I really should pay attention more. I just found out (like, right now) that I have Monday off. I thought I had to work. Thankfully, I found out now and not on Monday at 9am when the door is locked.

I’m about halfway through the documentary A Decade Under The Influence and I’m totally captivated. It’s a three hour documentary which explores the newly found freedom of filmmakers in the 1970’s. It’s not just Coppola and Scorsese, either – it’s a detailed piece of work, featuring interviews with many directors and producers – good interviews – and clips from movies both famous and the lesser-known. I can’t recommend this more. Released in partnership with the Independant Film Channel (another great entity in its own right), this is one of very few DVD’s that I might consider buying.

While we’re on the topic of movies, it was with great amazement that Stephanie and I watched Winged Migration a few nights ago. This documentary is unique in that there are probably three sentences spoken in the whole film. Basically, this work of art, and I don’t use that term loosely, somehow manages to document a variety of different birds as they migrate. The absolutely stunning part of this film is that you literally feel like you’re flying right next to these birds. I don’t know how they did it, but it’s as if they tied a camera to another bird’s head – that’s how close the camera gets. How did they do it? I don’t know. Just incredible.

Song now playing: The Autumn Defense – “Iowa City”