The last new episode of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" was broadcast today. This is sad, true. But luckily there are 34 years worth of reruns in circulation, and this makes me overjoyed, because it means my children (far-off as they may be) will be able to watch and learn from him.
So I'm sitting at home tonight, going through the movie listings, pretty much trying to decide between "The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion", "O", and "The Deep End", when my eye is caught. I check my watch, check the showtime, and within 45 seconds I'm out the door, because…
Saw "Apocalypse Now Redux", by Francis Ford Coppola. Good God. This is filmmaking. It's incredibly audacious. I saw the original in high school English class, but broken up over four periods, it didn't work as well as it could have. The fact that over 50 minutes of footage was removed from the original release didn't help, either. That footage is restored in "Redux", and it makes things work even better. I'm still not entirely sure what the point the film is trying to make is-"war is bad" is too simplistic and "The Vietnam War was very bad indeed" a bit more political than, I think, Coppola really intended-but this (SO much more than say, "Moulin Rouge") is proof that a filmmaker's passion really can elevate something to greatness. I'm not going to be able to stop thinking about this one for a long, long time.
Today's Link Of The Day is something that you'd better have a high-speed connection and a really BIG monitor to appreciate. What's better than the dinky little Windows clock in the corner of your screen? How about having your time told by the residents of Portland, Oregon? On a website being run off of a Tandy TRS-80 webserver? Go, experience http://www.humanclock.com
9/1/2001 3:57 AM