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I saw Rebecca Jarvis on CBS This Morning yesterday, talking about why so many NFL players go bankrupt.  Warren Sapp has filed for bankruptcy.  Rebecca said that it was the lottery syndrome.  Gayle King and Erica Hill later interviewed Christie Brinkley, who evaded every question they asked her, as she shamelessly plugged her appearances in the musical “Chicago.”  Gayle mentioned the size of clothes she wears, but Erica didn’t, which must mean that she’s getting wider by the day.  I caught up with a couple other interviews I’d missed, with John Lithgow and Goldie Hawn.  John Lithgow gave the correct pronunciation of his name, which ends with GO.  I listened to three albums on Spotify: “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere,” “Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner,” and “Two Steps From the Blues.”  I read about Roger Ebert’s list of the ten all-time greatest movies.  He added “The Tree of Life” to his list.  I don’t think it’s as good as either “Badlands” or “Days of Heaven.”  I went over to Trader Joe’s to buy groceries, and I browsed through the record stores and bought a Meat Puppets CD, a used Playstation 2 game, and some vinyl records.  I went over to the theatre to see the Flashback Feature of the night, “Run Lola Run.”  It didn’t attract too many paying customers.  Only two old geezers were seated when I got there.  I started eating some popcorn, and I would nearly run out before the movie even began.  Justin threw out some trivia questions.  He said that he wasn’t able to book “The Maltese Falcon.”  The trailers he showed were for superhero movies.  There was a woman who sat to my left who kept talking to herself throughout the movie.  It was “Run Lola Run.”  Manni has lost a lot of cash on a subway train, and Lola has 20 minutes to run over to him and help him.  Even though it’s a very short film, it feels long because we have to sit through alternate versions of the story.  This doesn’t increase the suspense.  It just makes us impatient to get to the ending.  It’s not worth it to sit through all the details all over again, just to see the fate of the woman Lola runs into, or the guy on the bicycle, or the street person who found the cash.  The woman who played Lola must have run a thousand miles in the making of this movie.  I tried to see if the cars in the street were the same all three times, and if the extras in the background were the same.  There were two breaks in the action to get intimate moments between Lola and Manni, although by that point, I didn’t want to know anything about either of them.  I think we don’t really root for Manni because he can’t get out of the jam himself.  He isn’t much of a man, losing the money in the first place, and then crying about it over the phone to Lola.  He actually blames Lola for not showing up to pick him up on time.  She just happened to have her moped stolen to create this emergency.  This is still a time when people used phone booths.  They also used those cards to charge an account to make their calls.  It’s difficult to get actors who have charisma.  I didn’t find Lola particularly memorable as a character, except for her hair, and Manni didn’t make much of an impression.  In an old movie, the bank guard would have been some colorful character with a sense of humor.  That’s not the case here.  Of course, there’s not much time to develop personalities in this movie when you’ve got a young woman runs across town, and you’ve got only twenty minutes, like a time limit imposed on the whole story.  The problem is that the content is being jammed into this predetermined space, and it’s like the director is trying to fit jigsaw puzzle pieces that don’t go together.  I thought I detected some movie references in some of the shots.  The phone receiver falling through the air in slow motion recalled “2001: A Space Odyssey.  The can braking in front of the glass was like “What’s Up, Doc?”  There was a touch of Hitchcock, too.  What I liked best was the animation showing Lola running down the stairs.  When you see the structure of this movie, with the same story playing out three times, you have to wonder if it was a shortage of ideas for the script, or a way of saving money because they could get three shots from the same location and the same setups.  This movie doesn’t quite assault our senses, but the filmmaking is aggressive enough to wear us down pretty quickly.  The ending is quiet, which feels like a reward for watching all of the director’s indulgences, but it also feels like a letdown, because we were preparing for something big to happen.  It was only 10:34 when the movie ended, and I stepped outside onto the street.  The trailers started at 9:00, so this was one short movie.  I was glad it didn’t last too long.  How much more could anymore do to it?  It would have been better if the story had repeated only once, because twice was too much.  In fact, it would have been even better if the story hadn’t repeated at all.  I walked on home in time to catch the Twilight Zone episode called “A Piano in the House.”  A cruel man buys a player piano that brings out the hidden part of people’s personalities.  You can see how it’s going to end, but it’s still a very good episode, anyway.  It’s impressive what creative people can do with just one prop.  I fell asleep before I could watch Jimmy Kimmel’s This Week in Unnecessary Censorship, but I did hear Joe Biden refer to the famous quote of walking softly and carrying a big stick by saying, “I promise you the President has a big stick.”  Now that was some fodder for the comedians all across the country.  It was also very funny.  You would think that a politician like Biden, with a lot of experience speaking in front of people, would be more conscious of what he is saying.  Some of the notable people who died on April 27 are Ralph Waldo Emerson (1882), Edward R. Murrow (1965), Olivier Messiaen (1992), Al Hirt (1999), Mstislav Rostropovich (2007), and Yvette Vickers (2011).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind segment for April 27, Simon and Garfunkel released the single “Mrs. Robinson” in 1968.  In 1981, Ringo Starr married Barbara Bach, with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Harry Nilsson in attendance.  In 1990, Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly.  The marriage didn’t last.

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