So work deadlines have been looming this past week. Tomorrow is the final filing date for E-rate funding, so I’ve been neck deep in crossing t’s and dotting i’s, making sure Uncle Sam doesn’t come after me with a big stick because I didn’t report something just quite right. Fundamentally, I really appreciate the E-rate program, in that it enables schools the like the one I work at to integrate and acquire hardware and networking equipment that there is no way we could afford otherwise, or at the scale we need. On the other hand, I loathe paperwork. And yet my life the past few weeks has been paperwork.
I have become the thing I hate. *existential moment*
Okay, now that the moment has passed…
To survive this onslaught of tree slaughter, I’ve been heading out with the two other resident knuckleheads for some movie watching.
Both movies were good, but not great. John Carter trips over itself in some fundamental ways, and I personally had a hard time connecting with any of the characters or caring what happened. I actually found the character of John Carter far more interesting before he ever arrived at Barsoom. Woola was amusing, at least. You can truly see a bit of the Pixar magic shine through when it comes to the eager-to-please xenodog. Otherwise, it is competent sci-fi, with a storied pedigree… and for that reason alone I support it.
Arrietty also has an excellent pedigree, but I would say the more disappointing of the two movies. It truly felt like Studio Ghibli was restrained when making Arrietty, and the depth and amazing Japanese charm and craziness I have come to love about their movies just wasn’t there. I suppose that’s somewhat to be expected, given the already heavily adapted source material of The Borrowers, but I was hoping for something more. Don’t get me wrong, the animation and care taken into each scene is evident throughout. It is a truly beautiful movie. The most scathing criticism I can level at it, in all honesty, is that it felt “safe”. Maybe I’ve been spoiled lately by watching Mushi-shi. (Which I’ve now finished and highly recommend.)
What’s next? Well… Avengers is coming. That should be sufficiently crazy, and I’ve made promises to one of my former bosses that we’d go see it together. I am also strangely drawn to the Michael Bayesque trainwreck that will be Battleship. I’m not sure why, exactly.
More recently, 21 Jump Street has been receiving good buzz… but I’m just not convinced. Maybe if Johnny Depp has a cameo in it, I could be convinced to watch it.
At any rate, it should be an interesting year for movies. Which is great, because I’ll need something to stave off all this work.