Archive for Movies

Almost going to the movies

Kam and I almost went to see Everything Everywhere All at Once last night. We’ve been hearing great things about the movie—in fact, such extremely great things that I’m having to discount them to set my expectations lower, because if I go into a movie with too-high expectations, I generally enjoy it less than I […]

My favorite new-to-me movies in 2021

I watched about 65 movies in 2021, including rewatching about 15 that I had seen before. Of the ones that I hadn’t seen before, here were my favorites, in approximate descending order: 1. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988). Lovely, funny, charming movie full of great character details. Liked it a lot. 2. In the Heights […]

What we talk about when we talk about romcoms

A lot of people don’t have the same ideas that I do about what constitutes a romcom. To me, romcom (also written as rom-com) is a genre, with such strong genre conventions that they border on formula. It doesn’t just mean a movie that has some romantic or comedic aspects. (I’m intentionally using the term […]

Mulan (2020)

Kam and I watched the new Mulan, and enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s very clearly intended to be a wuxia movie rather than a musical for kids. I don’t know enough about wuxia to be able to judge it as an example of that genre, but I thought it succeeded as a movie pretty […]

Some vids

I enjoyed the vid party at WisCONline last week. Here are half a dozen of my favorites—some sweet, some thoughtful, some angry. “Come ’Round for Tea” (2014), by Garrideb Showing female friendships in Marvel comics, with all the words in word balloons replaced by hearts. (song: “Baltic Sea,” by The Social Services) (2 min) “Pipeline” […]

More free books!

Books! Free to a good home. Let me know if you want any of these. Also some CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes. (All at the end of this post.) This list contains 100+ more books than the previous list I posted (a couple months ago), so even if you’ve already looked at the other one, […]

Yesterday

Yesterday morning, I attended the Families Belong Together rally at San José City Hall. It was pretty good, although it took me a while to find a place to stand where I could hear the speakers. Came home afterward. (Traveled to and from via light rail; took a lot longer than driving, but (a) could […]

Movie week

There are a bunch of movies currently in theatres that I wanted to see, so I decided to see them this week. So far: Monday: A Wrinkle in Time Tuesday: Annihilation Wednesday: Tomb Raider Plan for next few days: Thursday: Love, Simon Friday: Black Panther again (saw it a few weeks ago, want to see […]