friday random ten, 1961 edition
the proverbial shot of adrenaline

what i watched last week

Milk. More traditional, in a biopic kind of way, than I was expecting. Still, it was a good biopic, and Sean Penn really is amazing. As I mentioned elsewhere, one thing that surprised me was the absence of Jonestown ... you could argue that such an inclusion would have strayed off topic, but for myself and, I suspect, for many others, Jonestown and the Milk/Moscone/White tragedies are connected forever. 8 Oscar nominations, #153 on the TSPDT 21st Century's Most Acclaimed list. 8/10.

Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock. Not really a movie, this is just all of the stuff from which the makers of Woodstock chose a few tracks. The visuals are nothing to write home about, even in Blu-ray, so you're left with a good concert album. But I already have the CD. 6/10.

Man on Wire. For all of the audacity offered up by wire-walking Philippe Petit, I wasn't truly drawn in to his remarkable work during most of this movie. His feat was amazing, his story interesting, the presentation (a documentary done like a heist film) intriguing, but I was ready to say "good movie" and move on. Perhaps it's because I couldn't connect entirely with Petit, who accomplishes something on a level most of us can only dream about. No, what finally sucked me in was near the end, as Petit is performing his walk between the towers, and two of his friends, reminiscing about watching him seeming to float in the air, break into tears. Even thirty years later, their memory of Petit's walk overwhelms them. That's when I connected at last, because I'll never be Philippe Petit, but I'm a very good audience. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Feature Documentary, #196 on the TSPDT 21st Century Most Acclaimed list. 9/10.