A few movies over the holidays:
- The Hobbit: The 7th through 9th Hours of a 3 to 4 Hour Story is as underwhelming as the other two. There were some fun parts, and Evangeline Lilly is still hot. But it was also really long and full of scenes that could have easily been cut.
- The Imitation Game is that Alan Turing movie with Benadryl Cumbersome and Keira Knightley. It focused mainly on the Enigma Machine, but flashed forward and back with stuff about his childhood and his later legal troubles. Cumberbatch really stretches his range by playing a socially inept English genius who everyone dislikes except for one close friend who really believes in him despite all his flaws. Nothing at all like Sherlock. But he is good at that sort of thing, and the movie is very good.
- It’s Such a Beautiful Day is a cartoon by Don Hertzfeldt that showed up on Netflix. His other stuff I’ve seen has all been quite short, but this is about an hour. It starts off great, with a sequence that dissects a very brief, awkward social encounter. But what I felt like could have been written about me turns out to be about a guy with some sort of terminal illness that’s fucking up his brain, and the whole rest of it gets really weird. Way too weird for me. Like 45 minutes of the parts of Rejected when the animator is losing his mind. Still, I liked that intro quite a bit.