There were a couple of new movies from last week and one new book. I hadn't planned on watching Darkest Hour, but a last minute invitation wasn't going to be turned down. The movie was good, the fellow patrons were horrible and the popcorn was disgusting. Did I mention the movie was good? The movie was good but it just reiterates how a movie can be much better enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. The couple who came in five minutes after the movie started decided to sit right behind me. The woman kicked the back of my chair the entire time and her companion, throughout the whole movie, kept asking, what did they say? Of course she would respond in more than a whisper. People ruin EVERYTHING! But the movie was good.
The other new, to me, movie was Moving Target.
For some reason I can't find a trailer for this movie, but there are about a zillion other movies with this same title. This was recommended by someone who I suspect now has a man-crush on Jason Bateman. I talked a bunch of my friends into watching the show Ozark and now some of them think Jason Bateman is the bees knees. Most of us have known this since the TV show Silver Spoons. He was also on Little House on the Prairie but I can't stand that show so we won't mention it anymore. Point is, Jason Bateman is great and I'm glad people are now realising that. This particular movie has all the workings of an 80s cliche. Tom Skerrit, Bernie Coulson, John Glover and Jack Wagner, in all his feathered hair glory, are in this action/cheese fest. It also has Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips Hold On Chynna Phillips) and Donna Mitchell who plays the creepiest mom. Bateman's character, Toby Kellogg, is the keyboard player in a totally awesome band but he's being sent away to band camp for gifted musicians. Phillips's character is his replacement until Toby comes back from camp. Toby doesn't want to go to camp and his family are a bunch of a-holes so he leaves camp and goes home only to find out that everybody's gone. They moved out and didn't leave him a new address or phone number to reach them. To most kids his age this would have been a dream come true. Hooray, the a-holes vanished! Unfortunately for Toby he still wants to be part of the family so his search for them turns dangerous and deadly. Even with the heavy 80s cliches this was a pretty decent movie.
The book for this week, Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. This was recommended by a painter who suggested that a painter simply needs to transpose painting for writing and the advice works the same. This is a book of collected essays and poems written by Bradbury on the topic of writing and it's phenomenal. He writes about all of the trials and tribulations that everyone has gone through at some point in their life but, without being preachy and sounding like a motivational poster, he inspires. He doesn't ever say, if you want to be a good writer you have to do A, B and C. He simply tells his story and then tells how he used his experiences instead of being a "victim" to them. If you're not a writer you'll want to be after reading this. If you can put yourself in his shoes and change writing to whatever your passion is you'll enjoy this book. If you're not looking for advice or inspiration it's still a good book.