So Ali and I spent half a day together watching movies. A friend of mine had recommended Casino Royale — mostly because of the free-running sequence in the beginning — but we just watched the film anyway. As James Bond movies go, I guess it's fine. Maybe I just ran out of interest in such fantastic stories and we were both annoyed at the predictable and annoying plot twists. I also didn't like the impossibly evil and impossibly genius villain — obviously a staple of Bond films, but comically absurd to me now.
The other film I picked up at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) on VHS (although they had it on DVD as well from Webster, I think). It was Bad Day at Black Rock and I discovered it looking for movies made near Burning Man in Nevada — particularly Gerlach, the Black Rock Desert, and the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation — that were otherwise not about Burning Man.
The movie is really quite good: a sort of socially-conscious noir-western set shortly after World War II. A stranger appears in the tiny town of Black Rock looking for a man named Komoko. The town descends from being unwelcoming to downright hostile toward him as they try to collectively hide the secret they failed to forget from 4 years prior.
In most of the establishing shots I was trying to figure out where they were in that part of Nevada, considering seriously where 447 crosses the railroad tracks at Gerlach. I thought I'd do more research and stumbled upon the WikiPedia article[which outlines the whole plot in detail, FYI] but it made no mention of filming anywhere in Nevada — citing only California — and sets the film in the fictional town of Black Rock, Arizona.
Returning to the Internet Movie Database's page, I found that the shooting locations no longer mentioned "Black Rock, NV". Returning to the location browser, I checked the nearby Nevada locales and noted the film's sudden absence from the lists. So I think I ended up accidentally watching the movie for the wrong reasons, but in the end, it was a really good film.
Incidentally, there is a town of Black Rock: in both Arizona, and Nevada. There's even one in New York. None of them look like they're "towns", though — more like "places" … possibly with black rocks. My old DeLorme map software reports (with map data from 1996) threeinArizona along with one in Nevada — none of which are near the ones found by Google. The one in New York agrees pretty much right on the spot.
Today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is Red Cross Community Day: "explore the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) that goes to every house fire in Rochester" and "learn how to properly administer CPR and First Aid to people and pets, plus much more!"
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Shotgun Stories starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman calendar description: "Three brothers [...] attend the funeral of the father who abandoned them, in order to denounce him. Their action sets off a feud with their half-brothers, leading to an escalating series of violent reprisals."
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sweet Smell of Success starting at 7 p.m. and then at 8:45 p.m. is the second feature, Scandal Sheet. Quoting from the Eastman House calendar, the former is "the story of a battle of wits between omnipotent gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker and super-sleazy publicist Sidney Falco". The latter is about a reporter who investigates when his own editor accidentally kills his ex-wife.
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Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. is Punk For Ever — selections from Iron Mike's catalog.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, March 13, 2008 (Thu, Mar 13, 2008, 3/13/2008, or 3/13/08) Friday, March 14, 2008 (Fri, Mar 14, 2008, 3/14/2008, or 3/14/08) Saturday, March 15, 2008 (Sat, Mar 15, 2008, 3/15/2008, or 3/15/08) Sunday, March 16, 2008 (Sun, Mar 16, 2008, 3/16/2008, or 3/16/08) Monday, March 17, 2008 (Mon, Mar 17, 2008, 3/17/2008, or 3/17/08) Tuesday, March 18, 2008 (Tue, Mar 18, 2008, 3/18/2008, or 3/18/08) and Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (Wed, Mar 19, 2008, 3/19/2008, or 3/19/08).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.