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It's Summer!

So I'll be away a couple months again. :)

Or... one and half this time, and then a week of work, and then back North again! And then back to work again, and then back North for just a weekend, and maybe another one later on down September. I'll check in whenever I can to chronicle whatever adverse adventures this session of (hopefully sunny) days provide, though probably not often. I hear the computer I usually chronicle these chronicles on won't be available this summer: the public library in Överkalix is getting a facelift. The computers too. I'll make up for it next year.

Oh well, it's time to fight this addiction once again; settle into new routines, and savor every second of the sunshine we get.

Have a good one y'all!

Week 27, 2017

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Musicalish #202

Just a little something to hold on to! New (and good) music. Yeah.

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The Infiltrator (2016)

The Infiltrator (2016)

Here's a pretty serious movie, and a true movie, about a U.S. Customs official uncovering a money-laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

That Customs official was Robert Mazur, and he wrote a book about it too, which then became this movie. Bryan Cranston plays him, and Diane Kruger and Benjamin Bratt the two other most notable... and then that other guy I've seen in so many movies but can never recall the name of.

It's a dramatic movie, with charismatic actors, and it probably does the true story more than justice. Of course, there are differences between the movie and the reality, but reading up on them it feels like they hit pretty close to home still, and don't glorify it too much. I'm happy Roberto Alacaino in particular is portrayed in a more positive light, and in the end I'm as sad as the main character seems to be to see him be put in cuffs.

What a fascinating story it was, and filmed well, with vehicles and clothes and styles all reminiscent of old and better times (even the drugs they had back then were at least organic).

Here's some actual news footage of the actual bust, way back in the day, though for lack of spoiler you might want to watch the movie first.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Boss Baby (2017)

The Boss Baby (2017)

At a first glance I thought this would be a feelbad movie a la Despicable Me, but... they turn it around, and the main character's an impressively good main character! So optimistic even when he's depressed. So imaginative. So kind. You never get the impression he's just spoiled. Well, rarely ever. Maybe you do at first impressions, but it's good it's there a while or you really wouldn't like how the movie starts out.

The story's one of a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby, [that] pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co, but it takes a while before they really start getting along.

The creative imagination at the beginning is probably a big hint, but I didn't get it then. I took the movie visually, and the great thing about it is that you can take it both ways. It's made to be that way, and as the characters grow on you, and go on their entertaining but serious adventure you keep getting surprised by the creative angles, changes in style, and perception, and the overall so very light tone of humor, even when they're in a real pickle jar.

They even managed to fit in the triangle is the strongest shape in nature in a way you won't ever forget it. Illuminati or no, that was pretty awesome! Awesome because it's a fact that correlates to design, and uneven numbers, and is much-forgotten in the flat designs of modern responsive web... but that's probably something most people don't get the same awe from. Maybe it'll affect people subconsciously and the 3.0 web trend will start changing hmm...

But this movie was lovely, and what the world needs now, is love sweet love. Great watch. Refreshingly creative, and different, and familiar all the same. For all ages.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

3:10 To Yuma (1957)

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

The old, original version of 3:10 To Yuma was just that: old. At least that's what I thought first, but the more it goes on... the more you start to live into it.

It doesn't matter that it's black and white. It's good. It's exiting. The characters may walk and talk strange, and act slowly because that was just the way to act back then if you wanted to act tough, but even if they seem a bit strange to me I miss those times. Everything was so simple. So personal. The characters confident and honest - or dishonest, but always true to their nature, and the hats were so classy. Their dialog had an air of refreshing naivety to them, too, before the world was cruel and crazy. Though still... kind of crazy. Cruel too, come to think of it - it's the wild west after all. Yet at the same time it feels right. Grounded. It's a time where life is hard work, but simple choices. Like it should be lived - whichever side of the law you choose.

I don't recall how the new version ended (which means it was probably worse), but I liked the ending in this one. I was really expecting a bit more gunfire and havoc, but it went well. The music lifts the mood. Sometimes the setting's almost like that of a horror story, and in one scene indoors - with the thunder crackling outside, it almost seems like... well, think Dracula or Frankenstein.

When they're outside, in the dusty wilds, those impressions fade away though and make way for a great and gritty Western, with a bit more philosophical approach than most. Feels like a classic.

 rated 3/5: not bad
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