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February 9th, 2006


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12:42 am - I ain't here to make a rekkid, ya dumb cracka
Watching Walk The Line this evening, and the intensity of some of the early concert scenes struck me as about as as the "She Loves You" sequence from A Hard Day's Night. Big music, a big crush of emotion, and you end the scene happy as a clam.

And that's a good thing.

Speaking of scenes in films that are just happy...

THE RIVER

White robes stream down the hill, out of the woods, and down the
riverbank. The voices swell in a great chorus:

VOICES
We went down to the river one day,
Studying about that good old way,
And who shall wear that robe and crown,
Oh Lord, show us the way...

We are booming down to reveal a minister in the foreground. He stands
belly-deep in the river, easing a white-robed man back-down into the
water. Behind him a line of robed singers lengthens steadily as people
stream out of the woods.

Pete, Delmar and Everett emerge from the woods and gaze down at the
river. White-robed people continue to drift past them.

EVERETT
I guess hard times flush the chumps.
Everybody's lookin' for answers, and
there's always -

Delmar wades out into the stream, cutting in line.

Where the hell's he goin'?

Delmar has reached the minister and holds his nose as the minister
incantates over him and lowers him into the water.

PETE
Well, I'll be a sonofabitch. Delmar's
been saved!

EVERETT
Pete, don't be ignorant -

Delmar is slogging back through the water.

DELMAR
Well that's it boys, I been redeemed!
The preacher warshed away all my sins
and transgressions. It's the straight-
and-narrow from here on out and heaven
everlasting's my reward!

EVERETT
Delmar what the hell are you talking
about? - We got bigger fish to fry -

DELMAR
Preacher said my sins are warshed away,
including that Piggly Wiggly I knocked
over in Yazoo!

EVERETT
I thought you said you were innocent a
those charges.

DELMAR
Well I was lyin' - and I'm proud to say
that that sin's been warshed away too!
Neither God nor man's got nothin' on me
now! Come on in, boys, the water's fine!

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From:stopword
Date:February 9th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
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My favorite line "Well, ain't it a small world, spiritually speaking. Pete and Delmar just been baptized and saved. I guess I'm the only one that remains unaffiliated."
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From:phonemonkey
Date:February 9th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
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I liked that bit too, but my favourite line was "Well I was lyin' - and I'm proud to say that that sin's been warshed away too!"
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
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The delivery is what makes that line key. Delmar's the happiest man in the world right then and there.
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From:phonemonkey
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
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That's true. It's the little pause after he says 'lying' when his face brightens up that really does it for me.
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From:chanaleh
Date:February 9th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
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For the record, I still have to see this movie. :-}
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From:lexinatrix
Date:February 9th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
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What about Miller's Crossing? That definitely my favorite Coen Brothers film.
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
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I don't want Fop, dammit, I'm a Dapper Dan man!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)

Keith

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What the hell does "struck me as about as as" mean?
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Keith

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I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T WRITE THESE THINGS
From:lno
Date:February 9th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Yesterday I actually heard someone say "I'm not one to be telling tales out of school." The only other time in my entire life I heard that phrase was in O Brother.

I say, wtf.

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