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Hair in the wind.

Hair in the wind.
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Much better today though I still feel groggy. I suspect this is from running out of allergy meds; likely I didn't sleep as deeply. Must refill me drugs!

Also had some odd dreams - psychological, dark. Clearly Dark Knight is to blame; I could analyze the movie more watching the second time. I strongly disagree with the PG-13 rating given the psychological drama and execution of the Joker. Children should watch this movie even if they may not exactly understand the themes.

I heard the audience more last night too. People were laughing ore than I recall the first time I saw it. I wonder if it was from discomfort or lack of understanding/engagement with the character - the latter more likely; i certainly didn't want to engage with the Joker character. Shudder. But laughing? I didn't find it funny at all.

Maybe I think too much.

Exercise: I'm down a belt notch, up a pant size and up some poundage. I hope the middle is inconsistency in pant style and manufacture. The last may be any umber of things, and I need to weight myself more regularly to gauge my actual current weight. but I seem to be hovering higher in the 180s now. I believe most of it to be muscle as by chest, shoulders and arm seem to be larger than before and I'm using more weight on various machines - much more in some instances.

Overall, positive progress. Need to do more cardio as usual though.

Tonight! Tonight Fox and I have a date with Pente, coffee, cookies and potentially Soul Calibur when she's tired of me trouncing her in the mentioned bored game.

Oh yes. I show no mercy to my significant others. Not when there are pieces and game boards involved.
(she likely kick my ass in SC4 though)

Photo: Surreptitious portrait taken many weeks ago near the pond by my Father's house. It was dusk adn the light was fantastic.
Neener neener.
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zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: August 5th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Someone took their baby to see the Dark Knight.

When they saw the Joker's "magic trick," the kid started bawling like crazy.
abmann From: abmann Date: August 5th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I flinched at the magic trick both times. Ugh.

NOT for KIDS. There were some children in the audience and a baby or two. I was mostly surprised at the amount of laughter though. Maybe I'm a stick on the mud? Overly analytical? Too serious?

Why so serious...
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: August 5th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've heard stories of people who were shocked when they had kids coming out saying they want to be the Joker. It's just weird hearing that. At least Hannibal had some charm, Heath's Joker was just oily charismatic in the same way a dirty politician is.
From: ex_hellocth126 Date: August 5th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder how many of the people chuckling at the movie were repeat viewers? Almost everyone I know has seen it at least twice now, and it's a bit more laughable the second time around. A bit.
abmann From: abmann Date: August 5th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I laughed more the first time. The second time I was more intellectually frightened by the Joker. Different engagement in the story, I think.
demi_deity From: demi_deity Date: August 5th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm. I refuse to believe that your pecs and shoulders are gaining muscle without photographic evidence. :P
abmann From: abmann Date: August 5th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
WELL. Maybe I'll oblige with a new self portrait later.
tandu From: tandu Date: August 5th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Both the Joker and Batman really disturbed me in that movie. The willingness to go outside the law 'to do what must be done' was incredibly frightening. Isn't that was Bush and Homeland security are always saying?

A great film, but not one that leaves you feeling cathartic, really. Usually superhero movies give you the adrenaline and leave it at that. This one feeds up the big philosophical problem of conduct: how do we, as civilized beings, interact?

When another breaks the codes of civility, are we justified in doing so? I don't think we are, and I think Bat III will deal with Arkham Asylum, and the punishment for those who go too far outside the norms.

Edited at 2008-08-05 03:28 pm (UTC)
demi_deity From: demi_deity Date: August 5th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Uch -- I had really been looking forward to seeing this, but about the last thing I need right now is something that my overly-news-ed brain can conceive of as another post-911 morality tale.

I just want to be entertained, dammit. If I want my head to explode from frustration, I'll jack into a media outlet for a bit.

*sigh* Maybe I'll just watch Mamma Mia again. Fluffy!
slavetopurple From: slavetopurple Date: August 5th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is possible to watch it just for the pretty and the whoa inducing action sequences, at least it was for me. The characters were creepy but I refused to get all existential about a comic book movie. But that's just me. Apparently I'm an idiot and it is blatantly obvious that the movie is actually about the Bush administration to everyone else.
tandu From: tandu Date: August 5th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
What, other folks are seeing that parallel? I thought I was just an outlier.
slavetopurple From: slavetopurple Date: August 5th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
http://toddalcott.livejournal.com/206910.html#cutid1
and
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121694247343482821.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

We had this discussion on a puppy walk one night and what a dumb theory it was that Batman equals Bush but apparently you've changed your tune since then.

Conservative jargon monster you!
tandu From: tandu Date: August 5th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember the discussion, now.

I do think the contention that Batman = Bush is ridiculous. What I was more trying to point out is that we applaud the methods when used by Batman, and deplore them when used by Bush.

I'm more worried about the cavalier attitude taken to the law by those who most want to uphold it. I see reflections of the Bush Administration in this movie for that. However, I don't think they are equal. For one thing, Batman is able to accomplish that which he sets out to do. For another, no one gave Batman the reigns or mandate to go fight terrorists or criminals: he took it.

With Bush, we actually gave him the mandate (not we (you and I) but we (the country via the Congress)).
tandu From: tandu Date: August 5th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't get me wrong, it is entertaining. It is also long, and quite think-y, if you catch that subtext.

Perhaps I read too much into it, as well.

Ledger's performance is very good, and if you just go for the action and the story, you'll do fine. But fluffy it's not.
From: nightlikeariver Date: August 5th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
i want to seeeeee that movie!
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