I did not forget to post this year! But I am late posting... I was planning to have this up yesterday, when suddenly contact forms on my sister's business site stopped working, and I realized the service I use for both hers and my own was down, and probably wouldn't be back up for some time - it's been badly maintained for a long time now - so I started looking for new alternatives, and the night grew late, and I was in the middle of a movie so after that...
Anyway, I baked my own semlor this year. Mom contributed the paste. They turned out great.
Even better than last year... I think? Not sure. Last year was good too. Definitely better than the year prior... I think? The first one there was pretty good too, recent years have been pretty on point really, when did I last have a bad semla...
On with traditions anyhow! And did you know Mardi Gras is actually French for Fat Tuesday?! We're celebrating the same thing! In very different ways. With very different cakes. And very different levels of... existence spiff and craze.
Anyways, Happy (slightly belated only in posting) Fat Tuesday y'all.
Good day. Had a leftover one today too.
This one finna have a lot in store for sure! Peep last New Year post here.
I read through it again just now, as I tend to do when the fireworks start cackling and the current session of life and times starts coming to a close... think my grammar's getting a bit Theo Von-like. Been listening to a bunch of his podcasts lately. If you're ever in need of motivation or a quick mood change you'd best tune in. This Past Weekend.
Blogs like this? They may be becoming dated, but I'll keep going anyway, for myself or for others, whichever take precedence here.
Busy times precede this year... I sped up in the blogging department last year. The archive page count jumped thirty-two pages, which is a 33% increase! More than the previous year. And more than the year before that, and before that... all the way back to 2016. No doubt thanks in large part to the ongoing challenge of putting out one movie review per day.
Thirty-two pages is an extra 192 posts, which makes up for... almost exactly the surplus of reviews I've posted this year compared to the previous - give or take a few. So without extra reviews, it seems I'm keeping the pace almost exactly the same. Slightly slower than it was before but... with reviews included way way more! Next year? It'll amount a bit for sure.
I have plans. And leftovers...
Movie reviews may still account for a large part of those numbers - though I plan to watch less movies overall.
We're also closing in on two million words on the blog, which seems a pretty cool accomplishment. To give you an idea of the scale: A full book's generally in the range between 70,000 and 120,000 words.
Y'all have posted more than twice that in comments alone. 2-4 full-on books in CDB commentary.
In the real world? The wars rage since last... old and new.
I read about a pit of fire called the Devil's Door in Turkmenistan. It seems pretty cool - Yes Theory have the best travel vlogs/documentary-type-video-things if you want to learn more about that candid country.
The news is full of darkness, but if you want a speck of light delve there, or to Vsauce and his tale of the man who wanted to kill us all, or Çenet's crazy but informative trips to for example the hottest desert in the world, that's literally covered in scorched black sand... I'm not linking to any of these videos because I've been spending waaay too much time on YT again, and I need to stop! And I'd better not lead you down the same path as I've gone!! But there's so much good content out there!!!
When the mainstream media's bleak and dystopian, know there are plenty of better sources for both sight-seeing and science out there, so don't succumb to that angst and apathy, go search. Or better yet go live! Take a trip yourself. Take the train preferably. Or take a walk. It's cost-effective, though potentially a bit more co2 emission-heavy if you're in bad shape.
Anyway just get out there. I'm planning to do that a lot more too.
There's a lot of bad juju out there in the world right now but... never mind that today. This is the optimism post. I don't live in a dream world, and I don't live in a bubble, but right now doesn't seem like the right time to delve into these things, I did that plenty last year. Those same issues still persist, and escalate no less, yes...
I've had no cold this Christmas at least - and not for some time now! *knock on wood* The design gig's in it's final phase and I have no time to get one now either - though my nephew did - he just kicked the fever. We're headed into a final optimization phase next next week.
Maybe there'll be time for a meditation trip after that.
So far I do have a one-day one booked to Motala - random Swedish city I've yet to be in. And Dublin in March, Åre in April, and good buddy Andreas is coming over next weekend... 2024's shaping up nicely so far.
I started this and my resolution post in good time today, but as always I'm finishing it up as the fireworks start streaking across the sky, typing frantically, late to the party - good thing it's just my parents - but we shall cheer in a moment and air in the New Year... and I shall hit the publish button here right after.
We have cider and chocolate and a sense of hope and anticipation that somehow keeps coming back to us even in these darker times as soon as the loud noises kick in, the sulfur aroma sifts through the air, and the bleak upper expanse of darkness lights up with radiant plumes of green and blue, burning red, and silver and gold in a confetti-like sparkle...
This life's not so bad after all y'all. The lights feel like community.
2024! Let's make it true indeed.
You can find that recent resolutions post here.
Happy New Year!
Supernatural horror, based on the eponymous online phenomenon, a ritual conducted in an elevator, in which players attempt to travel to another dimension using a set of rules that can be found online.
Contortionists have becoming a thing huh? All scary movies use the same song and dance now - though admittedly it's a little scarier with this one!
They found a good elevator, they found a good cast, they have the story, they have the atmosphere, they have a catchy outro song after it's all over too - which I REALLY appreciate when it is. But the shock value's just... overplayed. I don't see horror movies the same way these days. When the threat is TOO perceptible it ruins the scare for me. Ghosts aren't real. Except when they are. Except when they really aren't there...
I love the play with lights, the humming, the numbers, the slow build, the red world. But then it just speeds up and loses me. Why they gotta do a good movie like that. This could've been... friggin' amazing.
It still is pretty solid horror.
The effects are good too.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle
Another patriotic American movie. Narrative a la Al Pacino, and politics... was what I thought initially.
It was a thorough one though - and narrated by John Cusack more than Al. Which might give you some hints about how things'd turn out in the movie.
It starts with a murder, and you think it's just a starting point, not as central a piece of the plot as it turns out to be. The corruption runs deep though. As do the feelings. The intrigue. The hazards and gambles of a government job - but also the glamor and high-talking that leads it all along...
I'm really not into politics in real life, but it's fascinating how captivated this movie kept me. The dialog, the characters... it's in the way they interact, and in what they say, more than what actually happens - even though there certainly is a lot of scandal and corruption a brewing too, in what starts with a seemingly simple murder case.
They speak so political I don't understand half of what they're saying, but I do love the way they say it. And I wonder what happened to the mayor, as well as the widow wife...
So there are certain loose ends, but it's an impressive movie, and glimpse into City Hall N.Y.
Maybe the most realistic one they'll ever let you see.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle
Was reminded of this movie recently, and for some reason felt I had to see it again...
It's a post-apocalyptic science fiction Korean film based on the book French climate fiction graphic novel Le Transperceneige, by Jacques Lob.
I'd like to read that book.
I didn't remember if it was horror or action - I recalled the insect scene strongly, but little else. I do remember it being sci-fi, and dystopian, a post-apocalyptic movie where the remnants of humankind being stuck on a nuclear-driven train...
Turns out it's way more action than horror. It's never horror. There's discomfort, and action, and philosophy, and love. Little else.
Everything goes in cycles. Even in the logo. The proper, sustainable balance... is a hallmark of the film. And what irony it is that in the end the chaotic nature of humanity derails it all. But then even, there is hope...
Chris Evans - who I thought was Scott Eastwood initially - is the main protagonist.
Tilda Swinton's there too, and Ed Harris, for a whole.
You might also recognize Song Kang-ho, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Ko Asung, Alison Pill, the bald guy with the clear eyes, probably some others...
It really is a good movie. And the premise even more so than the film. It's about way more than the apocalypse. It's about the world. It's about us.
The special effects however didn't age greatly, but everything else...
rated 4/5: fo shizzle