Quote of the day: “I regret nothing, except my hair.” ~Tina Lombardi, A Very Long Engagement.
Song of the day: “Break the Chain” by Fleetwood Mac
State of mind: eh
Breakfast: a handful of Christmas colored M-n-Ms. Not exactly the breakfast of champions.
I belong to quite a few bulletin boards, mostly for sci-fi. A real shocker, right? Anyhow, on some of the more juvenile boards that I hardly frequent there is a “Versus” phenomenon where someone starts a ‘character vs. character’ thread and everyone debates which one would kick the other’s ass. This post is kind of like that, except no one is going to be throwing down against anyone else. This is a movie vs. movie post. Enjoy.
I had big plans for this past weekend. I was going to decorate the tree, wrap the gifts I have already bought, visit friends, go to the movies, and attempt to make a pie, so on and so forth. … but alas, no. I did end up doing an obnoxious amount of laundry and watching a lot of movies at home. I rented both A Very Long Engagement and Suspect Zero on Saturday, which are wildly different movies on the surface but surprisingly similar.
One is in French, the other English.
One takes place in 1920, the other present day.
One takes place in France, the other Texas.
One is visually attractive with nice scenery and pleasing colors, the other has a close up of Ben Kingsley while he is both sweating and crying.
One is a romantic mystery while the other is a search for a serial killer.
One has a farting dog, the other does not.
Both are about finding the truth.
Both have a touch of the horrific.
Thomas Mackelway: Where's the boy?
Benjamin O'Ryan: The boy is in pieces under the bed.
(BTW- not to give anything away, but the boy is not under the bed in pieces. That would be too easy.)
So, which one wins the versus game? Hmmm… tough choice, but I will have to go with A Very Long Engagement, despite the subtitles. Why? Well, I would say this: less close ups of Oscar winning stars sweating. Although A Very Long Engagement did have Oscar winner Jodi Foster in an uncompromising position at one point… if you like that sort of thing. (I could have done without it though, but whatever.)
Angel quote of the day:
Angel: You turned evil a lot faster than I thought you would.