Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

On double features and triple doubles.

Went out today with Kirsten to see The Man Who Wasn't There and Mulholland Drive... Two odd movies that are both worth seeing, but neither a complete knockout.

The Coen Brothers' go film noir and get yet another really good performance out of Billy Bob Thornton, but it pained me to see just how unimportant Frances McDormand's character was in the movie. Good movie, good casting, good supporting roles, but her part felt like it was almost nonexistent.

As for Mulholland Drive, it is a return to an earlier Lynch... something akin to the Twin Peaks movie, but not up to par with Blue Velvet. Like all of Lynch's movies, Mulholland Drive was at times beautiful, eerie, captivating... it even included an unexpected but extremely erotic lesbian scene. Unfortunately, you start to really care and take an interest in the two main characters (acted wonderfully and alluringly by Naimi Watts and Laura Harring)... just before Lynch changes the entire perspective and focus of the movie, making the audience wonder why they bothered caring in the first place.

In the end, the movie does make some degree of sense, but it feels like an exercise to get to that point - it's another one of those movies which you can't fully understand without thinking about it for hours afterwards - and it still feels at times like a premise for the sake of premise, oddness for the sake of oddness, style for the sake of style. Still, it is David Lynch. It's worth seeing... but it almost makes you wish that he would throw in the towel and pursue a career in lesbian erotica. He'd be a great pornographer...

Oh... and I have been playing a lot of Scrabble lately with Kirsten. Unfortunately, I am starting to get good and be entirely too frustrating for a friendly game anymore. I turned her opening play "zoned" into a double triple "prezoned", that scored 180 points, frustrating her and prompting her to call the game.

The thing is, prezoned apparently isn't a word, despite what these people say. "Blazoned", however, is... and it is what I should have played a few turns before. How do I know this?! Well, Merriam-Webster Online doesn't just allow you to search for a word, but to add wildcards (asterisks) within your search (even though this isn't mentioned on their site...) Enter a search for "*zoned" and you will see the possibilities. You can even use multiple wildcards, like "*zone*" and discover even more exciting possibilities for terrorizing unsuspecting Scrabble players.

Words can be addictive, and overexposure can turn you into a Scrabble geek. Clearly, this would be A Bad Thing...

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