll.

And perhaps there is a rather Buddhist sense of personal unimportance in the Driveshaft song lyric, "You are everybody!"  (sincerely hoping I have not misheard this....)
2195  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: June 01, 2007, 02:53:01 PM
the nation of France, where you can get your money for nudgin' and your winks for free.

2196  Arts / Television / Re: Television on: June 01, 2007, 02:46:47 PM
Someone "quoted" me as saying it had to be Benjamin Linus, or Bums Alien Jinn, in the casket.  Wasn't me.  Besides, there is the whole John Lantham thing, which resonates too much with John Locke, especially since another British philosopher was named Bentham and combining them --- AHA! -- produces "Lantham" -- well, or "Benthocke" or what have you. 

I thought Jack's "because I wuv you" line clanked horribly, for the same reason as Harrie.  You don't get to trade fluids with Juliet and say stuff like that.

I've seen a lot of speculation about Charlie and the porthole.  Wasn't it a bit narrow for him to wiggle through?  I think that is the reason he didn't take that option, though I'm not sure why he couldn't close the bulkhead from....the other side.
2197  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: June 01, 2007, 11:02:47 AM
Then Gordon looked himself over and realized that he lacked a natatorium and that the pain was only a phantom, a brief misfire of overwrought nerves triggered by the loud report that had emanated from the prison's swimming facility -- the natatorium was the happy result of a generous donation of a wealthy French papaya farmer who believed that the incarcerated were best...
2198  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: June 01, 2007, 10:55:25 AM
They are apparently singing hosannas to NCfOM at Cannes.   Looking forward to it.

Both Hitchcock and Huston had some pretty amazing strings of films.  David Lynch, too -- though I know some feel Lost Highway was a misfire.  I'm more inclined to view Elephant Man as the odd movie of the bunch, but I really like everything he's done.  Though Straight Story, charming as it is, falls short of greatness for me.

2199  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: June 01, 2007, 10:49:27 AM
Just then, shots were fired in the natatorium...
2200  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: June 01, 2007, 10:09:37 AM
...then shake well in a wallaby's pocket, pour on corn bread, and pound on it until it registers happiness.

It seemed simple enough, but Gordon "Gregor" Samsa, had a harder shell than expected and it looked like a tabernacle full of Mormons might be required to...
2201  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: June 01, 2007, 10:00:37 AM
Saw two films this week, POTC3 and "Garden State" -- neither deserves further mention.   Looking forward to Mr. Brooks, bad reviews notwithstanding.

2202  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: May 31, 2007, 01:45:11 PM
...had so obviously made a poor choice of personal vehicle in selecting a cramped VW Beetle, and therefore would face censure for her suddenly popping into the virtual narrative that is the ontological foundation of our existence in this, the...
2203  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: May 31, 2007, 01:30:06 PM
"Thanks, but I am the one of the Knights who goes 'Knee!'" she replied, as she stared into the pitted and distorting mirror of the hubcap on her VW and wondered just who exactly...

2204  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: May 31, 2007, 11:43:43 AM
...A WalMart may yet appear in my neighborhood, and I will finally be able to afford some plastic patio furniture, not to mention...
2205  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: May 31, 2007, 11:21:31 AM
that of the woodchuck, who loved chess, and was apparently nothing but an image recycled from a Rozerem ad he'd seen on television.  Dreams, thought Gordon to himself, as there was no one else to think them to, are not the stuff that stuff is made of.

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