Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Some things you can't outrun

The second gear I've been running in lately finally ran out this morning and following a "sweet mother, is it hot as hell in here?/No wait, it's toally freezing" episode at the office this morning, I packed it in and spent the rest of the day bundled up on the couch in the hope today's rest would mean tomorrow's good health. I kinda knew going from California's warmth to Georgia's freezing cold was gonna throw me but I thought I could outrun it.

Clearly not the case.

It did afford me the opportunity to watch a couple of movies:

"Gimme shelter"
The free movies section of the on-demand feature had this fascinating documentary about the Stone's 1969 Altamont concert that resulted in bedlam. It's fascinating to watch Mick's reaction as it becomes clear that the lives of almost 300,000 people rest squarely on his ability to keep the show flowing. Without the music, it would have been a far worse riot. But to see his face....well, he's the consumate professional. Even at 26 the man knew exactly what he was doing.

"United 93"
I swore I wasn't ready to see this movie and didn't know if I ever would be. Then despite being totally couchbound, I spent the final 30 minutes or so sitting up, right back in the morning, totally torn apart. Equally capturing both the beauty and brutality of the day as well as the horrifying and heartbreaking moments, a heavier piece of film I've not seen in some time.

And tonight I watched the incomparable Friday Night Lights. Amazing as always. And keep an eye out for that Landry kid. He could be the next Philip Seymour Hoffman. Man, that show is good.

I'm gonna go to bed.

3 Comments:

Blogger minus five said...

did you know that most of friday night lights was shot in pflugerville, texas? at pflugerville high school where i graduated. the field. the locker room. the weight room. some of the neighborhood scenes are just down the street from my house. and the uniforms and helmets belong to the pflugerville panthers. it also happens to be a really good show that i'm highly addicted to.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Howard said...

You know what I'm saying! Yeah, I went to Anderson HS in Austin but we used to play the ol' Pflugerville team as one of our out of district games. I've said before I just like it 'cause it's so real and avoids all the silly HS cliches. I hope it doesn't get cancelled for more "who wants free money?" shows.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pflutie Pflakes.


So in terms of Mick, I just watched a (TERRIBLE) movie called Stoned. It was supposed to be about one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones but really it was just a shitty movie about a construction guy. ANYWAY, they made Mick seem so...coolly confident and quietly powerful that it was magnificent. Please don't see it - I'm just sayin. Mick rocks.

2:30 PM  

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