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Call of the Mild

The Sopranos was interesting for at least two reasons last night:
  • Self-consciously or not, it was very noir, visually. There's one scene where Carmela is in the dining room alone, with the lights on only there, and entrance to it makes a frame that lights up, only dimly, about a third of the screen. And there's another when Bobby Bacala is just about get out of his car to go intimidate somebody in a bar — and only part of his face is lit.
  • It was raining during the last par of the episode, and I could hear the rain outside while watching TV. It adds to the illusion that what you're watching is really happening.
So, both O and I go today off, while K watched the kids. Not that we dashed off to Aruba or fancy restaurants. Instead, we got our thrills by
  • Buying socks and a clock radio at Target.
  • Checking out the toys at the Construction SIte and Rail Yard in Waltham. Most of the stuff at the Construction Site looks either like it was made in Germany or should be made in Germany. (One US line of toys astutely used labels in French and German as well.) I was disappointed that there were no Lego trains at the stores, but O did find some of this neat toys/games in a tin from Haba. They will make great stocking stuffers for Christmas.
  • Having Indian lunch at New Mother India.
  • Seeing Spirited Away at the Embassy. At first I felt just as confused as the young heroine does, as she meets a dizzyingly varied and strange set of characters, but eventually the introductions stopped and I was thoroughly enchanted. O said it would be a good movie for S0 to see, but I don't know, it's pretty gross in places ! (Although boys are supposed to like that !)
  • Finally, grocery shopping at the Belmont Star Shaw's Market, where we got the best parking space ever.
Tomorrow, back to the grind, or something else...

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ironychef
Oct. 14th, 2002 09:27 pm (UTC)
Spirited Away
Miyazaki continues to amaze. An expat-nihonjin friend says the English dialogue is funnier than the original...!
rpkrajewski
Oct. 14th, 2002 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Spirited Away
Yeah, the dialog is pretty snappy, maybe a bit too much at times but nothing that can't be forgiven. There's also a nod to "Luxo Jr." near the end of the movie which is pretty cute.
absinthian
Oct. 15th, 2002 05:12 pm (UTC)
Whacking Big Pussy....
I am constantly blown away each week by the quality of the Sopranos- the acting, the dialog, the cinematography, the way scenes are set up. It is by far one of the most amazing pieces of television I have seen in my entire life.

I am particularly impressed by the character development. It would be so easy to write them one-dimensional. Instead we have characters and choices and scenarios worthy of Shakespeare. Tony is the leader, ruthless, steely-eyed, but conflicted, a king feared throughout the realm yet a man under siege within his own castle. And all the others.

I watch the episodes not wanting them to end. And if I rewatch them there are always things I missed the first time around.

I am psyched because it has been hinted I will be getting seasons 1,2 & 3 for Christmas.

One of the highest compliments paid to the show was when it was revealed that an FBI wiretapped caught real Mafia members discussing a particular episode and saying how the writers got it right. And my mother is full-blooded Italian raised in East Boston and she loves how they use Italian words and slang she used to hear them use in her neighborhood growing up- calling sauce 'gravy' or refering to someone as a 'mamaluke'.
rpkrajewski
Oct. 15th, 2002 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Whacking Big Pussy....
It's definitely my favorite continuing series these days. I usually watch TV for movies, documentaries, and music, but the Sopranos is the big exception. There are some things that TV can be better at compared to movies, like character development, and there is no better example than this show.

As far as authenticity goes, I'll take your word for it ;)

absinthian
Oct. 15th, 2002 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Whacking Big Pussy....
As far as authenticity goes, I'll take your word for it ;)

Guess I can call off the hit then...... :)
rpkrajewski
Oct. 16th, 2002 05:44 am (UTC)
Re: Whacking Big Pussy....
Guess I can call off the hit then...... :)

Wait, I've got a make a phone call to some burly, phlegmatic Russians... :)

One thing about the recent episode — is Melfi's colleague/mentor supposed to know Tony ? Was he aggressive just because he couldn't find a parking space, or did he recognize him somehow, if only subconsciously ?

There's good commentary on the Sopranos here.
absinthian
Oct. 16th, 2002 07:03 am (UTC)
Re: Whacking Big Pussy....
Oh man......... That episode with Paulie & Chris huddled in that van in the Pines was hysterical..... Wearing dress clothes and thin jackets and eating squeeze packets of mustard.
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