Apparently, my lack of current freelance projects means that I have quite a list of items I’ve watched recently.
- Watched the 2010 Japanese film Time Traveler which is one of many films based on a novel/manga series. It was pretty decent, but I think I like the anime film that is based on a different part of the story line called “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.”
- Speaking of time, while it isn’t exactly about time travel, we also rented Cloud Atlas over the weekend. I read the book a really long time ago so I could only remember bits and pieces of it while watching the film, but I came away really liking the movie. I know not everyone agrees, and it isn’t a perfect film, but we liked it. Funny that I tried to read another book by the author of “Cloud Atlas,” but I couldn’t quite get into it.
- The next selection has nothing to do with time or sci-fi, but is in order on my list: the documentary How to Survive a Plague. I was pretty young when the AIDS epidemic started, but I remember being very uncomfortable when other kids teased by saying “you got the aids” or some variation on that. This is an interesting recounting of activism that worked.
- I’m drawn to a variety of documentaries, and a more technical one on my list is Side By Side which is about the history of digital cinema. A pretty good watch.
- I also take suggestions which recently included The Adventures of Mark Twain which is a 1985 claymation film where Mark Twain becomes a character along with some of his favorite stories. Really fitting to watch now as Twain’s autobiography has been released finally.
- And sometimes I pick things to watch based on who is directing (or who is in the film). I decided to watch Crips and Bloods: Made in America because of the director (and the narrator – love Forest Whitaker). I wasn’t as sure about this one at first because it seemed like, while we were hearing the history of how the gangs starting, there was a lack of ownership by the former members for what they did as gang members, but that changed as the film progressed.
- I’ve also mentioned before how what you are reading, watching etc all seems to start speaking to each other. I’m sure that I pick what I’m watching, at times, from my Netflix list based on others I’ve watched recently, and how I think they might speak to each other so perhaps it shouldn’t surprise me that I also ended up watching Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story which takes another look at issues of race, class etc.
- And a final quick mention that, sadly, connects to some others due to the discussion of murder was Of Dolls & Murder.
Well my list of things I want to discuss is still fairly long, but I will be back with more later as well as some books that I finished recently. As always, I want to hear what you guys have been up to!