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Below are 20 journal entries, after skipping by the 20 most recent ones recorded in Curtis Holman's LiveJournal:

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Friday, March 26th, 2010
11:28 pm
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
3:52 pm
Writing update: A fine line between stupid and clever
The advantage of working at the office is that I have a back-up to compensate for my ailing home computer. I'll blame the delay in my last writing update on that.

We did an interesting installment of the Running Dialogue podcast last week, using the French prison film A Prophet (which I review here), and foreign gangster films in general, as a springboard to discuss foreign language films in the U.S.

New movie reviews this week include Chloe, How To Train Your Dragon and Prodigal Sons - all v. good - as well as Diary of a Wimpy Kid (w/ this review of the original book, which is hilarious), the South Korean mystery Mother, and the fascinating documentary The Art of the Steal.

Non-film stuff includes a combined play review of Theatrical Outfit's The Sunset Limited (by Cormac McCarthy) and 100 Saints You Should Know at Actor's Express; an interview with Brad Sherrill about The Gospel of John and Prophets; a review of the horror novel Horns by Joe Hill (who's Stephen King's son, but don't hold that against him); and Dad's Garage Theatre's puppet-based take on Clash of the Titans, Clash Titan Clash! Not to mention a ridiculous blog entry, Play the Atlanta Theatre Porn Title Game.
11:03 am
Blue Screen Group
My home computer seems to be bedeviled by some kind of virus or error. The Microsoft Error Report identifies it as a "Blue Screen Error," and the computer runs painfully slowly and then freezes up/shuts down after 5-15 minutes. I think I've identified the problem: my spybot/virus scan identifies 4 threats and 448 infections, but the computer won't run long enough for the virus scan to REMOVE the problem items. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
7:43 pm
Friday, March 12th, 2010
10:39 pm
Saturday, March 6th, 2010
9:13 pm
Who's a mass of incandescent gas?
In doing my story about my favorite They Might Be Giants' kids songs, I discovered that "Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)" is a cover tune from 1965. Here's a snippet of Sting (?) lip-syncing the original:

9:09 pm
Saturday Night's Alright For Linking
I'll be Liveblogging the Oscars again for the third year in a row tomorrow night, at our Screengrab blog. Here are my predictions. Other new stories include a review of Alice in Wonderland, an Alice-themed discussion at our Running Dialogue: A Podcast About Movies, and a flashback to Tim Burton's musical numbers (with a link to Amazon's free clip from the Alice soundtrack). And I review Steve Buscemi's Saint John of Las Vegas and Police, Adjective: the adjective in question is not "thrilling" or "explosiony." Plus my Spoiler Questions Now That We've Seen The Ghost Writer. My spoiler questions for Shutter Island post has gotten a ton of comments, compared to my usual posts.

On the Culture Surfing blog I have play reviews of True Colors Theatre's Our Town and a combined take on Synchronicity Theatre's Free To Be... You and Me and the Alliance Theatre's Disney's Mulan. I also did a feature on Synchronicity.

And I have a post on our Crib Notes blog (for music) about They Might Be Giants' Top 10 songs "for kids." We missed their concert today, though, because Sweetness had a mild cold w/fever. We had tickets/passes lined up, but no money had changed hands, so we felt okay about skipping it.
Saturday, February 27th, 2010
9:49 pm
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
8:06 am
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
9:36 am
Evil twins
Quick links for a review of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (probably the most entertaining of DC's straight-to-DVD animated films); a review of the original novel The Ghost, which inspired the new Roman Polanski film (review coming Friday); and Spoiler Questions Now that We've Seen Shutter Island.
Saturday, February 20th, 2010
11:02 am
As per Toddalcott: "Shutter Island? I hardly know her island!"
I have a review of Shutter Island alongside Film Love's upcoming program "Martin Scorsese: Portrait Films." Matt, Russ and I also talk about Shutter 'n' Scorsese in the latest edition of Running Dialogue: A Podcast About Movies. I also have movie reviews of The White Ribbon, the new Oscar shorts program, and a review/interview of Blood Done Sign My Name. Plus play reviews of Jon Ludwig's insanely great voodoo Frankenstein at Theater Emory, Brownie Points at Theatrical Outfit and Tennis in Nablus on the Alliance Hertz Stage. Finally, I have a little look at HBO's new Friday comedies. I particularly enjoy "The Life and Times of Tim;" here's the first half of the second season premiere.
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
8:59 am
Question time: Cable Guy
For Lent this year, I'm considering giving up NOT having Cable/Tivo. Any recommendations for providers? I should say that we're pretty satisfied with our extremely affordable DSL internet service, and would prefer not to tamper with it if we could help it.
Monday, February 15th, 2010
8:54 pm
"We'll make this as painless for you as possible."
The "alt-horror" film The House of the Dead, directed by Ti West, makes its Atlanta theatrical debut (two weeks after coming out on DVD, actually) from Feb. 15-21 at Georgia State University's Cinefest. It's fun! I've been hearing about it since late summer/early fall, and was glad it finally opened.

There seems to be a new wave of interesting, low-budget horror films, like the $107 million Paranormal Activity. Last October Andrew O'Hehir of Salon did a story about those and other recent under-the-radar frightfests (along with Drag Me To Hell, which was more big-budgeted and mainstream - and really fun). If I had an infinite amount of time -- and maybe a soundproof video-watching lair out of consideration of my wife and daughter - I'd load up Netflix with the likes of [REC], Ti West's Trigger Man; Larry Fessenden's I Can See You and Wendigo; Dark Mirror; Dog Soldiers, the first film from Neil Marshall (director of The Descent and the upcoming Centurion); Rogue (from the director of Wolf Creek); and Murder Party. (Note: I mentioned some of these in one of my 13 Days of Halloween pieces from last year).

I don't have any ambitions to make a film myself. But if I did, it would be some kind of tightly-written horror/suspense film with a small cast and limited number of sets/ locations. Hmmm, I do know at least one ingenious gore effects expert... Nah.
Sunday, February 14th, 2010
12:08 pm
"When you cross my path you've got your whole life in your hand"
I hearby dedicate the song "Tiger Man (King of the Jungle)" to the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese Calendar.
Saturday, February 13th, 2010
1:51 pm
Birds are free. That means you can have as many as you want.
Here's the Amazon.com Free MP3 Albums page; note that some of these "albums" are actually just single songs. And here, for convenience sake, the Amazon.com Free Song page.
Friday, February 12th, 2010
1:34 pm
Writing in the snow
Let's see if I can get my writing links up before the snow falls in earnest - I see flurries out the window. Here's a review of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and a critique of the Percy Jackson books, as well as a review of The Wolfman and a look at the original Wolf Man. I also review 44 Inch Chest and The Last Station (the latter of which is the best of the new releases).

I very much enjoyed the new play Griefers at Dad's Garage, despite my only vague understanding of video game culture. Plus, here's my review of last week's "Caprica" -- I'm not sure when I'll get to see the latest, because my screeners ran out, I don't have cable and SyFy delays the "Caprica" episode debuts on-line for 4-5 days. Hmmm...
Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
7:11 pm
Saturday, February 6th, 2010
5:36 pm
Friday, February 5th, 2010
11:21 am
Casting pod until the wind
I've started a movies podcast with fellow Atlantans Matt Goldberg of Collider and Russ Fisher of /Film. It's called Running Dialogue and will probably be biweekly. The first talks about the Oscar nominations and is longer than subsequent ones will be.

New/recent movie reviews include Dear John, District 13: Ultimatum, Edge of Darkness and M. Hulot's Holiday. I also reviewed last week's "Caprica," the plays Mindgame and Caught in the Net and the novel Conspirata. And I interviewed Jasmine Guy and Found Footage Festival co-founder Nick Prueher.
Sunday, January 31st, 2010
8:34 pm
Scenes from a Marriage
curt_holman: "I like those socks."
goudabonbon: "Thanks."
curt_holman: "They look good. I would wear those socks."
goudabonbon: "They're my socks."
curt_holman: "I'm going to wear those socks."
goudabonbon: "Keep your paws away from my cashmere-blend argyle socks."
curt_holman: "I'm going to plunge my filthy man-paws into your socks."
goudabonbon: "They're women's socks."
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