How's your Leap Day shaping up, hmm? Here's hoping that you're taking this extra day in stride for that's precisely how our galactic overlord intended it ... it's a little 'something something' extra that you'll not see again for a few years.
Get it done, people. Get it done. Especially while you've got an extra day.
As I mentioned yesterday, I'm very very very busy with some extra curriculars this week, helping to prepare some extraordinarily talented high schoolers for an incredible competition this weekend. At this stage of the game, it's really all about fine tuning ... and anyone who has done a fair share of fine-tuning will tell you that it takes an extra bit of effort. In fact, fine-tuning is the kind of thing that uses probably the greatest amount of muscles -- physical and creative -- so it can be very taxing. As exhausted as I am from it, I just remind myself that they're working vastly harder than I am at all of this, so I'll happily persevere alongside them.
Still, I gotta be honest: because this is a day that comes along once in a Blue Moon, it has been an uphill struggle to get as many trivia citations as I'd love to have in there. In fact, I just hit 50 citations this morning, meaning it's taken the better part of ten freaking years to come up with 50 that I felt deserving on the appropriate inclusion ... and that's saying something. While I do have a few more in my archives, I'll likely spend the rest of my free time today hunting for a bit more. I always like to have items on tap for next year, and -- as you might imagine -- that, too, takes some extra digging. So after I finish this post, then I'm off ... until I have to race back to school later today.
Don't get me wrong. As a film -- one written and directed by William Peter Blatty (he of The Exorcist fame) -- it definitely veers into like-minded territory. But on the face of it Configuration is far more of a dark, dark, dark drama that dabbles with some scenes and ideas that encroach upon Horror themes. It ain't a scary picture, and yet it has a reasonably scary idea for those of us who appreciate genre efforts.
While I'll not go into the full synopsis, the basic premise of the flick that there's this distant kinda/sorta insanity asylum wherein the military's true 'most disturbed' go for care and treatment. The big and short of it is that there's a change in management at the same time that a new inmate or two are welcomed into the facility; and -- without spoiling it -- let's just say that they might've mixed up just who is who. That's all I'll say, mostly because I think it would be entirely unfair to spoil such a significant twist to its ending; but for of us who've seen and were watching closely might've questioned what was transpiring anyway.
Yes, yes, and yes: you can check out the full synopsis on IMDB.com or elsewhere, and they might give you a bit of extra fluff involving why this dabbles with Horror. My point in sidestepping that is I'm not entirely certain the Horror bits are strong enough to warrant the flick's inclusion as widely as it has been in the genre, but -- hey -- that's just my opinion. The Ninth Configuration is still a damn good picture -- one exceedingly well-scripted and performed -- and it gets a solid thumbs up from me. If you haven't seen it, then consider checking it out.
Just be forewarned: it's a bit ... different.
It was first released on this day back in 1980.
There's more ... again, not as much as I'd like ... but that's not going to deter me from encouraging each and every one of you from heading on over to that space and checking it out. I think you'll still be pleasantly surprised.
As always, thank you for reading ... thank you for sharing ... thank you for being a fan ... and live long and prosper!