November 6th, 2007

Tequila Sunrise

I'm always on the lookout for the future ex-Mrs. Malcolm.

Time never stops. It's odd really. No matter what you do, time will keep going. The strangest part is that time is an arbitrary creation...but anyway.

The birthday ended up being pretty good. I got many birthday wishes via facebook, email, phone call, text message, and even snail mail. After I posted yesterday, my lovely and sweetheart of a roommate, Jane, brought home a cookies 'n' cream ice cream cake from Baskin-Robbins, a Mickey Mouse mylar balloon, and a can of silly string, with which she bombarded me.

After that, I dragged her to go see Wristcutters: A Love Story with me. It was pretty good. Definitely a different premise, though the concept was essentially as classic as you can get--a journey (in this case, a roadtrip). Patrick Fugit was good, though, and Shannyn Sossamon was excellent.

A little later, Colleen got home and heard from Jane that Anna had seen Chris from NSYNC at Clubhouse, the sports bar where Anna works. Colleen freaked out a little and begged me to go with her, so we ventured downtown. We did end up seeing Chris while he was leaving Clubhouse...we passed him in the street. Clearly, we didn't say anything, but Colleen is convinced that she creeped him out by staring at him with a silly grin on her face. We met up with Anna and since she was done working, the three of us headed back to our part of Orlando and hung out at TGI Friday's for about an hour. It's was pretty dead...being 12:30am on a Monday, but they ordered the birthday brownie thing, and I had a couple drinks and in the end, Anna and Colleen paid for everything.

Overall, a very decent day and night.

Today, I had my Women in Film group presentation (the one for which we used Mean Girls), and it went surprisingly better than I had imagined. We still only spoke for less than a minute each, but my professor never dictated for how long we needed to talk, only that the entire presentation with film clip needed to be between 5 and 10 minutes. It was a super easy project, but I'm still a little concerned because it's worth 50% of my final grade. I think we did well though.

So I'm feeling significantly better than I did before that was over. I do have another Anthropology exam on Thursday morning, and a Chemistry test next Tuesday. I also have Veterans Day off on Monday, though, so I'll be going back to Spring Hill for a long weekend. Emily has already enticed me with fajitas and lasagna dinners and I have a plan to wash/clean my car, inside and out.

Lots to get done, but I'm not too stressed. Plus, after next Tuesday, I'm done with exams until December. Sweet.

As a final totally awesome note, Jurassic Park is on AMC. I love it. I love Jeff Goldblum.

John Hammond: All major theme parks have had delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked, nothing.
Dr. Ian Malcolm: But, John. But if the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.

Dr. Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs...
Dr. Ellie Sattler: Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth...

And a non-Malcolm quote, but awesome nonetheless...

[Tim is playing with night-vision goggles]
Gennaro: Hey, where'd you find that?
Tim: In a box under my seat.
Gennaro: Are they heavy?
Tim: Yeah.
Gennaro: Then they're expensive, put 'em back.
Cinéphile sepia

Spirituality is not religion. Religion divides people. Belief in something unites them.

So I'm watching the remake of Flight of the Phoenix, and I'm having some issues.

First off, it's very true to the original, right down to the deliberate pacing and panoramic camera shots; lots of wide angles and long takes. So it begs the question why it should be remade. I generally feel that if a remake cannot improve upon the original, it should not be made. Just because audiences are pansies and refuse to watch films made before 1980 doesn't mean that we should cater to their philistinism (it's a word, I looked it up).

While I do appreciate the new cast including Hugh Laurie and New Hotness...I mean, Miranda Otto, the original featured Richard Attenborough and a rugged James Stewart. Not shabby.

Second, while I think Giovanni Ribisi does a really good job embodying his awkward and creepy character, Elliott, there is no reason for the blind hatred the rest of the people have for him. From the minute he appears on screen, everyone tries their hardest to ignore him and pretend he doesn't exist while silently and secretly brooding about how disgusted they are with him. For what reason?

Now, if you're familiar with the original, you'll know that the "Elliott" character was actually the German "Heinrich," and while I'm not entirely up on my German history after 1945, I can definitely tell you that even in 1965, there was a whole lot of animosity and hatred toward the Germans. This is especially prominent in the scene when Heinrich/Elliott kills the injured Nomad. In the new version, it's easy to sympathize with Elliott because although he took a life, he also put a man out of his misery and saved them a large portion of water. In the original, however, it's appropriate for the people to overreact to this seemingly senseless bit of violence and utter inhumanity. Heinrich is a monster and a beast, regardless of saving them water, because his aggression is remnant of the German aggression in WWII. Additionally, when they discover the truth about Heinrich's designs, they become unreasonably angry because he misled them and lied to them after they had gone out on a limb to trust him. There's a whole cultural and social battle that erupts in these two scenes that is absolutely impossible to replicate as presented in the new version. The closest they could have come would have been to make Elliott's character something seemingly dark and violent, something people hate based on a pedophile or Arab terrorist.

As it is, it doesn't work. As I mentioned before, a film should only be remade if it can be improved upon--not made to be the same, and definitely not made to be any worse.

However, it is well shot, especially coloristically and compositionally, and well acted, particularly Giovanni Ribisi...even if his character sucked. Overall, it's an interesting film, even if it's been lobotomized.