notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Friday, February 05, 2010

30/30 Movie Edition: Swimming Pool

The second film I decided to watch was 2003's Swimming Pool, directed and co-written by one of my favorite filmmakers, Francois Ozon. I wish I had some profound insights or anecdotes to offer, but as you know, profundity is not my forte. In fact, as I approach the thirtieth year of my life, I'm looking at my unemployed, uninspiring life and realizing that I might not even have a forte. Should I have a forte by now? Do you? But I digress.

My supposition is that most of you missed this film during its brief theatrical release, and unless you were enticed by the cover art, I doubt you rented it on DVD. Not that it's entirely obscure. I just believe that the ratio of viewers who saw Swimming Pool to those who should see Swimming Pool is way out of whack. Therefore, I present the following list of 30 words, 30 nouns that somehow relate to the film, in order to seduce you into watching it:

France
books
earplugs
mysteries
novelist
envy
voyeurism
wine
sex
murder
dwarf
twists
skinnydipping
cigarettes
crucifix
Luberon
yogurt
diary
rock
panties
Julie
Julia
disappearance
exploitation
ambiguity
subtlety
mustache
sun
leaves
grave

Have any of you seen this movie? Did you hate it? I only moderately liked it the first time I saw it, but it stuck with me enough to want to see it again. Now I love it. I've seen it a handful of times now it endears itself to me more every time I watch it. A word of warning: it's slow. Everything happens beneath the surface, and it's definitely more of the meditation-on-themes kind of movie, rather than the keep-you-entertained kind. Nevertheless, it speaks to me for some reason, and it's possibly the best film about the creative process that I've ever seen.

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