Tuesday, January 19, 2010

School, blech.

School starts in earnest tomorrow. That means two days a week I have to actually be ready to teach by 8:00 AM. I know, I know, normal people have to be at work that early all the time. But I think grad school more than makes up for the easy schedule with its crippling depression. Not that I've had to deal with that lately--had a pretty good last couple weeks hanging out with all sorts of friends. Also watched Gran Torino (A-), Brodre (Brothers) (B; Haven't seen the remake yet, most critics think the original is better. Great acting but low production value), Fantastic Mr. Fox (C; I don't like much Wes Anderson), Elephant Man (B+), The Road (C), On the Waterfront (A if you ignore the history/politics), Deathproof (A; just a great action movie), and Duplicity (C+ I can't believe they tried for any serious emotion in this movie, it could have been great if they just went for 100% Ocean's 11-style sexy wit), with one more on tap right now.

4 comments:

  1. you make me sick with your "i have to be to work at 8am 2 days a week." I worked the shortest day of my month today (10 hours) and haven't been to work later than 6:30. Talk about depressing.

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  2. Curious why a C for "The Road".

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  3. Perhaps it's because I'd read the book relatively recently (that tends to make me less impressed with movies--also just happened with The Reader). I also dislike most child acting, so I never got attached to the kid, and thus there was nothing to the father/son relationship, and thus there were basically no relations or characters to get attached to. (But I don't blame that all on child acting, I think in general it just felt cursory without developing either suspense or the characters.)

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  4. Fair enough. Loved the book--think I was riding the crest of that wave so much that I quite enjoyed the movie as well (watched it a couple of days after I finished the book). At any rate, thanks for your thoughts.

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