NaNo Day 14: Movies are Medicine

Instead of writing last night, I saw Big Hero 6 with friends. Instead of writing tonight, I saw Interstellar with my parents.

And you know what?

It was worth it.

As you can maaaybe tell from my posts this week, I’ve slowly been becoming more and more stressed. To the point that I’ve basically just been walking around in a confused and frustrated haze and snapping at everyone and not being able to sleep and, yeah, every other symptom involved in heading for a breakdown.

But movies are a surefire way of getting me to unwind.

Not that I’m, like, not tense now. Because I am still very much in a confused and frustrated haze and (unfortunately) snapping at everyone. (For instance: My mom just very kindly reminded me I need to work on this letter I need to send to government people about business stuff and I was like, “I WILL GET TO IT EVENTUALLY RIGHT NOW I NEED TO WRITE THIS BLOG POST AND EDIT ANOTHER AND I AM SEVEN THOUSAND WORDS BEHIND IN WHERE I WANT TO BE IN NANOWRIMO RIGHT NOW AND I WILL GET TO IT FREAKING EVENTUALLY OKAY IS THAT OKAY.”)

But still, anyway, back to the point I was trying to make: It’s NaNoWriMo and I am behind on absolutely everything and quite possibly losing it. (Go ahead. Make the joke about how I’ve always been crazy.) But curling up on a cushy chair in a dark theater for a couple hours with a massive screen filling my vision and a rumbling movie score rattling in my fingers is the sort of relief that keeps me from stepping over the edge.

For a couple hours, I am not impossibly stressed. I am not how-ever-many-words-behind or neglecting my homework or trying to make so many things work that might never work, maybe are impossible to work, who knows. The constant pressure at the front of my skull and behind my eyes gives a little. My brain starts analyzing the movie rather than all the things I am not doing right in my life. And it’s just enough to ground me.

Movies remind me why I love stories. They remind me the types of stories I’d like to tell and why I’m doing this admittedly VERY crazy thing known as Trying to Be an Author and why stories are important at all.

Yes, when the lights came up tonight with Hans Zimmer’s base-heavy score still vibrating my skull, I was just as many words behind as when I woke this morning, exhausted and too tightly wound and wondering how I was going to be able to do all this.

But I’m more ready to face life, now.

Also: If you haven’t already, you really need to take a break and watch Big Hero 6 and Interstellar. They’re both fantastic.

Goal for today: 5,000 + yesterday’s leftover 1,000 + Wednesday’s leftover 1,500.

Overall goal: 28,000.

Current word count: 23,527.

(Looking at that, it should be pretty obvious I’m not catching up with my schedule anytime soon. I think I’m going to drop the extra words and just focus on making it to my weekly goal for the next few days, rather than making daily goals. Then hopefully I’ll be back on track the rest of the month. Fingers crossed.)

~Julia

“The Dark Knight Rises” — A Reaction in Pictures *Spoiler Free*

(Update: We’re not going to discuss how a second viewing when not sleep deprived can affect your perception of
The Dark Knight Rises. But I did, and do, really enjoy this movie, despite its many faults. So yeah.)

Q: Why do we fall, Bruce?

A: SO WE CAN MAKE KICKBUTT MOVIES!!!!

I went to see The Dark Knight Rises for the midnight screening last night, and I cannot begin to tell you in words how much I loved it. So, because of the obvious deficiency of my brain (it’s still a little bit numb from the amazingness that was the second half of the movie — the first half was sort of slow), here’s my reaction in pictures instead:

At one point towards the end, I literally jumped up and started crying, because I was just so happy.  My brother can attest to this.

This movie made me smile like a five year old on Christmas for so much of it, it was crazy… Because although it was definitely predictable, and there weren’t any real surprises to the plot for me, it was one of the few movies that made me happy that I predicted it; it was like Christopher Nolan was in my head, putting exactly what I wanted on screen.

Now, I don’t want to put any spoilers on here, since I know a lot of people haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises yet, but let me just say: It is amazing. Undoubtedly one of the best films of the year, and I can’t wait to see it again. Every part of the production was flawless, from the acting to the script to all the tech stuff. (Update: Okay, so not “flawless,” because there are actually definitely a lot of contrived sequences that I didn’t notice in my sleep deprived state, but ya know. Still pretty good.) (Update: Okay so there’s a lot of this movie that pretty much sucks, but I mean, still enjoyable.) It looked and felt beautiful. The beginning was definitely slower than I would have liked, but it would have been difficult to cut it down at all, because everything in it was necessary in order to make the second half the fantastic conclusion that it was.

4.3 out of 5 stars, and worth all the hype. An indescribably awesome ending to an awesome trilogy. 🙂

~Julia

My prayers and condolences go out to those affected by the shooting in Colorado.

I am so sorry.