Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Horse, Tinker, Walk

I have no idea what happened to Monday.

Sunday we saw a movie, Tuesday we saw a movie, Wednesday I walked the mall, we saw the chiropractor, and I slept. But I have no idea what happened to Monday.

"War Horse" is beautiful. It is also sappy, saccharine, and kind of brain damaged. We expected it to me silly an sentimental, but it pushed silly and sentimental to the point of vulgarity. There is ONE really good scene (it involves wire cutters), and as I said, it is BEAUTIFUL. But that doesn't pay the freight on an effort to play the audience's heartstrings with a pair of vice grip pliers and a sledge hammer.

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is based on a highly regarded and well known spy thriller. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone associated with the production had read the novel, and no one bothered to check that the film was comprehensible to someone who did not already know the plot going it. The production is so busy being subtle and clever in its storytelling that it is EXHAUSTING to watch, and the payoffs, when they do come, are vague and unsatisfying.

On Wednesday I got up early and did my first mall walk of the year, the usual two laps for three miles. I turned in my second best time, and my BEST single length split, ever. Of course, the idea of talking about covering 3/4 mile in 13 minutes flat as a "personal best" is absurd (at one time I could do two miles in 12:30 reliably) but that was then, and this is now.

Uncle Hyena
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