Recap: 3 August 2009

I’ve been in a little bit of a funk the past week.  You know those gypsy winds in the movie Chocolat?  Well, I’ve been feeling them myself.  Mostly, it’s just that I’ve been feeling rather stagnant, despite my efforts to keep moving.  This isn’t all related to my writing, of course.  There are just a lot of areas in my life where I feel like I’m waiting for something to happen.  And it’s not like I’m sitting around wishing and hoping and not doing anything else.  I’m working — and working pretty hard, too, if I do say so myself.  And sometimes I wish I could be happy just being a normal worker bee, but I already know that, at least for now, I can’t.  And so I shake my fist at the sky and rail, “Why must I be saddled with this fate?”

And then I watch a movie like THE LIVES OF OTHERS, and I think to myself, “Honestly, what do I really have to complain about? Things could be a lot worse, and sometimes they will be, but that’s no excuse to squander your gifts.”  So this week I’ll start Edits Round Two on TDPU while I continue to tweak the outline for LAID. And hey, I might do a little prose to pass the time as well.  Keep going.  And on that note, let’s look at…

What I Watched

  • Orphan (2½ stars): Occasionally I get the desire to go see a silly horror movie, and it turned out my friend Sam also wanted to see this particular horror movie, so we went and watched it together, and we left unenthused but not angry (which is several steps above how I felt after seeing Prom Night.)  All in all, it wasn’t that bad as far as this type of movie goes.  Really, it was actually pretty solid until the last 10 or 15 minutes.  And even that I could have forgiven had it not been for the last line.  (Let’s just say, it is probably unwise to use a well-roasted line from another horror movie in any way other than as a joke.)  That being said, I thought the twist was interesting, and the actors actually did a very good job with the material they were given.  It a little gory in places, and it’s definitely got the creep factor.  And (because this is not common sense, judging by our fellow theatre-goers) please do NOT bring kids to this movie. Nightmares and therapy, folks: that’s what you have to look forward to.
  • The Adventures of Don Juan (3½ stars): My first Errol Flynn movie, and I was totally charmed.  This movie was really funny (mostly intentionally, though sometimes not).  Honestly, I’m not sure there’s much to say about this one.  It’s a fun, little swashbuckling, Save the Queen sort of movie.  And I like those sorts of movies.  And this is a pretty decent one.  So there you go.
  • (500) Days of Summer (5 stars): I loved this movie. Seriously. A lot. Please go see it, especially if you are in your 20s or 30s.
  • The Lives of Others (5 stars): This story (which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film) is set in the mid-1980s in East Germany, and it follows a writer, his actress girlfriend, and the man tasked with surveilling them for the Secret Police.  It’s a beautiful film in which everything — the performances, the themes, the emotional chords — is understated and honest.  Ulrich Mühe‘s performance both broke my heart and gave me hope.

What Else

  • I’m reading The Witch of Portobello, and really, really loving it.
  • I may have done something sort of crazy and started a cooking blog. I haven’t yet gotten my (mis)adventures from this weekend posted, but that should happen some time this evening.  You see, I like to cook, but I seem to rarely do it, so I figured tying it into writing somehow might motivate me a bit more.  So there you go.
  • It is Monday, and I am wearing a real shirt (not a T-shirt). Be amazed.
  • This week’s advice: At least one day this week, even if you feel too tired or not motivated or otherwise disinclined to work on that project you claim to love, work on it anyway. Just for a little while. Just so it still knows you love it.

That is all. Have a wonderful week.

4 thoughts on “Recap: 3 August 2009

    • Ha, your husband sure seems to disagree! I scolded him for being the sort of hipster who thinks no one else is cool enough to be as hipster as he is. 😉 But yeah, it’s going on my ever-growing list of favorites for the year.

  1. “The Lives of Others” … didn’t that movie just rip your heart in half? I’ve seen it three times now and every time it gets more powerful. The thing about that movie is that it is so subtle that it sneaks up on you. There’s no action, just this amazing performance by Ulrich Mühe (who in 2007 — what a loss to the film industry), and then this tragic yet hopeful ending. It’s the kind of movie that’s so rich I find new things in it every time I watch it.

    M. Carter at the Movies

    • I didn’t realize Mühe had passed away; that makes the end even more poignant somehow. I might end up having to purchase this one; it’s just such a brilliant, powerful piece of cinema.

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