So I go to see Four Brothers tonight, which I knew very little about going in, and the film is just brutal. It's violent, and crazed, and has Andre "3000" Benjamin in a decidedly non-musical role, although his voice is so distinctive that I kept expecting him to go, "3000's always changing but you stay the same/and I neeeeeeeedddddddddd thaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttt". I'm a little bit of an Outkast fan. Can't help it.
Anyway, this movie had me freaked out to an incredible degree - hands over eyes, fidgeting around, the whole nine. It was all guns and death and execution-style killings in snow and people being drowned under the ice. Insane. John Singleton has gotten even more pissed off since Boyz n the Hood. I don't see this type of film very often, and I was reminded why. I'd had no caffeine for many hours and still thought I was going to jump out of my seat like fifty times. It wasn't all bad. I love Mark Wahlberg, although I have no idea why, and Tyrese is no harm to the eyes either, and oh yeah, not a bad actor. The soundtrack was dope - lots of Marvin Gaye (it's set in Detroit - talk about "Inner City Blues". Let's give that song of the day props while we're at it - the sexiest, grooviest song about poverty and devastation ever.).
A highlight was the trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal's upcoming movie. It's called Jarhead. I know, me getting into a movie about the Marines is unlikely and strange, but as my friend said unexpectedly when he came on the screen, "He's so weird but I just LIKE him." Which is why we are friends.
After the alarming movie, we went to the IHOP, where at one point a big man walked by our table and I told everyone I was never going to see a violent film again, because I totally expected him to produce a gun and start shooting. The friends who went and saw the movie about the 40 year old virgin laughed at us for passing up that genius film for Four Brothers.
It got better after that. I haven't hung out in a place like that for hours and talked about life and drank coffee and gotten silly since those lovely Denny's days in Ohio, and it was sweet indeed. IHOP also makes a nice crepe with lemon butter. Yes, indeed.
I am really grateful for my friends. I have so many amazing people in my life right now who are supportive, gifted, creative and fun, and I'm feeling pretty lucky about that. Things have been so hectic, but it's so true that sometimes you just have to take the break and hang out with people...I've also found that I still give pretty good advice (thought I was tapped out there for a while!) and some people - even those who are not completely desperate or drunk out of their minds - seem to appreciate it! ; )