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A very small, unfriendly lady with with very small, friendly, children just yelled at me in a parking lot for playing loud and nasty hippety-rap music.

OR IS HE 72?

I am about to drink a beer before noon on a Monday. I didn't sleep last night and I may not sleep tonight.

In other news, Local News is a book by Diane Keaton, an actress I do not like. In fact, the book is "by" her in the sense that my comic book collection is "by" me: it's a compilation of tabloid photos from Los Angeles newspapers she collected from childhood. I'm a sucker for noir-age photographs, so this brings up to two the number of things Diane Keaton has done that I have enjoyed. It is published by Lookout Books, which, if I were a marketing person, I would advertise by illustrating a bunch of yahoos cowering in fear a la a 1950s monster movie one-sheet, and the lead yahoo would be yelling "LOOK OUT! BOOKS!"

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Dec. 31st, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: OK, I'll bite...
Diane Keaton was good in Annie Hall. Now that I think about it, though, even though she was a useless tool in the Godfather movies, there is a slight possibility that's what she was going for, so maybe I should credit that as a success as well.

Hockey and beer go together like an institute you can't disparage.

Edited at 2007-12-31 06:39 pm (UTC)
Dec. 31st, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: OK, I'll bite...
I seem to recall Coppola cast her because she happened to be dating Pacino around the time they all auditioned. A few months earlier, it would have been Jill Clayburgh, who I think would have been better because at least she is not hampered with a serious case of Southern Californian flat diction. Kay is actually a pretty good role and Keaton plays it entirely as though she smelled something faintly offensive in the distance.

I watch Annie Hall now and she's so charming and he's such a manipulative pill I wonder by what collective delusion 70's America decided that he was their nebbish sweetheart.
Dec. 31st, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: OK, I'll bite...
Man, right? I still love Annie Hall despite my ever-plummeting assessment of Woody Allen as a filmmaker, but the way I react to it and identify with it is vastly different than the way I did when I first saw it in my teens. Alvy just seems like a manipulative, contrarian jerk for the most part and you want to see him fail; I find myself more and more on Tony Roberts' side in wishing everyone would just lighten up and have a martini.
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: OK, I'll bite...
dan's mom gave me a copy of the annotated godfather for christmas, which i promptly thumbed through. i cannot recall the blurb about coppola's decision to cast keaton, but there is definitely a story there. i'm pretty indifferent to her performance, to be honest, though i do find the ginormous size of her forehead to be the most offensive aspect of it - that scene where kay and michael are eating dinner in her apartment, it's like a goddamn drive-thru movie screen!


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