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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what a day…

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you’ve likely already heard about my minor odyssey this afternoon. If not…

My afternoon began with a trip to the eye doctor, which is not a thing I do on a regular basis, my sight being fantastic. But I figured it was time for a checkup — I hadn’t had one in years, and it never hurts to be on the safe side. I forgot, however, that part of an eye checkup is those horrible drops that dilate your pupils for hours. So I spent a frustrating couple of hours afterward unable to do anything useful: I couldn’t read, I couldn’t work (even though I had hauled my laptop with me) — I could only hope that I would be able to focus on something, anything, in time for my screening of Let Me In.

Which in fact seemed to be happening. I was almost at the theater and my eyesight was almost back to normal when I got a phone call from the publicist telling me that because of technical difficulties, the screening was being shifted to a multiplex 11 blocks south, and would be delayed for 15 minutes to give everyone time to get there. So I headed down that way, and settled in there. About 35 minutes after the original scheduled start time for the film, the publicist came in to the auditorium to let us know that while the original screening at the other multiplex was to have been a digital projection, here they needed to use a 35mm print… which was currently stuck in traffic, the streets being hellish thanks to the presence in town of President Obama for the UN General Assembly (which was, on its own, even before the President arrived, snarling traffic all over Midtown). The print had not yet arrived, and once it did arrive, it would be another 30 minutes while the projectionist set it up.
So I left, having already neglected my duties here for longer than I had anticipated I would. I’ll attend another screening of Let Me In next week.

Someday I will actually get ahead of myself, and have many posts set up and scheduled to run so that this site doesn’t go fallow for hours and hours if I happen to be away from the computer for any length of time. It takes doing double work for a little while — the stuff to post now plus the stuff to post later — but I hope this will happen very soon. It’ll be in conjunction with a redesign of the home page that I’ve been working on for a long time (you can peek at it here; it’s not quite finished yet, but almost).

Oh, and the eye doctor recommended that, even though my vision is great, I get a prescription to reduce eyestrain since I spend nearly every waking hour staring at a computer. So I’ll have myself some genuine brainy specs by sometime next week…



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