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    The Lord of the Rings. Mrs. Dalloway. Holy the Firm. The Lovely Bones. Jasper Fforde. The Way the Crow Flies. Girl with a Pearl Earring. Count of Monte Cristo. Vigil (script). Michael Ondaatje. An Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (short story). The Time Traveler's Wife.

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  1. Saw it today (I saw you there at the last minute, Peter, and but had to run out afterwards. I was definitely curious as to your thoughts -- we met at the Mill and the Cross with Ron) and was not properly rested for such a movie. But I will be sitting on it for quite a time. In response to your question, I think that it was connected to the prosecutor's story... but that's about as far as I've got at the moment... so I'm not much help.
  2. I'm still trying to find a way for all this to work. I found out I have to work on that Saturday, so while I have a ride down on Thursday with Hugh Cook (who will be reading there and leading a couple workshops... I highly recommend him!), I am trying to find a way back up to Ontario on the Friday. Hmmm. Maybe I can ask for that Saturday off.
  3. I have a couple of auditions coming up for some rather prestigious acting schools. Both schools are very strict (though pretty standard) about the monologue criteria: one monologue must be contemporary, one must be classical. They must be of opposite tones (if one's comedic, the other should be tragic in nature) and the contemporary character must be roughly my own age. As well, both monologues have to be from published plays. I have my classical piece chosen, and it is of the tragic genre (Lady Anne from Richard III). But I am having difficulties finding a good contemporary (contemporary is classified as after 1900) comedic piece from a character my own age (early-mid twenties). It's mostly the character my own age that I am having problems finding. Does anyone know of any good monologues that I could use -- anything you've come across in reading, acting, or watching plays? At this point I am open to anything -- I don't really have huge qualms over swearing, though I would prefer something that's not too vulgar. My first audition is April 11. So there's my deadline. Any help would be WONDERFUL!
  4. What I found most interesting about this year's Oscars was the amount of winners who were not American. I believe the first 5 awards went to people with various accents, none of which were American. Also, all four main acting awards -- Best Supporting Male/Female, Best Male/Female -- went to Europeans as well.
  5. I just finished The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I loved it. Niffenegger somehow managed to make time travelling seem something normal, while also writing a beautiful love story. Highly recommended. Now I'm reading The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston.
  6. I mean, that's exactly what I thought was happening when I watched the film. But then, none of the reviews I read mentioned this possibility. And I began to assume I'd missed a crucial detail. But now I'm wondering again... is Eli even more complicated than he seems to be? I know this was posted a while ago, but I just saw the film yesterday and I have to say that this completely tripped me up throughout the film. I totally thought that Eli was schizophrenic the whole film, until the credits were rolling and I said to my friend: "So he had multiple personality disorder?" and then he informed me that they were twins! I don't know how I missed that, but it had me quite confused, especially during the scenes at the dinner table and in the final scene. After hearing that, all I wanted to do was stay in my seat and watch it again... **Potential spoilers** Despite that, I really really liked the film. I'm believe I'm with Jeffrey on this one, though I was not struck by the references to other films because I am not quite as cinematically informed as I would like to be. Personally, one thing that got to me (and I'm somewhat surprised no one has mentioned it yet) is the moment right after Daniel is baptized. As he stands up, he says something to Eli that the audience doesn't get to hear. My memory of the moment is a little fuzzy, but to my mind, Eli does not seem perturbed by what he has said, but perhaps a little pleased. It could easily have been about the money, or some insincere comment about God's blood. Much like Lost in Translation (though a little less pivotal), it stayed with me after the film ended. Good discussion; it's given me a lot to think about.
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    To me, the stylized dialogue in Pulp Fiction worked because the situations that the characters are in are ones that most people don't frequently see every day except in the film genres that it was working with. Juno, on the other hand, was dealing with a situation that one could hear about at school, in the neighbourhood, even just walking around the grocery store. So while I admired the dialogue as a writer, it bothered me in terms of the film itself because the situation they presented was more relatable and realistic (for lack of a better word), and therefore I wanted her to be realistic. She seemed like the too-perfect indie character to me -- the witty responses, the slightly off clothing, the extensive knowledge of bands and films that most teenagers have never heard of... put together I thought it was just a bit much. But that being said, I did really like the film. Personally, I also really related to the Vanessa, Mark, and Juno story more so than the Juno/Michael Cera (I'm forgetting character name at the moment) story.
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    The Savages

    Your comment reminded me of something else that bothered me. It's not really significant, but Jon had to bring his girlfriend to the airport by no later than 6:30 in the morning. When they left the house it was quite light out -- like mid morning light. Which bugged me, because 6:30 AM in early November would be rather dark, with maybe a hint of the sun rising. It's one of the things I hate most about getting up early in the winter, which is probably why I noticed. Like I said, it's not significant, and it doesn't hinder the film at all (not to mention, rather nit-picky) but I couldn't get it out of my head.
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    The Savages

    I definitely thought I was going to miss this one in theatres because although it came out in November/December, I've not seen it anywhere in my little corner of Ontario... but I managed to catch it at an arthouse theatre in Calgary while I'm visiting here. It's funny, I was really looking forward to this film, but while I was watching I kept thinking "meh".... and then when it finished, I walked downtown for a couple of hours thinking about the film and by the end of the walk I really really liked it. I think I need to see it again. Both Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman gave excellent performances. As a theatre major, I was really intrigued by the fact that John was a professor of Bertolt Brecht, and that both of them chose to go into theatre in some form. Hm. I need to think on this one more.
  10. Barbara's strong opinionism is the one thing that I absolutely loved and feared about her when I had her as my professor. But I have to say that I disagree with her on this one too. I loved the film and thought it was simply beautiful. Someone mentioned a comparison to My Left Foot, but I couldn't help thinking of The Sea Inside throughout the movie. Of course, they are trying to do different things, but I found it interesting how both films approached the victim's use of imagination as a way of coping with their trapped state. IMHO, The Diving Bell did a better job at this, though I enjoyed both films.
  11. I was watching a longer trailer for this film on my Mac, when I could have sworn I saw Matt Damon in a short scene. So I looked it up on IMDB, and low and behold he is listed as uncredited. Huh.
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    I just watched Once again the other day with my parents, thinking that it was a really great story with little swearing in it (which is a big thing with the folks). There's nothing like watching a film with your parents to make you notice all the swear words. There are quite a number of f-words -- definately not as much as some, but enough that it made it uncomfortable! It made me realize just how desensitized I've become... But the movie is wonderful, especially after a second viewing. Easily in my top 10.
  13. I didn't quite know what to expect (I haven't seen the broadway version, or any other version for that matter) but I'm realizing that I am not an excessive blood kind of person when it comes to movies. It's just NOT NECESSARY. That aside, it was an enjoyable film.
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    Pixar has that wonderful ability to make what one wouldn't think cute at all into something that is just so darn cute. That little robot? Adorable.
  15. What I own right now: Arrested Development Seasons 1-3 Firefly House Seasons 1 & 2 What shows I will probably own eventually when I can actually afford it: The Office (British and American) The IT Crowd Pushing Daisies MST3K
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