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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday, Sans Photos

And trust me, it kills me to be unable to post photographs as -- naturally -- the Pacific Ocean lends itself to gorgeous photography, packed with saturated colors, foaming and cascading waves blasting the coast at the behest of northern winds.

At this time, I write in our ensconced room on Saturday night, with the deck door open so that we can hear the crashing winter waves.  I captured our sunset with my Sony A300 dSLR.  My wife is watching the first Harry Potter film (like most kids, she could watch every Harry Potter film every day, nonstop, from now to forever) on our portable DVD player whilst I tap out this post on the new PowerBook laptop.  God bless her.  What other wife would give her husband a present on her birthday?  This still befuddles me!

I took her, earlier today, to a local spa that offers any number of massage therapies.  We partook of a 1-hour Thai Herb Salt Scrub directly linked to a 90-minute deep tissue massage, separated by a wonderful and warming double-spray shower.  That equals, in essence, a full 2 1/2 hours of massage and it was -- how shall I write this? -- decadent.

Following that, I took her to a local showing of the Clint Eastwood directed-and-produced movie "Gran Torino."  In my estimation, a shocking and yet very Eastwood-like film.  I was of two minds about the film; photographically and in terms of film stock, casual and almost disappointing.

I say this predicated upon the fact that I would like to see Hollywood hearken back to the days when its film stock was replete with saturation, sharpness, crispness, accentuated colors.

These days, the physical nature of film is, to me, predominantly disappointing.  Too washed out, too little access to the full palette of nature's colors.  Too many purposeful pastels, too many nature colors, too much washed-out stock.  For whatever reason, these days, little thought is apparently given to the film stock utilized on the majority of movies shown.  

And, not knowing if this is a projection issue or an original issue: sharpness is, in general, very poor overall.  The overall experience of a movie suffers.

Or perhaps I am standing in a field all by myself: I would like nothing more than for future films to be sharper, higher in contrast, more saturated with color.

I attend a movie to not precisely experience a slice of dismal life in terms of display; I attend a movie so that it can manipulate me, to include, I should submit, the film stock or the video program as well.

I submit, further: you should attend Gran Torino for, I believe, it's likely to be Clint Eastwood's last captured performance.  At 78-years-of-age, he's made this goal no secret.

The pizza's been delivered.

The waves are crashing.

Time to eat.  Time to get off the internet.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi BZ. Thanks for coming by - so busy working from home. Now sprained my wrist...ugh!

I agree with you on Eastwood. I believe this is his last horrah!

Sat Jan 10, 07:44:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

This is not to denigrate his film; I believe it's one of his most personal and honest films.

It's a small film shot small. Some of the actors were left wanting; you'll know who they are when you watch. You may NOT count Clint amongst them.

What a man. What a filmography. What a collection of works left behind. And still he works. And still he excels.


Sat Jan 10, 08:19:00 PM PST  
Blogger Rivka said...

Clint is one of a kind that is for sure!

Just read your last post as well.. I am so happy that you FINALLY got a Mac!! Your wife sounds like a very special lady! That was awesome of her!

Continue to have a great time and tell Mrs. BZ Happy birthday!!

Sun Jan 11, 06:48:00 PM PST  
Blogger Z said...

Do you live on the OCEAN? And you suffered that much from the smoke from the fires a few months back, BZ?

Where are you? I answered you at my place that I'm from LA....near Santa Monica. I hope you check out the beach pictures I posted in early Jan, late Dec....they were taken by my husband and stepdaughter and they're pretty darned good. I hope you see them

PIZZA and WAVES? OH, bliss!!

Sun Jan 11, 07:49:00 PM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

I would love for you to thank your wife for me, BZ. I'm going to copy her! I think giving your husband a present on your birthday is a great idea! I won't give him a Mac though. He isn't really interested in learning the computer, just in what's on it, and he leaves the computing up to me.

I know you are having a wonderful time. You are a blessed man! :)

Mon Jan 12, 06:36:00 AM PST  
Blogger Average American said...

BZ, that laptop WAS her birthday present. She gets to watch Harry Potter, uninterupted now, plus you are forever indebted to her. They always know how to keep their man wrapped tightly around their little finger, don't they.

Tell the wife Happy belated BD from me, will ya?


Mon Jan 12, 09:35:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Z: actually, I live far up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Fornicalia, at about the 4,000-foot level where there can be much snow in the winter, as I have snow now. Both the wife and I very much enjoy traveling, however, to the ocean. If ONLY we could live at the ocean!


Mon Jan 12, 10:22:00 AM PST  

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