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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Running Into The Wall


Jim Ladd said, "It will be by any measure the most colossal event in the history of rock 'n' roll... The stage housed in the center of the wall will measure 90' long. The wall itself 240' wide by 35' high is so enormous it will cross one side of an arena to the other."

Going to see Roger Waters perform his magnum opus, The Wall tonight at the Staples Center. Trying to not get too excited. I'm hoping by the end of the night this will go down as my favorite non-Beatles related concert ever. Pink Floyd is my second favorite band, so seeing Roger is going to be unreal.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Aim Above Morality


“Vice. Virtue. It’s best not to be too moral. You cheat yourself out of too much life. Aim above morality. If you apply that to life, then you’re bound to live life fully.” - Maude (Ruth Gordon)

Last night I watched Harold and Maude for the first time. I've been meaning to watch it, but just kept forgetting. I was looking at the Netflix instant watch on my Wii and what do you know? There's the film.

Part of the reason I've been meaning to watch it, is that I'm currently trying to write a film with what I was hoping would not be a too similar plot. Unfortunately, the film has a lot of similarities. I don't know what I'm going to do yet. Part of me thinks this script I'm writing is the most honest work I've done. The funny part is that I came up with the idea long before I ever watched this film. My plan was to finish the script by early Spring, then possibly shoot it in the summer.

Harold and Maude was a great film, so if you haven't watched it yet. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Lennon NYC


Finally watched Lennon NYC last night on PBS. Taped it earlier in the week, but was unable to watch it when it premiered since I was in class. Overall, I thought it was well done. At times reminded me of The U.S. vs. John Lennon, but that was not a bad thing. It there is one "down side" of knowing too much about The Beatles, it's that stuff starts to repeat. When you watch or read something, there is rarely new information in it. I mostly watch these pieces for their storytelling and point of view. It did contain some good interviews from people who knew John well during the ten years of his life after The Beatles. It's definitely worth checking out.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cold Turkey


No I'm not trying to quit heroin. This was the only song I could think of that contained the word "turkey". Going to be a quiet day for me today. Not going anywhere and my family is across the country. Probably just going to do what I always do and buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Got to try to make the best of the day.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

(Just Like) Starting Over

The title of this post is from the John Lennon song of the same name from his final album (while he was alive), Double Fantasy. I think the title is rather fitting. Why? Because I really want to make an effort to start blogging again. My old blog over on blogspot was fun. I actually developed a okay following and it was a positive experience. Unfortunately, I starting working in the film industry and I just stopped. Then, I quit that job and started again. Then, I started grad school and stopped again.

So you may be asking yourself, why should I start again? I'll probably just stop. You may be right, but I'm trying to be optimistic that I can keep this going. I actually am more intrigued by the tumblr template and I think it encourages easy and quick posts. I also need an outlet to write and post stuff. I still keep my private journal and still am trying to write my memoir (yes I'm writing a memoir), but why not have another public forum? I think it's worth it. Especially to post my Oscar and Beatle thoughts.

Most importantly, I feel like this is a great time to start again. I just finished my nonprofit development and leadership class yesterday, which amazingly was more inspiring than any class I ever took in grad school. People were actually trying to do things and take chances. We had discussions that were actually engaging and challenging. It made me think about the direction of my life. There was this excitement at the end that I haven't felt in a while. You only live once, so you got to spend it being passionate about something. Otherwise, what is the point of living?

To quote a lyric from the John Lennon song that takes the name of this post, "Let's take a chance and fly away somewhere".

I'm finally ready to start over and start blogging again. Hope you'll join me for the magical mystery tour...