O happy day.
I got to the end of the 3rd quarter of Act Two today, and it’s about twice as long as it was before. For now, that’s good. It may be edited down when I start doing pages, but I don’t mind.
I wasn’t aiming to do as much, but I’d rather have more to work with than not enough.
I’m workin’ hard at keeping the excitement level up and the pace fast. So far, so good. Looks like my notebook will get a good workout en route to seeing K’s family next week. It would be nice to have a solid outline ready to go in the near future.
-Movie of the Moment – Another threesome. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, which I was kind of disappointed with. It moved SO SLOW! Lots of shots that just went on forever. 2 hours, 45 minutes; could have been at least 30 minutes shorter. A clever story though, and a great turn by Henry Fonda as the bad guy. I wonder if this was one of the first Westerns to portray the dirty realism that was the Old West. Overall, I like Eastwood’s Man With No Name series better.
SONS OF THE DESERT. I’ve never been a big fan of Laurel and Hardy, but I can appreciate them. In the end, I like the Stooges and Marx Brothers better. So shoot me. This is supposed to be one of their best. I found it…okay.
THE STORY OF G.I. JOE. Story of a unit in WWII Italy, with Burgess Meredith as famed war journalist Ernie Pyle. Pretty routine, but otherwise nothing special. I guess after you’ve seen SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and other modern WWII films, everything from mid-20th-century seems sanitized.