My friend Dan Hull is pluggingThe Lost and Found Family, which he describes as “a poignant, uplifting, instructive and remarkably powerful family film set in the American South.” Personally, I think Dan just has the hots for the star, Ellen Bry.
So I’m reading Ben Yagoda’s latest book, When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It. In the chapter on verbs, Ben talks about how some fiction is written in the present tense—for example, Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer. This makes me think of the short story on which the movie Memento is based; I remember reading it off of the special edition DVD and recall that it’s written in the present tense. So I Google “memento short story,” and I find this web site full of information about the movie, including the full text of both the short story (which, indeed, is written in the present tense) and the movie script. Being a fan of the movie, I end up wasting about half the weekend poring over this stuff. Anyway, I think I may not be the only fan of this movie, so in case you’re one too, you know where to point and click.
One of the intriguing questions from the movie: Whose wife had diabetes, Leonard’s or Sammy’s. I think it was Leonard’s. Why?
I rarely make it to the movie theater; I’m too spoiled by my home setup, and I’m usually willing to wait for a movie to come out on DVD. But I think this one will put my fanny in a seat at the local Gigaplex:
If you happen to be in Los Angeles between November 10-16 and feel like taking in a movie, think about seeing Maple Palm. It will be playing at Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex, 345 S. Figueroa Street. My friend Rorberto Foss, an immigration lawyer, is the technical advisor.