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Date: May 28th, 2020.
Time of Writing: 11:51 PM.
Weather: Humid as all hell in the afternoon when I went outside.
Mental and Physical Health State: Getting through it. It's just gotta be a day by day thing.
Day Overview: Didn't wake up super early like yesterday but still earlier than I would have liked to. Sat around on the couch for a lot of the day, whether I was playing video games or watching a movie. But I did get some writing done, just some edits to a rough draft of a section of a thing. That sounds really specific but trust me it's not all too deep. I went on another walk, and I think I saw someone I knew but I couldn't really say hi since they were across the street.
On My Mind: I've got so many people that I need to talk to and go see when I'm able. Not just people I was regularly in contact with before this started, but people from even before then. I don't know why, but living through something like this has given me the impulse to go back and check up on things to see if they're okay. When you're stuck inside this long you can't be blamed for getting a little bit reflective every now and then.
Works In Progress:
- Relatives in Descent by Protomartyr: I feel like there was a lot on this release that's done better by bands like Tropical Fuck Storm and Preoccupations, this is really sort of weak post-punk and though there are moments when it feels just the right kind of anxious and jittery for the most part this misses the mark in that respect. It feels like a release that would be better off if it made up its mind and leaned into the punk or leaned more into the art rock songwriting pizzaz. It's caught between the two right now and all the worse for it. 7/10.
- Stretch 2 by Arca: Alternate universe stuff. Feels like it crawled out of a toxic waste pit. This is incredibly gritty stuff. So textural you can almost feel it. Absolute head trip this one here. Ekes out its own sense of weird by being almost recognizable, it feels like there's an alternate path we could have gone down where this was the kind of thing that everybody was into. It would have taken us a really really long time to get there, but it'd happen eventually. 9/10.
- Uncut Gems directed by Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie: Time really dilates in this movie. It's just over two hours long and covers the last days of a man who has spent his entire life telling people to give him a second chance because he keeps fucking up so badly. It's insane. It's a headtrip from start to finish too. Edge of your seat stuff. This guy has all of the irons in the fire. All of them. The blue color this whole thing is soaked in, also rocks. Sometimes it feels like they shot this as a documentary, and other times it feels like I'm watching a moving painting. Once the scheme clicks in your head is when things really pick up. The soundtrack is a masterpiece as well. Absolute masterclass. I need to watch this a second time with friends or something. 10/10.
- Dark Souls Remastered developed by From Software: Three bosses to kill; Manus, Kalameet, and then Gwyn.
Works Produced: A few hundred words of editing. Turning half sentences into real sentences.
Other Thoughts: Thank you for reading my blog. I'm aware yesterday's post didn't actually go through, that's because I forgot to hit save on the index file, I'm real sorry about that.