Monday, November 03, 2008

Hodge Podge

Quite often, the editor of Small Town Newspaper will break his Sunday commentary into several topics instead of focusing on just one for the day. That seems a great way to express the things you want to say all at once, so today's post will be a Hodge Podge.

Item No. 1
I'm sitting here minding my own business and flipping through a magazine that arrived just two days before. It's the November/December 2008 issue of the MENSA Bulletin. I don't often read it, but I always skim. So, I'm turning pages, and I see a title that looks familiar, "I Write Like a Child...but So Did John Bunyan." What the...? Then I see my name at the top of the page and discover an article I submitted a couple of months ago based on a blog post I did that you can find here. Because the editor didn't respond when I emailed the story, I had no idea it had been accepted. Yee-Ha! Just the other day I was exchanging emails with Lynn who was encouraging me to submit articles to local magazines in order to get my name out there.

Item No. 2
I have a few films to suggest. First is The Visitor with Richard Jenkins as a sad widower who is going through the motions as a college professor and author. Through a series of events, he becomes connected with a Syrian immigrant and his girlfriend from Senegal. Both are illegals, and while he does what he can for them, they help him to do more than go through the motions. There are no predictable outcomes here, and no neatly tied up resolutions.

Second is War, Inc. with John Cusack. You have to stick with this one because it seems inanely silly at times. To quote—"A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President." I was struck by the final few lines delivered by Dan Ayckroyd who plays the former VP. I wouldn't call this film brilliant, but it's certainly provocative.

Third is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It's a French film with English subtitles and is based on the true story of a well-known French editor who has a severe stroke that leaves him paralyzed but for his left eye-lid. He struggles to communicate by blinking and manages to tell his story. This is no after-school special. Now this film I would definitely call brilliant.

Item No. 3

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die


dive said...

So you are now officially a smartypants, Robyn.
Well done! I am hugely impressed.

Now I am curious to see what Ron Howard has to say but I won't be able to watch it until I get home.
Hey ho.

Shan said...

Big Congrats Robyn!! What a surprising thrill that must have been. Now, I'm singing "Popular" from the musical 'Wicked' with my best Kristen Chenoweth accent, because my brain thinks in musical song most of the time.

Tomorrow I'll probably be humming 'When you're a Jet your a Jet to the end" while the Jets and Sharks duke it out at the polls. harhar

Speaking of...I loved the Ron Howard clip. That was quite a surprising and impressive bit of campaigning on his part. I have always liked Ron, but I cannot get over his Arrested Development series. Such perfect comedy from a perfect cast-sigh and sniff.

I can't believe I haven't seen any of your movie recs. I'll have to get 'em on the cue ASAP. We just finished 'There will be blood' last night and it is still weighing heavily on me. What filmmaking! What acting! What a downer as well! But, verrrry interesting I must say.

Sorry I tend to ramble to you and Dive. I Don't know why. G'bye.

dive said...

I'm just home, Robyn and I must say that Ron Howard clip was excellent.
I laughed out loud at Fonzie saying he was "wr …".
Sheesh! I'm so old.

And Shan: I can't speak for Robyn but I love it when you ramble; you never ramble without reason and always have something interesting and thought-provoking to say, so please keep it up.