Well, I had an eventful uneventful weekend. Know what I mean?
Nothing really happened, but a lot happened. For one thing, I’ve been fighting headaches all weekend long. Literally. Saturday was LOML’s birthday, and while we couldn’t do much, I ended up passing out in a drug-induced coma in the afternoon and slept until the early morning. I slept again a few hours later. Those damned sinusitis headaches kill me, and as I write this, I have another one coming on (though most of Sunday was okay). I don’t have health insurance and I don’t have money so there’s no way to fight a sinus infection if I have one. Maybe I’ll invest in one of those stupid Neti pot things. I don’t know yet. This has to stop; I can’t function like this.
I finished The Dark Tower cycle this weekend too. I hammered my way through book seven as fast as I could, but the thing’s almost 850 pages, so it was a while getting to the end. Good series, very addicting, very different than King’s other works. I enjoyed it quite a lot. Recommend highly. And hey, it’s got a cowboy hero. How much better can that get?
My loving wife found Pan’s Labyrinth on cable somewhere. She got it on DVR, and I was able to watch it (in two segments, when my headache allowed) on Saturday and Sunday. It was good. I didn’t know it was a Spanish movie though, so I was taken by surprise when it was subtitled. It’s tough to watch a movie that way; I spend as much time reading as viewing characters and scenery. But I’ve been impressed with Spanish movies lately. The Baby’s Room was good too, so score two for the Spaniards in the weird movie category. P’sL had a great story behind it, and they leave you with just enough doubt at the end to make it a satisfying and sad ending, or a satisfying and happy one, however you choose to interpret it. I’d give it an 8 of 10. Good stuff.
I also sat through most of The Haunting, which is the first adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, from 1963. Ugh. Now, somewhere along the line, acting changed. I don’t know when – I’d like to pinpoint it in the 7os some time, but I can’t be sure. Not completely. Somewhere along the way, the acting in movies became more … life-like? Natural? I don’t know how to describe it. People in movies became more like people in life. I can’t tell if movies prior were acted as stage plays for theater were acted, and that’s the difference, or if it just became the new model of film making. Whatever the case, the way older movies are acted is really hard for me in a lot of instances. Not all, but a lot. This is one of ‘em. Not good. I never finished watching it. Someone told me it stunk, and they were right. It stunk. But, on the upside, it did get me interested in reading the Shirley Jackson story.
Let’s see … what else? We found a TV show from Showtime, aired back in the late 90s, called Dead Man’s Gun. Fun stuff; Twilight Zone meets Gunsmoke. Very cool stuff. Lots of different actors, and one of ‘em, a guy named Shaun Johnston, would make an excellent lead character (the gunslinger) in the film adaptation of The Dark Tower. Great face for it. He’d need contacts, but most actors would.
That’s about it. Oh, I barbecued for the first time in almost a year Sunday night. It turned out good. I love grilling.
Other than that, things’re the same here. How’s it by you?
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