Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Public Enemies" Review Fail, Impending Home Ownership News

I tried not long ago to write a post about Michael Mann's "Public Enemies," but I couldn't stay awake long enough to write more than a few cogent sentences about that movie. It was well-done but slow. And if you thought Depp's Wonka was a tough nut to crack, Depp's Dillinger is even more impenetrable. He loves his girlfriend (Marion Coutillard) at first sight and, well, that's, kinda it. That's his character. So I guess I'm not going to write about that movie. Sorry Michael Mann. I know you were checking the blog everyday to find out what I thought of your movie, but I can't give you more than what I wrote.

Two interesting things I discovered about Michael Mann while gathering some info for my failed "Public Enemies" post:

1.) Public Enemies is only Michael Mann's 10th feature film. Feels like he's done more, doesn't it?
2.) Early in his career, Mann directed "The Keep," a very cool horror movie from 1983. I had no idea. Now Mann and I are buds forever.

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In other news, the wife and I are very close to purchasing our first home. The inspection happened on Friday and only very minor issues were discovered. Some electrical outlets don't work, stuff like that. We sent our request for fixes this morning and the seller's already agreed to repair those few things, so we're on our way.

If all goes well, we'll close on the 23rd of this month, and, with luck, move right out of our apartment and into the house. Which would be quite something as we only put an offer on it 6 days ago.

The house is a green, sturdy beast sitting on a corner lot way back in an established neighborhood. Twenty-two years old, it has a good-sized front porch, a high-ish deck out back, and a pleasing copse of shade trees clustered near the front steps. If (knock wood) all goes to plan, we'll be the proud owners of a house in Kennesaw, Georgia. It's a good house and we're pretty excited about it.

So if there's a drought of posts in the next few weeks, it won't be because I'm super lazy, which is usually why there's a drought of posts, but because we'll be getting up out of our apartment and into a house. The Inanities will limp on!

17 comments:

Gretchen said...

Congrats on the house.

duolith said...

Stop reviewing these movie things and start reviewing serialized television!

Moorhead said...

Yes, big ups on the corner lot. Send photos...

Harwell said...

That's good news - I assume this means Peggy's job will keep her in Atlanta for a while? And just out of curiosity how far is your house from the ATL?

Harwell said...

Oh and by the way, Moorhead and his wife had a BABY. Stop trying to trump them...

blankfist said...

Yo, Crane, your house ready to get BIRFED?

See what I did there? I included Moorhead's baby in with the house purchase. That's good news from both of you.

JudgeHolden said...

Thanks y'all.

Yeah, it seems Peg's job will keep us here in Atlanta for a while now. So now we'll sock our rent money into a house instead of giving it away to an apartment complex that seems quite happy to see us -- quiet, paying-on-time tenants that we are -- move right the hell out.

Brief rant time. Rent everywhere is down during the recession. But rather than negotiate our rent downward and keep us as tenants, they're actually raising it. The rate we paid when we moved in back in '07, already kinda too high, and then add a little more. That's what we had to pay to stay. Price for a new tenant moving into our apartment? $150 less. We called and checked.

But this place is going downhill anyway, and this house is great, so it's all working out.

And our new house is about 25 miles from Atlanta, so not too far.

Yes, and congrats again to Mr Moorhead and family on the addition of young Mr. Harper to the world.

And, Duolith, one of these days I want to put up a review of True Blood. I've been watching season one of that and it's really fun.

Gretchen said...

Crane has written more blogs this month than Harwell. Twice as many, even.

Matt Gorden said...

"public enemies" takes no time to set up any exposition about the character, his surrounding characters, or why he was so well loved within the era. It just plugs along with no rhyme or reason. I didn't like it too much but don't think the acting was too bad either!

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