I'm Doing Fine

DAD: What do you mean?

ME: I haven't had a day off since July 31st. Okay? I want to take my college diploma and shove it up the ass of every US Congressman, then light it on fire, then litter the ashes across the world, saying, "AMERICA IS A LIE!"

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Boyhood

I saw Richard Linklater’s Boyhood at a local art cinema last week. You might remember the trailer I posted awhile back. The movie is long, about 2 hours and 44 minutes, but it’s completely worth it. In fact, I wasn’t ready for it to be over!

There’s not really a traditional plot description to share. Sure, some things happen, but the gist of the story is how a family of four changes over twelve years. For me, watching the same actors portray the characters over a decade of real time made the experience completely different than if done in the traditional way. That is, using different children to play the same characters at different ages. I didn’t have to extend my imagination in that way we’ve all grown accustomed to, so it made the film feel all the more real.

That experiment aside, Boyhood is a masterclass in subtlely. The trend as of late, in both TV and film, is to be bold and gritty. That approach has its place, but I enjoyed Linklater’s focus on the little things. It allowed me to reflect on the main point of the film - life. There were no flashy distractions. In fact, I kept waiting for something big to happen. It made me very aware of how accustomed we’ve all become to that style.

When the credits rolled, my friend commented that she felt like she’d just watched her own childhood. Being in our early 20s, it was easy to relate to the cultural milestones brought up during the main character’s adolescence. But I think there’s something for everyone. The kids, the parents, the periphery characters, they all have a journey over those twelve years covered in Boyhood. It’s worth it to take 2 hours and 44 minutes out of yours to see this film. 

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"There is a time in every man’s education
when he arrives at the conviction that,
envy is ignorance;
that, imitation is suicide;
that, he must take himself
for better,
for worse,
as his portion."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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23/F/Tennessee

I sat on my bed in my new room in my new apartment in my new home state of Tennessee where I moved one week ago. All the usual things -notebooks, pens, scraps of paper, and a laptop - piled in front of me while I searched for jobs. Something in the yard of the apartment building caught my eye and I peered through a large double window for a moment.

My vision focused on a handsome, shirtless young man dashing toward the greenway like a beautiful gazelle. “Uh, am I really seeing this?” I thought. “Surely that’s a bloated dead raccoon and I’m confused.” For a moment, I was convinced I’d gone nuts. But mostly I felt like God was smiling on me. 

Welcome to Tennessee, He said. You’re not crazy after all.

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Great Expectations

I finished reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens a few days ago, and it only took me THREE YEARS to do so. Some people might look down on me for that, but obviously I didn’t read it for three consecutive years. I started it junior year of college, took a long break, put a dent in it again at some other point, then wrapped it up over the last month. You know, SORRY I was a little busy getting a COLLEGE DEGREE and trying to UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF LIFE. There are 59 chapters. My version is 466 pages long. I might as well have been reading The Lord of the Rings! Okay? That’ll teach you for judging me!

It turns out classics are classics for a reason. This shit was goooooood. Anyway, I have like ten BBC adaptations of it to watch now. Bye.

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I love this movie trailer! Richard Linklater's Boyhood seems like your typical coming of age story, but with a fun lil twist. He started filming when the lead actor was 6 years old, then got the cast to meet up occasionally to film new scenes for the next 12 years as the boy aged. I’m not a super fan of Linklater’s work, but I’m definitely looking forward to this.

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LINDSAY on OWN

Millions of people recently spent eight hours of their lives watching the trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan, former child star and current struggling adult. And yes, of course, I was one of them. Here are some of my thoughts on what we witnessed.

  • Her long suffering assistant wears a 3-piece suit at all times. Fighting paps? 3-piece suit. Folding Lindsay’s camis and torn stockings? 3-piece suit. Telling anyone and everyone Lindsay will be ready in five minutes for two hours straight? 3-piece suit.
  • Her sober companion, Michael Cormier, looks like that guy who wrote School of Rock, Mike White. (See picture below)
  • Lindsay doesn’t walk, she flurries. When I think of Lindsay on the show, the first image that pops to my mind is her fast-walking between rooms, thin arms flapping at her sides, 7-foot long hair waving in the wind, complaining about something.
  • For a docu-series, it was amazing how often everyone on the show thought they weren’t being documented. Lindsay didn’t want to talk about many things on camera and refused to film seemingly a lot of events, which we were made aware of by the ominous black screen that always appeared to explain any gaps in the footage. Dina Lohan didn’t want to ask Lindsay certain questions for a book interview. She even walked into another room, apparently forgetting she was mic’d, and talked to Lindsay about it. Lindsay asked her assistant to make sure Miley Cyrus responded to her tweets, and her assistant asked her repeatedly, “Are you mic’d?” while side-eyeing the camera. And, my favorite, was the Elle Indonesia rep who spoke sweetly in English to Lindsay’s representative who showed up to let everyone know Lindsay wasn’t going to. Then, when speaking to the rest of her Indonesian team, she called Lindsay a bitch repeatedly in her native language. Be warned. OWN is not afraid to hire translators! They will hire a translator before you can call Lindsay a bitch on camera three times fast!
  • When Lindsay’s Sex List was released via the tabloid media, I was of course interested when I really shouldn’t have been. Shouldn’t I have been reading a classic novel? Perhaps I could’ve studied a map. Instead, I read the list. Anyone could get their teenage niece to scrawl a list of names in girly handwriting. I took a look at all those male celebrities, and rendered my verdict, it had to be fake. But then Lindsay went on her show and (for no good reason I can think of) CONFIRMED IT WAS REAL. 

I wish Lindsay the best of luck in getting her life and career back on track. And my condolences on not being considered for that role in The Avengers you mentioned wanting. (Was anyone else stunned she wanted a role in The Avengers???)

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