Wednesday, August 20, 2003

I've got the "back from a good vacation" blues.

Time spent in the San Francisco area was great...

Crazy Chinatown
Deserted Japan Square
Fish n' Chips Fisherman's Wharf
Homeless friends in the city
Bodega Bay (we ate lunch here)
Inner-city hiking
And many roadtrip hijinks...
3 grown man singing Celine Dion at the top of their lungs
2 bags of beef jerky
and a traveling zoo in the armpit of America (Battle Mountain, NV).

I left part of my heart in SF-which part? I dunno.
Who knows if I'll ever get it back...

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

I'm done with my paper so here are some great film quotes to celebrate!


"I may not have PhD in 'feelm,' but I know what I don't like!"

--Mr. Cranky, in one of his lighter moments


"With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece. With the same script, a mediocre director can produce a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can't possibly make a good film. For truly cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water. The script must be something that has the power to do this."

-Akira Kurosawa


"I thought drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries."

"There are no rules in film-making. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness."

-Frank Capra


[On the ending of Stroszek (1977):] "When I saw the dancing chicken, I knew I would create a grand metaphor -- for what, I don't know."

-Werner Herzog


"Originality now is rare in the cinema and it isn't worth striving for because most work that does this is egocentric and pretentious. What is most enjoyable about the cinema is simply working with a language that is classical in the sense that the image is understood by everyone. I'm not at all interested in innovating film language, making it more aesthetic. I love film history, and you're better off learning from those who proceeded you."

-Wim Wenders


"I just made pictures I would've liked to see."

-Billy Wilder

Sunday, August 10, 2003

sakubun wo kaku no wo sakete imasu...konban kaku tsumori nan desu.

GANBAROU!

Monday, August 04, 2003

As I sat reading a Newsweek in the waiting room at the IHC Instacare in Orem, I met a friendly Latino...er...rather, he met me.

Him: "Hey buddy, do you speak Spanish?"

Me: "No."

He looks slightly disappointed.
I decide to take the cue-queue-que?

Me: "Um, I speak Japanese."

Then after a brief conversation about how it must have been hard to learn Japanese and how I must have had the Lord's help...

Him: "Do you have any brothers who speak Spanish?"

Me: "No. My brother just got back from a mission in Germany."

He looks slightly disappointed again.

Me: "But I have a lot of roommates and friends who served Spanish-speaking!"

Him: "That's great, Buddy. I have a sister who grew up in Chicago but then my mother took her back to Mexico but she's back now living with my wife and me and she's studying English and she's doing pretty good at it...so if I meet nice guys (apparently who preferrably speak Spanish) I want to try to set her up."

Me: " Oh."

Him: "Because sometimes you meet RMs who are bad guys...so I want to be sure."

Me: "Right."

Luckily shortly thereafter he was called in to see his doctor.

I wasn't sure if the fellow was just being friendly or whether he was auditioning me for the part of sister-suitor. Needless to say I was grateful to get back to Newsweek and the gripping article on following the yellocake road.