Super busy two weeks coming. And going. Kind of crazy, but it’s that time of year, right? Thank goodness we don’t have school schedules, and if we have to go somewhere…we can go…. Unfortunately this was just a brief detour I decided to take after a briefer touchdown in one part of the Southeastern United States on my way to another. All I wanted was an hour or so on a bit of beach as close to I-95 as possible…so Jekyll Island it was…. (Instagram is a good way to keep up…)
Anyone going to see MOMS’ NIGHT OUT? Well, it was filmed in Birmingham, including in my own old , beloved neighborhood, Crestwood. When you see scenes of bungalow-type homes…that’s it. (I’d still be there except for those pesky boys and their need for basketball goals and running room and such….ah well, I told myself..someday I’ll be back in a bungalow…someday…) They filmed in the neighborhood very late at night, and I still don’t remember why I didn’t go watch, because “late at night” is where I live. Maybe I forgot until the next day. I can’t remember. But there were reports on the neighborhood email list of Sean Astin sightings, I believe. The restaurant with the snooty hostess in the trailer is Bettola one of the best in Birmingham, just a mile or so down the road from me then and now (I didn’t move very far!). Love Bettola. I saw a shot (in the trailer) of one of the more popular birthday party venues (aka “levels of hell”) Tree Top. I can’t vouch for the film, naturally (the reviews are definitely mixed), but if you *do* see it..the scenes featuring a bungalow-style home are just a couple of streets away from my former home. (The filmmaking team behind the movie are Birmingham-rooted brothers. You might know them from their previous project, the shorter, pro-life film, October Baby – which I also did not see, but in which a crucial scene takes place in our cathedral, St. Paul’s.
I did get invited to join the blogger/press posse watching some of the action and interviewing the stars, but I declined because, well..I don’t like to get involved in stuff like that. First, because I’m not a reporter and that’s not the kind of writing that I do or give my online space over to. It would be weird for me to suddenly start, you know? Secondly..well, honestly, I am wary of that kind of role. You never know how the project is going to turn out in the end. It could be great, and you could honestly like it and want to promote it….or you could end up in the weird position of feeling obligated to be a cheerleader for something you believe to be of dubious quality. I’m not up for that risk.
Oh, you want me to cheerlead for IN OUR TIME, right? You’ve been waiting for that, I know…. Well…what did I enjoy this week? The programs on The Tempest and Elizabethan Revenge plays were illuminating. The episode on the Siege of Tenochtitlan – that is the Spanish conquest of what is now Mexico City – was excellent. It was balanced, straightfoward and honest about the role of human sacrifice in Aztec society and culture – no tip-toeing around the evidence – and offered a thorough treatment of the siege itself from all perspectives.
Yes, I spent too much time this week looking for “intermediate level piano sheet music Dr. Who theme.” I think I might have found one. Printed out the sample page, so we’ll see if he can handle it. Actually, if he likes it, he will handle it. He’ll wrestle it to the ground.
Reading Waugh’s Decline and Fall – inspired by an In Our Time episode, of course. Boy, is it dark. I mean, I knew it was, but still….and expressive of the period’s easy racism, too. That wasn’t mentioned in the program, and took me aback.
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