The phone rings at 10:15 P.M. and it's Michael calling from Santa Fe. He has just left the cinema and knowing I love the talking pictures wants to tell me about the movie he has just seen. He thought I'd like it, too. He has obviously gotten into the movie as he is still carrying the accent that went with it. I claw my way into consciousness (having gone to bed a short while earlier and fallen into a deep sleep) while he proceeds to share, with a heavy accent (Finnish, I believe) the spell the movie had on him. I start giggling because that's what I do when I'm woken up in the middle of the night, which could be any time after I've fallen asleep as far as my brain is concerned. He riffs, I giggle, and that's how it goes. It's sorta like what I imagine talking to Jack Kerouac in the middle of the night would be like minus the alcohol: stream of consciousness on serious and not-so-serious subjects riddled with humorous takes on everything from the economic state of the country to the royal wedding.
These are the opinions that were formed during our exchange:
1. Cate Blanchett is a great actress and beautiful, too.
2. Living in a warehouse in Santa Fe is not the same as living in a warehouse in New York City, thus his procrastination in looking at a possible home/art studio in a warehouse on Agua Fria Street. Decision: don't live anywhere on Agua Fria.
3. America is an empire in decline.
4. Kate Middleton will probably not be wearing an empire waisted gown. Note: Michael is the only man I know who knows that it's not pronounced em-pire, but ahm-peer and he is definitely not gay.
5. Puppies are a handful, but we love them to bits. Michael and one of his wives once owned four Mastiffs. That's right. One of his wives. Four Mastiffs.
Not much else made sense, but it was fun anyway. The riffing and the giggling went on for about forty-five minutes and then it was, "Big hug," and, "Good night."
You know what I love about this? I have a friend who knows how much I love movies and will always love talking about them, who knows he can call anytime (even waking me up) and it will be okay, who knows I understand how nice it is to have someone with whom we can share our enthusiasm over something, anything, and all from 1500 miles away.
The movie he had just watched? "Hanna," with Cate, Saoirse Ronan, and Eric Bana, (in the middle of the night I said he was in the movie Zurich, which really was "Munich," and that's how that went). So, here's a link for the trailer. You might want to check it out. It's a spy thriller. It sounded and looks really good, I think.