A Day at the Movies

Ah! There is nothing quite like spending an entire Saturday in the dark and popcorn smelling auditoriums of a downtown blockbuster cinema. It’s mostly the popcorn smell that keeps people going back to those places, I think. That, and the fact that the movie industry vehemently opposes releasing their films digitally on day one, so that they can keep charging us (the movie-goers) more $$$ than what hiring a video on Google Play might cost.

  • I mean. You could also download the movie for free via some less than reputable means. But this blog does not condone such actions.

Anyway, today I watched two movies in a row, for a total of roughly 6.5 hours of screentime and I’m glad I did it. I can finally say that I have caught up with the trends and can stop worrying about spoilers on the Internet.

  • But what movies did you see?

Great question! Today I watched Blade Runner 2049 and It (2017); both of which were phenomenal.

Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to the original Blade Runner was basically great. Although, I think I should admit the fact that I do not remember the original that well. I remember watching it on an airplane, probably going back to Montreal from Istanbul, and finding it rather… boring. See, it is a really long movie, with glacial pacing. I am more a fan of the Philip K. Dick’s original work, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. There, you can at least forgive the slow pacing since you at least have to do some reading, instead of watching Harrison Ford think.

Going back to 2049, I can say that this movie manages to hit all the tropes of the cyberpunk genre, without feeling too trope-y. By that, I mean that it does the thing right. You got your constant bad weather, grimy streets, neon lights, Japanese language, smog, some more bad weather – the list goes on. But none of it feels forced, even though the future that’s being depicted isn’t that far off into the future.

And also, Ryan Gosling is very cool and “authentic” in his role as K. If only he had been named after the next letter in the alphabet and then I’d be able to make Death Note jokes. Alas! One of my favourite scenes in this movie involves my boy Ryan and a piano. Coz he was in La La Land, right? So obviously, Blade Runner and La La Land are in the same expanded universe.

It (2017)

I didn’t see the original It and from what I’ve read on the Internet, I don’t really have to. While I am SURE Tim Curry is a great actor and his Pennywise is an important character in the history of movies, the Internet Consensus seems to argue that his Pennywise was rather too comedic. Alexander Skarsgard’s Pennywise, on the other hand, is rather terrifying and disconcerting.

Honestly, going into this movie, I thought it was going to be chock-full of jumpscares and other kinds of cheap frights. And while there were jumpscares aplenty, they were well placed and not that scary. In fact, I didn’t hear a whole lot of gasps or “yeargh”s in the theatre. I wonder if I’ve gotten desensitized to that kind of stuff over the years of not watching a whole lot of scary movies.

Also, I gotta say, I love watching coming-of-age stories like this one. For some reason, I was reminded of Life is Strange, which is one of the best video games I’ve played. I guess I’m feeling nostalgic about my own teenage years and kinda feel jealous about all those kids who got to grow up in small American towns.

But I got to grow up in Istanbul, so hah, joke’s on them.

Anyways

Here’s a list of things I’ve done:

  • Watched two movies.
  • Wrote this blog post.
  • Ate some food.
  • Portfolio setting up is going smoothly. My github is starting to get populated. You can find it here.

Next up!

  • Start tutoring on chegg.com. I’ve been accepted as a tutor! So now I just gotta start responding to my students.

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