Friday, December 14, 2007     « Lorraine with Cup Plant »


I took this photo back in August when a TV crew was here for five days documenting aspects of my life for an episode of the show Recreating Eden. I decided to post this photo because I can't really show the good stuff publicly right now. I considered this an out-take but am already reconsidering. Okay, slash that -- there are plenty of better shots. Anyways, I mentioned the show just before the crew came but haven't said much since. I have mostly tried to put it out of my mind. I spoke with Gwynne the director yesterday afternoon because she is starting to need photos and such for the episode. That didn't phase me. Business as usual. Today I got the press release from the production company announcing the new season and air dates. When I saw my name and air date on the list it suddenly hit me, This is real. This is really going to happen. The episode airs in February so I've got 2 months to get used to the idea. Commence the pants shitting.

We watched "Days of Heaven" (1978, Terrence Malick) last night and all I can say is WOW. I am already prepared to name it one of my absolute favourite films. It is certainly the best movie I have seen in a while which is saying a lot since we watch a hell of a lot of films. I've talked endlessly about my grasslands love and this film has that in abundance. There isn't a single ugly frame in this film. The film has a minimal aesthetic in terms of dialogue and performance but the imagery is lush and stunningly composed like an endless series of beautiful images flashing across the screen one after another. The narration by Linda Manz is incredible. We watched about half the film again with commentary on directly after the first view and the commentators mentioned that they recorded something like 60 or 80 hours of Linda talking -- they just asked her to watch scenes and make stuff up. Incredible. I am so inspired by this movie. Oh and the score is done by Ennio Morricone. How have I lived this long without seeing this movie? You can read more here.

Song: "Like a Rolling Stone" Bob Dylan I woke up this morning with this song playing on repeat in my head as the soundtrack to a strange dream. I've listened to it about 20 times today as a result. Although "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" is creeping in.

"Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal.

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