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Yay! Back to days!

Friday was the end of the night work – next week, we’re back on days and we (and I think I can safely speak for the entire crew here) couldn’t be happier.

This weekend’s project is to transition from a night schedule back to my typical early-bird one – which isn’t nearly as difficult as going the other way. Over years of doing this, I’ve developed a method. All I do is stay up for the entire day after I’ve worked a night (that would be today), go to bed really early, and then get up the next morning, back in the land of the sunlight.

I got home from work this morning, took the car into the mechanic’s for an oil change and a tune-up, cleaned up the house a bit (it’s hit ‘filth threshold’ and I can’t stand it anymore), and now the plan is to try to stay awake until about 7 or (hopefully 8) pm. It’s 5 now, so I may clean some more or go to the gym.

A movie’s out as sitting still in a dark room for 2 hours is probably not going to help me stay awake – unless I see something that’s going to scare the shit out of me, but then I won’t be able to sleep tonight (and don’t tell me to go see Hostel 2. That whole misogyny/porn/gore combo doesn’t so much scare me as make me want to hunt down Eli Roth and beat him upside the head until I’ve bent the shaft on every single golf club I own).

After sleeping all night tonight, I’ll bounce out of bed in the morning and will magically be back on a day schedule – okay, I’ll still be tired tomorrow, but it’s Sunday so all I’ll have to do is laundry and maybe some light gardening.

Hopefully, I’ll wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed (as much as one can be at 4:30 am) Monday morning.

Filed under: crack of dawn, up all night, Work

6 Responses

  1. Axis says:

    Just out of curiosity, did you have problems with the first Hostel or did it only become bad when the main characters were women?

    Peggy sez: I’ve got a problem with that entire subgenre, but I don’t suppose Roth’s movies are any worse than anyone else’s.

  2. anon says:

    If you’ve ever worked with Eli you’d want to do that anyway, even if he was making G rated Disney Sunday night movies…

  3. Charli says:

    I’m not into horror, so I can’t comment on Hostel, but I did see the “Descent” with a friend of mine and the reason this was a lot of fun, this girl in front of us gave us coupons for candy and this guy over to the right was really nice and every time there was a gory part the guy and I would say out loud, “sick” man it was hilarity. My friend and the girl in front sank in their seats. Oh my God, it was a very sparse theater and it felt like we were a little family watching a movie.

    Good to hear you’re going back to day. My neighbor still keeps me up. We’ve been here 3 months and already we are thinking of moving.

  4. racergirl says:

    Re Hostel:

    Couldn’t agree more. Films in this vein don’t scare me. They make me sad and angry.

  5. Axis says:

    I find your reaction of sad and angry interesting.
    The first Hostel could be described as a demented morality tale, much in the same vein as Pinochio, (sp?) going to pleasure island. Three guys thinking only of their own lusts, go someplace because they’ve heard the women are easy, only to discover, too late for two of them, that if something seems to good to be true it probably isn’t, and nothing is for free. Their own selfishness was their undoing.
    If the problem is the whole torture/gore aspect, admittedly it’s not for everyone, but ultimately what Roth does is show the types of things that are only implied in other films. Can you imagine how different war films or other celebrated violent films, (Godfather to name one), would be if they actually showed the terror and gore with the intensity of a movie like Hostel? Would the films be as celebrated?
    I’m not holding Roth up as a genius, but he’s said he wants people to feel it when he shows this stuff on film.
    What I found most disturbing about seeing Hostel were the two couples who brought their very young children with them to the film.
    Can’t comment about Hostel 2 until I’ve seen it.

  6. racergirl says:

    Point taken, Axis.

    And in Hostel’s and Mr. Roth’s defense, I’ve never…uh, actually SEEN Hostel.

    I will take your word (and Roth’s word) for it that the film had some artistic merit, but I still ain’t gonna see it, for a couple reasons. First, while I used to work in film (that’s why I read this blog), I now work in a field where I have to deal with man’s cruelty to man WAY too much, so I have no desire to watch it in my free time. Second, I think WAY too many people just get off on the porn/gore, and any moral comment or artistic merit is lost on them. The fact that people get off on that stuff–that’s what makes me sad and angry.

    I understand completely what you’re saying when comparing films that flirt with gore (Godfather) and those that roll around in it. My concern is that though it may be the film-maker’s intention to confront the audience with the real horror of such gore and make them think, I’m afraid a large part of the audience is just giggling and squealing and (good lord) hoping for more.

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