Moments of escape can be moments of clarity!

"Oh, had I but followed the Arts"-William Shakespeare

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What I learned on the way to the Rodeo

My Reel of the week is actually on my list of top 100 favorite movies. It's 1996's " Ruby Jean and Joe" starring Tom Selleck, Rebekah Johnson and Jobeth Williams.
Tom Selleck plays Joe Wade a fast fading Rodeo star, who sees the writing on the wall, but wants to end his career on a high note. Eight really good seconds and that winning belt buckle.  While making his way to that big Rodeo, his trusty, aging horse in tow, he picks up hitchhiker, Ruby Jean (Rebekah Johnson). A young girl, who is wandering for reasons of her own, which she is reluctant to share.
What results is an unlikely friendship, a  love story  about not selling yourself short. But more importantly realising that every one you meet,however briefly, you meet for a reason, which may have more to do with their lives ,then your own.
Ruby jean and Joe discover how much an aging Rodeo star and an eighteen year old African American girl have in common.

I wanted this movie to go on and on and I cry buckets every time I watch it, loving every single minute.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Checkin' in with the BAU

I feel like I'm frantically playing catch up, but I have decided to remain resolute and focused on the task at hand. I'm so easily distracted , I think today it was the lovely fall foliage.  See, distracted, now back to the Wednesday thing. This is for episode 3 "Dorado Falls" In this episode the BAU is called to Charlottesville, Virginia. Because the case is basically is their backyard, the wheels alas, did not go up. I yearned for it. (ok, maybe yearned is a little much, but I did miss the plane camaraderie)
The case starts with a mass murder at a security firm. As the team delves into the case, they discover a link between the murders and a military veteran. Max Martini plays Luke Dolan a veteran, who after a minor traffic accident, develops a rare brain disorder,which causes a disconnect between his brain and his eyesight. This results in horror, pain and the inevitable high body count.  Max Martini plays the part with compassion and conviction.                                   
While the case is unfolding, the team is still struggling to find it's way back after the recent upheavals. Prentiss and Morgan are trying to reestablish their trust in each other.
This episode is firmly rooted in the formula that first drew me in six years ago. Story and relationships. I just missed those wheels going up, but I guess they will occasionally be called to cases in Washington and Virginia but they best not make a habit of it.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bits & Bobs

It's time to check into what's going on now that summer has peaked and passed. I had a most lovely summer, visits with family and friends, sun and fun. Usually  the summer acting work tends to be a bit like the Sahara, dry. So what do actors do when work is scarce? They seek tools to add to the old toolbox. So I'm in class soaking up knowledge so I'm ready for that next role. I'm also managing to fit in some song writing.
I'm reading whenever possible. I just finished John Connolly's 'The Burning Soul" He has gone back to the well of my favorite character, detective Charlie Parker and quenched my thirst once again. This time around, Mr. Connolly's story telling begs the question..How far do the ripples of horrible mistakes made in youth reverberate? Also, is change just an illusion. John has a way of weaving a great detective mystery and then out of the blue, dropping the scary on you and you find yourself freaked out and delighted at the same time. His writing has the same melodious lilt as his Irish accent. He doesn't paint pictures, he paints photographs with his words.["The channels through the Scarborough salt marshes appeared as swaths of a deeper blackness against the tall grass as I drove home, like lengths of dark ribbon dropped from the sky"] ("The Burning Soul" pg. 207) Perfection!  I also look forward to Charlie Parker's friends from New York, Louis & Angel .One more layer of storytelling richness. I didn't want "The Burning Soul" to end, now all I have left is the sweet memory of a great read and ......the wait.
Now onto what's playing in my ear. It always varies but lately I've been hitting the repeat button on Nina Simone.  I had never listened to her before so when my brother introduced her to me, my ears certainly perked up. .  Her singing made me want to sway and cry a little.
I haven't forgotten that Wednesday thing, how could I? There are only so many hours in a day. Tomorrow, that Wednesday thing , shortly after that? My Reel of the week. Slumber calls.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

That Wednesday Thing

Ok, I'm a little behind in my "Criminal Minds" Review, but summer is over and life has turned a little less lackadaisical. That's why TIVO has become my friend.
We are at "Proof" Episode 2 of Season 7.  The team is called to rural Oklahoma. The flight to Oklahoma while filled with facts on the coming case is also filled with tension. Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) is still stinging from the betrayal surrounding Emily's resurrection from the dead. He seems to be aiming his anger at JJ (AJ Cook) who he went to in his grief and mourning, which made her silence all the more painful.
This colors the investigation into the death and torture with sulfuric acid of several women.
The case turns when evidence points to a mentally disabled man (Andy Milder), who's fixation on a long ago hurtful rebuff has him seeking revenge on women who resemble the object of his fixation.

I have to admit this episode really creeped me out. The method the Unsub uses to lure these women was something that we would all fall for.  CM is back full force, scaring the shit out of us and creeping us out. I also liked the fact that this episode didn't leave us in the muck and mire. It ended with the team reconnecting over a good meal, like all families do. Oh, and Hotch (Thomas Gibson) smiled ,like 3 times. Go Figure!

Unexpected Trip

The Reel for this week is 2008's "Goodbye Solo". It's a small gem in the world of Independent films.  Film maker Rahmin Bahrani beautifully takes us on a roadtrip with Taxi driver Solo (Soloueymane sy Svane) who picks up a grouchy, angry and mysterious man named William (Red West). William wants to hire Solo to drive him to Blowing Rock, North Carolina no questions asked to basically keep his mouth shut and drive. Solo is just not that kind of Taxi Driver he is curious to know Williams story, why William goes to the movies every night, why he writes in a small notebook and mostly, why he wants to go to Blowing Rock. What follows is a movie filled with earthiness and real heart. The characters were so rich, I felt like a voyeur in the everyday lives of these people. I developed a warmth towards William and Solo. A heads up this movie will draw you in, but leave you hanging. I have a love, hate relationship with movies that make me weep uncontrollably and want to know what happened to these characters later on. I want my happy ending. But I loved "Goodbye Solo", It was a trip worth taking.