Friday, January 04, 2008

Friday Musings

**I'm sitting on the subway last night when I see this:

Admittedly, I know nothing about this film, and last night was the first time I even heard of it. But does it irk anyone else that there's a grammatical error that large in the title of a movie?!?! I understand that it's syntax or slang or whatever, but really? How she move? Would it have killed them to put an "s" in the title? Is there a precedent for this? These are the things that keep me up at night.

**I'm moderately political (in my interest and activity, not in my views) and I promise that in 2008 this will not become a political blog, but it was kind of difficult to miss the results of the Iowa caucuses last night. The New York Times reported that over 347,000 voters (Democrat and Republican estimates combined) turned out. Democratic turnout more than doubled from 2004, signifying any number of things, but what I found striking was that in a time when our international policy is so concerned with establishing stable democracies in the Middle East, Americans have a chance to show the world what's so great about our system of government by getting out and actually affecting change! While we've always had that opportunity, it appears that it might actually be happening (the article states that large numbers of "young" and independent voters came out and got behind Obama, essentially propelling him to victory). This thing is far from over, but whatever your views, it's encouraging to see that people care.

**Paul Thomas Anderson fans who live in Queens (or New Yorkers that don't mind the commute) can see his first five films this weekend at the Museum of the Moving Image. Here's the info blurb, taken directly from the NYT:

"Five films by Paul Thomas Anderson can be seen this weekend at the Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Avenue at 36th Street, Astoria, Queens; (718) 784-0077, On Saturday “Hard Eight” will be shown at 2 p.m. and “Boogie Nights” at 4 p.m. On Sunday “Punch-Drunk Love” and the 2003 short “Blossoms & Blood” will be shown at 3 p.m. and “Magnolia” at 6 p.m."

The entire article, including blurbs describing the aforementioned films, can be found here.

Write on...

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