Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Fault, Edge, Train, Signal, Words, Varnish, Rowing

I've had a few days off, and have been unusually ambitious. (Who am I and what have I done with myself?) Of course, there have been plenty of movies along the way.

"The Fault in Our Stars" is a teen death love story. It is not relentlessly dreary or stupid, and the stars are charming. Dementia enjoyed it, and I didn't regret seeing it, though I am mystified as to why a film set in Indianapolis was shot in Pittsburgh.

"The Edge of Tomorrow" is a the "Groundhog Day" plot set as near future alien invasion military science fiction. It works, mostly, though the ending is a pretty egregious cheat. We enjoyed it anyway.

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" is a worthy successor to the original. If you liked the first, you will like this one; I did in both cases.

"The Signal" is a science fiction mis-direction thriller, in which the main characters and the audience spend most of the film trying to figure out what is going on. It mostly works, mostly.

"Words and Pictures" is GREAT. It combines a love story with a discussion of the significance of art (in the broadest sense) in society, and manages to be entertaining and amusing along the way.

So, having put in one very long day on the yard last week, I proceeded to spend two days dismantling, cleaning, modifying, and varnishing various boat bits, and then actually getting the boat into the water on Tuesday. That's twice this year, which is already ahead of last year.

Uncle Hyena
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