Pattoning Mister Banks

I thought I’d update my Cultural Journal with this entry.

I watched Patton a couple weeks ago. It was critically acclaimed and won many awards when it was released in 1970. I don’t think I had ever seen it before, but I did recognize many of the tropes this movie spawned – the signature trumpet motif, the massive American flag being two that come to mind. I enjoyed the film, but I would have to watch it again before I could say anything of critical value about it.

I also watched Saving Mister Banks. I enjoyed this film and found myself feeling quite emotional over it at times. The subject matter greatly reminded me of my dad, and what it was like living with him in his drinking days. I could go into details, but that’s a whole other article for another time.

I’m most of the way through Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I’ve written about my experiences with the book in past articles, and this most recent pass has not failed to stimulate my thoughts. It’s a hard book for me to wrap my mind around. I find myself struggling at times to follow along. Too many ideas from it trigger secondary thoughts, which trigger yet more thoughts, until I realize that pages have gone by, and I wasn’t even paying attention.

I have the audio book version (I keep giving away the paperback versions I buy), and I’m enjoying the experience of sitting still and listening to it, rather than reading it. Ideas entering my brain through an aural means is a departure from reading those same words off the page. It harkens back to the idea of the ‘Chitaqua’ – a travelling lecture given by masters of a certain subject matter in the days before radio and television.

Last night I finished Season 4 of Archer. The dialogue of this series fascinates me. The words are funny, but they shouldn’t be as written on the page. Context and delivery are critical here. I’m learning a lot, and even managed to track down the pilot script. I’ll be giving that a read soon.

2016 Culture Tally;

Feature Scripts Read: 1
TV Scripts Read: 1
Movies Watched: 7
TV Seasons Watched: 2
Documentaries Watched: 1
Documentary Series Watched: 1

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