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The weather was better than yesterday, good enough that my mother was willing to leave the house and attempt driving. We were going to the earliest showing of Walk the Line which was at 12:45. Since she showed up at roughly 11, I decided to giver her her Christmas gift (AKA the infamous robe) prior to leaving. As predicted, she was thrilled with her gift and laughed at the circumstances surrounding it's early presentation. I told her she should have seen me on the other end of the phone while we were talking yesterday and she wished there had been a camera present. I tried to recreate the shaking of the head and forehead slapping as best as possible. Of course, this was all followed up with her annual "You didn't spend too much money did you?" I bought it at Kohl's, home of the perennial sale, how expensive could it be?

As for 'Walk the Line', I would highly recommend you see it and in a theater. There's just something about the pounding base line and rhythmic clapping in Dolby Digital. Joaquin Phoenix and (I'm a little surprised to be saying this) Reese Witherspoon both gave excellent, Oscar worthy performances. They don't look like Johnny and June Carter Cash nor do they sound exactly like them, but they both inhabited their roles exceedingly well. There was a real sense that they came to understand the two and their emotions rather than simply mimicking their mannerisms. I forgot I was watching the actors and, instead, saw the individuals they were portraying. Plus, they both impressed me by doing their own singing. Don't throw things at me, but I think Reese may have a slightly better voice than June. And unlike it's musical biopic predecessor, Ray, I felt this movie had a far stronger story because it chose to show Johnny's highs and lows by focusing on one aspect of his life - his love for his "best friend" and how that ultimately saved him. It had a lot of heart and I found myself smiling on more than one occasion, whereas 'Ray' left me rather cold.

OK, am I the only one who didn't know June Carter wrote 'Ring of Fire'?

After the film, we returned to my apartment and wound up watching the Pride & Prejudice marathon on the Biography Channel. I'm not exactly sure what the logic was in showing clips of the the new movie and interviews with the cast during every commercial break. Kiera Knightley looks like she should be begging for porridge in an orphanage rather than worrying about marriage. Anyway, I've seen the A&E version of P&P so many times now, I resorted to running commentary throughout. When Lizzie has the opportunity to visit Mr Darcy's estate and tour the grounds, yes, yes, it's beautiful, but really what she's thinking is "OMG this all could have been MINE!!!" And "Poor Lydia" translates to "that ignorant slut has ruined us all!" I was also contemplating how Jamie may have faired in the role of Mr Bingley (I would *never* replace Colin as Mr Darcy) and how obsessed that makes me? Don't answer that.

Speaking of Jamie, I did watch 'Lady Audley's Secret' last night, though for awhile there it didn't look like it was going to happen. Of all the DVDs I've ever bought, only one has been defective. So, what do you think the chances are of getting a second defective disk for the one movie you *really* wanted to watch? Pretty damn high. After five minutes of the movie pixalating, freezing, and stopping and starting, I finally took the disk out of the machine to look at it. Seriously, it looks like someone took steel wool to the back. I cleaned the disk as best I could and popped it back in thinking maybe I could at least see part of it before returning it for a replacement. My luck seemed to turn and I did manage to get it to play with only a few hiccups and none of them during Jamie's scenes. Of course, there weren't a lot of Jamie scenes. It seems that between 'Hornblower' and 'Galactica' he had to endure a lot of small and/or crappy parts. And even though this was a BBC/PBS production, it doesn't rate much higher than 'Ghost Rig' in the Bamber oeuvre. The story jumped erratically from plot point to plot point, the 'twists' I saw coming, and the lead actress, in my opinion, sucked. And I have to share the moment that had me burst out into laughter. Jamie, er, George, is standing in front of a window and just as he turns around to make a startling (supposedly) revelation there is a bolt of lightning and thunder right behind him. I kid you not.

He LIVES! LIVES!!! Twenty minutes into the movie he fell down a well. Then we see him disappear under the water. At this point I'm going "Crap, here we go again." :( But in the last ten minutes, he's back! And with a girl named Mary may I add. ;) So the suckatude of the movie was slightly diminished by his return to life. Which also makes me worry a little bit less about the fate of Apollo. Given the trend in his previous roles I was thinking I had reason to be fearful.

And Happy Birthday! petzipellepingo. The day after Thanksgiving? I'm glad you don't work in retail. ;-)
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Lady Audley's Secret is the funniest of all Victorian pot-boilers. It's great, in that completely over-the-top way - I hope I get a chance to watch it!
It was suppose to be funny? That's a relief. ;) I just couldn't figure out whose side we were suppose to be on. Lady Audley was supposedly a victim of the times, yet seemed to be surrounded by pretty nice guys who genuinely cared for her. And for most of the film I was sympathetic to poor George, but then they drop hints that, maybe, he wasn't such a nice guy and he shows up with some woman we'd never seen before at the end and apparently forgot about his son. :(
I've still got to see WTL. I remember seeing Joaquin on the street in front of the Scottish Rite and getting chills. He really embodied him and that was just seeing him as he is. Not on the screen in all his glory.

I do know I want to see this, probably, at the Paradiso where they have THX sound. I've been trying to figure out who has the best sound in town (that rhymes!) so I can get the best experience.

And June never had a very pretty voice, IMO. It always sounded a bit strained and high in places.
Oh, I had forgotten you saw Joaquin! I felt he was overrated when he was nominated for an Oscar for 'Gladiator', but he seems to have groan considerably as an actor and I can't imagine anyone else playing this role.

Definitely see this in a theatre with good sound. One of the things I most enjoyed were the prolonged musical numbers and how it gave you the feeling of what it must have been like to see and hear Johnny at his peak.
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Is this a freudian typo?
I love Joaquin and I've only recently discovered my love for J. Cash - the american recordings - so 'm looking forward to this film. As for Gladiator: everything was overrated.
Hee. Well, it could be a Freudian slip, but looking at the layout of the keyboard, it seems to be a genuine typo.

I may have to check out some of Mr Cash's early recordings. I've always been a fan of a few of his songs, but when I think of his music as a whole I always tended to think of the country years and not his early recordings which easily fit in the rock genre.
I know what you mean about the lipsyncing. Even when an actor does an exceptional job, you are still hearing the voice of the original performer and not the actor you are watching and it tends to take you out of the moment and the film. When they played Johnny and June over the end credits, you could here the differences in the singing (for better and worse ;) and even if Joaquin and Reese were not as good as they were, it still would have been preferable to them opening their mouths and hearing other people's voices.
Ok, you've convinced me, I'll see WTL.

Sounds like you had a fairly great Black Friday!
Yeah I found those clips for the new P&P really annoying as well plus KN appears to talk as fast as SMG in RL. Those ads didn't tempt me at all, in fact it made me appreciate the Firth version even more.
Thanks for the birthday wishes and yeah having a Thanksgiving birthday is interesting. Every seven years or so it lands on the day itself.
Did you see the clip from the new P&P in which Lizzie is telling Darcy why she won't marry him? She's hollering at him! Sure, Lizzie was a strong willed girl for her time, but she never crossed the lines of propriety.
I hate when the "modernize" characters from literature. There's nothing wrong with them behaving as they did in the original novel, it's a period piece for god's sake.
I'm sticking with the Firth and Rintoul versions, phooey on the rest.
I really want to see Walk The Line in the theater, I've heard nothing but raves about it. I also love it when the actors do their own singing. I recently saw Coal Miner's Daugther and marveled not only at Sissy Spacek's singing, but also Beverly DeAngelo's as Patsy Cline. She was terrific, and compares more favorably than Jessica Lange lipsinching in the Cline bio.
I think you and Cindy will really enjoy the film. I liked the guy who played Elvis quite a bit too. I think he sounded better than than the original. Definitely cuter. ;)
hooray! WTL sounds as good as i hope it is. i really want to see this in the theatre. johnny cash always has and always will remind me of my late grandfather, who loved his music. it simply needs to be seen. and hearing both JP and RW doing their own singing makes me look forward to it that much more. nothing worse than lip synching to take you out of the moment.

and on a completely random but related note, whenever i see anything with JP, it always makes me think of his brother, river, and wondering where river might be in his career now if he lived, and if JP would have still eclipsed him as an actor.
Had River not been incredibly stupid, he would have had a huge career. And while I think Joaquin is growing as an actor with every film he does, I don't feel he has the natural ability his brother had.

Somewhat related to this, I was reading an interview with Robert Downey Jr today and he admited he should be dead and considers himself incredibly fortunate to be here and be working. There was a period of couple years where I expected to turn on the TV and hear he OD'd like River - another actor who didn't fulfill his potential.
it still breaks my heart about river. you know, i actually lost a part in a play the week of dress rehearsals for being so gobsmacked about river dying that i missed a rehersal. to be sure, i wasn't enjoying the play all that much anyway since it was college theatre after a great stint doing community theatre over the summer, but still. all. river's. fault. what a dumb dumb thing. and i'd like to believe that river would still be the superior actor if he were still with us. now we have to settle for leo dicaprio for that golden boy acting genius with the floopy hair and blue eyes that kill. sigh. i miss my river.

and yes, it is some miracle of miracles that rdj is still alive. he's a man who is equally blessed with amazing talent and cursed with extreme personal demons.

Kiera Knightley looks like she should be begging for porridge in an orphanage rather than worrying about marriage

I saw her on an interview for something a few weeks ago, and actually gasped aloud at how thin she was. I don't remember her being that thin in PotC. :(
She mentioned in an interview recently that she's been going from movie to movie with no break. I'm wondering if, with some actresses, it's less a case of starving themselves to be thin than just not taking care of themselves and dropping weight they can't afford to drop. Lindsey Lohan stated that when she was bone thin several months back it was because she had made herself so sick over stress in her life she wasn't eating. I saw her on TV the other day and she looked much healthier.