Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
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Miserables, Promised, Chainsaw, Coca-Cola

There's a day missing in there, somewhere. Don't know what happened to it.

In the meantime, movies:

"Les Miserables" is a movie based on a stage show based on a book. In chronological order, the book is pretentious and depressing, and I don't like it at all, and I knew that before I got to the theater. The stage show has an insipid score, and reduces all of the characters except Jean Valjean to paper dolls, but I didn't know that before I got to the theater, and would have stayed away if I had. But given those facts, the movie is a fairly average translation of a stage show to the screen. Sacha Baron Cohen is always a mistake, of course, and Russell Crowe does his best impression of being a tenor, but never gets there. The much touted "live performance" technique added nothing but muddy lyrics as far as I could tell.

"Promised Land" is a misguided green movie with high production values and a good cast that is VERY watchable, but wrongheaded. In a world where legitimate environment issues are EVERYWHERE, it is frustrating to see this much effort put into a non-issue.

"Texas Chainsaw 3D" is a brain-damaged slasher movie. It has two selling points: It takes a third path ending, and the star (Alexandra Daddario) melts my brain. I saw it twice, because a brain damaged slasher with a brain melting star was pretty much exactly what I needed to see this week.

One of the things Dementia got me for Yule was an audio version of Tom Standage's "A History of the World in 6 Glasses", which traces the effect that various beverages (beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola) have had on the shape of culture and politics. It's fun, if a bit thin, and I have been enjoying it. But yesterday... I have been kind of strung out, lately, and hearing a lecture on the history of Coca-Cola is... HARD. I haven't had any since June, 27, and don't expect that I will have any this year and WANT ALL THE TIME. It's just... hard.

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