Rick's Ramblings

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003
I've watched a bunch of movies this month, as I'm waiting on Jenn to wrap up some writing for our little home movie. Here were three of them:

Judy Berlin featured Edie Falco, the now-famous actress playing Carmella Soprano on The Sopranos. This quiet movie about suburban ennui was punctuated with exclamation points by her ecstatic performance. Everyone moves in a dreamy, bored manner, except for her. It's a good movie.

In the Bedroom was a movie about how a murder affects a couple stuck in their ways. Grief seems fully rendered here, and this grief gives way to frustration, anger, and then an acceptance that is chilling, but inevitable. The rugged country of Maine was beautifully portrayed. Sissy Spacek gives an Oscar nominated performance.

The Royal Tenebaums, directed and co-written by Wes Anderson, is an original look at the themes of unfulfilled love and forgiveness. I loved Mr. Anderson's Rushmore, and I felt he topped that. He has a very unique look and style to his films.

Monday, July 14, 2003
It's been two weeks since my last entry. I'm writing this from work, and it feels like I'm doing something "frowned upon." My mind is brimming with topics, including movies that I've watched, books that I'm reading, and the six minute home movie that I've been working on for the past two months. But I'll save all this for when I feel "allowed" to do this: in the middle of the night.