Been pretty busy last few days. The first four hours of TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN kept me going for most of last week. A PEAKS fan from the very first, I found a source for the episodes and watched them, then watched them again, then again, then again for various scenes. Lynch has long been one of my artistic gurus, so this was not unexpected.
Over the weekend, I went home to visit family and help my Mom out with house stuff. Two days of that puts your everyday life on hold, of course, but I did sort of trick her into watching some of Steven Spielberg's JAWS on her on-demand service. We'd been talking about Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and some of the towns where they shot the classic film, and how she hadn't been to some of them in years and I never have been to them all. (I've never been to the Vineyard, myself). She didn't want to watch any of the scary parts though, so I fast forwarded through the film for her whenever there was something too intense (she's nearing eighty, btw) and slowed down again for the shots of Woods Hole and the harbors and most boat sequences. She liked this abridged version, and even though it's not a manner in which I would ever watch the film myself, I was glad she had fun seeing the glorious widescreen beach town imagery.
This started on Saturday, which was actually also Day One of my Summer Staycation. It was supposed to be my Summer Vacation, but due to our current government's bullshit ways, my taxes still haven't come back yet after three months, so no plane tickets or hotel stays anywhere for me for the moment... I had planned starting a year ago to have this be my first Los Angeles visit, but as I live hand to mouth with no savings and was relying on the taxes to make it happen, it was not in the cards. Having spent some of the weekend bummed about that, I decided to try and turn straw into gold and use the time instead toward something creative that I should've done years ago. More as it develops...
Anyway, regarding some of the recent posts in the room here...
- I love classic SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (the original cast, the Murphy, crystal and Myers years). It's one of my primary influences. (I'd even been involved with two sketch comedy shows back in the local-cable-access days.) I'd agree with the idea that a great way to discover what made the show a legend would be to track down the various "Best Of" tapes, DVDs and what have you for home viewing. At various points, I've owned The Best of John Belushi (both versions), The Best of Dan Aykroyd, The Best of Chevy Chase and jumping ahead in time a bit The Best of Will Ferrell. And it burns me that they never released a Best of Bill Murray. I've read Wired, Saturday Night, Live From New York and the Michael O'Donoghue biography Mr. Mike. My love for the show fell off in a huge way during the post-Ferrell years though, aside from the here and there greatness of Colin, Norm, Fey, Poehler and now the great Kate McKinnon. It's a show I no longer watch every week but I'm still glad it's around and in this confused modern world we probably need it more than we have since it first started in 1975.
- LOGAN LUCKY looks insane in a fun way. Daniel Craig looks like a comedy revelation. But, will small-town America like being poked fun at to this extent? I can already see in my imagination certain news organizations and public figures trying to use it as a rallying cry against "liberal, blue state hate of the 'Murican experience." I dunno, anything Soderbergh is good for me and I dig a good caper comedy, so I'll be there anyway. Even if it does sound like an alternate-history final Wolverine movie in which Depresso Logan stayed in Vegas and hit it big at the casino tables.
- I liked GET THE GRINGO. I enjoy PAYBACK more but GTG's fun too.
- I probably won't have time to see the Roger Moore Bond films on the big screen this go-round.
- Spent most of today writing and reading Hemingway in a coffee shop - which was great, eating a pizza-shop Memorial Day burger and fries and trying to get rid of a bad-weather headache. (The writing helped.) Then re-organized my vinyl LPs by genre of music and year.
- 1950s-1970s, classic rock and soundtracks of the era
- 1980s pop and soundtracks of the era
- 1980s synth, synth soundtracks and modern synth
- 1990s and Up Soundtracks, Classic Jazz and Blues
- I feel like I should have more to report, but don't seem to have anything else. Until next time, good night!