September 9th, 2002

Fishy Circumstances

Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity

This is the first time in my life I have promised the director of a movie that yes, I would tell all my friends about it. So here you go.

Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity is a movie being shown as part of the Toronto International Film Festival, running through this coming Sunday. It already has a distributor, Odeon, and so should be coming to a movie screen near you somewhen in the next few months to a year. The director and 5 of the stars came to the showing, and the director answered questions afterwards. This is why I happened to pass her in the aisle while leaving the theater and briefly thanked her for making such a nice movie. Thus the above scenario.

The movie was originally designed to be three different films in a trilogy, one named after each of the different parts of the title. As was, I think it worked very nicely as one group of three interwoven stories in a Vancouver where magic works in subtle and charming ways, and one man's fortune can be another family's failure. It's a movie about human relationships in everyday life. There's a romance, strains between 3 generations of fathers and sons, the prospect of winning the lottery, an elderly man dealing with being made redundant, a lost turtle, Buddhist monks, some vivacious women, a Chinese restauran, a butcher shop, a strange woman dealing in magic - a whole assortment which weaves together quite successfully I thought. There's some wonderful comedy, and some sobering drama. The comedy was especially funny... there's a very winningly good love triangle.

At the moment, the ending seemed mildly abrupt, but only mildly so, and I haven't had a chance to discuss the movie with anyone else, to get their feedback, since, although there were plenty of other people in the audience, I don't know any of them.
Fishy Circumstances

Many things to do

I think I've finally finished my month of RA work. I think that's the last of the creatures I need to track down. I've arranged a way to use up my residual hours for the other professor I was working for last year. I bought a plane ticket. I went to a Film Festival movie. And I briefly ran into my advisor, who's back, complete with recently broken nose, and we'll talk more later this week. I have a conference paper proposal I need to send out REALLY soon. But tomorrow is more tranquil and the conference paper material is my most important task for the day. (See? A goal!)

Meanwhile, I received a flurry of invitations inviting me to events which I can no longer attend on Friday night. Ah well. Jess especially seems doomed to invite me to do things just when I'll be physically on an airplane, and it's not as if I travel THAT much.

Meanwhile, I picked up a number of books today, thanks to seeing the professor to whom I still owe work hours, including a history of the thermometer, Huizinga's Waning of the Middle Ages, and a George Sarton book.