Monday, March 09, 2009

Nothing to See Here

Here's the thing. When I have something interesting enough to document here, I'm too busy (or too lazy) to write it.

When I have time to write, I don't have anything to tell you. Did you really want to hear about my exciting weekend of movie watching and book reading?

One of the movies was "One Eyed Jacks," a western starring Marlon Brando and Karl Malden, who, even in 1959, had a double-wide nose.

Stanley Kubrick was supposed to direct but he and Brando had "creative differences." The star actor won the fight and directed the film himself.

Malden, who was 12 years older than Brando, is still alive at age 96.

I also watched Ridley Scott's "final cut" of his 1982 classic "Blade Runner." The DVD is part of a 2-disk package. The second one is a full-length feature documenting the making of the film, from how they put the financing together to how they cast the parts to how they designed the special effects.

I also read the latest Spenser novel from Robert B. Parker, which was another disappointment. The writing is still crisp and the dialogue witty but the story, like most of the recent Spenser novels, was lame.
Parker confessed in an interview that he sends the first draft to the publisher without even reading it. You can tell. It reads like the author was phoning it in.

Too bad. The early Spenser novels (the series began in the early 1970s) are terrific reads. Now only a long-time fan of the series will get anything out of them.

I did complete another zootoo story and send that off to the editors. I'll post the video once it goes online. The one that went up last week about a cat that tests his diabetic owner's blood sugar has gotten good reviews and drawn more than 1200 comments.

Meantime, here's a video from the Daily Show that doesn't make me wish I had cable but it does make me understand why so many people do.


Bubba Stokes said...

Keep living the dream for those of us who spend our free time sharing dolls with 5 y.o. daughters. It's all good, though.

John said...

As long as the dolls are the daughter's and she's sharing with you.