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Aug. 25th, 2003

Has anyone seen Adaptation? It reminded me of a Mobius strip, winding around on itself until you could not tell where the planning of the movie ended and the movie itself began. I thought it was interesting and very well done, but not as entertaining as I had hoped.

It was my first day with the new schedule of kids. I really loved seeing my returning kids and noticing maturity improvements or just appreciating that they remembered me as someone they liked. I had two criers (both new students); one got over it easily, the other did not.

I had a nice phone call from our director, who told me she thought I was dedicated. I have been asking lots of questions in the meetings and generally causing trouble, so it was nice that she said that. I hate causing trouble, but I also like to know what is going on. Unfortunately, sometimes my mind is running ahead of where I am supposed to be, so I ask a question that was eventually going to be covered anyway. Yes, I am that pain of a person in the front row always sticking my hand up. If I were a Harry Potter character, I’d be Hermione.

I was apprehensive about seeing kids, but I am so thrilled that I still enjoy interacting with them. I worked hard changing careers, and I don’t want to burn out early. A therapist I admire starts every new year with a personal goal of adding something different into her sessions. I hope I can do that as well.


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Aug. 26th, 2003 12:48 am (UTC)

"Adaptation" is one of those films that you have to view two, three times to fully reap the grandness that is the script. And the performance by Nick Cage, too.

It's now one of my favored films, although not one of my Very Top Twenty, still among my favored. Meryl Streep's performance left me very lukewarm, which was my only complaint about the entire thing.

Plus, Chris Cooper more than deserved his Oscar for his work in the film.

Aug. 26th, 2003 07:21 pm (UTC)
I did enjoy Cooper and Cage. Streep grated on me for some reason--she seemed over the top or something. Also, I always find it difficult to laugh at someone desperately trying to meet a deadline;I cringe in sympathy instead. I'll have to watch it again.
Aug. 27th, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC)
I was considering this opinion of mine -- as to Streep's questionable performance in that film -- last night a while more, after I wrote this comment the other day.

I'm now thinking that the character she enacted was the irritation, that that was the intention of her performance: to be irritating, as was/is the character irritating.

People need some shred of lovability in any character inorder to empathize with them in any film. The ones that are limited to their worse overriding aspect speak badly as to the performers, in my experience (they're dismissed as bad performances when it's a bad character without that shred of lovability to the audience that's the issue, which most audience miss).

Streep's obviously far more talented a performer than most, but that character and that performance in that film ("Adaptation") missed a lot of the Streep smartness. I found her character AND her performance irritating, to the detraction of the film. If it's me as a failed viewer, I guess then, that's the way it is, but I still think it's Streep's performance and that role and that there should have been someone else cast in it.

Aug. 26th, 2003 02:11 am (UTC)
I am not sure which Harry Potter character I would be :). Hermione is cool.
Aug. 26th, 2003 10:49 am (UTC)
Haven't seen it yet, but I have every intention of seeing it. It's Spike Jonze, of course it's going to be incredibly messed up. Just look at Being John Malkovich.
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