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7.23.2014

Wordy Wednesday July 23rd

This week I watched "In the Heat of the Night."

Rod Steiger's character as the Gillespie, the chief of police is the most interesting.  His attitude toward Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) keeps shifting; initially thinking Tibbs was a criminal, to obligatory respect when he learns he's a police officer, to neediness, when he wants Tibbs to stay in Sparta and help him solve the murder mystery, and throughout it all some sort of racism.  Although it's hard to tell how much he's overtly racist.

And the scene of Tibbs at Gillespie's house one evening really casts a light on the entirety of his character; he tells Tibbs that he's unmarried, has never been close to it and in a town of people who don't like him; paints him as a pretty empty man.

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Recenty I've discovered this blog Jumping in Puddles and the author has some interesting articles about single (not-sexually active) women using natural family planning.  Her rationale is that it helps a woman be aware of her body and hormones, and also prepares her for her (possible) upcoming marriage.

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Terry  Gross had a great interview with Richard Linklater this past week on Fresh Air.

In response to her comment that his new movie "Boyhood" doesn't have the drama that you'd expect from a movie, he says,  "You see how much we're conditioned in our, you know plot-based storytelling to have to set these things up and pay them off and you realize just how fake that is to life."

I love, love this quote.  Once I watched an episode of the Simpsons with a friend and he kept predicting what was going to happen later in the episode based on what was currently happening.  And he was right.  There really is a recipe to plot-based storytelling.

Kind of a stretch here?  But I wonder how deep this plot-based conditioning really runs.  People talk about the news being conditioned to entertain us; with headlines that try to scintillate us into reading the full article; do we (are we conditioned to) look for sensationalized entertainment in real life, which serves to totally distract us from what is really going on?  9-11 comes to mind--how is it that so many can believe the fantastical yet thrilling box-cutters explanation?

Linklater seems like a real artist in that he's going for something else, filming movies that are more true to life.  I loved Bernie, too, which he directed.  Amazing to hear the end of the real-life Bernie story; due to Linklater's movie, a lawyer gets Bernie out of his lifetime prison sentence, and he's now living in Linklater's garage, working as a paralegal.

Like this guy Linklater.  Gonna have to see Dazed and Confused.  Want to see Boyhood, except that I have SUCH a hard time sitting through a movie that's longer than 1.5 hours.   And Boyhood is well over 2.  ooooh......

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