📷 Found my old Fringe hoodie while putting some stuff away. It’s pretty beat up, but a great reminder that it was one hell of a good show.

    I took this photo tonight while leaving work at 18th and Market Streets in Philly. It doesn’t really show how thick the air was, and it’s only slightly better at home in Princeton. Be safe everyone.

    A photo taken with an iPhone 14 Pro of Market Street in Philly, a dense haze hanging over the city as a result of Canadian wildfires.

    Camp Taylor. Checked in at Camp Taylor. A campfire in the daylight. (@ Camp Taylor Campground, NJ, USA)

    A campfire in the daylight at Camp Taylor, New Jersey

    Castle in the Sky, 1986

    Watched on Sunday May 14, 2023.

    Checked in at Camp Taylor. Another night, another shot of the sky through the trees (@ Camp Taylor Campground, NJ, USA)

    The sky through the trees (@ Camp Taylor Campground, NJ, USA)

    Neil Gaiman announced season 2 of Good Omens on Bluesky today. I enjoyed season 1 which, though it had its faults, was a really pleasant display of the chemistry between its leads, David Tenant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale.

    As I said on Bluesky itself: This is… not a good idea at all…

    Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer, 2018

    Turned this off in the first ten minutes

    Riders of Justice, 2020 - ★★★★

    It both is and is not the movie you think it is, and both in the best way.

    Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness, 1986 - ★★

    Awful… awfully wonderful

    CODA, 2021 - ★★★

    Awful family places burden of their livelihood on daughter for her entire life and finally decides to let her be her own kid as she leaves for college. 

    It was good but it was kind of missing that one show stopping, jaw dropping song that the third act of any movie in this vein kind of demands.

    Black Widow, 2021 - ★★★

    It’s worth a watch for the chemistry between the sisters - you don’t see a lot of effective portrayals of sisterhood in action movies - and David Harbour is a lot of fun.

    Edit: the pig scene was totally unnecessary and gross.

    The Suicide Squad, 2021 - ★★★★

    A lot of people love this movie for the same reasons a lot of people hate this movie. It simultaneously shamelessly indulges in the same clichés and tropes that it’s constantly subverting. A lot of people just want it to pick whether it’s going to shamelessly indulge or it’s going to subvert but I think what makes it so much fun and so unique is that it does both.

    Don't Look Now, 1973 - ★★★★½

    The non sequitur implementation of the ending cost half a star but the film is visually stunning and narratively bold. I can’t say what movies clearly took inspiration from it without giving it away, but you’ll probably know right away after you watch it.

    Starry Eyes, 2014 - ★★★

    Watched on Tuesday July 20, 2021.

    The Peanut Butter Solution, 1985 - ★★★

    You will not know where it’s going until it gets there.

    Cigarette Burns, 2005 - ★★★

    Watched for the FUMC.

    House, 1977 - ★★★

    Well you should all watch it once. Watching it alone was disorientating and left me wishing I had someone to share the experience with but it was a hell of ride. Go in blind and don’t ask of it any more than it is.

    A Quiet Place Part II, 2020 - ★★★★★

    I try to be stingy with 5 stars but this movie deserves it. The writing, direction, acting and SOUND DESIGN are as good as the first and in some areas even better. 

    The main flaw that bugged me was SPOILER ALERT:

    The day one flashback was really only there to remind us who JK was on the first one and introduce us to Cillian and his kid. One or two more flashbacks throughout the story may have balanced it a bit. I wouldn’t want anything predictable like showing one of Emmit’s family members dying, I actually think not seeing that stuff puts us in his mindset: it’s hard for him to think about but it’s all he thinks about. 

    I thought the conclusion was perfect, with the children both growing into their dad’s shoes, although it’s worth nothing that mom is consistently as badass and brave as dad. But when you lose someone you love you often want to live up to them somehow because it feels like they’re still there with you when you embody their best qualities. So I get it.

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