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Sunday, July 25, 2004  

"Mother... Shitter... Sonofa... Ass!!!"
Sat down to work on the ol' script only to discover the back-up of the most recent draft was a friggin .PDF and therefore uneditable. The last workable file I had was a full 5 weeks earlier than my most recent draft (and some 11 pages shorter.) So insted of the quick fixes that I was going to make and basically have to rewrite my re-write. SO frustrating and disheartening... But at least all wasn't lost and I had SOMETHING to go on. I'll be happy when I'm done with this revision and can move on to a new peoject. I've now officially spent a year on this story and I am more than ready to devote some energy to any one of the 3 or 4 ideas that are next-in-line.

I watched "Office Space" on Friday night, and I can think of few better remedies for a long and tiresom week at the office than a couple of stiff drinks and that film. It really puts things into perspective. And speaking of persective, after Office Space, I cought the last third of Kurosawa's Yojimbo, which I hadn't seen since my early days in filmschool. (OH Bonus question of the week: can you name the two films, one American and one Italian, that were based on Yojimbo?) They just don't make films like that anymore and watching even a few scenes of that it is akin to reading Shakespeare's best sonnets. The camera-work in Yojimbo is absolutly stunning. Kurosawa uses the longshot better than any other filmmaker before or since, and then he combines them with takes that go on FOREVER. The film is stunning (and it is far from his best film.) If you are even a casual fan of Cinema do yourself a favor and revisit Kurosawa's catalog. It is a salve for a psyche bruised by too many quick-cut, CGI, Effects drivin, star-vehical, summer movies.

posted by JMV | 7/25/2004 11:30:00 PM
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