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One of the "substitute people"
Can I substitute for Kirsten?
I just got back...
... from the theatre. First show of "Elizabethtown".

Was it worth the wait? Was the movie any good? Was Orlando good?

Yes! YES!! And HELL YES!!!!

Maybe I'm partial because what I see on the screen is "home" to me, or maybe it's because I love Orlando. Maybe because I see my family and friends in those nutty people on-screen. Maybe it's because I'm a lot like Claire with the music and quirkiness. Maybe I understand what it's like to feel like a failure. Maybe it's all of those things--but it's also so much more.

Yes, I saw familiar things like the 9th street exit, the Louisville skyline, Ear-X-Tacy bumper stickers, Ale-81 bottles and t-shirts, Cave Hill Cenetery, Maker's Mark bottles and t-shirts, Derby glasses, people who smile and wave even if they don't know you, and I even heard the sounds of my home in the summertime. But it was so much more. Cameron Crowe completely captured life as I know it in this part of the country, through the eyes of a magnificent actor. Yes--you read that right. I don't care what the critics say--those eyes... the smile... the pout and sadness were absolute perfection. Even fear and self-loathing were easily seen on his expressive face. I couldn't have asked for more. This film lived up to every expectation I had for it while viewing it for the first time. I laughed. I cried. I wanted to hug him. And I wasn't alone.

I went to the first showing--I purchased my ticket the day they went on sale weeks ago. Good thing--the theatre was packed! Young children, teens, adults, seniors--we all reacted to the film by laughing and crying and even applauding. Even at the end, the theatre errupted in catcalls and applause. Now maybe that's just because it was filmed here and every other word for over a year was about the film. But maybe not. I like to think it was just because it was THAT good.

I stayed as the credits rolled--I do that a lot just to let the crowd die down. And I also wanted to hear what the 4 senior ladies had to say in front of me. I wasn't disappointed. They all sayed they loved it and one even said she wanted to "hug that Bloom boy" that "he did a really great job". Oh yeah--made me smile. As I was leaving, three young children and a couple of teens were standing at the bottom the the theatre talking to their mom telling her how much they liked it and they were all fighting to tell her their favorite part--I think the screaming kid won out in that battle--thought "Free Bird" was close.

So maybe it won't win an Oscar. But the film has touched so many--we here in Louisville will call it a treasure.

Go. See it. Listen to the sounds. Enjoy it for what it is--a story about life.

In other news... (you guys may want to keep reading....)

I'm going back with Roy Sunday, he couldn't get off today but wanted to take me and said he was off Sunday. So it's a date.

And thanks to sis, I got the most beautiful hard cover book in the mail today--autographed by Cameron Crowe of the making of the film, "Elizabethtown". Full color shots (12 x 12) that have never seen the light of day anywhere! Behind-the-scenes, production pics and even one of Orlando curled up under a craft services table with Sidi catching a nap.

Would anyone happen to want scans????? Heh heh.

EDIT: I forgot to add that a trailer for "Elizabethtown" aired before "Elizabethtown". Yes, you read that right. Basically--it was 2 commercials. One for the music and one for a contest. To "Win a Free Trip to Elizabethtown". Needless to say the entire theatre errupted in hoots and laughter. Considering it's *maybe* 45 minutes down the road, we all got a big kick out of it. ;)

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mesnica From: mesnica Date: October 14th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would anyone happen to want scans????? Heh heh.
you don't really have to ask that, do you?

your post made me smile and even more anxious for when it comes in the German cinemas (damn dubbing)
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwwwww That's right--you don't get to hear *his* voice yet. That sucks!!!!

Scans, you say?? LOL As soon as I can wrestle my roommie's scanner from her, I will. ;) May be tomorrow...
mesnica From: mesnica Date: October 14th, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're usually showing the original versions too here, just not every day and later than the dubbed version :( I have to look if it's different in Holland or Belgium; I'll be living not 5km from both countries once we move to Aachen and I have no problem driving a bit to see a movie. I HATE german dubbing!
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can understand that! I'd hate it too.

Hope you enjoy it when you get to see it. *hugs*
padabee From: padabee Date: October 14th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
*runs in a short circle* YES!! lol

Glad you enjoyed the movie, I'm looking forward to it now even more!
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ohh--I forgot something. I'll edit my post. It's worth a laugh. ;)

I'll scan as soon as I can.
padabee From: padabee Date: October 14th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

lol, we had that with KoH... the trailer right before the movie. And were wondering if we might be in the wrong room...
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL It's so weird! We didn't when I saw KoH. Strange. ;)
From: bohochic Date: October 14th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah I cant wait!! Im going to see it Sunday!! Im so glad you enjoyed it sweetie!!
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I LOVED it and will scan as soon as I can.
grey853 From: grey853 Date: October 14th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you had a great time. I'm so glad it was good for you.
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was GREAT!!! *hugs*
katlinn From: katlinn Date: October 14th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Guess where I'm sitting right this minute? I is in ETown! *waves* We are going to the 9 pm showing. *bounces* Can't wait!!
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Welcome to KY! LOL Hope you enjoy the movie and the rest of the area. *hugs*
tularia From: tularia Date: October 14th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nah... don't think I want to see those pictures...
*tumbling/ruffhousing/clawing ensues*
Who the F* are you and get away from my computer!
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL I kinda figured most people would want to see. I'm thinking I might wrangle the scanner from her for at least one picture. ;)
From: dancing4orlando Date: October 14th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Im going to see it Sunday.Guess what? Ebert and Robert gave it a one out of five,I was like,hello? Are you insaine?I havent seen it yet,But I know it will most defitly rock!

On question,any sex related ideas in the movie? My mom is going to watch it with me,and I just find it imberessing when a movie starts talking sex.So is it?
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Uh... we see Drew in a bed and Clair dressed and reaching for a shoe under the bed. Drew is still asleep and has no shirt on. Then there's a story Drew's mom (Susan Sarandon) tells about their neighbor getting a "boner". That's it.
From: dancing4orlando Date: October 15th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay.thanks so much!
araestel From: araestel Date: October 15th, 2005 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Sure thing! Enjoy!
nikitas_lair From: nikitas_lair Date: October 14th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where did you get that book? And hell yes post those scans! LOL!

I went to the forst showing too! And like you there were a lot of things that hit close to home. I really loved E-Town so much.

Oh, how could you forget to mention the scene where Claire takes the imaginary pic of Drew while he's sleeping the next morning....he was....you know how he was ;o)

Anyway, hopefully I'll see it again next week.

Take Care!
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I loved that too. ROWR!!!! Of coursse, if it were me, I'd still be in that damn bed! LOL
_sweetangel From: _sweetangel Date: October 14th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww sweetheart I cannot even begin to tell how happy I am you have enjoyed the movie. Not that I had any doubt! *smiles softly*

*hugs* I do not know if you read my journal, but I will repeat it here. I got your gift when I came back from the hospital. My Dad said it arrived on Tuesday. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart! The poster is the sweetest thing. *hugs* It is on my wall and I owe it to you. *more hugs*
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm days behind in my flist--I'll dive in later tonight.

I'm so glad you got it and you like it. *hugs*

How are you doing?
jasmineskie From: jasmineskie Date: October 14th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my... you, who saw the movie 45 minutes away from Elizabethtown got the commercial. We didn't get either commercial. :P That's funny.

And I totally agree with your review. I don't know what more people want out of Orlando, honestly.
araestel From: araestel Date: October 14th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
So bizarre about the commercial. LOL

I don't know what they want either. What--he's nice so they feel they can trash him? It's so wrong.
twofordinner From: twofordinner Date: October 16th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh I couldn't see it this weekend, but I'm seeing it on the upcoming!! I'm SO glad that you gave a good review.
I never listen to critics, they see so many movies, they must get bored and figure everything's not up to standard anymore. Just because they see a lot of movies, doesn't mean they understand them.
araestel From: araestel Date: October 16th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really did enjoy it--I've seen it twice now and plan to see it again soon. Maybe it's just because it's about home for me. But Orli did a great job and I actually *liked* the rest of the cast.

I hope you enjoy it too. *hugs*
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