It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like…. Autumn
Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s a chilly autumn day here in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, with gray skies and temperatures in the 50s (Fahrenheit)/10s (Celsius). I don’t watch local news on TV much, but from what I see on my PC’s Weather app, a cold front – the first of the season – passed through here in the early morning hours. It was dark when I woke up a bit after 8 AM, and it’s still dark now, and I would not be surprised if it stays cool today, even though the skies will clear up and the sun will come out in the afternoon.
The change in the weather is a reminder that 2022 is nearing its end and that the winter holiday season is nigh. Pretty soon I will have to start my holiday shopping; I must buy gifts for at least six persons this year, and if I don’t want to get sticker shock in December or January when I get my credit card bill, I should spread the expenses between October, November, and December rather than overspend either in November or December.
A Quick and Dirty Post
This is going to be a brief post because once again – you guessed it – I had another horrible sleepless night and went to sleep sometime between 3 and 4 AM and woke up, as I mentioned earlier, after 8 AM. I know it was after 8 because not only did I turn my PC on at 8:20 AM (when I was greeted by a stunning Playboy photo of Maitland Ward that I use as my computer’s lock screen “wallpaper”), but my café con leche was still warm and waiting for me on the kitchenette table. The Caregiver’s master bedroom/home office door, which I pass on my way to and from the kitchen/family room area, was closed, so that was my second visual cue that it was past 8.
Last night I watched – or tried to watch – Emmanuelle, a 1974 French erotic film that was one of the few X-rated films released in the early to mid-1970s by a major U.S. studio (Columbia Pictures in this case). At the time, Emmanuelle – which starred the late Dutch actor-model Sylvia Kristel and launched a trilogy that included Emmanuelle 2: Joys of a Woman and Goodbye, Emmanuelle) – was controversial because it featured softcore porn aimed at a mainstream audience, including quite a few lesbian scenes and a simulated near-rape sequence. It was also France’s most popular movie at the time and was shown continuously in a Paris theater (specifically, the Paris Triomphe Cinema) from December 3, 1974 to February 6, 1985. (It was – and probably still is – popular with women, a fact that Columbia Pictures cited when the question of why the studio was distributing Emmanuelle in the U.S. The logic seems to be, “If women like it, it’s not porn.”)
I should have watched Emmanuelle early in the evening and not at 2 in the morning; I might have enjoyed it more had I not gotten drowsy halfway through it. For a movie with an original MPAA rating of X, Emmanuelle is rather tame, even though it does have a lot of nudity in it. The sex is mostly simulated, especially the guy-on-girl scenes, but compared to the stuff I’ve seen on adult websites, Emmanuelle would be more likely to be rated R instead of NC-17, which is the Motion Picture Association’s substitute for its obsolete X rating, which is now exclusively used by the porn industry and is no longer used by the MPA.
Emmanuelle, unlike your garden variety porn flick, has an actual plot and lots of dialogue, so it’s more of a “real movie” than say, Jenna Jameson’s Baby Doll. I’ll have to watch it at a more realistic time to see what that plot is, but trust me, there is one.
Heading to La-La Land (Records) Again….and Going All ‘Jurassic’….
Speaking of last night and entertainment-related stuff, I decided to treat myself to another one of those limited edition “complete score” albums of John Williams music from La-La Land Records. This time around I bought JURASSIC PARK: LIMITED EDITION (2-CD SET), which presents Maestro Williams’ complete score for Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster adaptation of Michael Crichton’s eponymous novel about ethically challenged scientists who clone dinosaurs from fossilized DNA for an eccentric billionaire’s theme park on a remote island off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.
La-La Land Records, Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Geffen Records present JURASSIC PARK, a limited 2-CD re-issue presentation of maestro John Williams’(JAWS, STAR WARS, SCHINDLER’S LIST) original motion picture scores to the 1993 blockbuster JURASSIC PARK starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum and directed by Steven Spielberg. Williams’ monumental JURASSIC PARK score teems with thematic orchestral wonder and is celebrated as one of the composer’s most accomplished works. Produced, edited and mastered by Mike Matessino, (with fresh outputs of the 192k/24 bit master files utilized in our 2016 collection) this re-issue utilizes that material to re-create the original 1993 soundtrack album. This is featured on Disc 2 and is followed by the source music track “Stalling Around” (the composer’s homage to classic Warner Bros. cartoon music for Jurassic’s “Mr. DNA” sequence). Disc 1 showcases the entire main Score Presentation, which now includes, for the first time, the performances and mixes of “Journey To the Island” and “Dennis Steals The Embryo” as heard in the film. The 28-page CD booklet features liner notes by Matessino (adapted from our 2016 collection) and the new art design is by Jim Titus. This is a limited edition of 5000 Units.
If I had money to burn, I would have bought La-La Land’s larger, and therefore more expensive four-disc set with Williams’ scores for both Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Alas, I don’t, so I chose the Jurassic Park 2-CD set instead.
So Long and Thanks for All the Fish….
Ugh. I’m tired, Dear Reader. And the cooler weather is making me sleepy, so I’ll wrap this post up here. I need to go take a shower, shave, and get into street clothes. Heck, I might even go out for a walk later since it’s going to be nice outside. So, until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.
 I did – on a break from writing this blog post – start my Christmas shopping by ordering two gift cards (one for the Caregiver’s daughter, the other for the daughter’s boyfriend). This makes the past 24 hours one of the most active for online shopping, but I’d rather get this stuff done sooner rather than later.