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April 3rd, 2006

(no subject) @ 09:16 pm

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Had a good day today. We got a lot done at the building, and ran out of room in the garbage cans, so we're coming home a day early. Actually, we're going to leave tomorrow morning and take our time getting home. We're probably going to stop in Paducah on the way home, and possibly someplace in Tennessee as we're heading across on Wednesday.

Mary watched Walk The Line on pay-per-view while I listened to the Braves' season opener, meaning that I caught a lot of the movie as well. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were incredible as Johnny Cash and June Carter...the longer the movie went, the more I forgot who they really were. I have a much greater appreciation for Johnny's music having seen the movie. Think I'll pick some of it up at my next opportunity. I grew up with "A Boy Named Sue" and "Get Rhythm" on the Top 40 charts, and always liked The Man In Black's voice. Perhaps I can find some of his joint efforts with June as well. I gotta say it...I've always thought Reese Witherspoon was gorgeous...she is magnificent in this movie. And both she and Joaquin are fabulous singers. They sounded wonderful together. She really earned her Oscar, and I think, had Philip Seymour Hoffman not nailed Truman Capote in that movie, Phoenix would have won for Best Actor.

In all, it's been a good day. I slipped off the diet long enough to enjoy a pizza for dinner and dessert at lunch time. I'll have to do a LOT of walking to work this off. But, I don't care.

Anywho...may not get the funnies out in the morning. We're going to get out of here early, I think. Talk to you all later.
 
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From:meropa
Date:April 3rd, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
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I think I'm the only person who hasn't seen Walk The Line yet.
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From:the_paulr
Date:April 4th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
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Belle and I rented it a couple of weeks ago (Netflix is our friend). I enjoyed it, though I wish they had shown more about how the death of his brother affected him. Excellent performances all around, though, and I think you're right about Capote.
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From:wingguy
Date:April 4th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
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I share your opinion on "Walk the Line". Great movie. And I'm amazed at how well those actors can sing. But did you notice that the real people were singing during the final credits (I think it was "Jackson"), and it showed that as good as the actors were, they are not Cash and Carter.

Now "Capote" on the other hand - what a major snoozer. I kept waiting for something to happen, and IT NEVER DID!Just a series of pensive looks. An entire movie played in slow motion. Yikes. It needed a car chase or something. Hey, maybe I'm just too sophisticated for a movie like that. I'm sure that's it.
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From:john_holton
Date:April 6th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
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NO ONE could match Johnny Cash and June Carter. Still, the actors did a very good job of capturing the spirit of the music and sounded enough like the originals to pull it off.

I liked "Capote" a lot. I've always been sort of a fan of Truman Capote (as a writer and as a raconteur) and thought that Hoffman played him very accurately. That alone kept my interest. Car chase would have been nice, though...
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From:kraftygal
Date:April 4th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
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I love Reese Witherspoon in general and also felt that she did an amazing job in that movie.

Welcome back, btw!
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From:john_holton
Date:April 6th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
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Thanks! We just got home yesterday.
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:April 4th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)
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I watched it a few weeks ago, because Netflix is also MY friend. It was very good, as far as it went. There is a whole history of Cash before A Boy Named Sue, and some of the most interesting Cash recordings were done then. (The Ballad of a Teenaged Queen comes to mind here..)

Reese Witherspoon was wonderful, I agree with you that she has ALWAYS been good and betters anything that she is in. Joaquin Phoenix was at his very best at the Folsom Prison *concert*, when he sang the Hank Williams song (Cocaine Blues). His resemblance to Cash at that age was SCARY.

There were a few historical inaccuracies, and if you read "Cash" (by John Cash himself) you'll find some more inaccuracies. But that's okay, it WAS a good movie.

My favorite Cash song is Cry Cry Cry.

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From:john_holton
Date:April 6th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
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Mary and I would both like to read the biography. I'm sure we can get it at the library. I'd also like to pick up some of his music, particularly the earlier pieces that he did with Sam Phillips.

Sometimes, when writing a film like this, one has to play a little fast and loose with the facts in order to come up with a good story, and I thought this was a very good screenplay.
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:April 6th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
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Yeah, when I went back and thought about it, I have to agree with you. It is a good screenplay, and it had the approval of the House of Cash.

It was a good screenplay. And I got the bio at the library - there are two, one written by John, and one written by someone else.


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