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June 15th, 2008

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04:13 pm - Just a quick update
Not a whole lot going on with me right now. Looking for work--whitemartyr is helping me pretty up my resume and teach me how to write a good cover letter. (Of course, what if you're just sending out resumes cold, in hopes that the places you'd like to work have available jobs? I will need to do that, and still haven't figured out how to approach such a task.)

The euphoria of getting out of my stifling, stressful job has worn off by now. I keep thinking I need to be doing more, writing more, whatever. But I think I just need to calm down and do what I can, and not worry about anything else.

Just so this post isn't a total waste of space, here's a movie review:

Don't laugh too hard. I first ran across a reference to this film in dashamte's Sentinel AU "Imperfections." Blair mentioned it as one of the first movies to feature a Sentinel character, to explore Sentinel experience (albeit quietly). I figured the author of the fic had made this movie up, the title was just too perfect.

Imagine my shock when I found it while looking through DVDs at my local Borders bookstore.

It's a clever, quiet, suspenceful thriller set in Denmark and Greenland. A six-year-old Inuit boy falls from the top of his apartment building and dies, and only his neighbor, ice specialist Smilla, thinks there was anything strange about his death. Despite threats and danger, she tries to find out what really happened, and what his death had to do with scientific expeditions to Greenland over the years. The quiet, intense neighbor down the hall, who seems to be in love with Smilla, is another strange variable. Can she trust him, or not?

I really enjoyed the tone of the film, at least for the first 2/3. Smilla is a cold, introverted character who really, really loved this little boy, and the acting (along with flashbacks of her interactions with him) makes us wonder what she's really thinking, and care about her and her quest. I also liked the uneasy, charged vibe between Smilla and the mechanic downstairs, the mysterious man who keeps watching her and insists that he also wants to solve the riddle of the boy's death. Everything feels very detailed, very real--very scary and intense and gripping.

When we start getting answers, the movie turns more into the Hollywood formula for a thriller. Doesn't ruin the film, but for me it made me sad--I felt that the plot (which I wasn't as interested in) took over from characters whom I had gotten really attached to, and I begrudged that. If I ever write such a thriller, I'll want to see how tightly focused on the characters I can keep it, I think.

But it was well-directed and well-acted, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good, atmospheric thriller.

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Date:June 16th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
The book is the same way, actually. So it sounds like the movie was actually pretty faithful to the book in that it's a fairly slow-paced, suspenseful, introspective piece that suddenly takes a total left turn into Weird Science and people shooting at each other.
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Date:June 16th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
The book is the same way, actually.

O_o Really? That's...disappointing. I was going to go find the book and read it, hoping to get a more satisfying ending to the story. Hmph.

Actually, this is the first time I've been really, really tempted to write fanfic for a one-shot, non-sci-fi movie: I'm very taken with Smilla, and curious about her mindset, her way of thinking (and how her love for Isaiah fits into that).
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Date:June 16th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
I keep thinking I need to be doing more, writing more, whatever. But I think I just need to calm down and do what I can, and not worry about anything else.

Exactly. *hugs* We're praying for you!

The movie sounds interesting, I shall have to make a point of seeing it, if I get the chance.
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Date:June 16th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
*hugs* When are you leaving for VA, again? I shall be thinking of you and praying for you in the airport!

Yeah, you might like the film, although I can't imagine watching it with your noisy clan. *g* It's such a quiet film till the very end!
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Date:June 16th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Tuesday is the Day of Flying to VA. Prayers for clarity and calm are appreciated. *grin*

Yeah, we definitely aren't quiet-film-friendly, here. We're watching Heroes right now, and seriously, if I have to explain something because they talked over it two minutes ago ONE MORE TIME...

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