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m15m, movies, and more
News:

cleolinda asked me to do a little informal legal review for her upcoming annotated m15ms last night, so I got to see what they're going to be like. If the annotations for Prisoner of Azkaban are anything to go by, they're going to be both funny and really fun to read. Hurrah! Definitely worth a dollar a story. I am looking forward to reading the whole set once she's done!

Reviews:

I watched Biloxi Blues this weekend. It's part of Neil Simon's Eugene Trilogy. I've had the screenplay for the first one, Brighton Beach Memoirs, for years, and have read it several times. It's fantastic. I knew it was part of a set but hadn't gotten around to the others yet. So awhile ago I saw Biloxi Blues on sale for a ridiculously good price and bought it, but hadn't watched it yet. As per my recent vow to Dave that I won't buy any new DVDs until I've actually watched all the ones I own (I have about 20 movies I bought and haven't yet watched!), I decided to sit down with it this weekend.

The movie is great. It's one of those little gems of perfection that you watch, interested and engaged the whole time, and are completely satisfied with at the end. Neil Simon's work generally makes me feel that way - he writes realistic characters and situations (particularly the Trilogy, since it's semi-autobiographical) that deal with the most personal issues and thoughts (including a first visit to a whorehouse, heh) without making it uncomfortable or crass. The fundamental bedrock of what makes his work great is the honesty with which he tells his stories, and it really comes through here. (Also, Matthew Broderick is phenomenal as Eugene. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Matthew Broderick? A LOT.) Absent is the machismo or ego that you might expect even a great writer to project into his characters - Neil Simon tells it like it is, even when it's to the detriment or embarrassment of the main, semi-autobiographical character. The second of the Trilogy stories, Biloxi Blues follows the young Jewish boy from NYC (Eugene) as he goes off to boot camp in Mississippi during the second World War. It is a microcosm of his world as a soldier-in-training, focusing mainly on the interactions between Eugene and several of his fellow soldiers (and their psychotic drill sergeant, played spectacularly by Christopher Walken). Issues of bigotry and sexuality come up, commentary on the war itself occurs, and most importantly, the feeling of what it was actually like to be a young person preparing to go off to fight is flawlessly conveyed from screen to watcher.

I won't say more, because I don't want to spoil the movie for those who haven't yet seen it, but I definitely recommend this movie (and other Neil Simon works).

Views:

The award-winning photojournalist I do website design for, Steven L. Raymer, is currently having an exhibition, Asia and Beyond, and is selling prints of some of the photos featured in the exhibition. Steve is a phenomenal photographer who's won awards such as the National Press Photographers Association "Magazine Photographer of the Year" award, the Overseas Press Club of America "Citation for Excellence in International Reporting," and four first prizes in White House News Photographers Association competitions. I love his work, and if you're in the market for something neat to hang on the wall, so might you. If you are interested in seeing what's for sale, the info is HERE. Larger versions of some of the ones I personally want on my wall are here: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6 (can I tell y'all how much I LOVE this photo? LOVE.); and 7.

One of Steve's pics:



Celebrity...something else that rhymes with "ews"?

Thanks to Matthew Good's recent blog entry, a funny video that spoofs on celebrity charity causes (which I happened to mention a few days ago, so I figured I'd put it up here). I love The Onion.


How Can We Raise Awareness In Darfur Of How Much We're Doing For Them?

Boo-boos:

For no discernible reason, my eyes are burning this morning. Help! Pls send new eyes.

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corkdorkdan From: corkdorkdan Date: April 14th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC) (current file)
I haven't seen Brighton or Biloxi in a long time, but I remember thinking they were funny and very awkward. Also extra amounts of awkward because I watched them with my mom when I was in my teens and... frank discussions of sexuality and a whorehouse visit are not something you want to see with your mom! At least not as a teenage boy, now I'd probably be comfortable with it.

Also, sorry to nitpick, but he doesn't go to boot camp in Georgia, he goes to Mississippi. As in Biloxi, Mississippi.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 14th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh for goodness sakes, you're right. I *know* that. I have no idea why I typed Georgia. Well, thank goodness you caught this before my friend from Biloxi area read it. Heh.

Yeah, I'm sure it would be a bit less uncomfortable now. :)
chrryblssmninja From: chrryblssmninja Date: April 14th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC) (current file)
wow you're busy

-sends new eyes-
taro_twist From: taro_twist Date: April 15th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC) (current file)
LOL! That vid is hilarious. "A nice card often goes a long way ... they could have all the elders sign it ..." *is in stitches* Out of curiosity, which of Matt's blog entries was this related to? What did I miss? LOL

And those photos are gorgeous. I think #7 is my favorite, with #1 coming in a close second.

And I've ... never heard of the Eugene Trilogy. Or Neil Simon. O_o What rock have I been living under? That movie sounds really awesome!

I'm sorry to hear that you're sick, too. :(( Feel better soon!

p.s.
I emailed Matt (along with the US media request dude ... Gary? for good measure) about the rants *bites nails* Now I just hope someone actually has time to read it, LOL.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 15th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC) (current file)
It showed up randomly at the end of his hockey entry (Make that Ten in a Row). Heh.

Steve is so talented and amazing. He's awesome. I wish I could afford some of his prints right now.

Well, Neil Simon has been around for awhile, so it's not like he's all the rage right now or anything (he was born in 1927, heh). He's done a lot of commercially successful plays and stuff, though. His work is very good.

Thanks for the well-wishes.

Hooray, we shall have to see if the rants become available!

P.S. Yeah, I totally uploaded a bunch of Matt icons today.
taro_twist From: taro_twist Date: April 24th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC) (current file)
It showed up randomly at the end of his hockey entry (Make that Ten in a Row). Heh.

Dur, this is what I get for skipping the sports entries, lol. =P

Hooray, we shall have to see if the rants become available!

Sighh, no sign of them yet (although I haven't been keeping close track of his blog lately, so maybe I missed a mention of them ...). I wonder if anyone at NearFantastica.com knows where they can be found? *ponders*

And yay for uploading new MG icons!
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