I hate to wax formulaic, but it’s just what works best for me. A couple posts about odd events or crazy websites, followed by a recap of nearly a week’s events. It’s now time for one of those recaps.
I saw Munich last week. Lest you think I watch nothing but R rated movies I also watched an edited version of Gladiator and the Joseph Smith movie. It was very good, but I felt it was unnecessarily graphic. If you’re in the land of Mormons and can come across an edited version, you’ll get the same emotional impact and won’t lose anything. It had some very interesting views on terrorism, Judaism and nationalism. Highly recommended.
We had my birthday dinner on Thursday at Asuka, a local Japanese restaurant. Despite my Japanophilia I have relatively little experience eating Japanese food, but I quite liked this place. The sushi was overpriced, which seems to be a requirement of all sushi. At Laura’s insistence we sat on the floor (they have special tables set up to accommodate Provoans who like to pretend to be Japanese) and considered ourselves cultured for the evening.
We performed our play for my Literature Analysis class on Friday. Unlike all the other groups we made up our own play. That’s not to say it was improvised, we did follow our script exactly, but it’s so much easier when you wrote the lines yourself. I’d provide the script for you but it’s made up entirely of inside jokes from the class so would have very little entertainment value.
Friday was my annualish Freshman ward reunion. There’s 2 or 3 events a year, but one is usually designated as the real one, where those who have moved on to better places come back to Provo. Once there I realized that I always talk to the same handful of people, who are the ones I actually keep contact with anyway. I don’t really care about the rest of the group. Thus I’ve decided that reunions are for the most part useless and I don’t believe I will attend them with any regularity. Afterwards I watched Gladiator with some wardmates, who had never seen it before. I did have to explain every once in a while what had happened in a fight scene, but the editing was good for the most part.
Saturday we drove to Salt Lake to see the new Joseph Smith movie. I thought it was pretty good. There were some decisions I didn’t agree with completely, but I thought it was effective and a worthwhile contribution to the church’s multimedia resources. It didn’t have nearly the emotional impact of Testaments from a couple years back, but I certainly don’t consider that the determiner of a movie’s quality.
My social engineering of the week occurred after the movie. I orchestrated a trip of about 25 of us to go to the Pi. I’ve been intending to go to this famed pizza place for the last 3 years and figured I’d drag everyone with me. The pizza was incredibly greasy, but incredibly delicious. A good time was had by all.
I started filming my movie yesterday. Finally! I’ve been procrastinating for the last week, though admittedly many factors were out of my control. Chris finally got me his brother’s camera on Saturday, so I started pretty much as soon as I got it. We started the candid interview scenes, which are coming along well. Tomorrow should start the filming of the actually scripted material. I still don’t have all my parts cast, but Becca and I can start on our contentious dialogues, which end up taking up about half the film.
Song of the moment: “Mellow Yellow” Donovan