Mary Roane (the-roane) Tue 15 Jun 04 15:08
Dodge--exactly. So here's my latest enthusiasm--Hero. It's the latest film from Zhang Yimou, due out here in August. They're trailering it in front of Kill Bill Vol. 2 as Jet Li's new film. And indeed, Jet is in it, as is Donnie Yen. But it is not just a martial arts film. It's a brilliant meditation on the nature of truth and the importance of peace. Maybe it's the pacifist message that has Miramax holding up the release date--it was scheduled to get a big Crouching Tiger style release last year, but they pulled it. The acting is absolutely out of this world--Tony Leung Chiu Wai is amazing. Utterly amazing. And Maggie Cheung? Incredible. And the cinematography.....3 different characters tell the same story, or parts of a story, and each flashback is color-coded. It's so beautiful! The soundtrack is Itzhak Perlman violin solos, according to IMdb. The HK DVD is available on the internet. It runs 90 minutes or 120 minutes, depending. My 98 minute version is fantastic. One of the big fears a lot of HK film fans have is that Miramax is going to cut it to pieces. I really hope not. There's not a wasted frame in it now. Anyway, look for it in the theatres later this summer, or buy the HK version (no dubbing). But see it. I think it's *lots* better than Crouching Tiger, and I loved that movie. Mary (about to start A Hatful of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Will Entrekin (willentrekin) Wed 16 Jun 04 06:42
I've been waiting for *Hero* to get an American release for over a year. I cannot wait. I'm not a Tarantino fan (besides *Pulp Fiction*, and the identity crisis that is *From Dusk Till Dawn*), but God bless the man for getting *Hero* distributed over here. I will put up with everything that annoys me about him just to watch that movie. And soundtracks... is it just me, or are the violin-driven soundtracks *the best*? I mean, Yo-Yo Ma's *Crouching Tiger* CD rocked the house, and The Kronos Quartet's performing Clint Mansell's *Requiem for a Dream* score... well, I don't like Aronofsky. *Pi* was pretentious crap. I *did* like *Requiem* (as much as one can like *Requiem*; it's just not a movie you can enjoy. It's like getting dumped by someone you fell in love with; it's a visceral, soul-hurting experience. I've seen disturbing movies, sure, but *Requiem* just *hurt*) even as hard as it was to watch, but the score is just jaw-dropping. And the Remix project of the score? Even better. Paul Oakenfold! (also, Paul Oakenfold's remix of DMB's "When the World Ends" for the *Matrix: Reloaded* soundtrack; it's played at the very end, almost after the credits, and it was worth staying in the theater to hear it on that beautiful sound system. I would've paid my ten bucks just for that moment alone)
Dodge (clotildes) Wed 16 Jun 04 07:45
Gave my 'lend' copy (the not signed one) of Wolves in the Wall to Emy's mom to take to her. She's almost finished Coraline. It should be a short read for her. She loves Neil Gaiman. Even introduced her mom to his webpage and made her read 'A Study in Emerald'. Her mom comments on the fact her daughter comes in and volunteers without being drilled how her reading's going with Coraline. She got mad at a part in the book where she thought it should be thus and so and it was so and thus instead but I think she'll like the way it works out. Then she can read Wolves and then I can bring her some Pratchett books.
Zen Cohen (tinymonster) Wed 16 Jun 04 12:24
The thought of a recording with Maddy interviewing Neil makes me very happy. :) (<--see?) I love them both so. I hadn't realized Gary Bakewell did the audiobook of _Neverwhere_. Or maybe I heard it back when his name meant nothing to me. I don't buy audiobooks because I tend to listen to them only once,* but I sure wouldn't mind hearing Gary doing this one (and slipping in and out of accents). Wonder if it's just a UK publication? *I do, however, buy them as gifts so I can borrow them. ;)
Zen Cohen (tinymonster) Wed 16 Jun 04 12:32
Oh, and Dodge, that's really cool about Em. That is exactly the kind of magic Neil can work. :) BTW, anyone heard from Davey lately?
Mary Roane (the-roane) Wed 16 Jun 04 15:37
I bought the Neverwhere audio book in one of those stores that sell remaindered books at a discount for about $7.00. I've only listened to a little of it with my Creative Writing class last year when we started reading the book. I'm not big on audio books, unless it's Himself reading, but Bakewell does a nice job. Will--Apparently Zhang Yimou will never work with Miramax again because he's so angry about the distribution mess with this film. I do like Tarantino, and one of my favorite things about him is that he is an advocate for movies he loves--we're watching Iron Monkey in my classroom on lunch period because Donnie Yen is my new favorite action star--and he deserves a lot of credit for championing this flick. I've wanted to see it since Premier did a piece on it while it was still filming. Zhang has another martial arts film in production right now with many of the same actors. I hope we get to see it here some day. More info at www.monkeypeaches.com .
Mary Roane (the-roane) Wed 16 Jun 04 15:39
Oops--Neil, have you seen this flick?
Rip Van Winkle (keta) Thu 17 Jun 04 10:47
Thanks all for those great answers to my question. It's like you're the always-full table in the back, or the babbling brook. Carry on!
the squeakinator (miss-mousey) Thu 17 Jun 04 12:36
Hee hee, every time I think Neil's off doing too many things to poke his head in here, he stops by to make us look even sillier. For the curious, Neil doesn't know what he's talking about. There was no murder - It was clearly an accident! Blackmail is too old hat for me (especially when witchcraft works so much better). And me? Intimidating? (bats eyelashes) But I am married. He got that part right. :) Dodge - I know what you mean about this place kind of pushing you to go out and DO things. It's one of the reasons I'm here! :) And Paul Oakenfold is a nice guy. I hate his music, but he's nice and has good taste in what he listens to (if what he bought when he stopped in the record shop I worked at is any evidence. He's also very short. Like, I didn't recognize him at all because I was expecting someone taller... at least over 5'2". Any way that's it for the squeaker. This in from Dan Wilson (formerly "stagewalker"): Greetings from Beyond the Well! Dodge, thanks for the kind words... or rather lumping me in with Squeaks and Martha and Tiny and the others. It's nice to know I've not been forgotten. Many things happening out here. We're well into Pre-Production with my play "411" and the talent that is being gathered makes me very happy. I still am holding out hopes that I won't lose my shirt on this thing.... I got a nice and totally unexpected mention in the SF Bay Guardian (the major independant weekly out here) regarding my role in the Improv scene! I'm working on the long abandoned and now quite insistent "Wings to Fly" which means that my composer just might deign to speak to me again. (actually, he's been very patient with me over the last few years. He got tired of waiting for me, though, and got married and had a baby... just to pass the time.) In the midst of this chaos, I'm heading off to England and Paris for the month of August and getting very excited about it. When I get back, we'll be firmly in the middle of production and I'll get to see what they've done to my baby while I'm away. Then the show and then... Fiddler's Green! Sweet Shiva.... I'm booked until November. That's just wrong. Oh, and as you've seen, Squeaks looked like she was going to pop for joy at her wedding and it was very groovy and beautiful and if I was one to cry at weddings I might have, but I didn't cause I was too busy smiling until my cheeks petrified permanently. So, I'm still poking my head in the shadows and watching over all of you freaks. I'll try to post via the mouse, or the soup, or the horsey from time to time! Dan
always forgetting something (miss-mousey) Thu 17 Jun 04 12:38
I have spoken to Davey recently. If she didn't contract the martian death flu recently, she caught it's nasty cousin. Also, her laptop went all spoggly and splooey (with a little bit of 'crashy' on the side) recently. She is still alive, though! wishing her beams of wellness and WELLness, squeaks
an amazingly educated gerbil cryin' out loud (daveysnyder) Thu 17 Jun 04 23:18
Oh, speaking of icing--I'm awake at this unholy hour because my PDA initiated its own hard reset a couple of hours ago while I was entering a routine mileage entry (I'm freelance, and mileage to client sites is deductible), so I've been coaxing it through reinstallation of all applications and as much data as I had stored through my last backup (not recently enough, and I'll have to reconstruct a couple of weeks' worth of records, argh). That's on top of the Martian Death Flu during WisCon and continuing about a week after, and having crunched my laptop two days before the con. (The hinge is badly warped and the case a bit cracked but the hard drive, screen, and keyboard are still functional, so it's now an ultralight desktop, grmph, while I watch eBay for a replacement. Neil, you may laugh if you like, you're certainly due a little compensatory amusement for prior teasing about spilled tea and such.) Anywhich, I'm Davey, which is short for Deborah, and I read much more often than I post, and this year even more so than last because I'm also running this convention in November www.fiddlersgreencon.org which various other folk here are also working on or planning to attend. Martha, it's a really real PLAY? Mazel tov! I've been to a few readings; they're a different kind of exciting, with more creative energy. I hope the director finds all the intelligent and passionate and cool and amazing points, including the ones you didn't know you'd put in. Stagewalker, all the same wishes. Christy and Dodge and everybody--hi, I'm around, but mostly distracted and scrambling after missed deadlines...
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 18 Jun 04 00:28
Well, it has actors and dialogue and goes on for 90+ pages. I think that's a real play....
Well, I've read the OYSTER Bay Guardian.... (tinymonster) Sat 19 Jun 04 20:13
Good to hear from you, Dan! I was just wondering about you. I don't suppose there's a Web link to that _Guardian_ mention, is there? What will you be doing in England and Paris?? Good to hear from you, too, Ms. Davey! And remember, if you have a cracked laptop case, "not to say anything to anybody about it at all ever in your whole life." ;)
an amazingly educated gerbil cryin' out loud (daveysnyder) Sat 19 Jun 04 20:54
Dangit, Christy, if it were a _Dell_ I could get it repaired in this country <g>; the actual problem is that Toshiba won't provide the necessary parts to a U.S. shop for a Japanese-import model, they want me to ship it to Japan with no guarantees. Feh. Picked the first strawberries of the season from our home patch just a couple of days ago though, yum. They're late this year, same as everything else, but quite fine. And the roses that survived the winter are finally blooming, too. (Dodge, I lost the Golden Showers entirely, and the Pat Austin, no surprise there, and both of the miniatures; and all of the others are recovering from their bases but at least they're flowering true. It was a hard winter.)
the one-armed (miss-mousey) Sun 20 Jun 04 20:40
Gotta love how the cat can only be truly comfortable while sitting one one of your arms while you try to type. :/ Any way, HI DAVEY!!! Slowly recovering then? So, I picked up the 18 rolls of developed film at Costco, so I could start on the scanning and scrapbooking tomorrow, only to discover 3 more undeveloped rolls of film (GRAAAARGH!), which is probably nothing to growl about, as I can't even pick up the black and whites from the honeymoon until tomorrow any way. feh. I was really hoping to get started on both projects tomorrow. Now I'll just be scanning like mad. -squeaks Oh, and this in from Dan, in response to Christy's request: It's http://www.sfbg.com/38/36/cover_sf_improv.html but it's a long article, here's the actual ego inflating portion: "Among the half dozen players are pros like Landry whose own troupe, Oui Be Negroes (the nationally known African American improv company she cofounded with husband Hans Summers in Chicago in 1993), will perform another night as well as relative newcomers like Dan Wilson, a local actor and director who proves such a natural that it comes as no surprise he's got his own troupe in the festival too, a protean grouping called Pharmarsupial." The interesting thing is that a search on the Guardian actually reveals about four mentions over the years... here's hoping for a fifth this October. Dan
Dodge (clotildes) Mon 21 Jun 04 07:15
Cool Beans, Dan. Congrats. And beams to you and Martha on both your plays.
Zen Cohen (tinymonster) Mon 21 Jun 04 07:56
Cool! Thanks for the pointer, Dan! And happy belated Father's Day to all the daddies here, although AFAIK one won't see the wish for another week, and the other has long since disappeared from the planet.
Zen Cohen (tinymonster) Mon 21 Jun 04 09:56
<The interesting thing is that a search on the Guardian actually reveals about four mentions over the years...> And Martha is included in two of them!
Zen Cohen (tinymonster) Mon 21 Jun 04 10:34
Oh, for the curious, Ben finally got his _Nine Princes of Amber_ art up on the site for all to see: http://www.gothamcityart.com/ (search by title) (I'm surprised to see the Jill Thompson art hasn't sold yet!)
Dodge (clotildes) Mon 21 Jun 04 15:33
Just got my first copy of Now We Are Sick. Can't give it to Emy yet. I haven't read it. Her Mom and I read a couple of the poems and died laughing. Now, she can't wait for me to give it to Emy. Sigh. But this one I'll keep until I've read.
Is it all over? (tinymonster) Tue 22 Jun 04 11:37
Right now, plumbers are replacing all the water pipes in my apartment building, and they started work on my unit yesterday. I think they got all the plumbing done yesterday, and now they just have to put the drywall back into place and repaint. As of last night, I had squares and rectangles of drywall cut out in various places all over the apartment. It was kind of interesting. Maybe it shouldn't surprise me that this led to a brief discussion, during a conversation with my mom, about what to do with all the wolves that had escaped. It was decided that I would have to make sure I put them back in before the crew sealed up the walls again. Otherwise, they'll get jam all over the place. Because that's what wolves do. "If anyone overheard this conversation," said my mom, "they wouldn't know what we were talking about." "They'd think we're on drugs." "We don't need drugs. We've got Neil Gaiman."
Christy Smith (tinymonster) Tue 22 Jun 04 11:45
Dodge (clotildes) Tue 22 Jun 04 13:14
Love that. We need a T-shirt with that statement. We don't need drugs. We've got Neil Gaiman. I would buy it in a shot. Decided after reading Now We Are Sick that perhaps it would be best not to give the book the Emy yet. There were a few ones in there that wasn't exactly something for a girl that young. Her mom wishes to read it and will make up her mind though. She's finished reading Coraline. Is starting on Wolves and I'm bringing her an Ellery Queen and Terry Pratchett for her next lot.
Will Entrekin (willentrekin) Wed 23 Jun 04 07:04
Heh. I sense a new advertising campaign: Got Neil? I think this is good for a last-for-a-while post. Taking an extended break from the Well. I'll be back, of course (I always am). Just wanted to say so-long-for-now, I'll miss everyone, good luck with new marriages and writing and life (those last two are what I'm going to be occupied with). Cheers, All. Will
Dodge (clotildes) Wed 23 Jun 04 07:32
Beams. Come back when you can. We'll miss you.
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