WHEN: 6:55PM EST, June 29th, 2012

WHERE: In my room in my apartment in Portland, ME (Alderaan)

FORMAT: DVD on a Phillips 20 something″ CRT TV


PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Tired, sore. Room hot and humid. Had just gotten off the bus from work.


-There is a guy sitting next to Rob in the high school flashback that a part of my mind always thinks is young Rob. Though now that I get a better look at him, I think maybe he looks a little bit more like Keanu Reeves.

This Guy.

-It just occurred to me that poor Rob doesn’t really have many people to talk to about his problems. His mom is no help. Dick offers, but that would probably just be awkward. Maybe that’s why he talks to the camera so much.


A couple of days ago, John Cusack turned 46 years old. John Cusack has been a very important part of my life this year, so I devoted some of this viewing to thinking about what a special person he is.

John Cusack really gives an excellent performance in this movie. During the film’s many flashbacks, it is never hard for me to suspend my disbelief, in regards to the ages he portrays.  This is particularly noteworthy for the high school scenes.  The man was in his mid-thirties when this was made, and the fact that he was able to effectively play a 17 or so year old? Excellent. Frankly, some of my frustration, watching this movie over and over again, may derive from the fact that, performance-wise, there is not much to complain about.

It is easy to re-watch something that has a lot of problems to pick apart. But when something is a well-made cohesive whole, where do you go? I know that this was John Cusack’s pet project, and good job, man.  The world is a better place for having this movie. I just wish I didn’t have to watch it 26 more times this year.

 Happy Belated Birthday, John Cusack.