Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
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Looper, Wallflower, Pitch, Hotel, Watch, Weenie, Oklahoma

Overdue, and lots of movies and a fair amount of life along the way.

Movies first:

"Looper" is a time travel thriller. The cast is good, the story is adequate (given that it is a time travel story). I can deal with stories is which time travel sets up the plot; stories in which the plot revolves around time travel tend to make me grind my teeth, and this one is no exception.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is coming of age story for misfits. Everything about it is first rate, and we enjoyed it a great deal.

"Pitch Perfect" is a come-from-behind sports movie about a capella choir. (?!?) It is incredibly fluffy, but pleasant enough.

"Hotel Transylvania" is an animated monster movie for eight-year-olds. It is not unwatchable, and the best thing Adam Sandler has done in a long while.

"End of Watch" is a found footage film about big city cops. It presents the reality of cop life pretty well, but it cheats on the found footage trope, and the story is ultimately fairly random. I don't regret seeing it, but that isn't exactly a recommendation.

"Frankenweenie" is an animated Tim Burton monster movie for twelve-year-olds, with a side order of shout-outs to the fans of classic horror films. It is entertaining, if you are in the mood for it.

So... On September 30 we made a pilgrimage to northern Indiana to socialize with some of Dementia's relatives. They are good people, and it was pleasant enough in an obligatory sort of way.

On Tuesday, October 2, I set out for Eufaula, OK, and "Sail Oklahoma", a rapidly evolving monster messabout. I spent Tuesday night in Cuba, MO, and arrived in Eufaula on Wednesday evening. The weather on Thursday was gorgeous, but I woke up with a bad cold and spent most of the day in bed. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we had record cold (low 50s), and I wandered in and out of various conversations. I spent most of my time talking to the people I knew best (Chuck L., Jim M, and John W.), with occasional forays into more unfamiliar territory. I had come for the boating, mostly, and it was too cold and windy for that-- I never got the boat off of the roof of the van. So I wandered around feeling alien and fraudulent; these people are BUILDERS, for the most part, and I am so very much not. I had planned to stay until Monday morning, but bailed out and left on Sunday. It was not an unpleasant experience, but the cost to value ratio was much lower than I would have hoped. To some extent, the event is already too big for me (and it is only in its third year).

Uncle Hyena
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