So I’m well in to summer…I can’t believe some kids JUST finished with school. I’ve been out for almost a week! So I checked my grades today, and let’s just say I’m more than a little impressed with myself. 1.62, bitch! How did I do it? Well, if you lock yourself in your room for hours on end and don’t have a life all semester, then you’re on the right track. Some people, like Kistenmacher, try that approach but keep ending up with As in their classes. I know, it’s frustrating, but you’ll just have to keep trying harder. Remember that school is like golf, the lower the score the better. Right?
Anyway, I’m stoked about summer and I haven’t even done anything yet! I’ve cleaned my closet, organized my movies and hung up some posters. Still, I’m having a blast doing nothing. I’ve gotten into this awful habit of sleeping late, but I think I might be able to break it today. I had to wake up early to go to the oral surgeon (fun, I know) so I’m on a morning schedule. Whenever I’m up early I feel so productive, even if I do nothing but watch TV. As much as I love/worship/obsess over the wee hours of the morning, I always find myself doing nothing productive or remotely interesting during this period. Goal #1 for summer: try to join those crazy, peppy people that walk the earth before noon. This is the equivalent of me becoming a star athlete, but it’s worth a try.
I watched Elephant last night, and really liked it. Gus Van Saint does a great job of setting the scene by including many wide shots that don’t cut away often. The audience feels as if the schools is a huge place with many places to hide and enjoy yourself. The overlapping storylines were also very interesting. I loved seeing the ten minutes leading up to the shootings from every possible angle. Once the horrifying event begins, the camera becomes much tighter and fast-paced, like the action. Now, instead of long swooping shots, I felt very claustrophobic. The sound was also long and drawn out. You knew that the shooting was going to occur, but you never knew when or where. This created great suspense and unease in me while I was watching. I was relieved that Van Saint cut away from most of the violence. The movie wasn’t about scaring America, the actual Columbine tragedy was more than enough to accomplish that. Instead, the movie looked at these kids and why they were driven to kill. Most of it is subtle, such as their parents not expressing their love or being frustrated with people ignoring them. I think the scene where they were playing first person shooter video games was a little overdone, but other than that things were generally very good. It wasn’t the video games that made these boys the way they were, it was something much deeper. Still, the movie was a great look at how such an event would affect different people. I only wish he would’ve included more about the community reaction after the shootings ended. At 78 minutes, the film could’ve gone for much longer and still been captivating. – 7/10
I just walked up the stairs carrying laundry in my hands and my glass of water in my mouth. It was impressive, trust me. Now nobody is home, so I’m doing various chores that make me feel more productive. I think that’s my word for the day. Oh, so I just went downstairs to do the dishes and there was a snake in the pool. Scary, I know. I would’ve gone and killed it, but laziness kicked in. That, and cowardice. As far as “productivity” goes, it’s confined to the indoors.
So all my favorite shows are coming to an end. Project Greenlight and Scrubs are both over, and there’s two weeks left of Lost and one week of the O.C. That makes me sad, but Revenge of the Sith comes out tomorrow night so that makes everything better. Earlier in the week we watched the Original Trilogy on DVD in one day. We also watched parts of the infamous Star Wars Christmas Special (1978). Evidently it was made before Lucas knew there would be any sequels and is the dull shit-stain in the Star Wars universe. I’m talking worse than Jar Jar. Anyway, watching the originals was amazing. We didn’t get to the new movies, but I’ll probably watch them tonight. I don’t really hate them as much as everyone else, but they really don’t compare. I think that half of the stuff in the new movies is amazing, while the other half (mainly Anakin and any dialogue with him and Padme) is about as bad as it can get for a big-budget movie. Ex: light saber battle with Darth Maul: flippin’ sweet; Ani and Padme playing on the grassy hills in AotC: shoot me now. Still, I always get excited when a new movie comes out. The inner nerd explodes with excitement. Who am I kidding, the inner nerd is the outer person.
Enough about Star Wars. I don’t really know what else to talk about. I’ve spent most of the last week cleaning or watching TV. When I’m done with my room, hopefully it will be covered in pictures and posters. That’s what I’m going to get back to doing. I’ll update more frequently, I promise.