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I 'marathoned' over half of The Green Mile yesterday and finished it. Goddamn, it's one hell of a novel. It was originally serialized - released in six volumes - and each volume was on the New York Times bestseller list simultaneously. If that isn't a literary event, I don't know what is.

We have the movie taped on VHS, and we've had that tape since we lived in Weimar. The tape is old and has a ton of tracking, but Dad and I managed to get it looking decent with the remote. I went to bed around 1:40 this morning. Great book, great adaptation of the book. I don't think I'd seen the beginning of the movie back in Weimar.

The movie is just over three hours long, but the book can fit much more in its pages than a movie can in its reels, of course. I love both versions. The movie mostly leaves out the details from the book that are not vital to the plot. (For example, book-Paul is writing his story in the old folks' home and gives his pages to Ellie to read; movie-Paul simply tells the story to Ellie.)

And KUDOS to that freaking cast. God damn. Doug Hutchison is fantastic as Percy, that evil, whiny little bastard.... I love it when an actor can pull off a character like Percy so well. (Hutchison was in two first-season episodes of The X-Files - "Squeeze" and "Tooms" - as a limb-stretching, liver-eating mutant.) Tom Hanks, David Morse (who played Michael Tritter in not-to-distant House episodes), Michael Clarke Duncan, Michael Jeter (RIP).... ARGH. Kickass. So much kickass. Sam Rockwell - as William 'Wild Bill' Wharton - is truly, truly despicable... but I love that scene where he threatens Percy. Very well done.

The book is more brutal than the movie is. Eduard Delacroix's execution is even more horrific in the book. Melinda's swearing, brought on by her brain tumor, is more foul in the book. But the movie adaptation is just wonderful.

ANYWAY, I could go on and on about the book and movie and how they rock, but until then, I'm going to surf IMDb for a while. Maybe I should read Dreamcatcher next.


Feb. 28th, 2007 11:17 am
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WOO! Three inches of snow! That's the most we've ever had here.... Although the first time we actually got snow while living in GV was just last year, and it all melted by the afternoon.

We still have a good inch or inch and a half, and the trees are shedding their frosty coats of awesome. SNOW.

...And to think that, if we were still living in Weimar... we'd probably have TEN inches of snow.

We lost another tree; it was rotten inside and snapped at its trunk late last night. Speaking of last night, we had no power for several hours. I began reading Stephen King's The Green Mile by flashlight and that hurt my eyes slightly, but DAMN. I only got to the fourth chapter reading like this, but it's good. I need to watch the movie again - I love the movie. One of the few Stephen King movies that turned out really well. I hope to finish a lot more of the book today.

Watching the snow fall down was gorgeous. I was preoccupied with The Hawking Paradox (oh my God, another Stephen!) on The Science Channel when it began to fall down, then got up several times - Draco clinging to my shoulder and wrapped in a blanket - to watch it falling. Dad went out on the deck and looked straight up at it; "It looks like the Milky Way" he said.

Speaking of Stephen Hawking, I'm gonna go look up ALS now. He was diagnosed with it at age 22 and was given two months to live. Because he kicks ass (er, his case has progressed much more slowly than typical cases), Hawking has lived with the disease for 40 years: the longest recorded case. NOW GO GIVE YOUR CRITICS SOMETHING TO CHEW ON ABOUT BLACK HOLES! BLACK HOLES!!!

ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also called Lou Gehrig's disease, after the baseball player whose career was cut short). Amyotrophic literally means "no muscle nourishment". YAY Wikipedia. Degenerative diseases are so horribly fascinating.

ANYWAY. Cameron called me yesterday! His birthday is on Saturday, and I hope I can make it. Haven't seen him in a long time.

I 'officially' have two brothers named Cameron. :D

Took lots of snow photos with Lupin. It's so beautiful. Dad and I want to ride our bikes today as we haven't ridden them in a week due to all the rain we'd had. It will be muddy if we go, but FUN.

Eeee, I keep editing this entry when I think of new things I want to write down. Something I want to tie into Brainsick is CSM's phone number: 202-555-1030. At least nobody will be able to bug him (though a fictional character) a la Jenny. [insert dumb grin here]

I'm thinking that Gap's number would be 1030. Who 202 and 555 are I'm not yet sure.

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