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I should try to write an entry, since I didn't yesterday. And time smears and blurs together unless I watch it every goddamn minute of every goddamn day. Hours become years, behind my back.

It's autumn today. Currently, it's 68˚F (and feels like 68˚F) here in Providence, getting cloudy.

And I am finally done with all the proofreading and editing and gathering together of ephemera for The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan: Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea (Volume 2). All the files were sent away last night to Yanni and Gail, and I am free of it. A journey that began on July 1, 2010, is pretty much finished. Five years. Wow. Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea will be released November 30, 2015, and if you've not yet preordered, please do.

And now, there's very little preventing me from devoting my full time to the screenplay. Everyone's waiting on me. And I hate that feeling.

Alas, a scheduling conflict means we'll not be returning to Woodstock until at last late November.

No movie last night, because I was tired and wanted to do something perfectly mindless, so I played WoW (which is about as mindless as it comes). Shaharrazad, my b'elf warlock, and my main, is working her way through all that Panadaria nonsense. Anyway, night before last I watched Miller's Crossing (1990) for the umpteenth time. I've probably said this before, but I have a feeling I'm the only person whose favorite Coen Bros. film is Miller's Crossing. But it's just such a wry and perfect film. Jesus, the dialogue gives me chill bumps.

The breeze through my window is chilly, but after the long burn of August, it actually feels good.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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sovay
Sep. 14th, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC)
A journey that began on July 1, 2010, is pretty much finished. Five years. Wow.

Congratulations.

I have a feeling I'm the only person whose favorite Coen Bros. film is Miller's Crossing. But it's just such a wry and perfect film.

I've never seen it; I'll have to. My favorite is O Brother, Where Art Thou? I saw it in college, knowing almost nothing about the Coen Brothers; I expected nothing of it and the music and the Odyssey won my heart. Also George Clooney essentially playing Clark Gable. I have seen it several times since and not been disappointed.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 14th, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? I is endlessly brilliant, but in a completely different way that Miller's Crossing.
setsuled
Sep. 14th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling I'm the only person whose favorite Coen Bros. film is Miller's Crossing.

I don't think I have a favourite but I certainly don't think that's a bad choice. It's the most visually beautiful and the Coen Brothers movie where the stylised beauty of the visuals plays best with the story, in my opinion. I feel like their visual style has grown a little sterile of late, I'd like to see them do another rough and dirty looking film like The Big Lebowski or No Country for Old Men. But Miller's Crossing's visuals match the story and dialogue perfectly. It's not the 20s, it's like a fairy tale version of the 20s. All that polish, the glowing flat pinks, the green lamps. It's like the dream of a gangster.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 14th, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC)

It's not the 20s, it's like a fairy tale version of the 20s.

Exactly.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Sep. 14th, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
I just bought Blood Simple, a Coen brothers film. Have no idea what to expect. Loved No Country For an Old Man; the book was great too--by Cormac McCarthy. I've read every one of his books.

I Pre-ordered Beneath An Oil-Dark Sea a couple of months ago.

The weather is nice, for me, today.
Peace
greygirlbeast
Sep. 14th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC)

I just bought Blood Simple, a Coen brothers film.

It's their first film, so you have the beginning.
everville340
Sep. 14th, 2015 11:23 pm (UTC)
Was there a moment you were pleased with, that will be the author's photo for Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 15th, 2015 06:21 am (UTC)

Er...what?
everville340
Sep. 16th, 2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
I remembered that you'd mentioned possibly going out to take an author's photo for the collection, which somehow while typing translated into asking if there was a moment (not photograph) you were pleased with for the occasion.
grymm_tidings
Sep. 15th, 2015 02:07 am (UTC)
Miller's Crossing

I first saw Miller's Crossing at the UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA back in the mid-1990's. It blew me away then, and I've loved it ever since. It was on a double bill with Blood Simple. I've enjoyed nearly all of the Coen Bros. movies, but Miller's Crossing remains my favorite. I just adore the Coen's touch of strange spin on Hammett.
xjenavivex
Sep. 17th, 2015 01:06 am (UTC)
I've been reading House of Leaves and think of you.
Eric Cantwell
Sep. 18th, 2015 02:57 am (UTC)
I only wish that Miller's Crossing didn't give all the characters introductions such fast and snappy dialogue. For me it doesn't suit their criminal status and puts a little too much up front in their development and building personality. But witty dialogue is a large part of what makes a Coen brothers movie what it is, and it is a great movie.

The scene I really appreciate in Miller's Crossing is the perfectly orchestrated and entertaining action scene where Johnny's hit men come to Leo's house to kill him and he jumps out the window and ends up blowing them all away. That scene hits me much the same way as the scene in Untouchables where Elliot Ness is chasing the hit man on top of the court building and then throws him off the building and into the car. It's no small thing to action that is that rewarding to the viewer. The current form of action rubbish is to splice together dozens of short fast cuts with CG wet noodle movement, and the camera spinning around like it's on a damn roller coaster so that nothing is discernible or memorable.
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