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I have returned!

So said MacArthur. Whether I would be better off sticking to his first proclamation is yet to be seen…

Sixty hour work weeks killed my posting.

But I got a new lens, for a (freakin’ awesome) wedding I’m shooting next weekend. Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8, for those interested. Next up, the 30mm f/1.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8. Anyone else want something shot?

And that new acquisition makes me excited.

Not to mention that I’m between part-time jobs…so with only my regular forty hr, I had a bit of time this week.

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The difference between this and my old lens is already freakin’ amazing. I adjusted some light levels on two of these pictures and converted the one to BW….and that is all, which is amazing me.

Glass makes all the difference.

In quick movie blurb…

Lars and the Real Girl–terribly awkward to explain (and watch, initially) but terribly funny as a result. In a sincere, heart-felt kind of way, a la Juno. I agree with critics who herald the church/community aspect as the most redeeming part of the film, far above and beyond any metamorphosis in Lars himself. I highly recommend it.

In music, the new Hammock is out–and they’re a band I cannot get enough of.

Sixpence is making new music. Which is good. But they’re featuring more songs from Leigh, whose voice I grew up loving…but past experience with her lyric ability makes me grow dubious (with the exception of the great song off the self-titled). Both Sixpence and OTR continue making noises about being less literary and less esoteric. Newsflash: that’s why we love you, guys. Keep the musical, lyric, and artistic exploration and allusion going, or this is one hardcore fan, at least, who will continue to put your latest releases on the bottom shelf with much chagrin. And tears. I’m not asking for sad songs, or that you deny where you are in life or your true artistic self, (etc), but please. Pretty please.

Finally, in light of Myanmar, I strongly recommend the old favorite, Feed the Children
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Juno

Last night, we watched Juno.

Sidenote: A pirated copy–which I did not procure or facilitate. Yet, I watched it. Hmm. I’m not sure what the moral implications of this are…

Regardless, the film is simply stellar. I wholeheartedly recommend that everyone watch it. It’s funny enough to draw everyone in (think Gilmore Girls at their most promising…damn, I just referenced the @#$$# Gilmore Girls??!) and it’s deep enough to engage the brain of anyone who wants to engage said apparatus.

It’s been interesting for me, having read about this movie for some time before…but it seems that this and other recent movies have even challenged a number of hardened critics to rethink their stances on abortion.

I find this fascinating.

It is my hypothesis that both the left and the right have made this issue such a political, polarizing hot topic that the humanity of each and every case has been very, very lost. I am glad there are films coming out now that do not have an agenda, but merely tell human story with sympathy, insight, humor…and considerable emotion.

A lot of times, life speaks for itself the most effectively.

It’s interesting, isn’t it, that Jesus spoke in story? And then he let his words speak for themselves, to those that had ears to hear.

I look forward to following this up at some point in the near future with 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, a Romanian film that takes a much grittier look at a story drawing from similar basic plot material.