Wednesday, September 13, 2006

And as we wind on down the road...


Where were you on 9/11?

I was off, and had been up late with a good friend playing some video games. Mom came down and knocked on my bedroom door when the first plane hit - i groggily got out of bed, walked out to my living room. Turned on CNN, and after 5-10 minutes i watched the second plane hit live - spilled hot tea all over my coffee table, and remained glued to CNN until things started to slow down about 12. I then hopped in the car and drove to the mall, where the same friend from the night before was working in the Sears electronics department, and we spent the better part of the afternoon flaked on the department's leather couch with a handful of sales reps watching CNN.

That evening we drove to the airport to observe the traffic jam of international flights that had been forced to land at St. John's Airport. We had thousands of people from all over the world at
Mile One stadium, and shelters accross town, Myself and another friend popped by Mile One to see if there was anything we could do, and they already had more voulenteers than they needed, so they sent us on our way.

Spent the evening listening to open line (a call in show) on one of the local AM stations - and the outpouring of emotions from both those people stranded here - many of whom struggled with broken English to get their "thank you's" accross, and the locals who so quickly got behind America - it brought a tear to my eye - and i still get emotional thinking about it to this day. 9/11 would be a hard day for me i think if it weren't my daughter's birthday (as i type this i'm brushing cake frosting off of my desk and sipping some tea). Whatever backlash that followed, whatever rampant patriotisim and self-righteousness that caused a backlash against the mighty red, white, and blue in the months and years that followed - for a brief moment - the world had a gaping wound, and we were ALL Americans. I find it horribly sad and depressing that it takes a disaster of such magnitutde to create such global unity. It's something we should strive for in our day to day existance. Politics be damned.

-Originally posted on DVDVerdict, Sept. 11th/2006


Hey folks,

Been a little while - malaise and lack of creativity are to blame.

Not a whole lot going on.

Abby's birthday was Monday past (9/11). The little spud is now three - three years that just blew by like they were nothing.

Caught United 93 last week - a simply jaw-dropping film. Wonderfully executed without glorifying the events Hollywood-style. Thus far it's my favorite film of 06 - dethroning Miami vice. I hope to have a review posted by the end of the week if i can just sit down and get it done!

Also been on a huge Kurosawa kick - watched Kagemusha earlier this week - hoping to get to Seven Samurai, and The hidden Fortress before the weekend - may even squeeze in Yojimbo and Sanjuro. Incidentally - Criterion's new three-disc edition of Seven Samurai is amazing, and belongs in any discerning film fan's collection!

Also finished Battlestar Galactica Season 2.0 - which was amazing stuff, and am almost done Rome, which was also amazing.

The remastered version of Blade Runner is now on store shelves, and i highly recommend it - quite possibly the single best thing to come out of the 80's next to Indiana Jones.

Been listening to the new Iron Maiden album - A Matter of Life and Death - quite a bit. Simply amazing record - it's wonderful to hear these guys in such true form. GREAT CD. Also spinning the new Audioslave disc, which is pretty solid.

Myself and Jon have started writing again, which is awesome - i love collaborating with Jon - our sensebilities are so close to one another when it comes to movies and what not, and yet we have these subtle differences in our mannerisims that blend well in a screenplay form (he's the intelligent one, i'm the poetic one). It's also good to have a writing partner around to keep me from falling into my damned creative ruts. We need to put aside a night this week and get back at it - or just watch Seven Samurai.

Work schedule is changing slightly as of today - no more split shifts - which is awesome news for Sarah - can't wait to tell her.

As i type this - K-ROCK 97.5 is playing my request for Stairway to Heaven, which i have cranked, and Maggie, great gal that she is, read my e-mail on the air - that's pretty cool!

That enough mindless rambling for now?

The Rundown:

Watching: Kagemusha / Battlestar Galactica 2.0 / Rome

Playing: Chromehounds (xbxo360) / Saint's Row (xbox360) / Dead Rising (xbox360)

Listening To: Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death / Audioslave - Revelations / Megadeth - Rust in Peace / Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam / Oasis - Be Here Now

Reading: Dune by Frank Herbert

Eating: Pizza

Wisihing: I'd get paid today so's i can go buy Ran and Blade runner!

"More human than human, that's our motto..."

Cheers,
Steve
Where there's smoke... There's a burning Los Angeles skyline circa 2015.

4 comments:

Mitch said...

Incidentally - Criterion's new three-disc edition of Seven Samurai is amazing, and belongs in any discerning film fan's collection!

Word. You couldn't ask for a more complete piece of entertainment.

SteveTP said...

Damn skippy.

Have to get Jon to sit down and watch that mofo.

Grabbed "Ran" last night - hope to get to that sometime the week too.

Dan Mancini said...

The remastered version of Blade Runner is now on store shelves, and i highly recommend it - quite possibly the single best thing to come out of the 80's next to Indiana Jones.

Phoebe Cates's Venus-like rise out of the Hamiltons' swimming pool is the single best thing to come out of the '80s.

SteveTP said...

Phoebe Cates's Venus-like rise out of the Hamiltons' swimming pool is the single best thing to come out of the '80s.

Ok, so Blade Runner is the 3rd greatest thing to come out of the 80's.