jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Last night I pretty much ran my cellphone battery down nearly to the single digits, refreshing my Twitter feed as one track was livetweeting the Hugo Awards, and another track was livetweeting The Tragically Hip's final concert of their current tour (and possibly ever) in their hometown. IRL, the TV was playing the Niners game and we were doing pretty good for the most part. All in all, a fun evening!

Backing up a little bit, we went to see Kubo and the Two Strings at the Balboa Theatre at their midmorning show (free coffee and popcorn, woo!). An amazing piece of animation, definitely worth going to see. [Plus Regina Spektor does a fabulous cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" in the end credits, which you should sit through, if only because the artwork used then is equally as fantastic.] Walked down to Ocean Beach from there and hung out for a little bit before hopping on the 5 bus back to our neighborhood.

But yeah, back to last night...I was rather fascinated that the voices of the Rabid/Sad Puppies were kind of thin and reedy during the Hugos. There are a few self-proclaimed Subject Matter Experts (as I called them in my other blog) whose cognitive dissonance was quite straining. Apparently this time out their response to certain winners was "Oho! We've got them where we want them now!" which is all fine and dandy, except that the Puppies nominated books, movies and TV shows people actually LIKE. To put it bluntly and to quote Barenaked Ladies, their plan was "I just made you say 'underwear'," apparently. Amusingly enough, pretty much every sane person responded to that with 'yeah whatever' and went on with the night's festivities in a happy mood.

Tangentially, I'm still trying to figure out why some of these apparent fans are so, I don't know....petulant? Angry at the world? A misanthrope? I've never quite understood the mindset of being so spiteful about everyone and everything as a regular frame of mind. It just seems such a waste of time, really. Sure, I get irritable and annoyed with people, but there are some out there whose normal mindset is "everyone's an idiot." Sometimes I wonder if these puppies were nerds in school who never got over Chet the Quarterback pantsing them in front of everyone in gym class. It's really kind of sad.

But anyway! Let's end this post on a happy note: it's Sunday afternoon and all the errands are done, I'm relaxing with some tea and tunes, with a bit of blog writing and editing to do later.

Hope everyone's having a nice weekend!
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Not too much to report, really...I've mainly been busy working on revision of The Process of Belief...I just kicked off Chapter 4, so it's coming along relatively well. Like I said, the revision is not so much in the plot as it is in the prose, so I've just been doing a lot of editing and rewording. Lots of uncomfortably stilted sentences. Lots of stage direction ("Caren got up and walked over to the coffee machine. She picked up the carafe and poured herself a cup." GAAAH WHY DID I WRITE THIS CRAP). Nothing that can't be saved, though, so there's that.

The 750/"Townies" project hasn't so much stalled as I've been letting a few ideas stew in my head for a few days. I felt that making myself do the daily words for it would have been forcing it at this point. It's also made me think that perhaps it's time I can back away from the 750 Words site for the time being and focus the output elsewhere. That seems to be the issue...I can certainly do the morning words whenever needed or wanted, but I really shouldn't be forcing it if there's nothing to produce. We'll see where this goes.

In non-writing news, A and I are heading to a double-header movie date down the street at the Vogue! First up is The Spirit of'45, a documentary about Post-WWII Britain, and right after that is Good Ol' Freda, a doc about Freda Kelly, the Beatles' longtime friend and fan club secretary. Very typical choices for us, yes?

Other than that, not much planned for this weekend. We will of course need to head over to Safeway tomorrow for some grocery shopping, not to mention buying Girl Scout cookies! We were thinking of also heading down there relatively early so we could have brunch at Luis' Restaurant. That place fills up rather quickly, but we've learned over the years that no one wakes up early on the weekend her in the city (other than dog walkers, old people and joggers).

Hope everyone has a good long weekend! :)


Sep. 9th, 2011 08:36 pm
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I'm hoping this ends up being really good, because the book it's based on is absolutely phenomenal.
jon_chaisson: (Stan Brakhage)
...we're going to see this movie on Saturday at the Kabuki:

This totally looks like something I'd have watched in college. :p
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Neat! So we're planning on going to Japantown to see Studio Ghibli's Tales of Earthsea tomorrow, when [ profile] emmalyon found out that this weekend is also the Nihonmachi Street Fair in the neighborhood! Yeah, I think we're gonna have to take the 38 bus down there, as I don't think there will be parking available...

Still, any reason to go to Japantown to see a movie at the Kabuki, not to mention get some tasty foods at one of the many restaurants, and buy stuff at Kinokuniya (not to mention going to the local Japanese/Asian supermarket for bento lunches and more Pocky than we really need, is always a fun thing.
jon_chaisson: (Stan Brakhage)
...whether or not I want to go see Nine--not the animated movie, but the movie of the musical of the original Fellini movie 8 1/2--one of my favorite classic movies, actually. I'm not big on musicals, but this one looks interesting. If anything, the trailer I just linked to makes it look pretty good, and cinematically and performance-wise, it looks like they're trying to be somewhat faithful to the original. Daniel Day-Lewis is emulating Mastroianni pretty well there.

Oh, and while I'm here:

The opening to 8 1/2, one of my favorite movie openings. And yes, REM did in fact borrow from that scene. ;)
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Yeah, we pretty much passed on going to Amoeba today. Being that we finally got to uninterrupted sleep sometime around 1am, we're both too lazy to do anything other than some necessary errands, most of which we've already done. No big, we'll go at a later time...for now, some random updates:

--Most likely will go to Borderlands on the 18th (two Saturdays from now), as [ profile] jaylake is going to be signing there and I really want to pick up Green.

--As said, nearly all errands done. Just need to do laundry, vacuum the apartment (which takes all of ten or so minutes to do--the good thing about a small place!), and run the dishwasher.

--I'm not sure, but I think the people across the street--you know, the guy I talk about who stands in front of his window for hours on end, either staring or talking on his phone, and I swear he's watching me--look like they're moving out. I can't be sure, but there seems to be packing going on in that apartment.

--In a related note, the quiet, unassuming woman that lived next door to us (not the couple across the hall) that we've only ever seen in person maybe three times since we've been here, seems to have moved out as well. We can see into her apartment from one of our windows and it looks empty.

--Also related, I'm seeing a strangely large number of empty apartments here. But to be honest, this is normal this time of year, when all the kids move out at the end of their college year. On the plus side, I've seen our management showing people apartments all the time, so at least business is moving.

--One of our local channels played How I Won the War last night. I'd forgotten just how absurdly weird this movie was... :p

--Amazon's having an anime dvd sale! YAY! Going to order the Paniponi Dash and Ergo Proxy box sets!

--I just started reading The Lord of the Rings, after not picking up the books since 7th grade (and even then, I didn't get far). I find it a bit unnerving that I found myself geeked out by the "Notes on the Text" and author's foreword about how he wrote it? I haven't even gotten to the novels themselves yet. And why do I get the sinking feeling I'm going to feel all this nerd love for the books? This may or may not be a good thing... O_O

--If I have the time, I may post a few more [ profile] edencycle chapters. I'll let you know when I do. :)

That's it for now. Hope everyone has a swell weekend! :)
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jon_chaisson: (Stan Brakhage)

I'm sure most of my LJ f-list here remembers the original...this is either going to be REALLY good, or REALLY bad...
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Words today: 723, for the Prologue of Can't Find My Way Home.

Time spent goofing off instead of writing: more than necessary

Times we watched the Indiana Jones trilogy on Sci-Fi: twice (last night and today).

The fact that Wilhelm Screams in the trilogy stick out like a sore thumb for me now: priceless


So anyway, I'm back in the swing of things after being sort of listless and confused for awhile. Going to make a sterling effort to get back into writing daily, and hopefully get back into multitasking as well.

And I just recently recharged my Dana, and may be doing some work on there as well.

Yeah. Writing good. :)
jon_chaisson: (Stan Brakhage)
2. Okay. You think they call us plastic now, babe, but wait 'til I get through telling them how we do it. -- Head (The Monkees movie)

5. I've sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. Didn't want to do it. I felt I owed it to them. -- Caddyshack

10. Bernstein, am I a stuffed shirt? Am I a horse-faced hypocrite? Am I a New England school marm? -- Citizen Kane

13. Sorry we hurt your field mister! -- A Hard Day's Night

15. You're legally allowed to drink now so we figured the best thing for you was a car. Good Will Hunting

Movie Meme

Feb. 29th, 2008 08:40 am
jon_chaisson: (Stan Brakhage)
Yoinked from [ profile] head58 and [ profile] editswlonghair...

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.

ETA: Quotes still unanswered are in bold.

...and they go a little something like this... )
jon_chaisson: (Stan Brakhage)
Hasbro, Universal pact may produce Monopoly movie can make a movie out of anything these days...

And for those too young to remember...Gnip Gnop


Jan. 6th, 2008 12:01 pm
jon_chaisson: (Naruto shocked)

This promises to be either really good or really bad. I'm tempted to go see this...
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Okay, so I spent most of today enjoying the day watching movies with Emm, therefore not getting much work done, but I did manage to squeak out a few pages of the LLB rewrite, so not all was lost.

Starting tomorrow:


(ps 5pts to whoever knows which album title I just borrowed and mangled for that line. ;) )

IMDb Meme

Oct. 7th, 2007 01:40 pm
jon_chaisson: (Stan Brakhage)

1. Look up TEN of your favorite movies on IMDB.
2. Click the "trivia" link in the sidebar.
3. Post a fun and random bit of trivia from each film.

YELLOW SUBMARINE--The scene in which the boxing dinosaur is smoking a Cigar (it has a band) is a parody of the long-running series of ad for Hamlet Cigars. "Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet" was a long-running campaign for Hamlet Cigars, lasting until tobacco advertising on television was banned in the UK in 1991. Radio and television commercials used an excerpt from Bach's Air on the G String, which is still frequently associated with the brand.

CATCH-22--The film has one of the longest, most complex uninterrupted scenes ever made. In the scene, where two actors talking against a background, 16 of the 17 planes, four groups of four aircraft, took off at the same time. As the scene progresses, the actors entered a building and the same planes were seen through the window, climbing into formation. The problem was, for every take, the production manager has to call the planes back and made to take off again for every take of the particular scene. This was done four times.

HEAD--Veteran actor Victor Mature agreed to appear in the movie after reading the script, admitting none of it made sense to him: "All I know is it makes me laugh." (His character "The Big Victor" is presumed to be a comic jab at RCA, who were the distributors for Monkees records - and also owned NBC, who aired their programs.)

SLACKER--The average movie has 500-1,000 cuts in it. This movie only has 163. And almost a third of them come from the last five minutes during the super 8 film scene.

CITIZEN KANE--The camera looks up at Charles Foster Kane and his best friend Jedediah Leland and down at weaker characters like Susan Alexander Kane. This was a technique that Orson Welles borrowed from John Ford who had used it two years previously on Stagecoach. Welles privately watched Stagecoach about 40 times while making this film.

THE THIRD MAN--The ending was the subject of contention during production. Surprisingly, Graham Greene, known for his bleak, depressing stories, wanted the film to have a "happy ending", with Holly Martins embracing Anna Schmidt after Lime's funeral; whereas David O. Selznick, known for his love of "Hollywood endings", advocated that Anna should ignore Holly after the funeral. Carol Reed agreed with Selznick and the sad ending was used. Reed, however, felt insecure about the length of the nearly 2-minute shoot he filmed where Martins waits for Anna and she walks by him without acknowledging his presence.

GOOD WILL HUNTING--Robin Williams's last line in the film, "That son of a bitch, he stole my line," was ad-libbed.

SAY ANYTHING...--The Smithereens were commissioned by Cameron Crowe to write the theme song for the movie, and they came up with "A Girl Like You." Crowe thought that the lyrics were too leading (they outline the entire plot), so he rejected it in favor of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." "A Girl Like You" went on to be included in the Smithereen's next album, "11."

RED DAWN--The plot for the movie, a Russian invasion from Mexico, etc., was based on CIA and War College studies of US weaknesses at the time.

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT--Before the film was released, the three main actors were listed as "missing, presumed dead" on the IMDb.
jon_chaisson: (Snoopy writing)
I'm half tempted to watch Red Dawn tonight on Spike, if only for the reason that it was a movie that came out at the same time I'd started writing seriously. Never mind the fact that The Infamous War Novel and Red Dawn kinda sorta have similar plotlines: high schoolers thrown into World War III. Cheese? Sure, but it's cheese that makes me all warm and fuzzy with memories of writing the IWN. :)

Oh, and Spike's movie night will have none other than Corey Feldman co-hosting! WOOOOT! :p

(On a side note, I was listening to a lot of 80s classic rock today, so that must mean something...)


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