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"...making up history as we went along."

Another rather spectacular writing day yesterday. I did 1,634 words on "Dancing With the Eight of Swords," for Sirenia Digest #36, and found THE END. So, that's 4,827 words in three days. This piece is one of those I worry about letting people read. A dark fever.

Today, I have to get #36 together, write the prolegomena, send it off the Gordon to be PDFed, etc, and get with Bill Schafer at subpress about some of the printing details regarding A is for Alien (please pre-order now; thanks). Spooky and I will have to read back over "Dancing With the Eight of Swords" again, to find any remaining not-smooth spots.

Sunny and cold here in Providence.

I was extremely annoyed to learn, yesterday, that the Avon Theatre on Thayer Street decided to delay the release of Tomas Alfredson's Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) until next Friday. All week, the thought of seeing the film had been pulling me from one day to the next.

Anyway, so, instead, last night we watched the extended special edition of James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which, oddly, I'd not seen. 154 minutes vs. the 137 minutes of the theatrical release, which is the only cut I'd ever seen (and I'd seen it about a hundred times). Wow. What a difference the restored footage makes. A much smooth film that makes a good bit more sense. The film has aged well, which pleases me. Most of the SFX are still impressive, especially the nuclear attack on Los Angeles. And I think that the series is doing quite a good job of continuing the story (this is even more evident when one sees the extended special edition).

In the end, all you can hope for
Is the love you felt to equal the
Pain you've gone through.
—— The Editors

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robyn_ma
Nov. 29th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
'I was extremely annoyed to learn, yesterday, that the Avon Theatre on Thayer Street decided to delay the release of Tomas Alfredson's Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) until next Friday.'

I'd offer to send you my copy, but by the time you got it, it'd be next Friday anyway.

Or you can join a certain LJ community, where someone has posted it. If you're interested, I has details.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)


Or you can join a certain LJ community, where someone has posted it. If you're interested, I has details.


Thank you very much, but it's best if I wait.
robyn_ma
Nov. 29th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's worth the week's wait to see it in a theatre.

I'm jealous of your proximity to the Avon, since they're showing Synecdoche, New York, which I dearly want to see.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)

Synecdoche, New York, which I dearly want to see.

Yeah, it looks quite interesting. The Avon rocks (even when it pisses me off).
unknownbinaries
Nov. 29th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if you might happen to know what happened to Acephale, since I found his blog through one of your posts.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
I know that he and Boo just moved to Seattle, so it maybe he's taking a break. But, yeah, something seems amiss with the syndication feed. Try this link (the last entry was 11/21):

http://syndicated.livejournal.com/acephalemagic

Edited at 2008-11-29 04:50 pm (UTC)
rkbwrites
Nov. 29th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Cameron has been one of those directors that has managed to pull off both studio cuts and director's cuts rather well (Aliens, Abyss, T2) while others butcher their original movie with useless minutes.

Hopefully, Avatar will rock because I cannot stand anymore water movies from him...
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)

Cameron has been one of those directors that has managed to pull off both studio cuts and director's cuts rather well (Aliens, Abyss, T2) while others butcher their original movie with useless minutes.

See, I loathed the theatrical release of Abyss, which I found rather nonsensical, but was pleased with the director's cut. Otherwise, yeah.
sovay
Nov. 29th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
This piece is one of those I worry about letting people read. A dark fever.

Those tend to be among your best. I look forward.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)

Those tend to be among your best. I look forward.

I just read over it again, and it's pretty bleak. Or beautifully bleak. Or something.
mellawyrden
Nov. 29th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I'm worried that the Angelika in NYC might stop showing "Let The Right One In" before next saturday, when I'm there. By the way, if we have corresponding NYC trips one day, THIS is where we should meet. And perhaps there'll even be something playing there that we'll want to see.
http://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/angelika_cafe.asp?hID=1&ID=11&page=CAFÉ
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)

By the way, if we have corresponding NYC trips one day, THIS is where we should meet.

We can try, yep. But it's still too early for me to make actual day-to-day plans.
mellawyrden
Nov. 29th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, of course.. just a thought, as it's so beautiful & has all sorts of comforting things.
smallpinkfish
Nov. 29th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
gnar-grar
I'm pretty sure that i'm loseing that love/pain battle. I'm pleased to announce that The Red River theater in Conquered NH. will be playing Let The Right One In though. I saw Born into Brothels last night and the guy who came to America is attending N.Y.U. and answered guests' guestions -it was very inspiring. I love alot of stuff but the scales seem to tilting the other way.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: gnar-grar
I love alot of stuff but the scales seem to tilting the other way.

Trick is, no way to tally up the final relative percentages until after the game is done.

Edited at 2008-11-29 10:00 pm (UTC)
smallpinkfish
Nov. 29th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly sure that if a close approximation had to be made..... in terms of percentages it would tilt quicsodically in the direction of the "p-word" but I take bitter comfort in the fact that it is to the point of rediculousness and it almost certianly feels as though a hidden camera must be following me everywhere. Also the lesser bouts of love are easily enough to inspire me to get back up for another round of sucker-punches, no matter how undeserved either of them may be.
smallpinkfish
Nov. 29th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
p.s.
I'm currently re-reading all of The Dreaming comics I can get my hands on and you were (not to be mean) the best writer in that series. You made it equally as good as The Sandman in an entirely different way. Thanks.
smallpinkfish
Nov. 29th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
o.k. I promise my sollioqy is almost over.
I was taking a poll to see if this is lrgit because if so it is the greatest thing ever.
http://water4car.weebly.com

make your car water powered?
chris_walsh
Nov. 30th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Off-Topic: Phraseology, and more
I wrote this phrase then thought of you:
lost to a Cassandra-doom
I wrote that in an entry I titled "Pity the exhaustion of the conspiracy theorist."

By the way, from what I've heard from a friend I trust, Let the Right One In will be worth the wait.

What a difference the restored footage makes. A much smoother film that makes a good bit more sense. The film has aged well, which pleases me. Most of the SFX are still impressive, especially the nuclear attack on Los Angeles. And I think that the series is doing quite a good job of continuing the story (this is even more evident when one sees the extended special edition).

I hope T2 can be one of the films that the DJs I know present as one of their special monthly movies at Portland's Bagdad theater-pub. Next month's is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and they've shown lots of other geek-friendly stuff (though their Aliens screening was nearly ruined by an obnoxious audience).

The oddnesses* of The Sarah Connor Chronicles aside, I do sense that the writers and producers "get" the ideas behind Terminator and want to do them justice. I wonder if Rise of the Machines -- which I've only seen bits of -- was trying too hard to be clever with those ideas, and making the final film a little less sincere. The series balances clever stuff and sincere stuff, and it's moved me a couple of times. (I won't say when because you might not have seen those episodes yet.) Plus I can watch Summer Glau, even when she's just still.

* One oddness is how blatant the Dodge product placement is, but that accounts for a decent chunk of the budget and thus makes it cheaper for Fox to keep the show on the air. Yep, it keeps going back to economics for me, and I wasn't even an economics student!
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