Vulcan’s Peak

Not dead yet!

May 21, 2006 12:10 am

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

Reports of my graduation are still premature. (I have three more days of class. I get my piece of paper on June 3.)

So hello again! Carmen can stop frothing (geez, get a rabies shot!) and perhaps my rabid fans will be appeased.

Charlie Brown went off pretty well. Out first performance was out in the amphitheatre as planned — the forecast had been scaring us all week, but the only possible back-up location was already booked that first night. But the show went on! In fact, it did drizzle a little during the first act, but it cleared up after five or ten minutes and then it was lovely. Miraculously, the crowd didn’t leave!

Since we did have McAlister reserved for Friday and Saturday, we went ahead and moved to the auditorium Friday afternoon — and it did rain off and on all weekend, so we were glad we did. The show went better inside anyway (depite the fact that we were thoroughly turned around at first), so that was good. And there it was, my exit from Pauper Players. Sort of…I had set up a couple of video cameras during the last show, so I’ve been editing and burning copies of the video ever since. Finally got the last of those done this afternoon.

I also sang with Furman’s oratorio chorus (basically all the choruses combine to do a major work at Christmas and again in May) for the last time. I hadn’t been in women’s chorale since sophomore year (partly time constraints, partly personalities), so it was fun to be in a big chorus again. The performance was the day Pug arrived up here after his exams, so he got to come!

It was great fun to have my boy up here for a week, and he insists that he had a good time, despite the fact that he had to entertain himself while I went to class, worked at the CCLC, and wrote a research paper. I guess I even believe him, since after all I had a lovely time, despite going to class, working, and writing a research paper…

Some Linkages:

The Plains of Abraham: There is a Canadian classicist whose specialty is the performance aspect of Homeric poetry. So what does he do but write his own epic in the Homeric style about an event in Canadian history. And he goes around and performs it! He came to Furman the week between Charlie Brown and the oratorio — really cool!

NY Times on Da Vinci: Whatever you think about The Da Vinci Code, book or movie, check out this movie review from the New York Times. Harsh — but very funny! I thought the book was a good read and want to see the movie sooner or later, but it might wait for video. We shall see.

Speaking of movies, the group that brings films to Furman has been doing well this spring after performing way sub par for most of the year — they spent about two months advertising Saw 2 this winter. Ewww!! But now I’ve seen nearly everything I kinda wanted to see over Christmas but didn’t get around to:
Pride & Prejudice: pretty good; worth seeing for cheap; hated the final scene they wrote in.
Brokeback Mountain: I like it. And I think it’s really cool that they can make a tasteful movie about gay cowboys. Really cool.
The Producers: good funny! Though some scenes feel constrained, as though the blocking was pulled straight from the stage version and the camera angle is too narrow.
Good Night and Good Luck: I love black and white. Required viewing for anyone who thinks the Constitution is being trampled on. It doesn’t actively draw parallels between McCarthy and anything modern, but its very presence suggests them. Possibly just me. Also really neat to see the movie and then see a clip of the real 1950’s newscaster who is the main character of the film.

Those of you who remember a certain tenth grade English project may be amused to know that my Shakespeare class is doing something very similar! This time, though, we have to stick to the plot as given, though we may pull from multiple scene or overlay bits to make a point, provided that the point is substantiated by the text in the first place. My group is doing Richard III, a play I didn’t know much about until a few weeks ago. (However, now I can tell you if you don’t already know that the film of Richard III from about ten years ago starring Ian McKellen is phenomenal and you should all see it. So creepy!!) Anyway, I was experimenting with costume bits for this, and then I started playing with my camera and the mirror…ending up with this, which is kind of fun…
Odette casts magic missile.

5 Responses to “Not dead yet!”

Elf wrote a comment on May 24, 2006

Yay for news from Katie! (Updates on me always go ‘woke up, went to work, went home, played computer games/fiddled with Photoshop/read a book, went to sleep’. My news isn’t new, y’know?)

How was Goodnight and Good Luck, story and acting-wise? I’ve been staring at it in Network Video and debating whether or not to go for it. (I keep getting distracted by Heath Ledger. The man must have ten movies on the ‘just came out within the past two years’ shelves they have.)

I want to see V for Vendetta again. Lots of times. It was awesome and requires further watching. (And even though I can see Elrond saying Mr. Anderson, I can’t see V saying it. You suppose it’s the mask?)

Elf wrote a comment on May 24, 2006

Also, your hairline is lopsided and your poster is backwards. 😉 (Usually you’re so photogenic! Here you just look like an annoyed socialite. (It could be the pearls. Pearls always look classier than silver or gold.)) It does look like Magic Missile, doesn’t it? Hee.

Odette wrote a comment on May 24, 2006

Yay, I got a huge comment from the Elf!

The beginning of Good Night & Good Luck was a bit jarring, but that could have been the fact that the monkeys in the booth didn’t get the sound working until several minutes in. I think it was just music over the credits, though. The acting was good. George Cloony wasn’t too outrageous, and the actor playing Edward R. Murrow captured the part really well. No other stunning performances, but no howlers that I recall, either.

It is a fairly slow movie, though, a “thinking man’s movie” (“thinking person” sounds awkward, deal with it), if you will. On the other hand, making things too dramatic might have sensationalized the events. I’d have to see it again to have a better grip on the structure of the plot; transitions from one event to another weren’t always very strong. I would recommend it, though. It basically picks up in the late ’50s as Murrow has been criticising McCarthy’s decisions in a smaller way for a while, but both he and McCarthy turn up the heat and soon go after each other through the medium of Murrow’s tv program.

(Tangent: there were several advertisements around campus for the movie that called it Goodnight & Goodluck. Highly frustrating.)

I haven’t seen V for Vendetta, but if it’s really that good, I might have to go find it! Something about the title put me off – sounds like that mystery writer whose books are all M is for Murder or whatever.

Let’s see…backwards poster is in the mirror, silly. Lopsided hairline is partly because I wanted it to look like it was falling down. But yeah, I was pleased with the magic missile effect…after careful cropping. 😉

Elf wrote a comment on May 25, 2006

It does have a lot of fun with V’s- all the comic issues had V names, and the movie’s not any better. I found it rather amusing. (Though yeah, Patricia Cornwall has got to be out of letters by now. Her titles always irritated me too.) I paid (omg, I just tried to type payed!) more attention to “written by Alan Moore” than to the title. I’d picked up Watchmen first and found it a rather refreshing, if wholely (wholly? holey?) pessimistic take on superheroes and the real world, and had gone to TBS Comics for anything else by him. V for Vendetta was what I came home with and devoured it. It’s a bit like Animal Farm, except for it being fascists rather than communists. And, of course, no animals.

Odette wrote a comment on May 25, 2006

Wholly. It looks wierd, but I looked it up…

I read the description on imdb after I saw your comments last night, and 1984 was what crossed my mind. It’s Orwell, either way. Sounds interesting!
(Hey! It’s written by the Wachowski brothers. I hadn’t noticed that before!)

Here’s more research: apparently it’s Sue Grafton (though her covers look like the same sort of stock as Patricia Cornwall), and she’s only on “S”…

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