Best laid plans

If I’d asked myself if this would happen I’d have said “yes”. I decided not to go out for a cycle yesterday and to stay in to read. I haven’t taken much time recently to just sit and read, instead I’ve been snatching time during the commute or at lunch. I finished 45 and started on Broken Skin.

Of course, I woke up this morning to the sound of howling wind and rain drumming on the window. It hasn’t let up yet so I’ve continued reading Broken Skin and not gone out on my bike.

Last year’s plan to record all the films I watched didn’t work, purely due to laziness on my part, but I’m going to try it again. I’ve watched two of the recent Fopp haul over the last couple of nights.

Bus 174

A decent if overlong and one-sided documentary about a hostage situation in Brazil. The DVD boasts that it contains an extended 132 minute version but I struggled to make it through without my mind wandering. Despite the documentary clearly detailing the hostage taker’s criminal life I always felt they were deifying him in some way. He may not have been the worst criminal on the streets but the fondness for “he never hurt anyone” soundbites start to grate after a while.

The King

Fantastically well acted drama with William Hurt and Gael Garcia Bernal. I felt that a lot was missing from the script, not so much leaving plot holes but just parts where you thought that surely some of the characters’ obliviousness to what was happening around them started to stretch belief. Given the nature of the story, perhaps that was meant to be a comment on the issues of faith. I’ll have to listen to the commentary and see if it comes up.