Last night I met up with my homie Jordan for a fab dinner at Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood before I made my way to the Arclight Theater in Hollywood to see Zero Dark Thirty. If I don’t see movies as soon as they open in theaters, the likelihood is very high that I won’t see them in theaters at all. Zero is a film that I’ve been incredibly curious to see and I figured seeing it on opening night here in LA would be a great idea. I am happy to report that I enjoyed the film very much. Despite some negative feedback that I’ve heard from other people, I found the film to be pretty damn good.
Much like the 10 year manhunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty takes a long time to get to the eventual pay off … but it’s a convention that I think really works for this film. The story of how bin Laden was found and brought to justice is a long, very procedural and drawn out story. And even tho the film takes a long time to get to the exciting conclusion, it never felt long or boring to me. While I admit the controversial torture scenes are difficult to watch, they’re not nearly as bad as I thought they would be. I was much more disturbed by the violence I saw in the network TV series The Following than by any of the torture scenes in this rated R film. IMHO, Zero Dark Thirty is a far superior film to Kathryn Bigelow’s film The Hurt Locker (which won a few Academy Awards, including Best Director for Bigelow) so I’m hopeful that folks will take notice and heap praise on this film as well. Jessica Chastain is such an amazing actress, I found her character so believable that I forgot that she was acting. She became the fiercely dedicated CIA agent who would not stop until bin Laden was found … and killed. Considering the subject matter, I’m not sure this film is for everyone but I really did enjoy it, from beginning to end. If Zero Dark Thirty doesn’t win awards come Awards Season, then there is truly no justice in the cinematic world.
Earlier in the day, my redecorating project moved forward a bit when I put on display all of the running medals that I procured this past year:
As you can see, I’ve already filled up the bar so I’m going to need extender bars to add more medals soon :) As I said before, the redecorating has been fun and I really love seeing my stuff up on the walls but … the more my apartment becomes about me, the less it becomes about David and me … and that realization is still very hard. I just have to push forward and soldier on, tho.