Wednesday, January 23

Ruminations While Freezing My Fundament Off in the Digital Lab

Welp. I'm back in the digital lab. Home, sweet home. But seriously, this place is beginning to feel like a black hole. I keep having to spend more and more time in here. I guess a paycheck is a paycheck though. The good news is that we got the world wide webs on all the computers, so now I can surf and blog to my heart's content.

I have been moderately to pretty depressed recently. I'm not really sure why. Actually I do know why, but I have the same things going on in my life that have been around since last summer, but they seem to be getting to me more than they used to for some reason. I having more trouble finding time to be happy than before. I'm a teeny bit more anti-social than normal, so, sorry about that guys. I'm doing my best, I promise. I feel kind of isolated I guess.

I did manage to get to see Cloverfield last weekend. Don't worry, no spoilers. A big group of us, like 18 people, went down to Lufkin to catch a midnight showing on Thursday. Well, that was the plan anyway. We got there and thought it was quite strange that there was no one else there lined up or anything. Also, there was no one in the booth selling tickets. The most disturbing thing was that there was not even the slightest mention of a showing on the marquee. So. We waited around for a bit. A little dillying, a tad more dallying, until we finally found an employee, who luckily was some sort of manager. He told us that they weren't showing it that night. Bummer. So we just kind of stood around for a bit. I mean, we drove all the way to Lufkin at like 11:30 in the PM so there wasn't anywhere we could go or something else we could do. But God, in His infinite wisdom and provision, softened the manager man's heart, and led him to charge us $5.50 a piece (which probably didn't quite make its way to the cash register) for a private screening!! Oh Heck Yes! Sadly our projector failed, so we had to sit in with the employees who were screening it, but we were privileged none the less.

The movie was way good. I loved it. There has been much talk about the ending, but it is very obvious from the beginning how it will turn out if you pay the slightest bit of attention to the opening credits. The shakiness is a little extreme, but you can focus just right where it doesn't really bother your stomach. Don't ask me how, I just did it. It has to be my favorite monster/disaster/survival movie ever. It's like how I wished all the other potentially good movies I've seen could have turned out. Good flick from start to finish. People who incessantly compare it to the Blair Witch Project... no duh!!! For real people, every movie that is shot with a handheld and involves running is going to reference BWP, why, oh why, do you focus on this rather than the many other fantastic parts of the movie. All this to say, If you see and and think it is stupid, then my friend, I think you are stupid. Seriously. That's how I feel. But we can still be friends.

On a serious note, I was very sad to hear about Heath Ledger. Surprisingly so. I think it is sad how we deify celebrities, and become obsessed with their every move. But actors (as much as I hate to admit it) contribute art to our culture, and in that way were are connected to them. Sure, we trivialize so much about them, but I think we actually do loose something when they die. I mean, of course we loose something every single time someone passes away, but when a part of our culture goes missing I think it somehow affects us all. Call me crazy. ("You're crazy!") It will definitely be a weird experience to see the new Batman movie... especially if the Joker dies in the end.

6 comments:

jenn said...

umm, I just noticed your pic for that fm thing. Freaking funny! I LOVE it! Sorry you're not feeling like yourself, I hate when I can't shake that feeling! Hope today's a great one! You should be pretty darn excited about chad and sarah's wedding and the fun that will be had! I know I sure am!!!

Elaine said...

d00d, you know what'll make you feel better? Coming to Knoxville and beating all my friends at poker. seriously. come visit me soon.

Teysha Faith said...

oh paul, i hope you feel better soon. this lonely weather doesn't help, i know ...and neither does that dark lab. i agree with you about the movie (although i'm a tad mad at you because i was going to write about our illicit screening but now that you've done it, i can't be original). i went expecting a cheesy, already-been-done-a-million-times suspense thriller but came out surprised at how interestingly different it was. wow.

jenn said...

Well, you're in luck!! Yes we can have lunch...but maybe an early dinner if you don't want to push it to get here that soon? Whatever...BUT, I sure am excited one of my fellow texans will be coming for a visit!!! :)

the photoSmith said...

HEY! update this thing...or else...

jenn said...

hey mister! I agree with kyle, update! Thanks!