A few days later than normal…
…but that’s okay. It’s important to give yourself permission to fail from time to time.
Part of the reason this is late (when compared to previous weeks where I usually post between Friday and Sunday) is that I’ve been in a bit of a bummer mood lately and feeling like “who cares if I saw…
…or what I thought of it?”
I don’t know that I have any significantly deeper thoughts or insights about the film that haven’t already been talked about or explored by other more interesting peeps on the internet or elsewhere, but I did find it to be terrific. I only knew a little bit about it going in, and this is a rare instance where I’m actually happy it wasn’t spoiled for me (I typically don’t mind spoilers).
Critics and normal folk seem to universally love Parasite, and for a Korean film to be as commercially successful as it seems to be Stateside…well that’s pretty awesome.
You Were Never Really Here
I read the Jonathan Ames novella last year and really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d give the movie a spin (I say spin, but I watched it via Amazon Prime Video, so I guess I gave it a stream).
The movie is pretty much almost precisely the book, and I’m not going to say that the book is better (it’s a little more fleshed out), but I will say that that I’m glad I read it first if only to really admire how nuanced Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is.
The book/movie follows a vet who’s made it his business to help find girls who’ve gone missing. The story gets violent as he’s tasked with finding a congressman’s daughter, and the plot thickens from there. Worth a read and, if you like it, worth a watch, but it’s definitely not for everyone.
Robert Pattinson does his best First-Generation Eastern European New Yorker impersonation, and it’s not bad! The movie itself, though, is a bit stressful, as an increasingly stupid series of fumbles are made after Rob and his mentally handicapped brother hold up a bank. His brother is caught shortly after the “heist,” and Rob’s character is terrible in his attempts to make things better. He gets there in the end, but the whole time I couldn’t stop thinking that he’s doing the opposite of what he should be doing.
Should you watch Good Time? Probably not. But maybe you’ll like it — I don’t know you or what you’re into!
Clearly I saw a few things last week, but I also started reading…
A People’s History of the United States
This has been on my To Read list for long enough. My sister bought me a copy of it for Christmas, so I’m finally going at it. I’m only about 10% in, but at the end of every chapter, I’m just like…”damn.”
Howard Zinn tells what I can only assume is a completely accurate, non-whitewashed history (his references and resources are deep and many) of this fucked up country of ours. (I cannot imagine that anyone outside of the U.S. is reading what I’m writing.) (Except maybe my friend Ethan who hails from Toronto.) (Hello, Ol’ Eth!)
Because it’s pretty heavy and dense, and to more easily digest what Zinn’s written, I’ve been reading something else between chapters. That something else is…
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
If Ann Leckie was right about loving Murderbot (I also loved Murderbot), then she can’t be wrong about calling Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers series “Great fun!” About 15% into the first in the series, I can say that so far she is not.
Long Way is the tale of a ship of hardworking space tunnelers who bring on a new executive admin to assist with paperwork. Where I’m at now, it seems the new girl has a dark past, and the captain of the ship is about to take on an intriguing new job that could prove to be more than the ragtag team is cut out for. The characters are fun and I’m ready for an exciting new adventure to bite into and rinse the lingering spice of Dune out of my mouth.
I’m not sure that any one thing has me bummed out lately. I’m eager to blame it on my fast-approaching birthday, but it could also just be mid-winter doldrums of everyday life, or maybe that I haven’t eaten enough ice cream which has caused a precipitous drop in my serotonin levels.
(I was about to say “And that’s it!,” but it was actually kind of a lot to’ve seen and read over the past nine days and I thought I should at least address the bumming I’ve been experiencing.) (Also, that’s some low-level Porky Pig B.S. to end a post on.)
Anyway, here’s to a better week for all of us.