Weekly Rochester Events #247: Just a Pile of Crushed Rock
Thursday, October 2, 2003I think I probably brought this up before, but I decided to write about it again without researching what I wrote before. I was talking with Jan the other week about why people tend to stay home instead of going out, and we didn't come up with a really good reason. I think it's that most people would rather have consistency in a typical evening at home than the chance of either having a good time or a bad time.
I've been watching "Sex and the City" that I borrowed from Shaw. I never ever watched any episodes before and I started getting into it, usually when I'm doing other things like writing the website essay. The thing is, I find it's easy to get hooked on. If I go out, the odds of meeting an attractive woman who's successful and well-spoken are essentially zero, but I can get to "know" four of them on the TV. Of course, they're fictional ... but consistent.
So if I go out, I can meet people ... real people. Some good, some bad. If I stay home, I can get a steady pace of mostly amusing, distant, fictional women at home.
It's basically exactly like pornography, except with clothing.
Every once in a while things go really good. For instance, I went to Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) last Saturday and saw Allen Power, Maria Gillard, and Tom Taylor. They did folk acoustic music round-robin style and it was great. I thought I'd stop by just to see what they were like. I wish I could say more about it ... it was just a night of great music.
I went with Ann to go see Northfork on Tuesday. I had been looking forward to it because the premise was so good: the town of Northfork was within the flood area of a new dam during the 1950's, and some of the townspeople refused to leave. So I figured the movie would explore the psychological implications of such an event. What do possessions mean? What is your world? How do you define yourself?
The filmmakers, unfortunately, decided to leave all that to the imagination of the viewers. We're introduced to some of the people living in the town who aren't leaving, who are apparently one-dimensional simpletons who have no personality, no past lives, no jobs, and no extended families. They're just crazy nutbags. The government sends out a group of men to convince the people to leave. The filmmakers manage to flesh out generic government goon characters as far as you can complete that simple concept.
There is also a large amount of time spent with the preacher who tries to nurse a sick boy back to health. He's one of the only characters who imply any sort of inner dialog. We are taken into the world of the feverish dream of the child. As I told Ann, it's as if in the middle of writing the screenplay, someone told the writer, "hey, I bet living there was like being in the middle of a feverish dream." "Hmm ... feverish dream, you say ... that gives me an idea." The world of the feverish dream was pretty good, but the concept behind it was too thin to spend so much time on it.
Overall, probably not worth seeing.
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