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Saturday, November 11th, 2017
1:54 am - Medical hijinx
I will talk it all out here, in one place, because I have not been good at keeping friends in the loop.

Cut for nattering about medical stuff, like old people seem inclined to do.Collapse )

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Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
10:29 pm - Unpopular Opinions
I am still not entirely comfortable with "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" in sexual harassment situations.

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Monday, October 16th, 2017
8:08 pm - Coyote Cinema: Bladerunner 2049
This is, no argument, a beautifully shot movie. It's dustier/hazier than the original, but of course they spend a lot of time heading out to the desert. There were lots of reflections from the original, but I couldn't tell if they had any thematic consequence or if they were just easter eggs. ("Nice dog. Is it real?" "Why don't you ask him?") And at the end of the film, nothing seems to really have changed. The viewer has caught up on the secret, but aside from the people (and AIs) who died, everybody seems pretty much in the same place they started from.

I expect to get some push back on this view, and am looking forward to it. I'd love for this movie to be more than bioluminescent sea foam frothily floating across the screen for three hours.

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Saturday, October 14th, 2017
1:53 am - Today's Troubles
And every time trump takes a sledgehammer swing to the ACA, bravely defending us from not dying and maybe Obama getting a scrap of credit from it, my stomach knots a little tighter and anxiety ratchets up another notch. And I think what the hell is going to happen to me next year? Especially if he manages to take out Medicare on his way through. But wondering about it, worrying about it, won't change anything. Do you know who your representatives are? Better yet, do they know who you are?

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Friday, September 1st, 2017
5:39 pm - Coyote Cinema: The Hitman's Bodyguard
(For Larry) It's like Midnight Run if they'd both had romantic subplots and Charles Grodin had been played by Samuel L Jackson. Also oddly like Nice Guys without the mystery. I'm not sure why two Americans are this deeply embedded in a film that takes place in Europe. It was amusing and entertaining, but not so much as to be taxing. Three wags.

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Saturday, August 5th, 2017
7:05 pm - Atomic Blonde
Hey, Larry! I found a copy of the Atomic Blonde soundtrack on YouTube. It's ninety minutes long, so it's probably not the commercial release. It's not precisely "120 Minutes Greatest Hits" but I think you know where it's coming from. You already own most of it, but I think you'd dig it. Covers do not fare well here. There's Marilyn Manson cover of "Stigmata" where he's screaming his heart out doing his best Uncle Alien impression. It's.... certainly not good by any stretch of the imagination, but it was fun to have heard once. Somebody I've never heard of covered "Blue Monday" and... at least it wasn't Orgy. The score bits they included were nice, but nothing really to write home about. They censored "Fight the Power" so I went on a profanity laden rant as your proxy. I think they were chastened. The really confusing bit is that Blondie's "Atomic" isn't on here. I wonder if it's in the film.

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Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
12:33 am - Coyote Cinema: The Girl with All the Gifts
It's a zombie movie, and it contains many of the familiar tropes (and one or two yelling at the screen bonehead moves), but it comes with a chewy twist involving children. The film starts out tense and ratchets up from there, with plenty of quiet spoops to sink into. This movie is hard choice after hard choice, spiraling in to a death of a thousand cuts until we slam head first into the bonfire of the climax. The ending was unexpected and perfect at the same time. Representation check: three of our main roles are women, and two are persons of color. It's entirely possible that some of them were gay. And the Bechdel test was cleared in the first scene.

Four wags, with a box of lemon Oreos.

People who have seen the movie or perhaps read the book: Why does Melanie eat grub worms? She doesn't seem surprised to find them in her bowl. Do all the second gens eat bugs? Do they like bugs, or is this to keep them from getting accustomed to meat, or something else entirely?

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Thursday, July 27th, 2017
7:58 pm - Coyote Cinema: Valerian
Quick and dirty: pretty, but not pretty enough to make up for its failings. This is not a bad movie, but despite the wealth of action scenes it still feels listless. Our leads have no romantic chemistry, and the story does not feel compelling. For me, Luc Besson has been trading on the credit from La Femme Nikita, Transporter, and of course Leon, for a long time. But the aliens were nice and alien-y, the Great Market was pretty great, and honestly the dance sequence on Paradise Alley made up for about half the price of the ticket.

Two wags, but definitely for in the cinema or at home on your 124" screen.

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Sunday, July 16th, 2017
9:54 pm - Coyote Cinema: Baby Driver
I went in knowing the director did Scott Pilgrim and that it was an 'untraditional heist film'. It met my expectations. This is one of those 'good man driven to bad situations' plots that I love, complete with brief glimpses of what could be if only he could escape his bonds. For pretty much the entire second half of the film, Baby is in peril, and the directing keeps that afloat. I got caught up in the characters, and I properly hated the bad guy. Props, btw, to Kevin Spacey for showing up to work in this project. I was really worried they were going to fuck up the ending, but I was very satisfied with what I got.

I found it very hard to keep my car under the speed limit as I drove home. IT DID NOT HELP that THIS is what came up on the iPod when I started it up.

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7:35 am - Symbolism in Life
Take this as you will, in your personal theory of the metaphysical relating to the physical or avatars or ritual or totems or whatever your personal theories involve, but since I got my new tattoo I've been a lot more interested in sex.

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Monday, July 10th, 2017
12:11 am - On the Road
O'Hare takes on a completely different character on Sunday evening. Nobody's turbo race-walking through the terminal. There's room to go around people. There was room at the urinal corral when I stopped in to pee. I had time to chat with the folks at the lunch stand where I bought a Coke, and they gave me a free glass of ice since the Coke wasn't very cold. (They were fake-complimenting my nail enamel in Spanish, but I pretended they were serious and thanked them and told them how much I liked this color with my skin. Mia, it's the bottle you gave me.)

It's remarkably nice to get off the bus and know you're a block away from someplace you're welcomed and feel like you belong, and there's a key waiting so you can go in and decompress and cool down from the muggy warm trip. Dexter volunteered to be my surrogate Ichabod, and offered to sprawl on the floor so I could pet him and give him skritches. We had a group phone call with Rose's mum, which just accented that it's nice to be here.

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Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
12:29 pm


This is what I did with my weekend.

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Sunday, June 18th, 2017
4:02 pm - Happy Fathers' Day
I still have a non-traditional relationship with my family.

I miss my dad, but no more than I did when he was alive. It'd be nice to talk to him, but we never have a lot to say. He was always supportive, but it's telling that one day when he was bearing his testimony he said that I was 'the son he was the most like and the son he understood the least'. I took home a few of his shirts, largely because the family was insistent that I take *something* as a memento. I'd never seen him wear these shirts--it had been 20 years since I saw my parents on a regular basis--so they aren't things that directly remind me of him. But they're still a little comforting to wear.

In the end, the important thing is that he raised me well, and a lot of who I am today is because of him. Charitable. Considerate. Friendly. Kind. Thoughtful. He didn't make a promise he couldn't keep. He recognized the importance of a good joke, even in a serious situation. He knew it was important to be able to see things from the other side.

And I do miss him.

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Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
3:48 pm - Coyote Cinema: Train to Busan
When I heard people talk about this, I was a bit uncertain. I thought I had recently seen a Korean horror/thriller that took place on a train, but all I could remember were bits from Snowpiercer. And I think I might have seen the first part of it or something, because the baseball team looked familiar. But it was a good watch this time through too. It strikes a lot of the traditional 'zombie movie' beats, with the innocent but ominous opening, the 'alarmed news reports' slowly filtering in through the train television, and then our first infection. They threw an additional bit in there with a character actor I recognized as 'guy who plays the crazy old man' but from there on in there was a lot of tension followed by explodey action and oh so brief moments to catch your breath. We had a few 'people who want to survive get really ugly' moments, and containing most of the film to the linearly-designed set of a train really cranked up the suspense. The ending was a little disappointing, not because I wanted a TPK ending but because how they chose to get there made sense within the metaphor of the story but as an actual plan it was pretty dumb.
Four wags, with caramel M&Ms.

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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
9:07 pm - Kedara Spaceport
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
5:14 pm - Coyote Cinema: Steven Universe
Now that I'm through the first season, I think I'm ready to talk about it. I was initially pretty dubious about a show with ten minute episodes. But it's kind of like a snow storm, where one flake after another does eventually build to something impressive. Steven is 'home schooled' so a lot of my "wait what wait go back" moments he smiles and nods because that's what normal is. It took about thirty episodes for me to decide I was in for the long haul, and forty to make me cry.

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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
12:40 am - Not much to share
I've been pretty head down for a while, and I expect that won't change dramatically soon. Dealing with moving, trying to get back into equilibrium with my meds, passive-aggressively trading snide comments with my body. You know, the usual. If I generate something exciting (Aside from GotGV2--that was exciting!) I'll let you know.

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Saturday, May 13th, 2017
12:58 am - Coyote Cinema: Zootopia
This was so much better than it had any right to be. Somehow I missed the theatrical release--it may have got caught up in the publicity for 'Sing' or something else animated that looked mediocre--but we had guests tonight who corrected that. This is another Disney effort with a lot of inside jokes, and some really gut-punchy jokes about races and relations. I didn't expect the plot to deliver much because curse of low expectations on animated kids movies, but the story was really good. Plus Idris Elba shouting.

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Saturday, April 29th, 2017
10:32 pm - Coyote Cinema: Get Out
I was a victim of my own high expectations on this one--it had been built up as an Event, and it turned out to be a pretty good thriller. It's definitely a Jordan Peele project, and I laughed. It's well put together, and they only lean on one jump scare, although its placement is odd. I'd say it's a better made movie than Keanu, although it may not have as much re-watch value.
Three wags, with a fancy recliner seat so it's like watching at home in the living room.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2017
10:06 pm - Coyote Cinema: Your Name
The summary on the internet I saw would have made a great rom-com. Two high school kids, a boy and a girl, switch bodies from time to time. And I think that plays through about the first half of the film, when suddenly things get a lot more serious. Like 500 people dead serious. And I was distinctly unsure where they were going, but just relax and trust the weird mysticism that you get when you drink sake made from chewed up rice and spit. A lot of the time, you won't know exactly what's going on, and that's okay.

As one of my fellow movie goers said, they're not afraid to lean into the awkwardness of this situation, but it's never in a mean or exploitative way. It's just one of those shows where your little sister says "You really like your boobs." I was taken in by these characters, and I wanted these two to make it work, and the several times when they were *almost* there made it ache a little. This isn't one of those movies where something stupid happens that five seconds of conversation between two rational adults would have cleared things up. There are good, strong reasons they keep pushing apart. And since it was a Japanese movie, there's not that guarantee that they're going to get together in the end. I won't say whether they did or not, but the ending was satisfying for me.

Four wags, with cheese popcorn.

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