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February 6th, 2007

04:25 pm: American Astronaut
The Netflix sleeve says this is a "surreal space-western musical" and I think that's a little overboard. It's definitely space opera (most of which is like westerns) and a musical, but it's also a quest movie. It's in black and white and the members of the Billy Naylor show take most of the parts and all the music. I think it was done for under $5K -- the model work is much like The Twilight Zone.

Samuel Curtis goes from asteroid to planet to planet, etc., trading up so he can make a fortune and retire in South America. His spaceship is a train engine and it flumps rather than lands. Sam is being chased by Professor Hess who wants to apologize to him and then kill him. In the meantime, Hess uses some kind of water-removing ray to kill everybody he comes into contact with. During the quest and the chase, we see the utter devastation of male-dominated space and the lovely elegance of female-dominated space. We also see Sam choose good over evil.

It's a quirky movie with great music. I liked it.

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04:30 pm: Home Today and Dream
No PetSmart today, I can barely move. Some of it is the weird positions for the test yesterday and then the grocery store excitement and some of it is the cold. It was down to 5F overnight -- the coldest night in recorded history here. I know some of y'all think of that as winter normal. I already had the trash-taking-out moved to Thursday and have moved PetSmart there, too. Tomorrow I have the EEG.

I'm sure the movie I watched last night made the setting for this dream -- on an asteroid where one person had gotten off and to Earth because of her art (face of Rain Pryor for some reason). She did collages in blues & greens. I was visiting there and found everybody else trying blue & green collages and I worked with them to expand their techniques, tools, and style because nobody else was going to get off with the same thing as Rain.

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