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Hulk Logan - The Literary Exhibitionist
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08202016-09


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Shobhit and I went to see Logan last night, choosing a Monday evening because with an Orca Card at Sundance Cinemas, all Monday shows are only $6. I get the feeling now that Shobhit knows about that, we'll be spending a lot of Mondays up there.

We were going to see it last Monday, but then we remembered the HOA annual meeting and went to that instead. I never had any pressing urge to see this movie, though -- in fact it was mostly both Shobhit and Sara's interest that finally made me basically like "Okay, fine" -- so waiting until Monday this week was all right with me.

Shobhit came and picked me up at work at 4:30 so we could make it to the 5:00 show. We found street parking and I paid just a little over a dollar for about 70 minutes until the parking spot would be free. It was surprisingly relatively easy to find.

Sara had talked about seeing that with me the previous Monday, and then Shobhit just decided he wanted to come too. But then something came up and Sara "wasn't feeling very sociable," and wasn't even at work on Monday last week. This week, she had other plans. "I'm seeing it without you then," I said, matter-of-factly -- though not maliciously. She said she was sorry and I said it was all right. One of these days we'll get to another movie together. Just not this one. So, it was just Shobhit and me.

Shobhit commented on the ride home afterward that the movie had a "solid script" -- I would agree; it's likely the best script of any of the ten movies to date to feature X-men characters. (Deadpool is the one film out of the ten that's not directly part of the "X-Men" series, and it featured lower-tier X-men characters that were by far the weakest element of Deadpool, which was fun to a degree but nowhere near as great as its fans make it out to be.) I would actually go so far as to say it may be the best of the whole bunch, which, considering there are ten of them, is kind of extraordinary. X-Men 2 was always my favorite X-Men movie until now, and I might still say so if I were to watch that one again. But Logan, at least, feels the most honest about its own universe, and has the greatest amount of actual character development.

I also enjoyed the previous Wolverine movie, The Wolverine, much more than I expected to, but that was because of its cleverly exciting action sequences. I have since mostly sworn off superhero movies, but when one comes along that everyone seems to be raving about, I sometimes -- but not always -- go ahead and go see it. I found Logan to be a breath of fresh air because it eschewed so much of the now-cliché elements now found in virtually all of the other films. This would include over-the-top climactic battles that destroy (or threaten to destroy) entire cities or more, which both the otherwise-fun Guardiens of the Galaxy and Deadpool suffered from. Even now, it seems that more often than not when I make an exception and see the acclaimed movies, I still find myself disappointed. That did not happen with Logan. I'm glad I saw it.

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Hugh Jackman is reportedly not going to play Wolverine again -- and the way the movie plays out supporting that notion notwithstanding, it makes sense. I got tired of seeing a supposedly non-aging character clearly age in movie after movie, and with this one he finally looked older (it's set in the future and he's also being poisoned by the adamantium on his bones). For once, he had a part after all these years that presented him in a way that made sense.

That guy must have one hell of a workout regimen, though. He's 48 years old and buff as shit. Maybe now that he's done with Wolverine as a character he can relax a little.

Anyway. We came home and made pizza bagels for dinner, maybe my new favorite dinner idea. More bagels next time at Costco! We worked on a New York Times crossword puzzle for a bit while eating, but then I went to write my review. I went to bed not long after that.

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I keep thinking about writing some fiction again -- which I have not done in literally ten years -- and then not doing it. I might have to come up with a way to trick myself into it, like taking my work laptop to a coffee shop. Or maybe seeing if Laney wants to turn our Boozy Art Nights into meeting for writing together. Something. Coming up with an idea might also be easier once Shobhit gets a job; as it stands right now, when I'm at home we spend most of our time together, watching TV or movies. I have pretty much zero alone time at home these days. I don't resent Shobhit for that, though, for the record. He's actively looking for work, and I'm sure he'll find something sooner or later. He even went to a job fair today, although there were apparently no tech companies there.

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