austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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When we're together we're great company

January was a strange month for me, not just on the general principles that every month seems to turn out strange for me. The big one is that I went to a movie each weekend. It's not that I don't like movies; I like them a lot, it's just we didn't go to many when we were growing up (with four kids the bill, even in 1985, adds up), and it takes some conscious effort to remember that, oh, yes, I can just go anytime I like and that's fine.

But for the record, since it was an interesting and odd thing, here's what I went to. The first weekend of the month was with bunny_hugger when we went to see Voyage of the Dawn Treader, discussed in the midst of that trip report.

The 16th I finally saw Tron: Legacy, which sure seems like it came out forever ago, although it only opened the week or so before Christmas. I was trying to not let my nostalgic sentiment about the original overwhelm me but the movie really only came alive in a few spots, mostly when Jeff Bridges as Old Kevin Flynn spilled out the sort of digital-hippie-Buddhist stuff that was such an important early branch of the growth of Popular Computers and that I don't notice so much anymore. I did see the 3-D version, which started with a warning that some scenes were from the 1982 Tron and were in 2-D thusly, but I honestly don't remember seeing those scenes in the new.

The 22nd I went to The Black Swan, which is a bit out of my normal line of movies but which bunny_hugger highly recommended. It's about a woman falling apart under the stress of playing the lead in Swan Lake, and is really unsettling and creepy in the right ways for it.

The 29th I went to the 12:30 pm showing of Airplane! which probably deserves a full report of its own. There was a tiny audience, which worked against that infectious chuckling the movie ought to attract. From what I gather it was a generally small audience in every participating theater, possibly reflecting the early hour (seriously, 12:30 pm?), possibly reflecting that AMC, which ran the event, did a miserable job organizing the list of participating theaters. The list put the theaters near me under the 'New York' listing, for crying out loud, and didn't even have a 'New Jersey' listing. You'd think they'd know how to organize things like this.

Hm. That seems to leave the weekend of the 8-9th unaccounted for, doesn't it? I know I saw something, I just can't place what it is, and I don't seem to have the ticket stub around. This is peculiar. Well, I was probably somewhere either the 8th or 9th of January. It wouldn't be like me not to be.

Trivia: In 1899 Scientific American published instructions on how to peel a banana. By 1905 bananas were common enough that it reported they were known in cities as ``the poor man's fruit''. Source: Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome To The 21st Century, The Incredible Journeys Of The Food We Eat, Sarah Murray.

Currently Reading: The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, Deborah Blum.

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