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    Just saw the movie "Mystic River" directed by Clint Eastwood. It doesn't have a lot of focus and drags (on and on); seems like the old gunslinger is losing his touch. Best to go out and watch something thought provoking like Texas Chainsaw Massacre or something or other instead.
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    Turman found a copy of The Graduate, and thought highly enough of the story that he made a movie he considered to be 90-percent faithful to the book.

    But Turman and director Mike Nichols made one key adaptation, changing the Braddocks from WASP-y blonde characters into a dark-haired, more ethnic-looking family.

    From NPR's Present at the Creation

    http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/graduate/

    http://www.norcalmovies.com/TheGraduate/tg11.jpg

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    What a coincidence. I went and saw it last night. I disagree with you, though, about the quality of the film. Writing, directing, acting were all excellent in my opinion. Clint Eastwood not only directed it, he produced it and wrote the music for it.
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    That is disappointing, Gladstone. I was looking forward to seeing that. It looks like it would be good. I like Sean Penn.

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    While the movie was a bit too long, this was its only fault and Sean Penn delivers the second best performance of his career. Mystic River is a movie that, like all great movies, can be watched on many different levels, and its themes of good and evil, of the methods by which different people live with evil and live with themselves reminds you of something out of Shakespeare. Next to "The Lord of the Rings" I'd say this is the best movie of the year thus far.

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    I suppose I have seen too many "psychological" films and have become a bit jaded, taking that into account I still did not particularly care for this film. What I did find most fascinating was the depiction of the Irishness of Boston at this time (that is the ethnic Irish neighborhoods, parties, and the wakes they showed) and finding that apparently Penn and Kevin Bacon were Irish ancestried. I thought that was all interesting.
    Turman found a copy of The Graduate, and thought highly enough of the story that he made a movie he considered to be 90-percent faithful to the book.

    But Turman and director Mike Nichols made one key adaptation, changing the Braddocks from WASP-y blonde characters into a dark-haired, more ethnic-looking family.

    From NPR's Present at the Creation

    http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/graduate/

    http://www.norcalmovies.com/TheGraduate/tg11.jpg

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    Our family's wakes go on for days and consume tons of alcohol and food. I thought that was just a silly charicature of Irish people... until I went to my first wake and saw it to be true. lol

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    We don't have real wakes anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scathach
    We don't have real wakes anymore
    Dang, you need to come here then. Best party I ever went to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigrun Christianson
    Our family's wakes go on for days and consume tons of alcohol and food. I thought that was just a silly charicature of Irish people... until I went to my first wake and saw it to be true. lol

    -Sig
    The movie also showed something that's probably an Americanized version of Irish house parties. These house parties which would mostly have the neighborhood folks and they'd go on for hours, people coming and going...lots of liquor. Who knows how much of that is Hollywood, but I had the impression it was trying to reflect accuracy, at least in the American Irish community. I always thought the idea of wakes was cool. It seems like a far more healthier (and accepting) way of dealing with death.
    Turman found a copy of The Graduate, and thought highly enough of the story that he made a movie he considered to be 90-percent faithful to the book.

    But Turman and director Mike Nichols made one key adaptation, changing the Braddocks from WASP-y blonde characters into a dark-haired, more ethnic-looking family.

    From NPR's Present at the Creation

    http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/graduate/

    http://www.norcalmovies.com/TheGraduate/tg11.jpg

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    The Body of an American

    ''The cadillac stood by the house
    And the yanks they were within
    And the tinker boys they hissed advice
    'Hot-wire her with a pin'
    Then we turned and shook as we had a look
    In the room where the dead men lay
    So big Jim Dwyer made his last trip
    To the home where his father's laid

    But fifteen minutes later
    We had our first taste of whiskey
    There was uncles giving lectures
    On ancient Irish history
    The men all started telling jokes
    And the women they got frisky
    At five o'clock in the evening
    Every bastard there was piskey

    Fare thee well going away
    There's nothing left to say
    Farewell to New York City boys
    To Boston and PA
    He took them out
    With a well-aimed clout
    He was often heard to say
    I'm a free born man of the USA

    He fought the champ in Pittsburgh
    And he slashed him to the ground
    He took on Tiny Tartanella
    And it only went one round
    He never had no time for reds
    For drink or dice or whores
    And he never threw a fight
    Unless the fight was right
    So they sent him to the war

    Fare the well gone away
    There's nothing left to say
    With a slainte Joe and Erin go
    My love's in Amerikay
    The calling of the rosary
    Spanish wine from far away
    I'm a free born man of the USA

    This morning on the harbour
    When I said goodbye to you
    I remember how I swore
    That I'd come back to you one day
    And as the sunset came to meet
    The evening on the hill
    I told you I'd always love you
    I always did and I always will

    Fare thee well gone away
    There's nothing left to say
    'cept to say adieu
    To your eyes as blue
    As the water in the bay
    And to big Jim Dwyer
    The man of wire
    Who was often heard to say
    I'm a free born man of the USA''


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