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I have the day off, but it isn't really a day off. I've got to get to the bank, the cleaners and Home Depot for toilet replacement parts. Then there's a phone session, three reports and I'm sure I'm forgetting a thing or two. Still, it feels like a day off because I won't be in the office, locked into a schedule all day.
Over a month ago, I said I would discuss a couple of movies, but I never got to that. Work has been so dang busy, I haven't had time. Or I should say, I used any free time I had for activities other than posting here.
In addition to carrying a higher-than-usual therapy client load, I'm maxed out with psych evaluations, so I've been working 60 hour weeks. Perhaps if it was a different sort of work it wouldn't seem like so much, but it's psychically tiring. I won't keep up at this rate for much longer. I'll be done with a big assessment contract at the end of April, and the summer is slower for psychotherapy, and we'll take a vacation.
About those movies, I'll just say Son of Saul is graphic, but it wasn't offensive to me as it was to many people. Aside from that, I've got to disagree with the high Tomato Meter score on this one. Son of Saul was a tedious, one-note song.
In contrast, I thought 45 Years was outstanding. It was a film group selection, so I saw it three times, and it was worth viewing each time. Quiet, but powerful, with subtle, spot-on acting, especially on the part of Charlotte Rampling. Lots to discuss about aging, memory, loss, marriage and the ghosts that inhabit our relationships.
We also saw The Revenant, which I was prepared to dislike. Instead, I thought it was quite good, well acted, beautifully shot and fraught with absorbing tension. Not necessarily all that deep, but still great filmmaking, and DiCaprio deserved that Oscar.
On my own, I checked out Trumbo which was quick getting to Netflix. I like Bryan Cranston, he's always good, but the film was boring. It shouldn't have been. There was plenty of material to work with, but it just wasn't good.
We also saw War. Not great, but well worth seeing. Probably not playing in a theater near you, but catch it when it comes to Amazon or Netflix.
Finally, we saw the Danish Girl, which was disappointing. On the positive side, it was a sympathetic portrayal of a transgendered person. The problem is that it's more politically correct than psychologically correct.
I've been using Waze, the "community-based traffic and navigation app,' for a few weeks. So far, my experience is that ETAs are consistently a little too optimistic, but only a little. Occasionally, Waze makes a crazy route suggestion. Last night it chose a route that I ignored because it was insane. As soon as I went my own way, it recalculated travel time and showed that I cut almost 10 minutes off the trip. That's not typical. Most often, it makes smart decisions about whether to stay on the highway and fight through a traffic jam, or get off and take an alternate route. The alternate routes seem to be good choices. And though I'm not ticket prone, I appreciate the police and red-light camera warnings.