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Too Blue, Too Low

It's become strange, somehow, sitting down to write here. After so many thousands of entries, how can it seem anything but familiar?

The sky is wide and carnivorous this afternoon. Currently, it's only 52˚F, but at least the sun is shining. Though, if there were clouds at least I wouldn't have to see that sky, and it wouldn't be watching me.

There's an entry that I need to make about how bad things have gotten, how everything got so horribly off track back in the late winter of 2012 and has stayed off track. I've lost an awful lot of the last three years. I've written only a fraction of what I ought to have written during that time, and an awful lot of what I did write was far, far below the standards to which I hold myself. I want to write an entry about that, but it won't be this morning. This morning I'm not quite awake. But now you know it's coming.

Yesterday, Kathryn and I saw Guillermo del Toro's beautiful Crimson Peak. My gods, what a feast for the eyes! This film is sexy on every level. A great cast and a world that leaks across the screen like bloody red clay and butterfly wings, like cold air and fallen leaves. Imagine how Angela Carter might have crossed "La Barbe bleue" with "The Fall of the House of Usher" and you're partway there. Truly, I loved this film. No, it's isn't startlingly original. It isn't meant to be. This is a story that must be familiar on every imaginable level: the fairy tale, the Gothic novel, the murder ballad, and grisly folklore. It's all been said before. All we can do is continually move the pieces about. And with Crimson Peak del Toro has found a startlingly powerful configuration. See this film, if you can.

Oh, and night before last we watched Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future, which I'd not seen since the summer of 1985, the month it was released. The film holds up much better than I'd expected, though poor Marty McFly manages to be the least interesting character in the film. Christopher Lloyd steals the show, as he always has and always will. Anyway, Kathryn and I figured if NASA could take time out to tweet about Back to the Future, the least we could do is mark October 21, 2015 by seeing it again.

Issue 117 of Sirenia Digest went out to subscribers last night. I hope you enjoy (if you're a subscriber).

Here are a few bits from Facebook:

It's clear that the racist dickbags who howl about "white genocide" have no idea what the word "genocide" actually means. (October 22)

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Currently, there are people doing their best to ruin the words "conversation" and "narrative" for all future generations. (October 21)

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I have just learned what "sideways cowgirl" means. Kids these days. (October 20)

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I must have known, once upon a time, how rare green eyes are. At only ~2.0% worldwide, they're the least common human eye color. I have green eyes. (October 20)

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I have spent seven long years learning the unforgiving lessons of latitude. (October 15)

And that's enough for now.

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast


( 7 comments — Have your say! )
Oct. 23rd, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
I watched Back to the Future last night, too. I agree it holds up really well, better than any other Robert Zemeckis movie, really, and I've always suspected that Steven Spielberg secretly directed most of the first movie. There's just so much great economy of storytelling, not just in the script where virtually every seemingly throwaway line comes back but the visuals, too. Shots like the long shot of Marty on a skate board that unexpectedly becomes an extreme close-up on Lorraine that emphasises her infatuation. That's such a Spielberg thing.

This time I found myself really liking Lea Thompson and how perfectly she comes off like Teresa Wright in Shadow of a Doubt or other movie teenage girls of the 40s and 50s. It's a shame she now devotes her time to things like the Left Behind movie.

Agreed on Crimson Peak on every point. I loved that movie.
Oct. 23rd, 2015 11:23 pm (UTC)
Though we don't always agree, I really enjoy what you write about film. Insightful, articulate, and knowledgeable.
Oct. 24th, 2015 12:55 am (UTC)
Well, thank you. I really appreciate that, you know I love your writing. I'm always a little apprehensive of really offending one of my friends with an opinion on a movie though I feel it best not to hold back. I wish I was a little more tactful sometimes, though.
Oct. 23rd, 2015 06:22 pm (UTC)
Crimson Peak was a winner for me as well. I especially liked the harmony between the ghosts and the actions of the characters. This interconnectedness gave heft to the unsettling proceedings. Costume designs and sets were a knockout punch. What a delight on so many levels. I even felt a certain level of sympathy for the doomed characters.
Oct. 23rd, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
How come you'd only seen Back to the Future once before? It was always one of those movies I could watch over and over or just have on in the background. As a teenager in the early 90s I used to go to Universal Studios theme park a lot and my favorite attraction was the Back to the Future simulator. It's since been replaced with a Simpsons themed attraction.
Oct. 23rd, 2015 11:24 pm (UTC)

I'd actually seen it twice before, when it came out in 1985. I watch so many movies, I can't revisit everything.
Oct. 26th, 2015 05:37 pm (UTC)
After seeing Crimson Peak one of my first thoughts was "Caitlin and Spooky will love this!" so I'm glad to read you do. It is a truly gorgeous film in every way.
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