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Just stuff and a few pictures - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today...
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guysterrules
guysterrules
Just stuff and a few pictures
A few cultural notes using the super-efficient bullet point system:

· I only saw one film over the holidays - Mona Lisa Smile. I smiled three times, tops.

· I received Brian Eno’s instrumental box set for Christmas from Joe. I love getting lost in Eno’s sonic curlicues and lush soundscapes.

· I downloaded ten songs illegally, just enough to keep under the radar. The Justin Timberlake/50 Cent collaboration nearly melted my computer from its blandness. I cry neither one of them a river and shame on you, 50.

· I went into more debt after Christmas than before because the sales were insanely good and I am now wearing my new shoes, Kenneth Cole’s vision of a cop shoe, that are one of my favorite purchases and I snagged them for $40.00.

· Angels In America - I tried. I really did. After 4.5 hours, I screamed, “Just! Shut! Up!” at the TV. Since they handed Tony Kushner an actual Pulitzer for this gibberish, I know two or three writers on LJ who should be a cinch for the prize as their writing far surpasses this pretentious piece of prattle. Oh, I still have 1.5 more hours to go and I will watch it but dear lord, if this is how people really spoke in 1986 New York, I’m glad I was an LA-based cocaine addict.

· I’ve continued my love affair with Amber Tamblyn who, in this week’s Joan Of Arcadia, a repeat I hadn’t seen since drood wrote his wonderful piece on the show and introduced it to me, had to build a boat. It sounds simple enough but by the end, I was crying full tears, something that the bloated and incoherent Angels In America did not once elicit.

· Speaking of tears, Nightline re-ran Dave Marish’s profile on Eva Cassidy. When Billy and I first saw it a few years ago, sitting in bed, we both found ourselves wiping away the stream of tears. I watched it with Joe this weekend and once again, my face was wet. It was more real, authentic, and beautifully written than any random five minutes from the drudgery known as Angels In America.


thesharps

Becky (Chris' wife), Chris (Billy's nephew) holding the twins, Brandon (their oldest son), and me.


dixie

Dixie (Billy's sister), the kids and me


chris

Chris, Nicky and me


Beckyandme

Becky and me


Amie

Amie (Billy's niece), Garrett (her son, sideways), and me
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marstokyo From: marstokyo Date: January 5th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't sugar coat it. How did you REALLY feel about Angels in America? ;-) I was almost wishing I had cable based on Frank Rich's twice weekly praise of it in the NY Times. Jon and I saw it on stage at the Kennedy Center in the 80's. We really TRIED. But ultimately it seemed lost and vacant. Or maybe that was the point?
dabroots From: dabroots Date: January 5th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
You guys look good. Thanks for posting the photos.

Hey, can you tell me the title of the Brian Eno boxed instrumental set? I'm curious about it.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 5th, 2004 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Eno released two box sets in the mid-90s, I believe. One was his vocal work and the other instrumental. Billy had given me the vocal set when it was released, and Joe gave me his own (isn't that sweet?) for a Christmas present. I believe both are out of print although perhaps eBay or Amazon can point you in the right direction.

The set contains the best of his post-Another Green World period.
backawayslowly From: backawayslowly Date: January 5th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
in the (admittedly short) time that I've "known" you, I don't think I've seen current pics of you where you look this happy. You're beaming, it's soooo good to see!
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 5th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Dave. That's because I was with family.
quuf From: quuf Date: January 5th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
After 4.5 hours, I screamed, “Just! Shut! Up!” at the TV.

Oh, thank you! Thank you so much for saying this!

I can't stop smiling . . .
jawnbc From: jawnbc Date: January 5th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Angels totally works as a theatre piece. It's dramatic. Much of the part I saw on telly rang false and melodramatic. When the Angel appears at the end of MIllenium Approaches, everyone in the theatre cowers in fear in awe. Emma Thompson on chicken wire in my telly just didn't have the same impact.
From: inkprincess Date: January 5th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great pics!! Thanks for sharing! :)
lapalomita From: lapalomita Date: January 5th, 2004 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought Mona Lisa Smile was going to be Fluff Central. The next couple of films I'd like to see are Big Fish & perhaps The Last Samurai. Did you see the latter? I'd love to hear your opinion of it.

Justin Timberlake/50 Cent collaboration? Wha? *blinks*

Kenneth Cole shoes for $40?!? Go you!

Omigosh, I'm so happy to hear that SOMEONE out there didn't see what all of the fuss was about regarding Angels in America. I personally was put off by the way Jews were portrayed in the film. Al Pacino's character was literally a hateful caricature of a Jew. I swear, I'm not making this up, watch it again & you'll see. Oh wait...

Awwww! Thanks for sharing the pics hon! You look quite adorable & have the most dazzling smile hon!
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 5th, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're absolutely right. James Woods did an amazing job playing Roy Cohn but he did it without the broad Jewish stereotype. This "epic" has something to offend everyone. I hated the way homos were portrayed and the depiction of angels was completely inaccurate. And if I were a Mormon, I would be outraged.

As for Big Fish, I have a thing about Tim Burton - I hate his films except Ed Wood and Pee Wee. As far as The Last Samurai, I think I'll wait for my next swordplay film to be Kill Bill, Vol. 2.

Thanks for the compliment, Mel. It had been a long time since I smiled with that kind of abandon.
pinkrose70 From: pinkrose70 Date: January 7th, 2004 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, aren't you the handsome one! Great pics.
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: January 8th, 2004 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
the smile the smile the smile
nice next time we have a mass power outage I am gonna suggest they hook a transformer up to your smile. Very heart warming.

Ok ok ok, angels in america was totally overdone and could have been streamlined to half the time and still maybe been a tad long, but for me the relevancy with the mormonisms and what not, well I had to sit through it. Had to. The Jeesus Jammies, his nonsense about buddy kisses. *(disclaimer I never once told my wife to give me a buddy kiss)* His bitchy overpowering mother. OH YEAH!
You get the idea tho, someone who wanted to just fit in so much that he'd try to make a round peg fit a square hole... no pun intended, when all he wanted was to not be alone.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 8th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
The only part I enjoyed of the film were the Mormon characters. I guess it hit kind of close to home, huh Connor? Sorry about tahyt and I hope it was cathartic to see the Mormons within this context.

Jeesus Jammies. I didn't know what thkose were. I thought they looked right out of an International Male catalog. Jeesus Jammies! That's a hysterical take on it.
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: January 9th, 2004 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
yep very close to home. cathartic yet stirring.

I have so much anger towards that part of my life. Sweet Jeesus, how bout teaching me some self love and joy and vigor for life, instead I was taught that I was an abomination in the eyes of god and that my SIN was second only to murder? Let me tell ya, I come off as an ass at times and I have barriers to keep folks out but when at your core you believe / are taught that you offend your god (FOR BEING THE WAY HE MADE YOU?!) well that ain't easy to get over or deal with. In fact I am a fairly gentle soul.

Jeesus Jammies, some of those silly mormon folk actually leave em on all the time and just, you know, make more of gods babies through the holes?! Sad really!
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