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Posted on Monday, December 4th, 2006

Dave!I woke up in the middle of the night with that "feeling" you get when a cold or other sickness is coming on. I immediately crawled out of bed and downed a dose of Airborne (never travel without it!) and stuffed some Zicam up my nose. Then went back to bed. Went back to bed pissed. I was absolutely livid at the idea of catching a cold. I fell asleep cursing my fellow airline passengers for infecting me. Cursing the weather. Cursing the entire world at the injustice of it all.

But then I woke up this morning and everything was fine.

I didn't have a cold or the flu and jumped right into work with a smile on my face because I wasn't sick. I needed to get through the day's To-Do List in a hurry, because I had three things that had to be done...

  • Pick up the new camera I ordered from Circuit City.
  • Go see Darren Aronofsky's new film The Fountain.
  • Eat crinkle-cut fries and a caramel-cashew sundae from Culver's.

The camera is a mixed bag. There are some incredible things about it. There are some inexplicably stupid things about it. I've still got a bit of playing around to do before I post sample images and write about it... suffice to say that the Canon SD800 is an interesting product.

I wish I could say the same about The Fountain...

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I have been waiting to see this movie for years. I am a big fan of Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream and Pi films, and his long struggle to get The Fountain made was inspiring. On top of that, the visuals in the trailer looked incredible.

Of the seven people in the theater, two left before the half-way mark, another fell asleep, and another spent a good portion of their time texting on their mobile phone. This left three of us... out of seven... who even made an attempt to watch this pointless, boring, mess of a film. The plot takes place in three time periods and gravitates around the "fountain of eternal youth" mythology. I was wanting to walk out of the theater myself, but I was counting on Aronofsky to somehow tie it all together in some brilliant way at the end. But he really didn't. All we got was a series of clumsy cuts which pass objects between the centuries in no meaningful (or even artful) way. A huge, massively huge, disappointment that was beautiful in spots, passionate in others, but overall redundant and boring, boring, oh so boring.

Fortunately my caramel-cashew sundae was amazing, as usual.

Frozen custard is always good... even when it's snowing.


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Comments

  1. Rick says:

    These were the reasons you took your life in your hands? Just sayin’.

  2. Mooselet says:

    Caramel-cashew sundae….. mmmmmmmmmm. Excuse me whilst I wipe Homer Simpson-esque drool from my chin.

  3. Mrs RW says:

    Why does ice cream taste so good in the winter? Are we gluttons for punishment? We’re already freezing our(insert body parts) off, and then EAT frozen food! Whatever…a turtle sundae sounds really good right about now…

  4. That’s a shame about The Fountain. I’m a huge fan of Aronofsky. Is it at least worth the rental?

  5. Jeff says:

    How ironic that you’ve just wasted 2 1/2 hours of your life you’ll never get back, while watching a movie about living forever.

  6. Avitable says:

    That’s unfortunate about the Fountain. I am a huge fan of his other work, but it seems like he was only one misstep away from a huge mess with each of his films.

  7. Laurence says:

    What a pity about The Fountain ! The trailer is beautiful… Dommage !

    But caramel-cashew sundae is a very good remedy… (there’s no season for caramel-cashew sundae)… :-)

  8. ajooja says:

    I was really looking forward to seeing The Fountain. I loved Pi.

    Caramel cashew sundae sounds great.

  9. wow, and I heard that movie was GOOD! i can’t believe people would leave a movie early – no matter how bad it is. if I pay $8 to watch a movie, my ass is sitting there until it’s over no matter how atrocious it is!

  10. nancycle says:

    FROZEN CUSTARD FOR EVERYONE!!!!

    Huh? Whatz that? Err..My Lil Nancy is asking about Lil Dave.

  11. javajabber says:

    My daughter saw “The Fountain” this past Saturday. She loved it. I tried to tell her it didn’t get good reviews … not that that ever stopped us from seeing a movie before … but EVERYBODY panned it.

    She was very animated about it when she came back.

    Where am I going with this. Nowhere. nevermind…

  12. Joefish says:

    Ah, that’s disappointing about Fountain. I thought Pi was extraordinary.

  13. kapgar says:

    As soon as I heard A.O. Scott say that Rachel Weisz was a tree in the third act, I knew I was staying the hell away.

  14. Eve says:

    RE: The Fountain — told you so.

  15. ChillyWilly says:

    Airborne has become my regular friend the last 6 months, as I’ve begun to travel (personally) a bit more than I have in the last 5 years. It’s very good and effective and keeps me drinking more water than I normally would.

  16. Wayne Hall says:

    I guess I had no such expectations. I liked the movie, but my wife constantly looked over, worried that I was probably hating it every minute. I found it interesting enough. She liked it – thought it was ‘alright’ but also realizes it’s not for everyone.

    The music/soundtrack could/should have been a lot/ok-lots more bettah.

  17. Brent Vermilyea says:

    Yeah, it wasn’t very good, was it? It will be interesting to see if there is an Aronofsky commentary on the DVD. I would love to hear him explain this one. There are a lot of ideas in the film, most of them obtuse and hard to understand on first viewing. The people who are really into the film are the ones who dissect this thing to no end…find hidden meanings, etc. Even as immersed in the film as I was before I saw it, the viewing experience left me very perplexed and emotionally uninvolved. Too bad. I hope Aronofsky does better next outing.

    Now I have to wait for PT Anderson’s latest effort. Geez, I hope it isn’t a let down.

    Cheers.

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