If this is your first time reading 1984, I'd suggest reading The Newspeak appendix before reading the actual book. 1984 is fantastic, but it can be a little bit difficult to understand the language if you just jump right in. Seriously, I need to reread that book. I haven't read it since I studied it in my sophomore English class.
Sweet! I love advice about books. I might try reading it first to see if I can handle it but if not, I’ll definitely check out the appendix. Not because I don’t believe you but because more or less everything is a challenge, haha.
Me:It's funny. I thought I was going to have nothing to do this summer... LIES.
Me:Between the novel I'm supposed to be editing, the film I'm making for the film festival/my graduate portfolio, going to miami for a film festival... and then my usual voracious library habits and trying to watch a new movie every night, THERE AREN'T ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY :(
aerogare:WHY AREN'T ALL THE BOYS TRYING TO FUCK YOU
Me:They probably are and 1) I'm too oblivious/naive to notice and 2) definitely do not want to hook up with any of my guy friends from high school *vomit*
So I finished my first book from the library, Conversations with Scorsese by Richard Schickel. It’s basically a giant dialogue between the epic film director and this (apparently) not-so-bad film critic. It gives a lot of insight into the old Hollywood film business, Scorsese’s directing process, and the detriment on your health that working so hard can do to one’s body.
Now I’m off to watch his latest blockbuster hit, Shutter Island, which I’ve never seen but already know the twist ending (THANKS, EVERYONE WHO TOLD ME). Eventually I’ll watch his other stuff.
Then tomorrow I get to go location scouting, call equipment rental houses, price out the camera, memory cards, lights, and microphones, cry as I think about my impending diminishing savings account, consider selling my brother in order to pay for Final Cut Express (seeing as I can’t get a job since my parents want to go back to South Base at the end of July and no one will hire me for 6ish weeks), and then end my day watching another movie.
In other words? FILM FILM FILM FILM FILM FILM.
At least until I start my next book: 1984 by George Orwell or The Future of Spacetime, which is a compilation of essays by current physicists on the time-space continuum.
for the first time in awhile i got asked out by someone while i was at work yesterday.
the guy was sort of a creep and the experience left me looking back on our conversation and cringing at certain things i had said and how he had probably misconstrued them when i was just trying to be friendly….
Last summer, I lived in an apartment by myself for three weeks because my parents wouldn’t pay for me to fly up to be with them since they were going to come visit me anyway.
Boredom ensued (quickly).
I ended up watching a new movie I hadn’t seen every day during those 3 weeks. And it was AWESOME.
So now that I don’t have to move four times this summer, I’m going to do that same project for every day that I’m home (so I don’t have to worry about it when I’m in Miami, for example).
What I’ve seen so far: 1. TiMER 2. Easy A 3. How to Train Your Dragon 4. Two Lovers 5. Saawariya
The last two have been eerily about the same conflict (SPOILER-ISH ALERT): Man falls in love with two women at the same time, finally chooses one, but because of Fate’s intervention, cannot have her.
I don’t know if it is the feminist in me or just my disdain for romantic movies that end with one party simply settling for a second-best love, but neither of these films sat well with me, for that reason.
Two Lovers (2009) had a lot of buzz because of Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow as the leads, but the theme and the sincerity of the writing and acting performances just scream indie festival flick. The musical score was brilliant as well and it’s centrality based in NYC didn’t hurt either. It’s one film that despite not wanting to watch it again, would highly recommend.
Saawariya is basically a Bollywood-Moulin Rouge-esque film about a musician who falls in love with a woman who is waiting a year for the love of her life to return. It has the typical Bollywood dance numbers, crazy melodramatic acting, and the Hindi-English language hybrid that is the equivalent of Spanglish. It didn’t have the heaviness of Two Lovers. I’d only recommend it if Bollywood is your thing.
Oh, and How to Train Your Dragon? Not quite sure what all the hype was about. Cute, mildly entertaining, barely worth my time.
Easy A though was fantastic. I might be biased considering I adore Emma Stone like no other female comedy actress on Earth.
In my ever increasingly zealous need to escape the Northland and do something exciting, I’ll (hopefully) be flying to Miami in two weeks to couch surf with a couple of friends and go to the festival for the 48 hour film challenge. (aka seeing the film E. and I made on a theater screen)
I’m mainly surprised that my parents are cool with this. My dad is the kind of parent that is happiest when I’m in my room. With the windows locked shut. When he can lock the door from the outside.
To hang out with friends that are guys and not be hit on the entire evening. Or felt up. Or grabbed awkwardly. Or called a lesbian. Or asked to take part in sexual situations. Or be forced into sexual situations.