America, New York and Chicago
Two new ones and an old one. I saw B.J. Novak’s Vengeance. He is the leading actor and I’ve seen him in Office Space, but I couldn’t remember that, nor did I know his name. So I was surprised when researching the movie that he wrote and directed the movie. It was a very wise, serious comedy with similar vibes as Uncut Gems. He also references Seinfeld. There is quite a bit of philosophy relevant to our modern history which battles the plot, or complements it interestingly enough. I was working out my reflection of the movie afterwards and the scenes that I felt didn’t feel exactly right, but still somehow managed to bridge the action appropriately. I was thinking about how else those scenes could have been done and then I realized it made perfect sense that he wrote the part and that is why he is the only one that could have pulled it off that way. Next I saw The Devil Wears Prada. I know the title like an “ex who wore the perfume” type of comparison, but I honestly knew nothing about the movie. I liked that one as well. Right now I’m listening to another music release. James Iha has reunited with Smashing Pumpkins for a recent release which is Act I of a three-part rock opera called Atum. I’m not sure this is the next Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, still it’s exciting that some of those “big tracks” could emerge by 2023.