Derik Badman's Journal

2020-01-24 07:15

Starting to get lighter in the morning today, something in the air, it's really clear out, sharp. It's quite nice, still pretty cold. Blue sky tinted with purple clouds in the west, yellow where the sun is rising in the east.

Got about two chapters into Tanizaki's The Makioka Sisters before deciding it was not for me. The plot setup seemed like a Ozu movie (large family, daughters and marriage), but the writing was doing nothing for me. That can go back to the library.

Watched the first episode of Star Trek: Picard last night and I'm interested. It so far feels different than other Trek shows. It's not, as of yet, at least, focused around a ship (or station) and a crew. It is also pretty wrapped up in events previous to the start of the show, some of which I'm not clear how they ended up in the timeline. Something about androids attacking... Mars or something. I don't think that happened in any of the shows or movies. Curious to see where it goes. It was a bit surprising to see how old Patrick Stewart is now after having so recently watched those episodes from 20 years ago.

Late tonight, I'm watching Bergman's Summer with Monika on the Criterion Channel. I don't have a great sense of his work I've watched a few, but have kind of forgotten them. I don't know, but just watching this now, he's one of those directors where the shots and the compositions are just so beautiful that sometimes it almost doesn't matter what the movie is about. You know that he really cared about the imagery and how things were set up and where everything was. Kind of like Ozu who you also get that same feeling, that everything is very composed and planned.