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The sun is out today, and the temperature is supposed to reach 81˚F. I'll be gracious and let that pass for summer. Actually, I'm glad it's not hotter today. Kathryn's getting a new tattoo this afternoon (photos tomorrow), and she's better off not being all sweaty and shit.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,034 words on "Dead Letter Office." I'd have written more, but there were distractions (work related). Which reminds me. As I said yesterday on Facebook, the VERY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT will come, at the latest, on July 13th. So, keep watching the skies. After seven-plus months, the secret has exhausted me.

As for "Dead Letter Office," also from Facebook:

I'm kinda, sorta, vaguely beginning to worry that "Dead Letter Office," the new story, is becoming Houses of Leaves in space. Except, maybe that's a good thing. Or maybe it's "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream," minus AM. Or "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" sans Spock. Or maybe I'm just having a bout of insecurity.

You know, there was a time when I'd never have stooped to stitching together a skimpy blog entry from fucking Facebook posts.

Last night, after Halt and Catch Fire (which continues to be excellent), and after the first two episodes of The Brink (which is hilarious), we watched Sidney Lumet's Fail Safe (1964), which I'd not seen since I was a kid. And I'd forgotten what a magnificent, brilliant, terrifying film it is. Want to know the Cold War fears that filled my dreams in my teens and twenties? Watch Fail Safe.

Afterwards, I began wondering about movies from 1964, how many of my favorite films are from 1964. I made a list, in no particular order (thank you, Wikipedia):

01. My Fair Lady
02. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
03. A Shot in the Dark
04. Zorba the Greek
05. Crack in the World (a really awful film, but I adore it)
06. A Fistful of Dollars
07. Fail Safe
08. Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte
09. Marnie
10. The Night of the Iguana
11. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (another guilty pleasure)
12. Seven Days in May

Likely, I missed a few. And now, I gotta work. June ends here (though I'm told we've been awarded one extra second).

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast


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Jun. 30th, 2015 04:34 pm (UTC)
How many tattoos does Kathryn have? I always thought I'd have a tattoo by now but I want words and I'm too picky/indecisive.

I enjoyed the first season of Halt and Catch Fire but need to catch up with the second. Are you still watching Defiance?
Jun. 30th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)

How many tattoos does Kathryn have?

Four that come to mind. This will be the fifth.

And yep, still watching Defiance.
Jun. 30th, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)
01. My Fair Lady
02. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Daring order but I think I have to agree--Audrey Hepburn elevates a film a great deal by just her presence. I hadn't realised My Fair Lady and Marnie came out in the same year. Two very different movies about a man trying to fix a woman. Looking at Wikipedia's 1964 page, I'd say this is my top twelve:

01. Pale Flower
02. Kwaidan
03. Mary Poppins
04. Onibaba
05. My Fair Lady
06. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
07. The Woman in the Dunes
08. A Fistful of Dollars
09. A Hard Day's Night
10. Paris When It Sizzles
11. Marnie
12. Blood and Black Lace
Jun. 30th, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)

Note that I wasn't ranking those from most favorite to least.

I dithered on Paris When It Sizzles.
Jun. 30th, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
Note that I wasn't ranking those from most favorite to least.

Ah, okay.

I dithered on Paris When It Sizzles.

I wasn't sure about that one, either--I think it's pretty flawed, I don't think its narrative experiment really works, but as I said, Audrey Hepburn elevates things for me by at least 600 points every time and I like the colour, costumes, and Marlene Dietrich's cameo.
Jun. 30th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
11. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (another guilty pleasure)

I even have it on Laser Disc... and VHS tape... DVD... but then again, I saw it first run in the theater, so its still on the Big Screen in my mind..
Jun. 30th, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC)
Damn, it must be my age. How many hours did I burn watching weekend, and late night movies? Love'em all. Have to say "Night of the Iguana" is favorite, shame it's been edited to change it's thrust. Robinson Crusoe on Mars, haven't thought of that one in years. Crack in the World is the same, out-of-sight,out-of-mind.
Went and checked films for 1967. The nostalgia made me depressed. I miss being young, and staying up all night watching movies.

Edited at 2015-06-30 08:19 pm (UTC)
Jun. 30th, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC)
Ripping list. Interesting how different directors approached the Cold War subject matter.
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