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I think Frank the Goat has been at the mainframe again.

I woke up cold this morning, feeling the autumn in all my bones, aching, stiff, half dreamsick. Feeling -20, instead of only -02. This house can be a dark hole. A very cold dark hole. So we ate breakfast, then got dressed and had a good walk out to Freedom Park. Lots of sun, but not much warmth in it. It was good to get the muscles moving, though, the blood pumping, to drive the shadows out of my head. There were three huge crows in the park, and we watched the local trio of red-tailed hawks riding the thermals over L5P. A male and female and one of their offspring. I said something to Spooky about hawks being monogamous and mating for life. The trees are brilliant. Winter is much too near.

Thanks for all the comments the last couple of days. They've been appreciated. I don't know much about how anyone else writes, but I do it a state of isolation. I think I pretty much assume it's this way for most writers, though it may well not be. You sit alone in a room all day and stare at a computer screen and talk to yourself, telling yourself stories you hope others will want to hear.

Also, my thanks to David Kirkpatrick (corucia), for Volume One (1935-1936) of The Komplete Kolor "Krazy Kat." I've been wanting to read these for quite some time, so it was a wonderful gift. Also, thanks to Setsuled (setsuled) for the new Yoshitako Amano icon.

Byron met us yesterday at Midtown Cinema for the 5:15 (CaST) matinee of Terry Gilliam's Tideland. I was going to post about the film last night, but thought perhaps I needed more time to digest what I'd seen. Now, I think I may need much more time to digest. But this I will say. I found it brilliant, beautiful, terrible, heart-breaking, wild, and deeply disturbing. And, as Gilliam explains before the story begins, innocent. Profoundly innocent. I think, in the end, the film's innocence is why it's pissing so many people off. More on that later, perhaps. Afterwards, I tried to imagine this film pitched via "high concept" to some studio executive: Alice in Wonderland meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; We Have Always Lived in the Castle meets The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and so on, and so forth. I could probably think of a hundred these combos, but Tideland is entirely immune to such absurd acts of reductionism. It is what it is. Which is quite a lot more than I think most people are prepared for. Do not go to this movie expecting something which is merely whimsical and pretty and maybe a tad surreal. That's like taking mescaline and only expecting to get stoned. Come at this film the wrong way and it will fuck you up. It'll probably fuck you up anyway. Wow.

I have another spider bite. A few inches up from my left knee. It was red and hot and angry last night, a little better today. I should probably put a compress on it. I don't know why these guys always get me and never Spooky.

Oh, and there was absinthe yesterday, for the first time in a while, because it seemed the only right thing to do.

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setsuled
Nov. 5th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the comments the last couple of days. They've been appreciated.

I know how it is. But don't feel bad if you didn't get any for this entry--apparently your journal's not showing up on people's friends lists (I checked my own, robyn_ma's, and sovay's. I guess Frank still needs to cough up a few nuts and bolts.

thanks to Setsuled (setsuled) for the new Yoshitako Amano icon.

You're quite welcome. I also posted some extra icons on my journal, and you're welcome to any of those, too.

Terry Gilliam's Tideland.

I just got back from seeing it, and I agree with your assessment. I'd been strongly looking forward to the movie and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. It's definitely my favourite movie of the year and I can't wait to have it on DVD.

I loved all the little references to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, especially when Dell started quoting the Caterpillar--or speaking as the Caterpillar. And I loved Jeliza-Rose, which was an extraordinary thing for me. Kids in movies usually annoy me, but Jeliza-Rose didn't, and the filmmakers did it without resorting to making her act like an adult trapped in a kid's body.

I don't know why these guys always get me and never Spooky.

Maybe Silk made you a celebrity in the spider world and the ones biting you are spider paparazzi?
humglum
Nov. 5th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)


This is a pretty good interview http://ifc.com/news/article?aId=17942 and explains a lot about the casting of the girl who played Jeliza-Rose.

setsuled
Nov. 5th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link.

"All these scripts are written with these super-smart kids with lines that adults should be doing, except let's put them in the kids' mouths, isn't that cute? I hate that."

My sentiments exactly.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 5th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)

Maybe Silk made you a celebrity in the spider world and the ones biting you are spider paparazzi?


Personally, I fear I'm the victim of arachnid double-dog dares...

I just got back from seeing it, and I agree with your assessment.

Good. That's a relief. I was so afraid this was gonna be another of those me-against-the-world things, and I hate that dren.
edwarddain
Nov. 5th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Personally, I fear I'm the victim of arachnid double-dog dares...

This sentence fills me with mirth at the sheer nonsensical beauty of it.
setsuled
Nov. 5th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
I fear I'm the victim of arachnid double-dog dares...

Heh. Could be. Like Jackass: Arachnitopia.

I was so afraid this was gonna be another of those me-against-the-world things, and I hate that dren.

Well, it's still probably a matter of a few of us against the world. In a moment that clearly illustrated to me how insulated Richard Roeper is, he said he wanted to walk out of the movie. The guy subbing for Ebert was also thoroughly disgusted. But several critics have also loved the movie. I have a feeling it'll end up a classic. Maybe a more extreme version of what happened with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
robyn_ma
Nov. 5th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
'It's definitely my favourite movie of the year and I can't wait to have it on DVD.'

It's coming in February. But if you've got a region-free player it's available now.
setsuled
Nov. 5th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
But if you've got a region-free player it's available now.

I saw that when you posted it on your journal and I was sorry then, too, that I don't have a region-free player. But I guess I can wait for February. Maybe it'll be a nice Criterion edition.
robyn_ma
Nov. 5th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
It won't be; ThinkFilm is releasing it. That's not to say there won't be a Criterion edition somewhere down the line.

Get a region-free player, dude. You can get a decent one pretty cheap.
setsuled
Nov. 5th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Get a region-free player, dude. You can get a decent one pretty cheap.

I'd like to, but it's still too expensive for me now that I have my stupid teeth to deal with. It's not that I mind having ugly teeth, it's just the pain is a distraction. Still, the DVD player is tempting. I've certainly done more irresponsible things in my time.
fanny_fanu
Nov. 5th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
I read the book Tideland (by Mitch Cullin, is that right? The top of my head isn't working that well today) a while ago and knew straightaway why Terry Gilliam would want to make it - maybe only Guillermo Del Toro would be a more apt choice. We have a while to wait for the film to be released here in Switzerland but I am itching with excitement... I must get some cream ...
greygirlbeast
Nov. 5th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
by Mitch Cullin, is that right?

Yep.
corucia
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
That was quick - I only mailed it Thursday! Glad to hear that the book made the journey safely. Herriman's one of my favorites, and it seemed a good fit for you...

greygirlbeast
Nov. 5th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
it seemed a good fit for you...

A good match, indeed.:-)
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greygirlbeast
Nov. 5th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
This query is a few days old, but what the hell. Caitlin: What's in the picture hanging above your sofa in the photo (gorgeous!) of you in your elf gear on Halloween? Cripes, what a clunky sentence. Anyway, I'm most curious...

"Titania's Awakening" (1896) by Charles Sims (1873-1928).
queenie_writes
Nov. 5th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
I loved tideland too when I saw it. It reminded me of my childhood. (Which says a lot about what kind of childhood I had) It blew my mind away.
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