Laura (1944)

I had to watch this film, Laura, for my film appreciation class. I hadn’t watched too many movies in the Film Noir genre, but this one was very interesting to me.

I certainly wasn’t expecting the story to unfold as it did. I truly enjoyed it. It was interesting to me to see Vincent Price in the role of boy toy/gigolo in the movie. I am so used to seeing him in the horror genre, so I had a hard time with that. If I hadn’t been told it was him in the role, I would never have believed it.

Because I liked this movie so much, I went on to join the Roxie theater in its Film Noir discussions on Tuesdays. I’ll be writing about those movies, soon.

Laura is definitely worth a watch. I highly recommend it.

Quarantine Causing Introverted Behavior

Quarantine causing introverted behavior

The above linked article tells about being isolated, but not alone. It mentions how overwhelming it is to be online for hours every week, even if it is just doing nonsense, like watching TV together.

I truly understand how the author feels. I have Zoom meetings almost every night. I try to limit them, but with school, it’s nearly impossible. Some days, I have had 5 meetings, back to back. It’s too much.

Unfortunately, I have had to cancel the social ones, since the school meetings affect my grades. I have told my friends “I just don’t have enough social in me this week.” I can’t think of another way to explain it.

Horror Books by Diverse Authors

Horror books

All of the books listed in the above linked article are horror books by diverse authors. The descriptions of them make them all sound wonderful. I’ve added a couple to my TBR list.

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun

Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias

We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan 

The Good House by Tananarive Due

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

I have lost my reading glasses

I had a lot of homework to do this weekend, so much of my time was spent wearing my reading glasses. I can’t wear them when I walk around, so I take them off when I go get a glass of water or go to the bathroom. I just put them down randomly and hope I can find them later.

On Saturday, after writing an especially hard paper, I ran off to the restroom. When I came back, I had to look all over for my glasses. I couldn’t find them anywhere. It took me a good five minutes to find them. I found them when I gave up and tried to type. At least they weren’t really lost.

Catching up from October

I went back to look at my posts from each month this year. Wow. I really slipped in October. I hadn’t been doing much reading, but I did manage to get to finishing book 89/100, so I’m not doing too bad.

I did find that I have several posts started, and just not published. So, that will be on this week’s agenda. Now that I’m done with midterms and I’m well into my final paper for two classes, I have a little bit of time. Time to play catch up!

Today’s Showtimes

I’ve had several movies to watch for my film appreciation class. Most have had deadlines, which I’ve met, but several are for extra credit or for my final paper, so I have a while to get the work done.

My daughter had to watch a movie for school, also, so she asked me to join her. I had a lecture on Zoom at 3, so we had to schedule around it. I was trying hard to figure out how everything was going to be watched, so I had to write it out.

I ended up writing a schedule and I’ve been calling it the marquee. At least I entertain myself. Also, if I don’t get to the last movie, at least I have another few weeks to finish it. I got a chunk of homework done today already and I feel accomplished.

I had popcorn delivered to me before the show.

More homework help

A very sleepy Molly decided to help me with homework. She climbs onto the back of the chair and lies down behind me with her head on the armrest. Thankfully, it’s a little chilly right now, so her heat doesn’t bother me much.

Here’s what Molly looks like wide awake

Molly plays hard, makes a mess, and then lies down at my feet in the mess she made. She loves to tear apart cardboard boxes and leave the pieces everywhere.

She usually is a good homework helper. She has a few issues if the film that I am watching has a dog in it. Yesterday, she decided to find a very noisy toy to play with during my Zoom meeting. No one could hear anything, but we got through it.