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Postby David Loftus » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:29 pm

It's one I always wanted to see -- sort of felt like I SHOULD see, in case it might come in useful for a reference in my book -- but I never got around to it. I think the library didn't have a handy VHS copy and I just don't frequent video stores, for some reason.

I have yet to see a mainstream film that deals honestly and directly with pornography. "Boogie Nights" was all right, though it couldn't resist a little sensationalism; "8mm" was slick, smarmy . . . in a word, execrable.
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Postby rich » Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:47 am

Yep. Hardcore. And I haven't seen it either, it's just that tagline has stuck in my head for like 20 years, for some reason. Have no real desire to see it since the premise itself didn't exactly make it a must see. I like Shrader, but...I mean, Cat People?? C'mon. (However, I did enjoy Auto Focus.)

And I'll second Mark's assertion that children's bones are made of rubber, or some d3o polymer or something.

At a birthday party for my oldest's classmate at daycare, they went to one of those Pump It Up places. Big Moon Bounce-type things in the shape of a giant slide, basketball court, that kinda thing. That slide was pretty good and you can come down it at a good clip (I swear you're almost weightless when you take that first little shove off the edge), and there's a rubber landing pad at the bottom. However the bottom of the slide is still a couple feet off the pad.

This girl, a friend of my daughter's, came down the slide, and ended up turned around so her head was pointed towards the bottom. She let herself dangle upside down for a moment, giggling...and then was hit by another kid coming down.

She landed on her head, but her lower body was still on the slide, and then, the kid that bumped her continued to push her as he got off the slide, so her head stayed on the ground and her lower body collapsed onto her...I swear I think her heels touched the back of her head.

I screamed like a little girl when I saw that, and I just knew that her back was broken.

But no, other than being in some pain she was ok.

I swear, though, if that happened to you or me we'd still be in traction. And I still get the willies when I remember that.

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Postby markabaddon » Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:11 am

Gee thanks for the image, buddy. My 5 year old is having his birthday party at Pump It Up this Saturday. Now I have something to look forward to.....
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Postby rich » Wed Jul 11, 2007 1:39 pm

Sorry, Mark.

I tell you, though, that basketball court is cool. I can dunk in there. Nothing like grabbing that Nerf-like ball, and going hard to the hoop over a 4-year old. I love this game.

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Postby markabaddon » Wed Jul 11, 2007 1:48 pm

Please tell me there is video of this somewhere, Richard.....

I am off to meet with my lawyer, psycho bitch and her lawyer in an attempt to finally settle this overly drawn out divorce. Prayers to any gods or demons will be accepted.

Tonight I will be watching a movie some of you saw in California a few months back and will have comments and a review later tonight or tomorrow.
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Postby David Loftus » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:22 pm

Way cool! I must not have been paying close enough attention: Where's it showing?
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Postby paul » Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:52 pm

Mark, I just saw.
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Postby markabaddon » Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:30 am

Unfortunately, it is not showing anywhere except my apartment. I have a friend who does some work for Neil Gaiman (and whom Susan and Harlan have both met). Neil gave to her a screener's edition of Dreams with Sharp Teeth.

She knows of my admiration for Harlan's works, and for the man himself, and brought it over to watch with me last night. With any luck, I should have my review finished later today.

As for any news on the divorce, there was nothing accomplished in the 2 hour meeting yesterday aside from an increase in lawyer's fees and agreement on some minor wording in the Marriage Termination Agreement.

Charlie, old buddy, if you are reading this, I may call you later today or tomorrow to vent and ask for any advice on how I could speed this process up.
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Dreams with Sharp Teeth review

Postby markabaddon » Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:59 pm

Full attribution should be noted, that the idea for including Susan more in the film was first raised in a phone call discussion with Rich, but after seeing the film, it is a concept I heartily endorse

“Dream with Sharp Teeth” documentary, Erik Nelson, director

Harlan Ellison is one of the most polarizing figures in the history of speculative fiction but, love him or hate him, the man has had a fascinating career. Erik Nelson should be commended for his work on this laborious project, which was over 25 years in development and uses some extremely rare footage of Harlan at various points in his life.

One of my favorite scenes is when Harlan is shown watching some films from his childhood. Harlan sees his father (who passed away when he was 14) walking with his arm around him and he starts to tear up, realizing that this is the only film clip he has of his dad. It is at times like these when Harlan drops his outré persona that the man’s true depth of character comes shining through.

The documentary is filled with testimonials from many of those who know him best: Robin Williams, the acclaimed writer Peter David, Battlestar Galactica creator Ron Moore, and noted author Neil Gaiman all are featured prominently. While they are effusive in their praise of Harlan, they are also honest in their criticism of him.

Harlan’s legendary temper is discussed at length. The film examines some of the roots of his anger by interviewing some of Harlan’s childhood friends and by asking Harlan directly about some childhood experiences. A composite image of Harlan that emerges from these interviews is of someone who has experienced a great deal of childhood trauma but who emerged from that with a strong sense of self and a fierce loyalty to those whom he considers a friend. If a man is measured by those who love him, then Harlan is truly a giant, as the genuine affection his friends have for him is readily apparent.

One of the problems I have with the film is that those who consider themselves Harlan’s enemies (and there was, for a time a group so named the Enemies or Foes of Ellison) were not interviewed at all. While there are many reasons why some of these individuals would not or could not be incorporated in the film, I do think it would have made a nice contrast to include a small segment with an alternative perspective.

The only other issue I had with the film was that I wish Susan Ellison had been interviewed. The filmmakers show her in the background at various points, or telling a fascinating story about being thrown naked out of the house by Harlan, but she is never interviewed directly. As Harlan’s wife of over 20 years, and a fiercely intelligent woman in her own right, I would have enjoyed hearing her comments on her husband.

If you have heard of Harlan, but are not completely familiar with his works, this documentary would serve as an excellent primer and introduction. For those who are fans of Ellison, there are treats such as footage of him speaking on college campuses back in the 1970s and appearances on various talk shows. Even if you have never heard of Harlan Ellison previously, I would recommend this film as a profile of one of the most compelling writers and personalities of the second half of the 20th century.
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Postby markabaddon » Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:34 pm

I came home 2 days ago and found a letter from the bank stating that we had two overdrafts on the joint account that was to be used for our children's expenses. One for $14 and one for $2, each carried a $33 overdraft charge.

My first thought was, OK, these things happen sometimes, not any major deal. I will email the stbe the next day, ask her to be more careful and to pay the fees.

Before I contacted her yesterday morning, I checked the account. She had not deposited the last 2 child support checks I had written to her, but had been using the account for various purchases in the meantime. There were somewhere around 10-12 overdrafts, with the account now being in the negative by about $350.

I hit the roof. I was planning on calling her and screaming, but my admin stopped me and made me go outside for a walk. After walking to an empty parking lot on the other side of the Metrodome, and screaming for about 5 minutes, I returned and contacted my lawyer.

She sent a letter to stbe's lawyer, attached the bank statement I faxed to her, and stated that she wanted this resolved as soon as possible. When there was no acknowledgement of receipt from her lawyer by 3:30 PM, I sent a copy to stbe, simply informing her that we tried to contact her lawyer and referring her to the attached message that was originally sent to her lawyer.

Her solicitor send my lawyer a nasty note this morning stating that I should not contact him directly unless there is an agreement stating that it is OK to do so.

I then began checking her lawyer out a bit. When this process started, we agreed that we would use divorce mediation and would keep lawyers out of the process until the end, then use collaborative lawyers to translate the document into legalese. When I researched the lawyer, I found that he is not collaborative, but rather a normal court-inclined trial lawyer. This would explain why the process is dragging so much.

I would have "Sucker" tattooed on my forehead, but I would like to be buried in a Jewish cemetery someday......
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Postby Moderator » Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:14 pm

Mark -
Suggestion. No. Make that strong suggestion.

Close the account. Immediately.

Tell the bank that you suspect abuse. Given the overdrafts, that's a solid rationale -- especially if STBE isn't owning up to the expenditures.

Tell them to cancel all outstanding printed checks and ATM cards. Remove your name if they won't. Talk to the Bank President (they all have one). Again, reiterate the abuse concern. It's valid. $350 in fraud and overdrafts. Tell them you have "no control" over the missing checks.

My two pennies.

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Postby markabaddon » Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:22 pm

Understood, I am consulting with my lawyer on this matter. The account WILL be closed. Your suggestion seems logical and I may follow that path, but I am hesitant to take any action while the lawyers are discussing this.

The possibility of having this entire mediation/collaborative process being scrapped and heading to court looms large right now because of her irresponsibility and fiscal irresponsibility
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Postby LarryF » Thu Jul 19, 2007 2:09 pm

Mark, thanks for providing the link to "Generation Chickenhawk" on the Pavilion. I so rarely recommend other websites that I completely forgot about the link.

Very sorry to hear about your divorce woes. As I read your account, I was reminded of the old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished." I hope you won't hate, berate, and flagellate yourself because you tried to take the high road instead of going ballistic on your stbe. Had things worked out amicably, your strategy would've been justified; however, divorce proceedings so often awry that it's virtually axiomatic to say, a la C. Montgomery Burns: "Release the hounds."

Best of luck to you. As the kidney stone sufferer put it, "This too shall pass. It's going to hurt like hell, but it will pass."

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Postby markabaddon » Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:07 pm

Larry, not a problem, it was a good enough piece that I thought everyone should be able to watch it without searching for it on HuffPost (not that it is very difficult to find there)

Thanks for the kind words. I have been cautioned repeatedly to not go ballistic on stbe as I know that will be counterproductive and my children will only end up being hurt in the long run.

What I am weighing right now is: do the short term gains for me (revenge, satisfaction) outweigh the long term implication (no chance of any amicable relationship, children might not look too kindly on my actions) of going nuclear on her. Currently, I have no idea what course of action I will take.
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Postby Jan » Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:53 pm

I think your intellect will prevail. You can scream at us, if it helps. We'll understand. :-)


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