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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-09-25 07:51
Subject: [writing|movies] Must keep moving, or critics will eat me
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Tags:cancer, child, movies, personal, reviews, writing

My list from yesterday, annotated for achievement:

  • Transmit Kalimpura to my editor for formal turn-in
  • Respond to an email interview
  • Draft a script on metastasis for a science podcast
  • Participate in a podcast interview
  • Revise and submit a short story currently in draft
  • Write a committed short story I haven’t yet been able to focus on
  • Doing some editorial work on an anthology proposal
  • Make initial notes on a proposal/outline for a mooted collaborative novel project with urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts

Plus I drafted the blog post on cancer, coping and terminal diagnoses, which I’ll run tomorrow morning when more than three of you are reading.

The revised to-do list looks something like this:

  • Draft a script on metastasis for a science podcast
  • Participate in a podcast interview
  • Await reader comments then submit a short story currently in draft
  • Write a committed short story I haven’t yet been able to focus on
  • Do a bit more editorial work on an anthology proposal based on feedback received
  • Make further notes on a proposal/outline for a mooted collaborative novel project with urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts based on feedback received
  • Review Sunspin feedback from one of my readers
  • Begin process of collating my last 3.5 years of cancer blogging into a book proposal

As I remain the boy in the bubble for a few days yet, thanks to my immune system doing a scarper, I have plentiful time today. It’s more a question of mental energy and focus, which despite yesterday’s productivity is still a bit iffy.

Also, watched two movies with [info]the_child and [info]mlerules yesterday.

One was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off [ imdb ], a movie that needs no introduction for anyone between the ages of 40 and 50something. This is one of the truly great movies of its decade, alongside The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and a few others, and deeply funny in a way that holds up well today. I’d forgotten Charlie Sheen was in it. Also, it was interesting to see how much the entire plot as-written would collapse once cell phones and caller ID were introduced. Many of the shenanigans in the early part of the film involved playing games with phones that would make no sense today, and most of the film’s plausibility (such as it was) revolved around people simply being out of touch and unable to contact one another. These were things I had to explain to [info]the_child. In a weird way, this makes Ferris Bueller a historical. As always, very highly recommended for a re-watch or for showing for the first time to your younger friends.

The other movie we watched was the recent release Hanna [ imdb ]. That is a damned good movie that I don’t think anyone ever heard of. Spy thriller involving a teen-aged girl, so vaguely connected to La Femme Nikita and films of that ilk. It was taut, very true to the title character’s deeply warped perspectives, much more emotional than such movies usually are, and exciting as hell. As [info]the_child pointed out, Hanna and Green are basically the same character. The movie also did a lot of really good stuff at the layer of production values, camera work and sound design. Frankly, I’d like to see it up for an Oscar for sound design and scoring, it was that good. And if you’re fan of Cate Blanchett, this was a strange and fascinating role for her as well. Very highly recommended.

And now I’m curious. What’s your favorite ’80′s movies?

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-09-25 22:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There was a rumor that Big Trouble in Little China was a reworked version of a sequel to Buckaroo Banzai but that's totally unsubstantiated.
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2011-09-25 15:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Robocop. I loved the biting, dark humor. And the pathos of the main character.
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Debbie
User: debmats
Date: 2011-09-25 15:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ladyhawke and Jumpin Jack Flash
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A wandering fellow on the long road
User: tsarina
Date: 2011-09-25 15:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So many! Ghostbusters probably.
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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2011-09-25 15:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I really liked Hanna too. One of the things that worked wonderfully is Saoirse Ronan, who has an intense, delicate little face and gives the impression of focus that could cut diamonds. She and Blanchett (who can give a similar impression) were wonderfully paired in that sense.

Favorite 80s movie? My Favorite Year: "I'm a movie star, not an actor!"
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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2011-09-25 15:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Though Ghostbusters would have to be just a step below that.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-09-25 15:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, I'm very on board with Ghostbusters.

Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"!
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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2011-09-25 16:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Nobody steps on a church in my town."
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Shalanna
User: shalanna
Date: 2011-09-25 18:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"We'll need a sample of your brain tissue." "Okay."

"There IS no Dana. Only ZUL."

"Who does your taxes?"
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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2011-09-25 19:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Oh, Zulie, you nut!"
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2011-09-25 19:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I named one of my cats Zuel do to the Thanksgiving incident involving Bernie, the fridge, the leftover turkey, and The Cat.
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Tom
User: voidampersand
Date: 2011-09-25 16:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tampopo
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2011-09-25 16:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ghostbusters, the apex of Lovecraftian comedy.
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Shalanna: GlassesGirl
User: shalanna
Date: 2011-09-25 18:13 (UTC)
Subject: Launch problem or design problem?
Keyword:GlassesGirl
If you have not seen REAL GENIUS, you must! It is a tour de force about a young genius and other young geniuses at a school that's modeled after Caltech. The number of lines we have memorized is bodacious. Really, Val Kilmer should never have stopped doing humor. He's wonderful in this, and I love Michelle Meyrink, who gives a performance that not many people understand (but I have had friends like her, so.)

Both GHOSTBUSTERS films still stand up perfectly for me. I remember HEATHERS with fondness, and PUMP UP THE VOLUME (because I always wanted to have a pirate radio show.) I suppose PUtV is a little "dirty" with language and such, but it has deeper themes. I also enjoyed STRANGE DAYS way too much.

Ferris Bueller a historical, eh? I'm more of a fossil than I realized. Although when I have a need for characters to be out of touch or defeat caller ID, I usually pull one of the tricks out of my hat. "Battery's dead!" "Phone fell in toilet!" "I dialed star-six-three (or whatever the number is nowadays) so it'll go through as UNKNOWN CALLER (or there's a PRIVATE NAME that doctors have on their phones." And stuff like that. Still, I remember the good old days. The best scene in that, of course, is the "Twist and Shout"/"Danke Schoen" medley in downtown Chicago with the entire town boogieing on the steps.

Was the BLUES BROTHERS (ORIGINAL only) in the 1980s? I think so--maybe late 1970s. We have that one memorized, as well.

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Elspeth
User: evaleastaristev
Date: 2011-09-25 19:00 (UTC)
Subject: Favorite 80's Movie
I have always loved The Breakfast Club. I always will. And I wasn't able to watch it until the 80's were over.
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Sputtering with Indignation
User: weirman
Date: 2011-09-25 20:53 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Favorite 80's Movie
I saw Hanna and I didn't like it. It's been a long enough time at this point for me to no longer remember what bothered me about the film, but I thought it was ultimately disappointing.

As old as Ferris Bueller's Day Off happens to be, it's not quite that old. I think most anyone in their 30's would remember and love it too.

Anyway, it's definitely high in my favorite 80's movie. Ghostbusters is great too.
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Matthew S. Rotundo: CE3K
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2011-09-25 21:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:CE3K
Didn't care for Hanna, me. Too many plot holes.

Example: Hanna and dear old dad are living just below the Arctic Circle, we are told. Then dear old dad lights out in the middle of the night, wearing only a business suit. From just below the Arctic Circle. Um, wow.

Too much of that kind of thing for my taste. And the hell of it is, such issues are easily correctable. It's just lazy writing, which I can't excuse.

Favorite 80's movies? Yikes. Too many to list, but I'll start with Brazil.
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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-09-25 22:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Favorite 80's movies (I can't choose between these) The Princess Bride and Labyrinth. (But there were so many others that I love that others commenters have mentioned.)
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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-09-25 22:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Somewhere in the mid to late 90's my husband worked overnights on Friday - Saturday and my daughter and I would rent movies get some fast food (often Kentucky Fried Chicken) and watch them. One we'd rent for her and I'd rent one of the old musicals. Through that time, I introduced her to the above two movies, The Secret of Nimh, and other really good family movies. Plus, often I'd let her stay up and watch the musicals with me --Oklahoma, Jesus Christ Superstar, Singing in the Rain all except for Hair, I made sure she was fast asleep in her room before watching that one. I got to see Hair a couple of years ago on Broadway and it's even more of a PG-13 or R rated show (depending on how you feel about nudity).
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daveraines
User: daveraines
Date: 2011-09-25 23:37 (UTC)
Subject: Favorite 80's movies
Many of the above, plus _Raiders of the Lost Ark_.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-09-25 23:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm glad someone finally mentioned The Princess Bride, even if it took a dozen or so replies to get there [g].

I have to admit that I'm 52 and I've never seen Ferris Bueller except for a couple of clips. I ought to someday, but I was in the middle of my first divorce when it came out and not paying attention to much of anything else.
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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-09-26 01:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I couldn't believe no one else had mentioned it before I did, too.
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Reynardo the Red
User: reynardo
Date: 2011-09-26 00:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wargames. (Oh god John Wood was so hot!)

A Room with a View.

I do like Ladyhawke but the 80s prog music is so distracting...

Top Secret.

The Abyss

Terminator

And far too many other ones.
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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-09-26 01:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Also, Silverado, Back to the Future, Die Hard, Dirty Dancing, Blade Runner, Beetlejuice. . .
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