Mine was looooong, which is my own fault because I decided to get up and go to work very early. Now I’m ready for every nap.
You just described 90% of my work days. 😢
I scared myself with yesterday’s comment about having seen none of the major Oscar nominees, so last night I watched Dunkirk and Get Out. Dunkirk was technically perfect but only intermittently engaged me fully. Maybe this is because I’m racist. About half the cast only looked to me like The Same White Boy In A Different Jam.
Haha no but seriously, here’s a comparison: I watched an epic war movie from the old-school tradition last week, A Bridge Too Far, which turned out to be awful. One way it was awful was that when you were supposed to think the men were being brave (though in fairness, they were more distinct as characters), the movie really walloped you with music to guarantee you could not make any mistake about the admiration you were supposed to feel. All these Stirring Anthemic Blares of Orchestra bearing down on your heart and trying to punch it into the exact right kind of beating. Oof. Lame. If Dunkirk, on the 2017 hand, even had a soundtrack except for a harrowing OMMMMMMMM sound as ships were sinking, I missed it. Also, Dunkirk did not go with vicious splatters of violence like Private Ryan to show the severity of what people were up against, or hunker down in unbroken grimness like Fury, but figured out its own path of straight showing you people in dire straits making tiny decisions scene by scene. It got very harrowing in that, and it felt determined but not overdetermined (if anything it felt a little too loose at points; if I did not know the strategic story from History I might have been a little lost as to what was going on, exactly, in Dunkirk, but that had to be a decision too, about what kind of experience the audience was to have, and an entirely reasonable one). Anyway it definitely deserves a Best Director nomination.
Then I saw Get Out, which is very good! If you are hesitating to see Get Out because horror freaks you out, hmm. It’s not in the same tier as Texas Chainsaw Massacre. More in the neighborhood of Silence of the Lambs, in terms of blending tension with smarts and character, though it’s a lot funnier than Silence of the Lambs. You will be very uncomfortable at points! But you can handle it. All its nominations are warranted.
After Get Out, I felt committed to the couch, so I started Pitch Dark, the Vin Diesel movie from before he became super famous. From 1998-ish. I never saw it before! I’m an hour through and gosh, it’s good! I suspect the rest will just be a bunch of stupid monster-fighting and not matter much, but the setup is excellent, anyway. If they were to give Oscars for Best First Hour, boom.
I’m going to check out that Vin Diesel movie! And I want to watch Dunkirk when I’m in the mood.
Last night I watched The Whole Truth (terrible title) with Keanu Reeves (hi Tracey!) I liked it. Kind of a murder-suspense-trial mystery. I didn’t recognize the woman who plays the mother until a close-up–it was Renee Zelwegger! She does not look the same.
Holla! I would not put The Whole Truth in the upper echelon of Keanu’s body of work, but it was certainly watchable and I think he has short hair in it, right? The movie has a twist a the end, which you should expect to see in most movies he’s dong these days – he doesn’t seem interested in doing a genre movie (romcom, courtroom drama, etc.) that doesn’t have something unexpected.
My day is busy, but the sun is out, and I’ll take that. I took a break to watch some of Nicholas Nickleby with lunch (even my day job I do mostly from home), which I can’t believe I’ve never seen. Dickens makes for fun movies.
I finally watched the newest Spider-Man movie last night (the one with Marrisa Tomei as Aunt May), and it was very good! Great cast, and they didn’t bore you by rehashing the origin story yet again.
Oh I watched it this weekend for the first time! It was good! I’m glad they kind of “yadda yadda’d” the origin story. That reveal at the end was killer! I like this Spider Man a lot better than destroyer of lives card shark Tobey Maguire.
Guys… I’m having a pretty tough time right now for reasons that are too boring to type out here. Just stress on top of stress and I’m in a place where I just hate everything and everything feels so impossibly difficult. Does anyone have funny gifs to share with me?
Not a gif, but this made my day yesterday:
Haha it’s cat curling!
Great cat. I’ll add a fox to the mix.
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