Thursday, May 29, 2014

Day #22,805-808

Walk km 16,727-16,737: small walks downtown

Movie #2492: Wayne's World (1992, Penelope Spheeris)
I think that one thing that makes this look so horrid is the arrival of Beavis & Butthead only a few years later. All of a sudden, Wayne and Garth become just pale shadows of the real thing..

Movie #2493: All That Heaven Allows (1955, Douglas Sirk)

Wow! This is the most "lush" movie I've ever seen. I know that Sirk has a reputation for this sort of thing but I didn't realize just how carried away with lushless he could get. Add to the lushness, a super weeper storyline and fake classical music and what do you have? Hollywood! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Day #22,804

Walk km 16,651-16,664: Ocean Park (missed this one)
Walk km 16,714-16,726: Port Guichon
Meetup walkers
approx km 16,722 Lions Park, Ladner

Movie #2491: Deadly Duo (1961, Reginald Le Borg)

I like it. I know it's crap - an obscure 1961 crime drama made by veteran director Reginald Le Borg with a cast of nobodies. Obscure movies of this genre are always fun to unearth.

Day #22,803

Walk km 16,687-16,701: UBC to Olympic Village Station
Meetup walkers
approx km 16,689 Pacific Spirit Park

Book #496: The Rough Guide To Jimi Hendrix (2009, Richie Unterberger)

First half is a nice overview of Hendrix but the 2nd half is more a reference area and doesn't make good reading.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Day #22,802

Walk km 16,674-16,687: Pitt Meadows
Meetup walkers beside blueberry(?) field
appox km 16,678 Pitt Meadows

Movie #2490: Meet The Missus (1937, Joseph Santley)
The 2nd film of the Joseph Santley double feature from TCM. This one is only slightly better than "She's Got Everything". They've reduced the romantic sub-plot down to almost nothing and increased the Helen Broderick/Victor Moore roles. Once again, there's nothing at all funny here. At best, it's just a little bit silly. Did people actually like this stuff back in '37?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Day #22,799-801

Walk km 16,639-16,651: Ocean Park
Walk km 16,651-16,662: Oxford
Walk km 16,662-16,674: Panarama Ridge

horses (flipped on edge by downloader)
approx km 16, 665 Tom Brown Park

Movie #2488: The Snake Pit (Anatole Litvak, 1948)

Olivia DeHavilland gets the kinda role that the Academy just loves. Through no fault of her own Olivia goes nutso and has to endure life in an asylum. Excellent except for the splitting of the asylum staff into stupid/uncaring and intelligent/caring. That didn't ring true. The song at the end was frustrating: "Goin' Home" - the tune was so familar but I knew it came from somwhere else. Where was that music from? Answer: thank you IMDB - it was the 2nd movement from Dvorak's 9th symphony.

Move #2489: She's Got Everything (Joseph Santley ,1937)

A movie from one of the worst movie genres: the unfunny comedy.
The script was co-written by Maxwell Shane who went on to write some fine crime dramas. However, he obviously had no sense of humour.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Day #22,798

Walk km 16,639-16,651: test walk in Ocean Park

trail in the park
approx km 16,648 Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest

Day #22,791-797

Walks km 16,604-16,615: short walks downtown
Walk km 16,615-16,526: Watershed Park to Queensborough
Walk km 16,526-16,639: Langara Station to Waterfront Station

sculpted tourists
approx km 16,530 Queen Elizabeth Park

Monday, May 12, 2014

Day #22,788-790

Walk km 16,575-16,591: Murrayville & Newton
Walk km 16,591-16,604: Science World to Jericho Beach

combination school and garage
approx km 16,579 Murrayville

Friday, May 9, 2014

Day #22,787

Walk km 16,573-16,575: to T&T

Movie #2487: Blank City (2010, Celine Danhier)

Interesting documentary about the independant movie makers in New York City in the late 70s/early 80s. It's interesting that I've heard of almost all these people but I've seen almost none of their movies. These movies went arm-in-arm with the music scene that was going on at the same time so that musicians like Debbie Harry, Lydia Lunch and John Lurie were recruited as actors. I should probably look to see if any of these movies are on the internet.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Day #22,785-786

Walk km 16,569-16,573: to Beach @ Gilford

Movie rewatch: The Big Clock (1948, John Farrow)

It's been about 40 years since I saw this one. The only thing I remember is that I was a little disappointed by it. It looks like the reason was Elsa Lanchester. The movie is a film-noir except Elsa keeps popping up and doing comedy routines. I probably thought that that ruined the film but today it just makes the whole thing a rather odd mix. A mix that's not unpleaseant.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Day #22,781-784

Walk km 16,544-16,555: Morgan Creek
Walk km 16,555-16,559: West End
Walk km 16,559-16,569: Mount Pleasant

Meetup walker
approx km 16,562 Queen Elizabeth Park

Book #493: Gone 'Til November (2009, Wallace Stroby)

Picked up a book at more-or-less random from the library. This one ain't bad - a good page turner. Doesn't have the intensity of the Scandi writers. The lead character is extemely flawed. It was a little annoying that you had to mentally scream at her to do the right thing when she continually screwed up. Not sure if Wallace didn't think that what she was doing was silly or if he wanted a seriously flawed character as his heroine.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Day #22,780

Walk km 16,535-16,544: Milner

racing car on the roof
approx km 16,539 Milner

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Day #22,779

Walk km 16,525-16,535: Middlegate and Deer Lake walk

Meetup walkers
approx km 16,526 Edmonds Skytrain Station