Good evening, Dear Reader. Or, perhaps, good morning. Good…day? Yes, that should cover all the bases. Welcome once again to Fun-Size Friday, and let me tell you if you thought that greeting was awkward, let me assure you up front that it’s not gonna get any better from here. Fortunately we have fail-safes in place: to minimize the possibility of total verbal meltdown, every topic discussed is kept to no more than a hundred words. It’s been mostly successful, if I do say so myself. Anyway, enough introductions. Let’s do this!
Writing takes a lot of time, especially when you’re trying to say something in a way that a million other people haven’t already said. Add a normal day job to that, on top of Unpredictable Life Stuff, and it becomes that much harder to get yourself in the proper mindset. I only mention this because the thing I meant to post earlier this week is going to take a bit longer than I thought, so I’m working on trimming and refocusing it down to a more manageable length. Still, I’d like to finish writing something in the meantime, if only to keep myself from stalling out completely.
On that note, I’m gonna try something a little different here and take a look at a couple movies I saw over the summer, roughly April to August 2018. Just to keep things moving and avoid rambling on, I’m gonna put an handicap on myself and try to keep it to a hundred words or less. Admittedly this is more of a writing exercise to try and consolidate my thoughts rather than actual proper reviews; it would be more accurate to call them impressions or observations, so take that as you will. With all that out of the way, here are a few thoughts on a bunch of movies I saw this summer.
YOU WORKING ON ANYTHING RIGHT NOW?
I’m taking a mental health break.
WRITING FAKE OSCAR WINNER CARDS?
Just blowing off some steam in between work stuff. You read about this whole thing with the Oscars?
I’M GONNA ASSUME THAT QUESTION WAS RHETORICAL.
Right, ’cause you’re like my subconscious or my rational side or whatever.
A couple nights back I went to see Sorry To Bother You, the feature film debut from writer and director Raymond Lawrence Riley aka Boots Riley. I have to admit, despite the critical praise the film has received in the past few weeks I was afraid this would be yet another movie where my opinion and the opinions of the professional critics diverge. As it turns out I needn’t have worried: Riley has crafted a world that is both a hilarious satire and a biting reflection of modern day American culture. Still, I am by no means a professional film critic, and I knew as I walked out of there that this would be a hard film for me to talk about.
And so, I decided to say “screw it” and just list off the things I enjoyed the movie – some more comprehensive than others – in no particular order. I’ll try to avoid spoilers where I can, as I believe this movie is best experienced by going in blind and just letting the absurdity take you where it will. That said, let’s jump right in.