I'm still reasonably out of it, so I spent much of the day sleeping or receiving incomprehensible phone calls from my family. Everyone was curious about my plans (I figure I'll probably get a haircut, and past that I'm just going to wing it), or to leave some message for someone else that I couldn't follow because it all involves context I don't have anymore.
The movie selection on the flights wasn't the best, although my mood was dampened by my desperate need to sleep. Also the video system kept glitching, like when you've fiddled with the VCR tracking to the point it's mostly horizontal lines of static. Of the movies I saw enough of to have an opinion:
- Aeon Flux: Women in unlikely outfits storm around violent settings until four scenes have passed and we're told whatever the plot was, it isn't anymore. I fell asleep.
- The Pink Panther: It wasn't nearly as soul-sucking as I expected, and it had a few entertaining sequences, but it really needed someone to stop the production at an early stage and ask everyone just why, precisely, it was important they do this instead of some other movie. Fine opening animation, though; the Pink Panther in animated form still exudes cool and fun.
- Firewall: I fell asleep partway through. It was preceded by the Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper review, which reinforced my opinion that Roeper doesn't actually like movies. I don't mean disliking specific movies; I mean I don't think he even likes the concept of movies.
- Failure to Launch: I expected it to be reprehensible, as the premise is a woman is hired to feign romance to a guy so he finally and very belatedly moves out of his parents' home. But the despicable nature of her job is an important theme of the movie, and the events follow with reasonable logic, apart from the parents withholding an important piece of backstory for no logical reason. So I did enjoy the result, though the premise is still horrible.
Trivia: Thomas Jefferson instructed explorers of the American West to watch for wooly mammoths. Source: Time's Pendulum: The Quest to Capture Time -- From Sundials to Atomic Clocks, Jo Ellen Barnett.
Currently Reading: The Ice Finders: How a Poet, A Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age, Edmund Blair Bolles.