atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4625: This is what passes for today's post.

I woke up today feeling well embalmed. No energy, no gumption, no reserve, no willpower. Ended up calling off work because I just could not move.

Five hours of sleep later I feel better but not good, and regardless of other factors I have to run to the store. I do not want to go. I don't want to go anywhere but back to bed.

The only real symptoms are the fatigue, a generalized ill feeling below my diaphragm, crampiness, and a headache. I am hoping this is not merely a precursor of a worse illness because I can't afford to take another day off.

Today is a very warm Sunday for mid-March in the midwest. 64°, partly sunny, a bit of a wind--perfect for riding a motorcycle if you're so inclined, but I am not, and nothing's going to change that. Tomorrow's supposed to be over seventy. I'm not riding the bike tomorrow, either.


* * *

Last night Mrs. Fungus and I watched Juggernaut expecting it to be a bad 1970s disaster movie. Instead it was a really tense thriller about bombs aboard an ocean liner, and there were a ton of actors in it that I recognized.

First up: Richard Harris. He played Dumbledore in Harry Potter and was in several other movies, though the one I knew him from was Patriot Games.

Anthony Hopkins was in it, though that was obvious from the get-go. Omar Sharif, too; in 1974 he was the biggest star in the thing. But then we got to other roles. In no particular order, and the shows I remember them from:
Julian Glover (most recently Grand Maester Pycelle in Game of Thrones, but a host of others)
Ian Holm (Bilbo from Lord of the Rings)
Kenneth Colley (Admiral Piett from the first Star Wars trilogy)
Freddie Jones (Thufur in Dune)
Tom Chadbon (Duggan in the Doctor Who episode "City of Death")
Clifton James (Sheriff Pepper in Live and Let Die and Man With The Golden Gun)
Seeing these people made it even more entertaining than it already was, and at that it was a good movie. (I feel as if I'm forgetting someone, too, but oh well.)

The bomb defusing scenes were really tense, because unlike modern movies there's no hints, no formula being followed, so you feel as if people could die any time they touch the damned bombs. (And there are seven bombs aboard.) It was shot and directed really well, too.

There is the fact that we weren't expecting much from it, except maybe a source of wisecracks, and instead got a well-made movie, so that may be coloring my impressions of the thing. It's probably not very high on rewatch factor. I was expecting a "Me, too!" movie made after the success of The Poseidon Adventure but in fact this movie is a lot more suspenseful than that movie was.

All told, a worthwhile effort.

* * *

But I still feel rancid, and I think I'm going back to bed now.

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