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November 2, 2004

I've never felt as nervous dropping a package off at Fed Ex as I did this evening.

That nervousness was assuaged shortly thereafter by Jonathan Glazer's Birth, which is one of those movies that is not perfect but comes so close to greatness so frequently -- even breaching the line a few times, particularly in several extended close ups of Nicole Kidman's face -- that its flaws are hard to remember afterwards. It's also one of those movies most audiences hate. I wish it had been a platform release; it would have made the same amount of money over the weekend, but it would be seen as a respectable beginning rather than an immediate failure. Plus, it would allow people to see it with a respectful audience that won't start talking when it gets bored.

But still -- despite its monetary failure, what a wonderful thing it is that a movie like this can get made at all. And that Kidman seeks out projects like these and gets behind them to the extent that she does (she pushed New Line to give Glazer more time and money to complete the film -- and I can't wait to see what she does with Wong Kar Wai). I've commented on this phenomenon before, but it never ceases to inspire me when I see that such unique and inspired creativity can flower amongst corporate bureaucracy.

I went for my run around midnight and kept coming across earthworms, the foot long variety that are more akin to snakes, making their way across the road. Some already severed by tires, their dominant halves continuing onward with open ends. Baby ones too, barely big enough to move. I scooped up all the ones I saw and carried them to whichever side of the road they were working their way towards. There was something desperate and chilling about it... a mass migration that in the late hour had some strong sense of apocalyptic foreboding.

It's still November 1st for me, but according to this blog's clock it's the 2nd. I feel like I did on Christmas Eve when I was younger and was too excited to go to sleep...except then I always knew I'd be getting presents in the morning, whereas tomorrow there's a big chance that we'll all be receiving a great big lump of coal.

Posted by David Lowery at November 2, 2004 2:37 AM


Thank God I wasn't the only one who had a sense of anticipation akin to Christmas....
And here I was thinking I was crazy!

Posted by: ranemaka13 at November 3, 2004 9:38 PM

Any chance of a Birth review? I have seen it and would very much love to hear what you thought of it.


Posted by: Akilis at November 6, 2004 12:38 AM

Coming soon...

Posted by: Ghostboy at November 6, 2004 3:04 AM