I was so beat from my long day yesterday that I spent most of today in bed. When I finally did drag my ass outta it, I did nothing productive. What a life! I did watch a coupla movies from the queue, so here are my reviews:
American Sniper: Intense, heavy-duty, sometimes smile-inducing but oft tear-inducing Oscar-winning picture about the real story of a real hero in the Iraq war epic. I didn't know, going into it, that it was another "based on true events" flick. I wondered, without that knowledge, whether Bradley Cooper is truly from Texas, because his portrayal seemed 100% legit. He really bulked up for the role, and once I knew it was about a real person (at the very end), it all came together. Fine performances; brutal story; not particularly gratuitous depictions of the real violence of war. Pretty great story-telling, but it did seem to run on for a little too long (I knew it was Clint Eastwood produced, but I don't think it was CE-directed; still, I think it could have used maybe a 15- to 20-minute short-ening). Recommended, if you're looking for a war movie. Not recommended if you want a happy ending.
The Fault in Our Stars: Thankfully, this is not a Nicholas Sparks flick (I mean, seriously, why do the studios keep buying his dreck and then producing it?). That said, this movie does induce ugly crying, but not like when I watched Room. The ugly crying for Room was deep sobbing of relief and joy; not so much for this one. This is just flat-out a weeper, but not until you get to that point. Until that point, it feels like a realistic portrayal of a teenage girl who is going to die of her cancer, and until she does, she just lives the life she's got. A better performance by Laura Dern as her mother (versus the one in 99 Homes), as well as really enjoyable storytelling all around. I wished the dad had had a larger part, honestly. Nice "both sides of the coin" cameo by Willem DaFoe. Recommended, if you need a good weep. Not recommended if you want a traditional "rom-com".
Three Good Things:
- Caught up on my sleep
- Submitted for some work
- Watched a coupla movies!
- Talked/Sang to Veronica (it's been quite a long while)
- Coughed my fool head off but I'm breathing okay right now
- Will likely make it to bed at a reasonable hour tonight