Round-Up: Movies, Writing, and Musings

Things that I know:

  • It snowed today. Which means that on top of the BLIZZARD we got last weekend, there is an additional two inches of snow on the ground. I LIVE IN UNENDING WINTER.
  • The amount of heart-shaped York Peppermint Patties I ate today numbers close to double digits.
  • Writing, when it comes, does not usually come easy.
  • There is no way I am going to be able to watch all ten films nominated for Best Picture by next Sunday.

I spent most of today stuffing chocolate into my mouth, working on a story, trying to revise another story (failing), watching New Girl, and reading Best American Non-required Reading 2011. Not necessarily in that order. I also may have fallen asleep at one point.

On the movie front, I watched both Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained in the last three days, two films that could not be more different. Though you could argue that both are technically love stories.

Silver Linings Playbook was a cute movie. I’m not sure it necessarily deserved to be nominated for Best Picture, but I had a really good time watching it. It was one of those movies I went to alone and it filled me with the feels. Also, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper being sarcastic, attractive, and dancing together? What is not to love? Also, Jennifer Lawrence did give a pretty stunning performance.

Django Unchained was a crazy movie. Like, dear god, what the hell did I just see-crazy? That is all I could think throughout most of the film. It was really good, unlike any movie I have ever watched. It had some really beautiful shots (just in terms of picturesque scenery), and the acting was phenomenal. Christoph Waltz was ridiculously impressive. That character must have been written for him. It was such an eccentric, bizarre, yet endearing personage in Dr. Schultz. And of course Jamie Foxx was brilliant. To say the violence was over the top would probably be something of an understatement. There were moments when I physically had to avert my eyes because I just couldn’t watch. It wasn’t necessarily the graphic nature of the violence that caused me to turn away, but rather the sheer inhumanity of it. Regardless, it was a powerful and compelling movie. It is also one that I am glad I didn’t go see alone.

I would like to see all the nominees for Best Picture, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. In the mean time, I am going to try to keep writing on a semi-regular basis and work!

Until next time I would like to leave you all with this:

xx

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