Films and a bank holiday weekend

The final weekend in August: the UK’s last long weekend until Christmastime. It feels like a last chance, a break before entering the hard slog of autumn.

I’m glad we didn’t go away this weekend. Prices are always high, and running about too much can be just as tiring. It’s been a great weekend at home so far (“stay-cationing” seems to be the Brit phrase for it at the moment). I’ve gots lots done around the house, managed to eBay some old junk, ran the farthest I’ve ever run, and barbecued a couple of times. We’ve got some London plans for today: more on that later.

We also went to the movies twice.

  • Inglourious Basterds. Tarantino’s Nazi trash flick. Because – like all Tarantino movies –  it is at its heart  a trashy ode to all the trashy movies he loves. It felt a bit up-and-down for me. It’s blatantly crazy film, sure. I liked it, but I’m not convinced that every drawn-out dialog scene really added plot or context or tension.
  • The Hurt Locker. A US bomb squad unit in Iraq goes through through tour. Brilliant. Gripping. Thrilling and very, very human. One of the best war films I’ve seen.

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