Drifting, drifting inside... man, the highs and lows lately have been killers.
Where to start...
Watched A Serious Man last night. What an absolute waste of time. I kept waiting for it to get good, or at least have something to say. It was either WAY over my head, or it was an inside joke that the Coen Brothers decided to pull on the industry. With about 20 minutes left in the movie, the word USELESS formed in my head, and by the time the end credits rolled, it was set in stone. The movie was/is completely useless. Nominated for Best Picture? Yeah, I don't think so. I have now seen 6 of the 10 Best Picture nominees from March, and this one is a distant last place...
- Up in the Air
- Inglourious Basterds
- Hurt Locker
- A Serious Man
Haven't seen Precious, Blind Side, An Education or District 9 yet. When I do, my ranking list will be complete!
There have been a lot of Star Wars mash-up pics online lately - this one I saw today, and I have strong mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I take the Vietnam War Memorial very seriously, and anything that in any way makes light of it immediately gets my dander up. On the other hand, it can be said (with a loooong stretch) that all those stormtroopers that get pew-pewed to death in the Star Wars films were people, and thus were likely somebody's loved ones, in a galaxy far far away...
It also touches on the idea of who defines bad and good, as far as "good guys" and "bad guys". I'm sure in about every conflict, each side thinks they are the good (or at least justified) guys. World War 2 seemed such a black and white case of good versus evil... but I bet from the Axis' perspective, they didn't see themselves as evil, at least as far as the rank and file frontlines guys... I'm sure they all wished the war would end so they could go home, like everyone else.
I had an idea for a short piece of Fantasy fiction, whereby the same story is told from the perspective of the Hero and again from the perspective of the villain. I'm sure it's been done before, but I like the idea of each side believing he/she is in the right, and justified in his/her course of action, and portrays the actions of the other side as unreasonable (or evil, even...). There's a lot to play with there, I think...
All that to say, I saw the Star Wars pic up there and immediately had strong, conflicting feelings. It was funny, inappropriate, in bad taste, and moving, all at the same time. Weird.
On a completely unrelated note, check this out...
There's a teacher out there who attaches McDonald's applications to failed tests. Classic.
So Middle Daughter was given a netbook by my sister (her aunt Lisa) recently, and it has been the new toy in the house. Eldest Daughter made it known that she wished she could have one, so I took her out this afternoon to get her a new one as well. Now they both have one, and they are happy. Gone are the days of "Dad, can I get on your notebook computer for a while?" Now they both sit in different rooms and videochat with each other on Skype...
It's almost Eldest Daughter's birthday, so it was an early gift. She's turning 20. Dang. I'm old.
In honor of Robin Wright Penn's birthday on April 8, here is a scene from Princess Bride.
Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? Morons.
Heading for the finish line on Hawkwood's Voyage. It has enough strong elements to warrant a full read-through, I'd say. The author writes with confidence and competence, in spades. I'll have a review up soon. Then I'll get to decide what to read next!
Next from Netflix is The Invention of Lying and Duplicity. If either of them are any good, I'll let you know! Ah, such are the services I provide for my vast blog-reading audience! You are welcome!