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12 December 2017 @ 11:35 pm
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Still lurking on the periphery here. I can't really check up on my friends-list during the day anymore, so I haven't been as present as I'd like. Mainly working, bicycling, trying to get Christmas shopping done, and hoping to get that Yuletide story done before the deadline! But also... entertainment.

We saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri last weekend. It was fantastic, more of an independent-type film than a typical release. The characters were interesting, three in particular moving through different arcs of destruction and growth. The story has a raw, human way of highlighting our ability to take situations born out of grief or frustration and make them worse. Terrific performances, too.

I've finished quite a few books, with some standouts:
  • Rose & Poe, a modern retelling of The Tempest from the perspective of Calaban and his mother. The reworking of the original story was skillful and clever, and you feel for the characters and ache for the inevitable injustice that finds them.

  • Strange Weather, a set of four novellas by Joe Hill. These were more sci-fi than supernatural, with the two outer stories being the best. Hill has such creative, interesting ideas.

  • Agents of Dreamland. What if the end of the world is just an accidental side-effect of someone's obsessional delusion? This one is told in various POVs, each with discrete positions in time, and it's the kind of thing I could totally see Cislyn writing, in content, form, and style.

  • Oh, and speaking of items that are entertaining, I ran across more fun stuff at Amazon. First, some earrings (and I am SO glad I'm old enough not to care that I like things just because they're cute): Black cat with moon and star, beautiful cobalt sea-glass, clockwork Steampunk, chubby T-Rex chomp, and Baby Groot! Also some dresses, which seem to be popular with women of all sizes, and feature unusual graphics patterns: blue moons & stars, green batik celestial stylishness, and blue pterosaur extravaganza! Because who doesn't want something that offbeat? \o/

    So, how are all of you doing in prepping for the various holidays? Or, for that matter... the horrible, horrible cold?

    Direst Ryl: Snail on a Strawberryryl on December 13th, 2017 12:36 pm (UTC)
    I want to see Three Billboards because they filmed it here in WNC. It was a minor big deal, partly because no one knew at first what those billboards were doing along the road to Swannanowhere. I wonder how many landmarks I'd recognize.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 13th, 2017 06:25 pm (UTC)
    I don't know what Missouri looks like at all, but I did think the setting was prettier and hillier than I would have expected. That fits North Carolina much better. ;)

    One of the fun parts about recognizing things in movies is when building exteriors are used for completely different things, such as, "That's not a police station! That's the library!" Or creative geography: "That's not where that road goes!"

    Edited at 2017-12-13 06:33 pm (UTC)
    Direst Ryl: Snail on a Strawberryryl on December 14th, 2017 12:15 pm (UTC)
    I clicked through the images on IMDB to see if I recognized anywhere and I do. This is along Highway 70.

    Apparently I'm best at recognizing roads in movies. I was watching Maximum Overdrive once and I knew exactly where they were along I-40 in Eastern NC. I also recognized a few roads in Blue Velvet which was set in Lumberton NC (which I've never visited) and filmed in WIlmington (which I've passed through.)