Today’s movie review is…


I’ve reviewed this film before, but bought a copy today on DVD ‘cuz I always liked it. It’s a really great piece of work. I’ve grown a little suspicious of overemphasizing dialogue in film, since I’ve seen how actors can get across the meaning of a scene without saying it out loud. But if you’re going to go verbal, do it as well as Go does–great dialogue, funny bits everywhere, and a really solid, front-and-center shooting style that gives you a real feeling of presence in the story. Excellent performances throughout, as well.

A couple months back I rented a small studio to work in and moved my whole computer set-up there. It’s been really great to have a separate place to go to get my stuff done. I come home in the evenings and they’re just evenings, time to play. For years I’ve spent a lot of my evenings sitting in front of the computer, either working or just screwing around until early in the morning. In fact, I’ve had a computer in my bedroom since I was in the fifth grade. It isn’t just a nice change–it’s a major change in the way I’ve spent more than half my life. And I’m liking it quite a bit.

Today I put a deposit down on a larger studio in the same building. Sometime in the next couple weeks I’ll be able to paint it and move in. It’s a brand new building, and this studio I’m moving my set-up into hasn’t even been rented before–the plasterboard is still unpainted. It’s more than twice as big as my current one, with three windows and plenty of room. It’s the kind of space I’ve been dreaming of for a while, and finally I can make it happen. For this reason and many others, 2001 is shaping up to be the best year of my life–just as 2000 and 1999 were in their time. These are remarkable days.