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Watched The Seventh Seal last night, a subtitled 1950's Swedish movie about god and death in the black plague. It's considered to be a classic and includes the much copied scene of someone playing chess with death for their life. I particularly liked it when Bill and Ted played Battleship and Twister with death.

A Mediaeval knight plays chess with death as a plague ravages the countryside, laying waste to peasant and noble alike. He is trying to discern whether or not God exists before he dies. But he can only delay the Reaper as long as the game continues, and meanwhile he walks the land meeting people who inform his speculations.

The title refers to the New Testament and Revelations. With people dying by the boatload due to the plague, the end of the world didn't seem to far off.

My opinions of the movie: I think I'll need to see it again. There's a lot of symbolism and deeper meaning in each scene, which of course means we were sitting there scratching our heads and going what the hell. It was slow moving but not boring. There are some striking images that I'm still thinking about. It's more stilted and less realistic than modern day movies. It was thought-provoking, visually interesting, and was well balanced between humor and drama. I enjoyed it without fully understanding it. Damn movies with multiple layers.

Recommendation: Watch, but only if you realize it's an allegory and not an attempt at realism. Well written, acted, and filmed, it's a movie that will stay with you if you let it.
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100 movies )
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An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue.

Terror of Tiny Town, The (1938)


Jul. 21st, 2002 12:48 pm
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J. and I have gotten into this "sport" recently. It's a giant hide and seek game with GPS's. We've so far found seven caches, two of which were in Cape Cod. We're thinking of taking the GPS with us to Ft. Lauderdale in October to see if we can find some. It's a great way to get away from the TV and do some outdoorsy stuff.

Yesterday was a big day for us. We search for and found three caches, all in the same area.

First Cache )

Second Cache )

Third Cache )

Rest of yesterday )
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Well, it's one o'clock in the morning, my future wife is "nagging" me to come to bed, my keyboard drawer keeps breaking, my CD-RW burner seems to be working, but my original CD-ROM drive doesn't read CD-R's, my live journal hasn't been updated in over a week, I just saw Strictly Ballroom tonight and thought it was a fun weird movie, and saw Ocean's Eleven last night and thought it was a fun Hollywood movie, and was reading my old ML book while I was waiting for my first CD to burn (Windows 2000), and I'm in the middle of writing something for D&D contest (how lame is that), and work is going ok but starting to piss me off more often then not, and going to my engagement party/wedding shower this weekend in PA where my relatives and parent's friends get to mingle with J.'s relatives and parent's friends, and they all get to mingle with our friends from CMU and J.'s friends from HS..... wheee.

And that's the state of the world as of 1:10am. Any questions?


May. 4th, 2002 11:26 pm
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Went to work (on a Saturday) from 10:45am to 1:30pm. Our release is coming up soon, and there are just not enough days in the normal week sometimes.

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