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April 9, 2018:

THE ART OF COLLABORATION

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Well, dear readers, we had us a really good lunch meeting yesterday over at the Coral Café, which was unusually crowded.  The meeting was about the musical I’m writing with Doug Haverty and I think that after the ninety minutes or so we’re both now on the same page about the direction and structure of the material. I love that part of collaboration – just batting ideas back and forth until you suddenly hit on the right one and that’s what we did whilst eating our foodstuffs.  I had the eggs benedict and he had a chicken Caesar wrap.  I’d gotten just about eight hours of sleep prior to that.

Once the meeting was over, I came home.  Once I came home I sat at the computer.  Once I sat at the computer I answered e-mails, printed some orders.  Then I did some work at the piano, had some telephonic conversations and then went over to Ralph’s to get a few small snacks for the evening.  It was quite crowded, Ralph’s was but I got in and out in about fifteen minutes.  Then I came back home and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched at motion picture from the year 2015 entitled The Secret in Their Eyes, starring Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and a good actor whose name I cannot spell.  The title sounded familiar, but I hadn’t seen it before so watched all the way through to the end.  The film belongs to Ms. Roberts – she’s one of the three leads, and has to be very haggard and plain looking, which she certainly is.  She’s just solid in the role.  All through watching it I felt the plot, or at least parts of it, seemed familiar.  The direction was passable and no more, pace was fine, but it got very inane at several points and it’s hard to recover from inanity having gone to that land.  It is, I suppose, a thriller of sorts.  The other actors are all okay but not especially well cast.

After it was over, I looked it up and saw exactly why some of it seemed familiar – it was a stupid remake of a terrific Argentinian film called – wait for it – The Secret in Their Eyes.  I own the Blu-ray and will watch it again, but I went back and read what I wrote about it back when it came out (the film one the Oscar for Best Foreign Film) and I loved it.  Having read a synopsis of that film’s plot, the remake just makes hash of it all – what else is new?  I wish they’d keep their grubby hands off remaking terrific foreign films – note to Hollywood Hacks: They’re not better than the original – EVER.

After that, I ate up my snacks, did more work on the computer, had more telephonic calls, and listened to music whilst relaxing.

Today, I’ll be doing lots of writing, casting the remaining performers in the Kritzerland show and choosing material, I’ll eat, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, a film composer is coming by to pick up a box of CDs, and then in the evening perhaps I’ll watch the real The Secret in Their Eyes, and I pulled out a couple of other Blu-rays I never got around to watching.

The rest of the week is meetings and meals and meals and meetings, lots of writing – tomorrow I have a meeting with Kay Cole and then another right after that, Thursday I’m seeing an invited dress rehearsal for a production of South Pacific, and I’m trying to pull together one more release to announce this month, hopefully by next Monday.  That may be one or two titles.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, write, cast, choose, eat, hopefully pick up packages, have a film composer visit, and then relax and watch something.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films starring Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy for the art of collaboration.

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