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February 21, 2008:


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Well, dear readers, I think we should all say five Hail Marys and three Hail Normans as well as one Hail Fredonia. What IS a Hail Mary anyway? I, being a Jew, do not know from Hail Marys. We Jews say Oy Marvins instead of Hail Marys. I once said Hail Mary in West Hollywood and at least forty-three men in tight t-shirts turned their heads. You know, there are times when I just don’t have a clew as to what the HELL I’m talking about and this would clearly be one of those times. Perhaps I should say three Hail Marys for this paragraph alone, and I would if only I knew what a fershluganah Hail Mary was. Speaking of Mary, yesterday was quite an odd day. For example, I woke up. That was odd. I then did some work on the computer, some work at the piano, and some telephonic calling and answering of the e-mails. It was then time to do some proofing so I took Ye Olde Manuscript and went to Marie Callender’s, where I had a bacon cheeseburger and proofed for about seventy-five minutes. Whilst proofing I did notice that that fine 70s character actor Ed Lauter sauntered in, had some lunch with friends and sauntered out. After that, I came home but then had to go out to have a three hour work session with Mr. Kevin Spirtas, Mr. Sean McDermott and Mr. John Boswell. We had a rather fun time, with lots of laughs, and we got some good work done. Their act one closer is going to be really good, and it’s a number that I don’t think has ever been done in the way we’re doing it. A little birdie has told me that Mr. McDermott is having such a good time that he may ask me to do his solo act, too. That would be fun. After that, I did a little trading at Amoeba, then came home, had a bite to eat, said three Hail Marys and a Hail Clyde and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on DVD entitled In The Valley Of Elah, starring Mr. Tommy Lee Jones, Miss Susan Sarandon, and Miss Charlize Theron. The director/writer is the oh, so serious Mr. Paul Haggis. For most of its running time I enjoyed the film quite a bit. Mr. Haggis doesn’t get cutesy with his direction, and it’s just a pleasure to watch Mr. Tommy Lee Jones do his stuff. The story is very interesting until the last twenty minutes or so, when things just get too heavy-handed and Mr. Haggis goes down very clich├ęd territory. I must say, the title of the film was its undoing at the box-office, where it died a quick death. While the title might suit Mr. Haggis’s arty nature, it certainly is unappealing, uninviting, and unhelpful. I know I stayed away because of the title. The other major problem with the film is its droning typical score by Mark Isham. It’s just awful, never helping the images, the drama, or the characters. Producers today simply don’t want the music to elicit emotion or do what film music does best – they just want noise, pad, droning, and that’s what every movie gets. I’m looking forward to the day when some adventurous director doesn’t temp-track his film and lets a composer write a real movie score – once that happens and the film is a hit, then everyone will jump back on that bandwagon, as happened when Mr. Williams came forth with Star Wars. If you build it, they will come.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because if we don’t we’ll all have to say five Hail Marys and a half a Hail Fern.

Today will be an all proofing day, with a couple of errands thrown in for good measure. I do have to make a bunch of telephonic calls, and I must finish writing a lyric I’m working on.

Tomorrow I have a lunch, and also a bunch of errands – yes, Virginia, a lunch and a bunch, not necessarily in that order. Saturday is a relaxing day, but Sunday is going to be very busy, what with an early morning production meeting on The Brain, a matinee of Assassins at the Chance Theater, and then hurrying home for the Academy Awards and our annual Oscar bash. We’ll have more about that in tomorrow and Saturday’s notes.

Now wait just a darned minute. We’d all better put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, we’d all better break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, we’d all better dance the Hora and the Monkey, because today is the birthday of dear reader Matthew. So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to dear reader Matthew. On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO DEAR READER MATTHEW!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, proof, do errands, proof, write a lyric, proof, and sup. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your all-time favorite movie titles – those titles that just reeled you in the moment you heard them? And WHY did they appeal to you? Conversely, what are your least favorite movie titles that kept you away from seeing what turned out to be a movie you really liked? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst we all say some Hail Marys just for the hail of it.

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