Well it’s been a tough few weeks, so something had to fall by the wayside – and guess what it ended up being? I had a bit of a personal thing that I had to deal with, and sometimes when that stuff happens, you just don’t feel like blogging.
I’m getting back into the swing of it though. Mostly I’ve spent the past few weeks working on my seed bank. Since the big move, then the loss of most of my data, things got a little disorganized, so I spent about 10 hours going through every single seed sample and cataloguing it, verified it was there, etc.
Then, I’ve had a lot of people ordering seeds, plus getting all the samples ready to send out to the volunteer growers. Updating the site, doing the quarterly newsletter, and officially finishing and launching the seed bank database.
So I’ve been busy as a bee, but mostly over in that world.
Just to completely destroy myself, I looked up the temperatures in Victoria as opposed to here. Because apparently I’m masochistic. Ya, it’s about 35 degrees warmer there right now.
That’s right. It’s March, and it’s -29 here (-37 with the wind chill!). I’ve re-acclimatized alright since moving back from the coast, but this is really goddamned cold and I’ve completely had it. I think my delving so hard into the seed bank has been my coping mechanism with the unnaturally cold weather. But, the good that’s come out of it all is that the seed bank is super organized, I have my fancy new seed bank wiki, and I’m completely caught up. Now I just need to wait so I can actually start my seeds. I think I still have about a month to wait for that.
But, I have been keeping up with all of my movies (more or less), even if I haven’t updated the site. Because there have been so many since the last blog, I’m going to make this short and sweet:
30. Saw II
32. TWA Flight 800
35. Episode 50
38. Sons of Perdition
39. Beyond The Time Barrier
40. Shut Up Little Man!
41. Retreat (2013)
42. Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes
44. The Descent
45. A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory
46. I Think We’re Alone Now
47. The Descent: Part 2
49. The Last Will & Testament of Rosalind Leigh
50. Girl 27
51. Let’s Scare Jessica To Death
52. The Nightmare Factory
53. The House On Telegraph Hill
54. Reel Injun
56. The Loved Ones
57. Dangerous (1935)
58. Lizzie Borden Took An Axe
59. Man In The Attic (1953)
In the sake of streamlining this whole process since there’s almost 30 movies, I’m just going to list the best and the worst (in chronological viewing order):
Howl, TWA Flight 800, Stoker, Citadel, Shut Up Little Man!, The Descent, Absentia, Girl 27, The Loved Ones, Dangerous
OK, I lied, I’m going to talk about Citadel a bit.
Citadel was probably my favourite. I adored this movie, and I was constantly reminding myself to breathe (no hyperbole present in that sentence). Aneurin Barnard, who played Tommy, the agoraphobic man with an unbelievably expressive face, is the one that completely sold this movie. I bought every single moment of fear that he showed, and coupled with the wonderful and light handed direction, this movie did exactly what it meant to (which is make me feel so goddamned stressed out I had to consciously take some deep breaths).
Despite the fact that this movie is “about feral children”, it’s not really about that at all. These children serve completely as an allegory to Tommy’s fear, and everything else in the movie is utilized perfectly to heighten that fear. Hell, him missing a bus became so momentous, I actually shouted at the screen for the bus to stop (I think my exact words were “No, no, no, no! Stop, stop, stop, stop!”).
And the production design? Brilliant. And these large, tombstone of the estates, bearing down on him constantly, overtaking so much of Tommy’s life was almost suffocating.
When you watch as many movies as I have/am/will be it’s really refreshing to see a movie that really grabs you by the throat and shakes you around a bit.
Episode 50, +1, Sons of Perdition*, Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes, The Last Will & Testament of Rosalind Leigh.
Considering how many movies I watched, a handful being just downright awful isn’t bad.
Now, Sons of Perdition has received awards, and is considered by many to be a great documentary. The reason why I’m putting it on this list is because the editing, sound, and sound editing were so technically bad, it did a complete disservice to the subject matter. I would have greatly enjoyed it had they gotten somebody who knew what they were doing in those fields to put the movie together.
Don’t ever cheap out on your sound kids, that’s the thing that’ll ruin the movie.
Alright, I plan on rebounding back and blogging a few times a week to talk about my insane 365 movie adventure.
Until then, if you’re into gardening, check out my seed bank, because I think it’s pretty neat, damnit. Also there’s still seeds of some varieties left to dole out, so if you’re looking for some new tomato varieties, check out the distribution page to see what’s available.