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Howard Hughes vs. the Insomnia Beast

Right now, I'm doing my best not to go back to bed. Three nights of insomnia have me pretty much wrecked. That's probably one reason I've not been making entries. Not the only reason, but certainly a contributing factor. I'm a tuatara, out here. A horseshoe crab. A lingulid brachiopod. That is to say, a living fossil, as regards my blogging. Not many of us do this anymore. Try to keep an online litany of our day-to-day travails. Times have changed, and they keep on changing. And I continue to grow less adaptable.

I was once supremely adaptable. Now, it's all Galápagos.

I'm making progress on the screenplay for The Red Tree. I've pared the book down to the bone. I'm allowing myself to think about almost nothing else, so far as writing is concerned.

We had a few more "hot" days, but today seems autumnal again.

At night, I've been playing WoW (Shaharrazad finally made Lvl. 90) and watching movies. There are a few worth noting. Last night, for example, Scorcese's The Wolf of Wall Street. Absolutely brilliant and unexpectedly hilarious. In many ways, the film parallels Scorcese's Goodfellas (1990), only the sleaze and depravity of the Stratton Oakmont crowd makes the Mafia look like choirboys. Also, we saw Gilles Paquet-Brenner's Dark Places (2015), a film that might have come off painfully so-so if not for the performances therein, which helped to elevate it above "movie of the week" fare (there's a dated reference for you). Finally, there was Terry Gilliam's masterful The Zero Theorem (2013), which I am appalled to see has been so poorly regarded by critics. It's quite probably one of his best films. Christoph Waltz deserved an best actor Oscar nomination.

Tiddley pom.

I need to go back to bed.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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setsuled
Sep. 20th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
only the sleaze and depravity of the Stratton Oakmont crowd makes the Mafia look like choirboys.

I love how absolutely pathetic Scorcese made them look. That moment where DiCaprio asks Margot Robbie if she's had an orgasm and she says, "No," like, "Of course not, you moron," says it all.

Terry Gilliam's masterful The Zero Theorem (2013), which I am appalled to see has been so poorly regarded by critics.

He continues to be undersold and underrated, it really feels like there's an industry fatwa on him.
Mitchell Henson
Sep. 20th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
I saw the The Zero Theorem some time ago. I loved it as much as Brazil. The directors ending, not the Studios - which was appalling.
coyotegoth
Sep. 20th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Zero Theorem didn't even make it to theaters out here (Oakland); it's the first film of his I've not seen in a theater since Jabberwocky. Must hunt it down.
ljgeoff
Sep. 20th, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you blog. Thanks for the Gilliam rec; I will check it out.
harrietbrown
Sep. 21st, 2015 01:09 am (UTC)
I haven't seen "The Wolf of Wall Street" - I want to, I just haven't been able to catch it. I saw "Dark Places" and I thought it was great - dark and chilling. I saw it right after I finished the book.

My roommate LuAnn and I were talking about Terry Gilliam's films tonight. I brought up a storyline from "Brazil" and that got us started. She mentioned that he had a new film out, or was coming out with one. I'll have to see if I can catch "The Zero Theorem" On Demand. Thanks for the recommendation!
lemonlies
Sep. 21st, 2015 11:44 am (UTC)

I always appreciate the movie recommendations. I just recently saw Goodfellasfor the first time so following that with The Wolf of Wall Streetmay be a good idea.


I've recently gotten back to journaling. The shallow and ephemeral nature of facebook got to be just a touch too much for me. I hope you continue to do so as well.

dipsomaniac
Sep. 21st, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
I hope you were able to get some rest.
Michael Albright
Sep. 21st, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
I like the movie comments. Very nice. Best of luck on the screenplay; it's a great book.
vizsludraugas
Sep. 25th, 2015 12:19 am (UTC)
I really enjoy your movie comments.

I'm pretty sure you did see it and I missed your comments, but if I'm wrong...I'd really be interested in seeing your take on Byzantium.
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