You-review-it Monday

January 19, 2009
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So, did you catch "Love Person" at the Phoenix? "Defiance" at the multiplex? Comic Joel McHale at the Murat? Or did you listen to frequent blog contributer Hope Baugh talkin' Lincoln with Storytelling Arts?

I regretably missed all of that this weekend. But I did finally see "Tropic Thunder" on DVD.

Share your thoughts on the A&E you experienced over the last few days.
  • I've been on a movie spree the past three weekends. This weekend we saw Revolutionary Road and also The Wrestler. The previous weekends we saw Milk and Slumdog Millionaire. When I saw Milk I thought there's no way Sean Penn wouldn't get an Oscar for this... but now I'm not so sure after seeing The Wrestler. Mickey Rourke is very good in it and it's a really good movie. The way it was filmed makes you feel like you're in his life seeing things just as he sees them and living it with him. I have to say it was quite depressing too.

    Revolutionary Road had really great performances by Kate and Leo. Both were really, really excellent. I also liked the crazy guy, not sure who that actor was. It was a good movie, but The Wrestler stands out more in my mind than Road and I had been more excited about seeing Road. Both were thought provoking movies though that I'm still thinking about days after seeing them. Definately worth the price of a ticket.
  • I've been on a Mahler spree the past seven days, from Nashville, TN to two performances in NYC, and this past weekend I heard the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra play his First Symphony, which was spectacular. All performances were well worth the drive/plane ticket!
  • If you're a McHale fan, see if you can find any copies of his early work on Almost Live - Seattle's version of Saturday Night Live. Every time I see McHale, all I can think of is Green River Dance.
  • Usually I write about other people's work here on Lou's blog, but this past weekend I premiered my own original storytelling piece for adults and teens called Of the People: Stories and Images of Abraham Lincoln at the Indiana History Center.

    The audience was WONDERFUL - very supportive and responsive. And, to my delight, they were creative sources of Lincoln stories themselves. I loved hearing their answers to the question, What do you think of when you think of Abraham Lincoln? during our impromptu story swap at the end.

    This program is part of the Sharing Hoosier History through Stories collaboration between the Indiana Historical Society and Storytelling Arts of Indiana. The collaboration includes grant money to help other organizations who want to host this new Lincoln program in 2009, which is the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. People may call Erin Kelley, Coordinator of Public Programs at the Indiana History Center, for more information. Her number is 317-234-3161.

    Hope Baugh
  • I went to the Chinese New Year Celebration in Carmel. It was attended by about 1500 people. Part of the celebration included performances of traditional Chinese dance, songs and Tai Ji. There were some really outstanding performances - and all by local folks who generally have a day job. This was a celebration of culture and history and was a marvelous experience.
  • I, too, have been on a cinematic bender lately. While I would heartily recommend several current movies, I believe Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood gave transcendent performances in The Wrestler. I've seen other stellar performances by these actresses but I have never actually seen another Mickey Rourke film. I don't know if he was playing a character that is typical of his acting style. All I can deduce is he either really is this character or he did a tremendous job of crawling into this script and animating the main character into an extraordinarily believable realm.
  • Don't belive reviews that tell you Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino is just an updated Dirty Harry. It's far better than that. Well worth your money to see it in the theater.

    Each interaction with the priest is priceless. The family relationships are so real they'll make you cry and rush out to correct your own mistakes before it's too late.

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  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.