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"Playing pianos filled with flames."

Here on March 25th, it's a freakishly beautiful late January day, 58˚F and rainy. Buy it's a sorry excuse for spring. I made it through this winter with far less trouble than I've had with the last few, but spring is so much harder. Because spring is the cure for winter. Spring is the warm, green reward for having survived winter. Here, spring is cold. Here, spring is only another flavor of winter. Currently, our next day forecast above 69˚F is May 22nd, two months down the line. If I stay in Rhode Island, I will almost certainly die on a cold day, and that has been a particular fear – indeed, a phobia – that I've had almost my whole life, that I would die in a cold time.

Last night I dreamt of a sort of underwater museum, where statues of Cretaceous marine reptiles and fishes were mounted at the bottom of a shallow sea. I saw mosasaurs and enormous hybodont sharks.

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Where do you get your ideas? Oh, that loathsome question. But sometimes it's easy to answer. To wit, two images:





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The first is from a diorama at the Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, Croatia, and the second is a painting by Dave McKean. Yesterday, I did 651 words on the story, which is titled "Objects in the Mirror." I'd planned it to go to 6,000 words, but it wanst to go to 10,000. And...I think I may have told you that yesterday.

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When I heard that the new Ghostbusters film, directed by Paul Feig, would be "gender-flipped," I thought, God, that's fucking brilliant! And I've been eagerly awaiting the film. Then, two days ago, I saw the first trailer. And I wanted to cry. Never mind that the whole film projects a weird squeaky cleanness that is entirely at odds with the grime and grit of the original, there seems not to be one iota of wit to the film's comedy. Yes, Ramis and Aykroyd's film was lowbrow, but it was very, very smart. I know that's a fine line, but it's a crucial one. And yeah, the whole thing with Melissa McCarthy and the apparent requirement that a black Ghostbuster has to be a working class and lacking a college education, that, too. A great opportunity has been missed here.

Oh, and March 25th marks both the birthday of Flannery O'Connor's birthday and the fall or Sauron. Make of that what you will.

And on that note, I gotta scoot.

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setsuled
Mar. 25th, 2016 04:38 pm (UTC)
Then, two days ago, I saw the first trailer.

Well, if it's any consolation, even people still excited for the film hate the trailer. Kevin Smith even suggested the person who cut it maybe oughtn't be fired but should be sat down and talked to. There've been several fan cuts of the trailer, this one seems to be the best:



Never mind that the whole film projects a weird squeaky cleanness that is entirely at odds with the grime and grit of the original, there seems not to be one iota of wit to the film's comedy. Yes, Ramis and Aykroyd's film was lowbrow, but it was very, very smart. I know that's a fine line, but it's a crucial one

That "grit and grime" was so much a part of the original film's comedy, the feeling that these were three eccentric guys from the university doing something very strange and foolhardy with the money from a third mortgage on Ray's house. All the comedy was derived from how these guys are nervously reacting to their own risk and then nervously reacting to real supernatural fear. Bill Murray's sense of peculiar detachment is mainly funny because all those threats seem real. The comedy in the new trailer is much more ironic.

the apparent requirement that a black Ghostbuster has to be a working class and lacking a college education, that, too.

I guess that didn't bother me so much because I felt like each woman was meant to directly correlate to the original characters. Though I don't quite see how the other three match up.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 25th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)

Well, it's certainly a better edited trailer, and it leaves out most of the humorless humor. But it gives me no more hope for the film.

The comedy in the new trailer is much more ironic.

And therein lies the problem.

Edited at 2016-03-25 05:09 pm (UTC)
davesmusictank
Mar. 25th, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC)
That is a great piece of art. Ghostbusters remake sounds pants.
sovay
Mar. 25th, 2016 11:19 pm (UTC)
Last night I dreamt of a sort of underwater museum, where statues of Cretaceous marine reptiles and fishes were mounted at the bottom of a shallow sea. I saw mosasaurs and enormous hybodont sharks.

That sounds lovely. I dreamed of watching movies that don't exist.
everville340
Mar. 26th, 2016 10:29 pm (UTC)
Because spring is the cure for winter. Spring is the warm, green reward for having survived winter.

I like to believe "Wrong Number" is The Cure for winter.
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