Monthly Archives: November 2007

I shiver from my core; winter’s made it.

Today has felt the most like winter. I could hardly drag myself out of bed to go to work this morning, and in the 20 minutes before I left the apartment, I dreaded the initial step outside. The first step is the worst as the cold wind rips me from the warmth and safety of our heated home. It’s awful. There was a lot of frost on my windshield, and I can’t even fathom where I’ve put my ice scraper. It’s time to face the facts: Fall is on it’s last dying breath, and soon will come the five months of tundra in Bowling Green, Ohio. I’ve started eating oatmeal again. It’s warm and it’s hearty, and I’ve found my favorite flavor again (carried at Kroger rather than Meijer)

Cousin Emmy

Yesterday evening in my theater class I realized that next week is the final week of the semester, and a panic fell over me. Because I’ve let myself fall so far behind, I am practically buried in my schoolwork, and I have very little desire to dig myself out. The harsh reality is that if I don’t snap out of this–and quick, I’ll fail History of Film.

I’m at a very different place than I was at this time last year. That’s strange. Things have stagnated for the most part, which I don’t mind. Stability is very important to my well-being.

Recently I’ve been looking forward to working and living–and not going to school. How lame of me.

Over Thanksgiving break I saw some films. Enchanted was fantastic, as was No Country for Old Men. Lots of people have been saying that it’s the best Coen Brothers film so far, but I don’t know if I agree with that yet. (There’s just such a special place in my heart for O, Brother, Where Art Thou?)

What I should not have done this week

1. Taken almost an entire free day and spent it frivolously
2. Done nothing academic all day Tuesday
3. Done nothing academic all day Wednesday
4. Went out for karaoke from 9-Midnight on Wednesday night
5. Gone straight to bed after karaoke without doing homework
6. Bummed around all Thursday morning
7. Put off papers
8. Written this blog entry

A very nice trip to Ann Arbor

Steve, Dustin, Sarah, and I went up to Ypsilanti to visit Corey yesterday. After showing him the 48 Hour Film Project we had slaved away on all weekend, we went into Ann Arbor to walk around for a bit, get some dinner, and see Lars and the Real Girl.

We ate dinner at a restaurant called Ashley’s, which was around the corner from the Michigan Theater. It was a nice pub with an overwhelming amount of beers to choose from. I got one by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, and it was tasty. For dinner, I had a Caprese sandwich, which was also tasty. With a nice beer and a good dinner, my bill came to $12, and I would highly recommend the place.

Lars and the Real Girl, (2007)

I enjoyed the film a lot. It was sweet but not sappy, funny but not too absurd. It also painted a pretty appropriate picture of a Midwestern town. No one had a slow, lazy Southern drawl, and no one drove a tractor into town. The characters were beautifully developed, and the performances did each and every one of the characters justice. Anyway, I liked it a whole lot. I highly recommend it.

i’ve moved

gross

Proof of my growing up is popping up all around me. (So has proof of me eventually becoming a weird hoarder and collector.) Today I was standing around waiting for the coffee drink that I really can’t afford to continue to buy and saw a French press coffee maker, and I got excited. I got really excited. And then I got more excited because I realized that I could probably ask for one for Christmas. And then I got scared.

Anyway, I found a nice one over at Crate and Barrel. Feel free to buy it for me

I don’t like TV.

I have to fess up: I don’t completely mean it when I say “I don’t like TV.” I actually like television shows a lot. There are quite a few shows that I could even say that I love. The problem is, I don’t like having my time dictated by a show time for me to watch my episodes. I also can never be bothered with remembering what time and what day shows are on. (The last show I can remember being home on the dot to watch was the Ashlee Simpson Show on MTV in 2005-2006. RIP Ashlee Simpson Show.) Because of this new TV on the internet thing, I am finally able to watch the shows I want to watch when I want to watch them without waiting for the pricey DVD release.

So, now that I have come clean, there are quite a few shows on right now that I really like.

Pushing Daises.
I think this show is lovely. It’s sticky-suggar-sweet, and by the end of every episode, I have teared up at least once. I laugh, I cry, I sigh out loud at the cuteness and sadness of the characters. The scenes are over-produced, in the best way. Dare I say this is the best show on television now? I do. It’s part Scooby Doo, part Wonderfalls, and I love every colorful second of the show. Hopefully this show will last at least last through a second and third season, because it has one thing that Wonderfalls did not: a great time slot.

30 Rock
30 Rock has what most shows to not: something I am interested in. That’s unfair. But, really, this show is about the entertainment industry. What is has that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip did not: it’s funny. (No one believes that people who work as comedy writers are not funny.) What it has that Entourage does not: a spot on network TV. What it has that both of those shows to not: Tina Fey, Tracey Morgan, Alec Baldwin, Jack McBrayer. I think this is the most amusing show on television right now.

And, I’ve been watching Lost. This is a show that I knew I should have never gotten into. I’ve been swept up into thinking about it almost constantly, and I am only on the first season. (I’m letting myself watch the two part finale tonight if I get my film homework done early.) I’ll be onto the second season by Monday (day off…Lost all day? Possibly.) In the third by Thanksgiving, and foaming at the mouth for season four to start by January.

Well, anyway, hopefully I will still have my newfound TV shows and the WGA gets their contracts all fixed, and compensated for internet TV, etc, etc, etc. Otherwise, I’ll be back to hating TV, feeling like movies lackluster, and wishing I had majored in Middle Childhood Education.

Writers Guild of America strikes; I sit in Bowling Green, Ohio

So, as of 12:01 this morning, the WGA on both the East and West coats went on strike. Because I am not really a writer, and not currently working in the entertainment industry (outside of BG, OH), this doesn’t directly effect me. However, because I plan on making a move to a larger city to work as a ____, the WGA strike is something I should be paying attention to. I think this particular video is interesting:

At any rate, I do support the WGA in this strike. The writers should be getting some sort of compensation for the things that they have written that are being distributed in new media outlets (internet, etc.). Money is being made there, so the people who have worked on the products should be paid–at least something.

On the topic of scab writing:
Would I do it? I really don’t think I could. There is an obvious reason that the unions (of any kind) are in place. I never considered myself necessarily pro- or anti-union, but I really don’t think that I could ignore the work that the people before me did to organize and get their unions in place. It’s true that many people have made careers over crossing picket lines, but I don’t think that I am one of those people.

In other news, today I learned that the High School Musical franchise has made more than a billion dollars. A billion dollars. I can’t even fathom that amount of money. But, it really is a testament to the power of tweens. After hearing that, I really have been considering starting to write for children/tweens.