November 3rd, 2007

Cinéphile sepia

Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind, possessing and caressing me... I was really hesitant about Charlie Wilson's War. I mean...Tom Hanks can be pretty preachy and Julia Roberts with bleach blond hair.

I watched the trailer and thought that the tone seemed wrong...too upbeat and happy for a movie about war. But then again...maybe upbeat and happy is the right direction for a movie about wars. Since the rest have either a) sucked or b) bombed at the box office (America isn't interested in serious dramas unless they are DAMN good).

Then, I noticed that it was directed by Mike Nichols. Clearly, I'm a fan. I mean...The Graduate, Closer...hell, even Working Girl and The Birdcage.

Further, and this is the BIG one...screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. I mean, come on now. Is there anything Sorkin's done of which I haven't been a fan? "West Wing" is a given, as is The American President. Sports Night was simply fabulous and Studio 60 solid, though I think it really could have taken off in a second season (and if it had had any sort of viewer support in the first season...they were grasping at straws near the end).

In addition, while the trailer only shows Hanks, Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (I'm glad to see him in a supporting role again...he's really so much better as the sidekick, though I'm looking forward to The Savages), the film also features Amy Adams and Emily Blunt.

In conclusion, I'm now leaning more toward seeing it.

Also, Across the Universe is playing at the cheap theater in Spring Hill, so I think I will venture there tomorrow. I had started feeling ambivalent about it, and the thought of paying $7.50 for a film that might only be sub-par (I've been making a conscious effort to only see "good" movies recently)...I think it will be worth $2.50.
Pennies for a rainy day

For her it was an 'aura.' For me it was a hot flash.


So Winter Break is starting to really bother me.

I was playing around on travel site and I'm thinking that if I shorten my trip, I could theoretically rent a car and get a hotel room (probably in Gurnee, because it's half the price of Deerfield, and less than half the distance of Hyde Park or Salem, WI (both 35 miles from Deerfield)).


The's super expensive. And I'd be shortening my trip to 6 days instead of 12.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that a car is imperative. It's also $300 for 6 days for an under-25 year old (oh, and then there's the gas...which is why being 15 miles away in Gurnee is preferable to 35 miles away). The hotel would be over $400. And the flight is still $200.

Of course, that all doesn't include all the money I'll spend on food and social events once I get there.

Oh, and don't forget that I'm still planning to get to New York for the New Year.

I have a little excess student loan money...but I really shouldn't spend it all.

Anyone have a good solution for me? Keep in mind that I will be in Deerfield or Highland Park every day.