August 15th, 2008


making up for the lack of content with a gargantuan entry

y vacation from LiveJournal, if you want to call it that, has stretched to nearly a month and a half. I thought it was time to break the silence. Every form of refuge has its price, but you don't have to live like a refugee.

The reasons for my extended absence mainly have to do with that I just felt like I haven't had much to say except whine about my financial situation. As a general rule, I don't gravitate to journals which harsh my mellow so I've always refrained from taking mine down that path. The other thing is that I've been addicted to the online version of a game called Carcasonne, introduced to me earlier this year by my brother-in-law. Every time I'm online and have time to kill, that's where I head.

I addition to working, sleeping, and playing Carcasonne, I've immersed myself in television and film as usual. Whereas I once had a jones for rock music, these days I've become more of a film buff. I recently revisited one of my favorite shows of all time, Northern Exposure, from the early 90s. If you've never seen it, an overly simple encapsulation would be that a hostile Woody Allen and a neurotic, defensive Audrey Hepburn are thrown together in rural Alaska. Hilarity and hijinks ensue. What I didn't realize is that the executive producer of the show was David Chase, who went on to create The Sopranos for HBO. In the last couple of seasons of Northern Exposure, the dude who plays Tony Soprano's Jewish lawyer has a small recurring role as Joel's rabbi.

But movies... mooooovies. I have watched a shit load of movies since I've been back on the road. Upwards of 200 of them since the end of April. Below the cut is a list of films I've seen for the first time, with snap judgments and half-assed assertions for some of them. If you feel like discussing any of them, feel free to drop a comment.

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