Daily Archives: February 5, 2008

Blood and vodka

“Sweeney Todd”. 

Even though it’s a musical, “Oklahoma!” it is not, people!  The body count was amazingly high and the death frighteningly realistic and the blood, sooo much blood.  I have a pretty high tolerance for gore, but, wow! 

Aside from the mayhem, Johnny Depp is a fair singer, the rest of the cast of distinguished English actor types really good.  The movie was enjoyable, beautiful even, but not for the faint of heart.

“Eastern Promises”

A midwife helps deliver the baby of an unidentified Russian teenager. The girl dies in childbirth, but leaves a diary among her belongings.  The midwife hopes to translate the diary and find the baby’s relatives.  She turns to a the owner of a local restaurant for help and brushes dangerously close running afoul of the Russian mob. 

Viggo Mortensen who is best known as Aragorn from “Lord of the Rings” has won an Oscar nod for his role as a lower level mobster.  My guess is the academy is recognizing the sheer guts it took for him to do the scene in the steam bath where he fights off two other mobsters who are trying to kill him.  Lots of scenes like this in movies, what’s the big deal, you say?Well, Viggo did it in the buff.  That is one secure dude!

Aside from admiring Viggo’s, ahem, “acting” the movie had very little pay off in the end.  It built up for a long time and we were offered the resolution we had hoped for, but felt we didn’t get to actually witness the final showdown.  It left me wondering how much film was left on the cutting room floor.

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20th Century Ghosts

I promise to try and be a better blogger. I haven’t really written about anything but expansion and even that was sporadic.   I thought it would be fun to share some books and videos that I’ve read or watched or listened too.  I love books on CD because I have a long commute, so I do a lot of my “reading” that way these days.

In the player now… 20th Century Ghosts

“20th Century Ghosts” is a collection of short stories, some conventional spook stories, others just strange, by Joe Hill. Hill is also the author of the creepy, rock n roll fable  “Heart Shaped Box”, it was a very dark book, but in a good way.  It had the oppressive atmosphere of the Collinwood mansion in the old “Dark Shadows” TV show.  Minus the vampires though, but with some very nasty ghosts.

 Another story concerns a boy whose best friend is inflatable.  In the story “Pop Art” the boy describes his friendship with Art the inflatable boy and the difficulties and dangers Art faces living in a world were the tiniest scratch can mean deflation and death.  It’s a very absurd premise, but also a very touching story of how far friends will go for each other.

In, “They Will Hear the Locust Sing” he writes about a boy who wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a giant locust,the torn remnants of his human skin dangling limply across his bed.  Instead of horror, the boy thrilled at his transfromation and excited to turn his new powers upon his peers.

Joe is a sick puppy.  You wonder how he comes up with this stuff and does he live in a house that is all painted black inside with mysterious locked rooms?  He seems to have quite a sensitive nose, he loves to mention how things ‘reek’.  The word appears in at least three of  four stories in “Ghosts” so far.

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Back in the saddle

The community center project is on again!

 At a joint meeting between the town and village boards, the green light was given to reopen our study of a joint library and community center.  Even better, a possible site has been offered for donation by Joe Sciortino!  10 acres located next to the Unionville Station complex on Rt. 259 just north of Burritt Rd.

Having tried and failed to secure a site within the village large enough for the combined facility this donation would allow us to build as close as possible.  Literally right where the sidewalk ends.  Public water and sewers within easy distance would certainly cut building costs.

For more details on the meeting check out the February 3rd edition of the Suburban News.

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