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Finally watched the newest Blade Runner movie. I liked it...dark as ever. I liked the composition of this overhead photography in the movie --

Pic of one of the tulip bulbs that I'm forcing in the kitchen --
Tulip Emergent
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I've been working from home the last few days...it's such a drag to walk around downtown in the snow/slush/ice. It's not a great walk from parking to office in good weather, so when it snows I option to work from home whenever I can. Also, I'm 'between' projects right now, so not much going on anyway.

But that means I'm inside the house a lot so to get some fresh air yesterday, I walked briefly outside with the camera.

Icicle hanging from my deck --
The Day After

Mounds of melting snow --
The Day After

I downloaded a horror movie last night to watch, which I liked it very much. The sound track/effects matched nicely with the movie. Not very gory (which is a good thing in my opinion)...and more psychological than scary I guess.

The movie is called It Follows and is about something that follows the characters, and if it touches them they die.

There are themes of 'wrong and right side of the tracks'; themes of sexual disease, and how alone that can make you feel (although there is absolutely nothing about STDs in the movie -- the plot sort of reminds you of that); themes of trying to pass your problems onto someone else.

One thing that is interesting is that it's difficult to date the movie. It was released in 2014, but nothing in the movie exactly gives a date. The houses seem 1970s...and there is not much technology in the show. But you do see a sort of cell phone --

But if you look at this scene, the movie could just be playing at at old movie house. Again, difficult to date the movie.

It's not important to the movie to date it -- it just struck me as odd that I couldn't quite place it in time.
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Happy start to the Christmas weekend!

Here's a little animated gif of the lights in front of the house --

"Family Christmas" won't happen until a few days from now, so I have the weekend to do my own thing! Starting off....plan to watch some movies over the weekend.

Tonight was Doctor Strange

I rather enjoyed the movie. The special effects are good, and Benedict certainly is a handsome man -- what's not to like about the movie, lol?!
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I downloaded and watched a Sci Fi movie tonight called Interstellar. I often have pretty low expectations for Sci-Fi -- a lot of them are just intended to be action packed movies to sell tickets (I'm looking at you, Independence Day)...

But Interstellar had some meat to it! It was pretty emotional -- I'm not one to get emotional at movies too much, but I have to admit I teared up in a few places!

The title of this post is a line from a parent -- saying that after children are born, parents' roles are to be memories for their kids. That line resonated with me! But it's not just parents -- after a certain age, I think all older peoples' roles become to be memories for the next generations!

Besides being emotional, the movie also explored sufficiently nerdy ideas (like time as a dimension and space travel) to definitely warrant the Sci-Fi category, and the movie is definitely worth a watch!

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So...I watched this movie tonight because it was about gay people, had a happy ending, and had a Portuguese angle...it switched back and forth between Spanish and Portuguese.

The only problem is that the Portuguese was limited to the conflicted guy's interaction with his wife (girlfriend?)...the boys (as children) and men (as adults) spoke Spanish...and the wife and he spoke Spanish in public settings because this was set in Argentina. So I heard some Portuguese, but mostly it was Spanish.

Nothing earth-shattering here, but happy ending -- boy falls in love with boy as child...they find each other again as adults. I liked how the movie went back and forth between adults and children, sometimes repeating the very same scene as the adults find their way back to each other.

The title is 'Tidelands' -- which in Virginia we would call 'Tidewater' -- meaning the estuaries where the boys grew up.


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"O seguro morreu de velho, mas o desconfiado ainda está vivo." -- "The safe one died of old age, but the suspicious one is still living."