Ahh nothing like a BRAND NEW link-up to get me over my blog slump. And by BRAND NEW, I mean “barely launched” because this shindig was just announced a few hours ago on The Better Blogger Network Blog. (So go do it!)
As my BBFFL (that’s Blog Best Friend For Life, btw) Amy told me, “everyone gets a blogging slump” but “you should try to keep your blog updated constantly.” And for that sign of tough love and many other things she’s really more my friend at this point. >> Just a little aside :).
If you must know, these three(?) weeks might be the longest I’ve ever gone without blogging, which is OK because it’s been way nice to dedicate my time to other kick-a$$ projects and ideas and not worry about what others might say about my not being in blogland.* I mean I’ve been known to have weeks‘ worth of posts scheduled way ahead of time (#foreal), so this not-blogging-thing-for-a-while thing feels a tad weird.
But given that I’m planning on blogging til I’m an old lady (hmm won’t my grandkids love that?), what’s the hurry?
*Amy did say it seemed as though I dropped off the face of the planet, though. Whoops :)!
But enough about this slump talk. Let’s get right on this link up, because priorities! This weekend’s prompt is…………………
What movie did you watch recently, and how was it? What movies was it similar to? What could have made it better?
We recently watched Argo and 12 Years A Slave. While I liked them both, my non-movie-expert brain does have a few opinions it’d like to share about each.
I actually had low hopes for Argo, a movie about the Iranian Hostage Crisis. I mean a Hollywood movie about Hollywood–or more specifically, about how great Hollywood is–seemed not just meta, but also a little conceited. However, I was mainly interested in the historical aspect behind it because frankly, aside from it being about Hollywood, hostages, and Iran, I didn’t know anything per se about the actual events. (What, at least I admit it!)
After watching it, though, holy cow was I pleasantly surprised! My fave part was the epilogue at the end, obviously, and how real pictures from the era were put up on screen to allow viewers to see how similar the movie versions were to them. I also loved how well the team was able to fool the Iranians and how the latter only found out when they couldn’t do anything about it. My dad had read stories and seen pictures of the time and even he was impressed at how accurately they had been represented and how much the sets resembled the real-life rooms from that era.
Lastly, thank you, Canada!
12 YEARS A SLAVE
See, unlike with Argo, I had higher expectations for this movie but somehow it felt a bit flat for me. HOWEVER, I get why it got an Oscar and I’m thankful American Hustle didn’t get any because that was a bad movie. In fact, thirty minutes in, we started wondering whether we should eject the DVD because maybe it wasn’t going to be so good. But we stuck it out for another thirty minutes to see if my high hopes would come true–and much to my dismay they did not.
The actors were great (though not Oscar great); the writing, the plot, and everything else were not.
But back to 12YAS: Idk if it’s because I had been sensitized to these stories of torture and/or injustice (thank you, Homeland, 24, Prison Break, and almost every other show out there), but the movie, while good and deep and tragic and hopeful, didn’t move me. Sure, I was appalled at the hypocrisy of the slave owners and at times even wanted to smack the guy portrayed by Paul Dano (from Ruby Sparks) because he was SUCH. A. JERK, but its ending wasn’t surprising or suspenseful. In fact, something told me Brad Pitt was the good guy and even after we thought that he probably would betray Solomon/Platt, when he didn’t, I thought, “Well, I knew he wouldn’t.”
Despite all of the above, of course, the epilogue told a beautiful story and I was happy to find out they all turned out (relatively) all right. Sometimes I’m amazed at what this country used to be like just <100 years ago.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT
I was overwhelmed by Argo (in a good way) but underwhelmed by 12 Years A Slave.
BTW: Now ^that^ movie’s perfect.
Although I could suggest changes, instead I’ll throw it back at you: Is there anything you’d change about either of those two movies–or any other you’ve watched recently?