I got five on it. [Friday Fives]
Here’s something new I’m going to try on Friday’s. Five things:
I saw eight of the nine Oscar nominated movies. I made it about twenty minutes into 12 Years a Slave and I couldn’t handle it. I can take violence in movies. I have watched some messed up stuff. This I couldn’t handle. All it took was to show a kid being somewhat mistreated on the screen and I was done. From what I saw, it was a great movie and likely deserved the Academy Award however I couldn’t handle it.
A really great movie that did not get nominated for anything is Short Term 12. It is about a residential treatment facility for children and the staff there. Brie Larson is amazing. She should have been up for an award. Everyone should see this movie.
Continuing in the movie vein, last night I saw The Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki’s latest, with Jana. Now, here’s some things before I talk about it: a) the movie started at 9pm on a weeknight. b) they recently installed a bar at the AMC theatre at the mall. So, I fell asleep for like 20 minutes during the movie. The thing is, the movie is SO QUIET. There were stretches of no dialog, no score, nothing but nature sounds. That is some peaceful shit man. Who can blame me? I had a couple of beefs with the movie also. One, there was no real indicators as to passage of time. Sometimes I got lost (haing nothing to do with falling asleep) because I didn’t know what time period we were talking about. Two, I felt the guy was too devoted to his work and not his (SPOILER:) dying wife. She had tuberculosis and you SMOKE IN THE SAME ROOM! Different cultures, different times. I liked it a little better after having some time, distance, and reading the wikipedia article to fill in some gaps. Not Miyazaki’s best.
SPORTS! Manchester City won the League Cup (Capital One League Cup if you want to be specific) 3-1 over Sunderland on Sunday. There were some AMAZING goals scored in this game. Like this one from Yaya Toure. Sometimes, there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. Love that guy.
Tomorrow Brendan and I brave the wilds of downtown Austin during SXSW to see a live Harmontown. It’s Dan Harmon’s, of Community fame, podcast that he does with a few of his friends. Brendan has listened to all the episodes three times now. There was a documentary filmed of Harmon’s cross country tour last year and it is premiering at SXSW. I really wish I could somehow wriggle my way into the screening but it’s only open to festival attendees only. Insert sad trombone.