03 October 2003

This morning a production crew in front of my building was filming a scene from New York Minute, an upcoming direct-to-video epic starring the Olsen twins. I was quite eager for my first glimpse of Olsenhood, but, unfortunately, when they yelled "Action" all I saw was a heavily pancaked stunt double riding a bicycle. On the whole, everyone on set seemed pretty stressed and tired. I was reminded of William Goldman's observation that your first day on a film set will be the most exciting day of your life, and the most boring day of your life will be all of the days that follow.

The plot synopsis for New York Minute is actually quite intriguing. Here's what imdb.com says about it:
Over a 24 hour period, 17-year-old sisters Jane and Roxy Ryan, adversaries who begrudgingly journey together from their Long Island home to New York, where overachiever Jane is due to deliver a speech to qualify for a prestigious college scholarship abroad. Meanwhile, laid-back punk rock rebel Roxy hopes to get backstage at an underground music video shoot for punk pop band Simple Plan so that she can slip her demo tape to the group. However, Roxy and Jane's plans go awry when a mix-up involving Jane's day planner lands them in the middle of a shady black-market transaction. Pursued by an overzealous truant officer (Eugene Levy) and accused of kidnapping a dog belonging to a senator, the Ryan's must find a way to work together to thwart the forces threatening to jeopardize Jane's college dreams and ship Roxy off to a convent school.

Why isn't my life more like this?

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