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Week 26 - Last Week

Last since I'm writing this on a Monday, and since I'm leaving tomorrow and might not post in a while. Leaving where? North! Up and away to the uncivilized wilds of until-just-about-a-hundred-years-ago uncolonized Norrbotten. I'll be spending a full two months there. Swimming in the waves. Sizzling in the sun. Shoveling dirt and swiping white paint on wooden walls. Doing all. It'll be a ball.

Last week was so hectic I didn't get around to posting the weekly post yesterday... though that's becoming a bad habit. I spent Saturday and the adjacent nights chasing lights (and days with blazing sights) with buddy Bear in Norrtälje, had my last day of work on Friday, my last day at my other work on Thursday, and before that... well, work. I thought I'd manage to clean up and pack as well along those long days, but time passed and as such all such tasks are left for this last-minute (and fortunately work-free) Monday.

Apart from posting a bit on the blog, my schedule for today is packed with packing bags and stacking rags and this and that. Sucking up droves of dust like bus-fed streets. Sending unsent receipts. Scraping the fridge for leftover meals to eat. Washing clothes from grease and watering plants with a sneeze to packing my bags and prepping everything for my leave tomorrow eve.

I'm not actually leaving until tomorrow afternoon, but I realized yesterday night that it's pretty hard to fall asleep knowing that you're leaving things undone when you don't know how much of said tasks you'll manage to do the next day. Better get as much as possible out of the way now, and if time is left I can review a few more movies. :) Or do some of those other things that I'd planned to do, but in these rushed times just didn't manage. Alas, there's always something left.

It's been a good stretch of days though; mostly good stress. I spent half of Monday waiting on a consignment and almost missed my working hours. On Tuesday a good buddy came around with a batch of strawberries and cream. Surefire sign of summer! I've been eating watermelon... and whatever else there is, scraps make for a wealth of dishes, but soon I'll be sizzling up North in the summer bliss with grounds rich on bits to pick for picnics. What is this? My last post for the week until my trip lifts. Until September's given: be right back. Instead of blogging - I'll be living.

This last week I posted another 12 movie reviews (though technically half of them are this week), 2 anime reviews, this and all that other stuff. and here's last week. I'll see you all whenever I see you; when public library visits allow! Hope you have an amazing summer.

Musicalish #125

One final double dose of good music before summer! Yeah.

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Super 8 (2011)

Super 8 (2011)

In a small town, a group of teenagers are working on a movie when one day a train crashes into a truck where they're filming. Their camera catches something they didn't expect to see, and the one driving the truck is one of their teachers, a Mr. Woodward, but who is he really? The train wrecks havoc upon the tracks as it crashes, but they all survive, and scramble away safely just as military personnel arrive on the scene to 'contain' the incident.

What starts as a movie project turns into something much more, and after the crash weird things start happening in their small town. When their roll of film is finally developed they begin seeing the bigger picture.

Super 8 is a common film format - a somewhat misleading movie title for those who don't know. There's nothing super about this movie, though it's spooky, and exciting, and there's a little teen romance too. Despite the thriller-setting it's a pretty feelgood movie, and in the end it turns out a bit like E.T., albeit a darker; different version of it.

As the credits roll we get to see that short movie the group managed to make during the course of the actual movie, too, and it's not bad. :)

This was a pretty exciting movie, with a build-up of adventure, suspense and relations. Special effects and props are top-notch. It's produced by Spielberg, and written by J.J. Abrams, so you know what to expect. Good watch. It gets a 4 not so much because of amazing choreography or script, but because there are really no flaws. It's not spectacular in any one area, but it doesn't disappoint in any one either. All in all, it's a compelling story well-filmed.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Batman V Superman - Dawn Of Justice (2016)

Batman V Superman - Dawn Of Justice (2016)

Yupp. It was just as awesome as I expected it to be! It picks up where the last Superman movie left off, but throws Batman in the mix, and Wonder Woman! And Lex, and Lois, and a beast. They're all getting together now; readying themselves for the great war to come, and all the while the people question Superman. What has he become to them? A God? And if so: is he a good god? Does he stand outside the laws us others have to abide by? What about all of those who lost their lives in the war he fought... in order to save the planet?

The media prints headlines, and he's a common topic. Just as in the first movie he's fighting himself, now not his origin - but his fame. Will he win the fight? Who knows. It ends with revelation, and tragedy, but hope... but either way, everyone can use a little help from time to time.

Though the special effects are out of this world, I'm starting to feel like the power levels are rising almost too high. With blastwaves so powerful it seems they'd easily incinerate the more human of superheroes (I'm thinking Batman here), it's becoming a bit unreal. It looks awesome. The pace is awesome. Everything's awesome, and yet, I wonder if the series will go like the old Spider-Man movies, and they'll go so far there'll be nowhere further to go, eventually having them fall back to basics again. I guess I'd better enjoy it as long as it lasts. It was a great watch, with plenty of story mixed in with the showdowns.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Synchronicity (2015)

Synchronicity (2015)

Synchronicity was a... pretty trippy movie! Time travel movies always manage that trippiness well, though this one didn't follow the traditional loop, where a guy goes back, and then back again to change the past, and then back again to change the past he just changed, and so forth... most time travel movies have a twist in some trivial action greatly altering the collective timeline, but this one had a twist outside of that.

There isn't much time travel going on here either; each jump is a a special moment, just like time travel should be. Looking at similar movies it's almost silly how easy they make time machines work. This one feels scientific, and somber, and cold. In a dystopian future where one large corporation seems to have a monopoly on... pretty much everything, a guy meets a girl, while working on a machine that's meant to build a wormhole through time, and gets into a dispute with his boss, and some interesting events unfold in the folds of time.

It all makes sense in the end! Until then it's a confusing trip, but full of details that make so much more sense when you reach the end. Focus on the details. Think about what they might mean. I wish I did when I watched this. I imagine it might've enriched the experience even further. I'd rather have a few "Oh, I knew that!"s than a whole array of "Aha, so that's what that was"s at the grand finale.

The mood in the movie feels a bit similar to Moon (2009). Though there is a group of people involved with this one, there are no superfluous characters at all. The cast is incredibly limited, even though the movie seems to take place in a normal world, in the center of civilization. Everyone has a role to play, and the soundtrack's ambient and mystifying, much like the one in the aforementioned movie. There are no loose ends, but plenty of revelations.

It's a great watch but... I feel like it's missing something. Like something could've easily changed my score a digit or more, but maybe I'm just getting pressured by the peers I watched it with into thinking it was all pretty dull - but they didn't see it till the end. In the end it's one masterfully mysterious, somber, sad script with inspiring intrigue and choices that change the course of not one time, but all.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Traded (2016)

Traded (2016)

Here's a Western about prostitution.

I've seen Western, and I've seen trafficking movies (daddy's girl getting kidnapped/tricked - daddy going on a vendetta), but I don't think I've ever seen the two concepts combined before.

It was good! Not as sexual as more modern movies of the sort, but considering the suggested timeframe (the 1800s) it feels like any more would be out of place. It does pack a punch though; plenty of emotion.

I wasn't sure I'd get into the pace, or the articulate act and dialog, which is all very subtle and... slow, but I did. In the end I enjoyed especially this change of pace and all traits of this time before ours. It was a pretty brutal movie too, in a laid-back, powerful, kind of way. Good watch.

 rated 3/5: not bad
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