So I had a nice weekend. Did some yardwork. Hung out with a friend on his birthday. Made dirt (for the back yard). Went to the wedding of some good friends...

I've reached that point in life where everyone is getting married. I mean, suddenly it's what everyone is doing and, what's crazier, is that I just did it a few weeks ago. I'm friggin' married. It's odd, and though in my younger days (read: last year and before) I looked upon the institution of marriage as kind of lame, now I find myself married and quite happily so. Ungh. What's happened to me? I used to be so... cynical.

Oh well. Roman and Mae, if you're reading this, I'm thrilled that the two of you found each other.

Now, to be a bit less sappy, I'll talk about the film I saw this weekend: Punch Drunk Love. My god, it's brilliant. Adam Sandler gets to be a very believable freakazoid with so many emotional issues I lost count. He's a torn and anxious man with seven sisters who all drive him mad. And the director (Paul Thomas Anderson - Boogie Nights, Magnolia) takes you along for his emotional freakouts. The directing and editing put you in the cockpit of Sandler's troubled soul and when he get's anxious, you get anxious. It's insane. It was beautiful and I never want to see it again. God, it was intense. Go see it, it's so amazing. Painful in many ways (and kind of uplifting in others)...

A note about the music. In Magnolia I was amazed by Anderson's use of score. He used the music to move from scene to scene in this fluid and emotional way. That film is almost schizophrenic when it comes to sub-plots (was there any one 'plot'?) and how it moved from one to the other with almost strobe light speed, and the thing that tied it all together was the score. If you didn't notice it, and can bear to watch it again, pay attention to how the music is the continuity between all the different stories. Here, in Punch Drunk, the music plays a similar roll. There aren't a ton of sub plots to deal with but the music is amazing. When the moments of Sandler's anxiety takes control of the camera, the music is right there. It's wishy-washy and when you see him emotionally falling down the stairs of his mind, the music drags you right with him. When he's punch-drunk with love, the camera swirls with the music. When he's angry, it's tempting the anger out of you. It's sooooo well done. Have I said how much I liked this movie?

Lastly, there's a new web site, in case you haven't noticed. We worked really hard on it, argued endlessly about every little detail, and finally got the damn thing out the door. But I like it and hope you do too. Share what you think about it on the message board if you have the time. All of us here want to know what you think of it.