Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Gentle Movement of the Day


Verse poem I wrote for class. The title is from a translation of Faust.







"The Gentle Movement of the Day"

Old Man Time mumbles in his whicker chair
about ingratitude from those he serves.
He says, as he scratches his hoary hair,
“It’s clear that they want more than they deserve.

“At birth I give to each and all one Day,
what’s then the short sum of their existence.
But Week, then Month and Years go on their way,
and short Day loses his significance.

“Yet still a few days come which stand alone—
those wild days which chart the depth of life,
full of pathos, that marrow to the bone,
which fills a life with ecstasy and grief.”

Old Man Time, get you now quickly to bed!
Short Day is ebbing, and soon will be dead.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Roger Ebert Quote du Jour


"To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion."

--From his review of Star Wars: Episode III

Thursday, June 11, 2009

By Any Other Name


This is a free-verse poem I had to write for class:

"By Any Other Name"










I think
it was best for Romeo
to die.
He spared himself a catastrophe
of epiphany.
Could he distinguish between Rosaline
and Juliet,
or were they just two ticks
in the same twitching of the glands?
How tragic to reach the end of life
only to find that he could not see,
and therefore, love
individuals—
that all women were one
projection of Plato's perfections.
Is it not better to briefly gambol
in the shallows
than drown in the depths?
But
I am unfair.
Have not all youth
succumbed to capricious
absolutes?
Only from the mad spinning
of the potter’s wheel
can clayish-man take shape
and stand resolute.
Perhaps after Rosaline
and Juliet
and even a Margaret
or Thelma,
he would meet a Mary,
whose gentle grace
would shatter the Platonic.
And her vivid flutter of being
and eyes and heart
would force an impression of
individuality
to make him blush
at “Rosaline”
or “Capulet.”

Monday, June 1, 2009

Stream of Consciousness Summer Cinema 2009

It's that time of year again! My annual film festival is about to kick into action. This is the tentative list of films. I start with one movie, and then pick someone who worked in it and move on to another movie with that same person. A schedule will follow in the coming weeks.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Person of interest: Patrick Doyle

Henry V
Person of interest: Paul Scofield

A Man for All Seasons
Person of interest: Orson Wells

Citizen Kane
Person of interest: Agnes Moorehead

Charlotte’s Web
Person of interest: Richard M. Sherman

The Lion King
Person of interest: Robert Guillame

Big Fish
Person of interest: Albert Finney

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Person of interest: Sean Connery

The Hunt for Red October
Person of interest: James Earl Jones

The Sand Lot
Person of interest: Karen Allen

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Person of interest: John Rhys-Davies

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Person of interest: Christopher Lee

Treasure Island (1990)
Person of interest: Christian Bale

Howl’s Moving Castle
Person of interest: Miyazaki

Spirited Away
Person of interest: John Ratzenberger
Wall-E
Person of interest: Sigourney Weaver

The Village
Person of interest: Brendan Gleeson

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Person of interest: Alan Rickman

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Person of interest: John Malkovich

Eragon
Person of interest: Patrick Doyle

FINAL FILM:
SECOND HAND LIONS



EDIT:
Yeah, we wound up not watching Second Hand Lions or Eragon. We went from Hitchhiker's Guide to The Italian Job, where it died. I think next year I'm going to do the thing either in pairs (sets of duo actors in two films) or pick one person that worked in all the movies.