Film – good and bad

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The Good
The People Speak – the spoken-word adaptation of the Howard Zinn book – was filmed, at least two segments of it, at the Emerson Cutler Majestic earlier this year. Other segments were taped in New York City and Los Angeles.

Check this quick YouTube clip and you will, I think, see the power of the history, the history denied and the history revealed. It’s interesting to read the books again, noticing sadly that my outrage is tempered slightly by the years and the knowledge accumulated. I no longer have the view that what we learned in school should have reasonably been expected to approximate balanced truth.

One of the funniest stories among the star-struck in Boston was a former student of Zinn’s who “started gushing about how she was a student of his 20 years ago. Zinn said that he remembered her (and he probably does), they reminisced, and then she reached into her purse, pulled out her camera, handed it to Mortensen, and asked him to take a picture of her with Zinn. “

Filmed on line to get into the theater, I changed Viggo into a M.O.T. by calling him “Morgenstern” and we had to do a re-take. Probably end up on the cutting room floor. But I’m sure my weepy visage from inside the theater will make it in.. . my drippy, leaky self in all my celluloid glory. (Word to the wise: sitting on the aisle during a live filming event just makes you WAY too attractive a target for the cameraman in the aisle.)

See clip here- powerful reading by Kerry Washington of Sojourner Truth
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The Bad
Just in case I’m coming across as artsy-fartsy or high-brow, I will have you know I wasted an hour and change of my life I will never get back on the worst kind of dreck this evening. In post dinner semi-coma, I couldn’t yet get back to work. Looking for something quasi mindless, yet entertaining, I found only the Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Anniston movie, the Break up. Who the fuck is funding such miserable projects? This was the epitome of really bad film making. I would bet money on the fact that this is some rich kid of a producer or director whose pet project was to make this modern relationship movie. One of those with ZERO story arc, ZERO redeeming qualities; no characters that are more than one unappetizing dimension; the person in charge of this cannot have been more than 25 years old.

It’s so awful when you’re aware that you are praying for something, some character, some plot device to pull a redemptive thread together…even while you KNOW it’s not coming…even when it gets too late for anything to make it better…and yet you still keep watching…

The Ugly
That will be me tomorrow morning, trying to spackle the bags under my eyes! Aiyaa!

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