Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Fast, Nut, Frankenstein, Slave

Got roped into working seven days in a row this week, AND did my first sleep study in six years. Doesn't leave much life left.

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is still fluffy and dumb fun, 30 years after the fact. It made a good decompression movie.

"The Nut Job" is an animated talking animal movie, with a Korean producer. That pretty much says it all.

"I, Frankenstein" is GOOD. It has some conceptual problems (a lot of them, actually), but it is fun to watch, the cast is solid, and the story is engaging. And they make a point of acknowledging Mary Shelley.

"12 Years a Slave" is good, sort of. The performances are brilliant, but the direction is pompous and soporific, and the story feels fraudulent. The movie is true to the book, but I now strongly suspect the book was really a novel complied from life rather than a true story (though I don't doubt for a moment that the MAIN story is true; the financial incentives for selling free blacks into slavery were immense). This movie doesn't so much make you ashamed to be a white US citizen as it makes you ashamed to be human.

So... I spent last night wired to a computer, trying to sleep. It was NOT a pleasant experience; they have added new sensors (Now with added discomfort!) since my last study in 2008, and the result was no fun AT ALL.

Uncle Hyena
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