Aug. 3rd, 2014

Who Knew?

Aug. 3rd, 2014 11:23 am
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Weird Al just did a rousing version of Elvis Costello's "Radio Radio."
Find it on Studio 360's blog, if they end up posting it -- they did an interview with Weird Al himself. Apparently, if you hear it in concert, it's because something seriously went wrong with their computers, etc. backstage.

Went kayaking yesterday on Thorndike Pond, in the shadow of Mt. Monadnock. It's a lovely pond, good for a couple hours of lazy paddling without a lengthy drive to get there. Clear, clean water, a heron, a family of loons (including a kiddo). Slight minus is the Boy Scout camp on one end, with a couple speed boats racing around dragging tubes and water skiers.
Weather was lovely: forecast for weird, but things cleared up quite nicely. Not a lot of scorching sun, but some clouds to modulate same, and overall temperate weather.
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After having enough of hearing/reading references to Deliverance (including a funny t-shirt of Stewie and Brian in a canoe, with "paddle faster -- I hear banjos!") I got it on Netflix. File this one with Fight Club and A Clockwork Orange. I think it was easier to watch Kurosawa's Ikiru, or Kieslowski's Blue, than it was to watch Deliverance.
It was emotionally exhausting, to say the least. If you've seen it, you know what I mean. If you haven't, I suggest it if you made it through the above mentioned films.

Fascinating was the Dueling Banjos leitmotif, and how it didn't change in terms of musical tonality throughout the film, but at various points, its emotional tone took on different forms.
Also fascinating was how three of the principal actors -- Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, and Ned Beatty -- are stars in their own right, but the movie was really about the evolution of Jon Voight's character.

A brutal film, but a very good one.

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