20 January 2010

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Today, my maintenance class was canceled, so I had 6 hours of free time between classes.

I used that time to go to a theatre and catch the matinee of Doctor Parnassas.
If you don't know, the film is directed by Terry Gilliam, and is the last film that the late Heath Ledge starred in. In fact, he died halfway during filming, so there were some creative choices made to explain another actor, which made sense.

The film itself is decent. The visuals were hit and miss. The story was straightforward, except that the 'deal' was never really explained well. Doctor Parnassus has a deal with the devil that whoever got 5 souls first wins the bet. Now, I presume that the devil will evil his way into the people's hearts to get their soul. I don't really know what the doctor is doing to get the souls.
*upon reading the summary, it looks like Parnassus is trying to 'inspire' the people to become better, while the devil is tempting them with fear/lust.*

Another problem is that I never felt connected to any of the characters at all. I understand that I'm supposed to cheer for male-love-interest, but I really don't give a darn.

Side note: I was the only person in the entire theatre. I guess the combination of it being at 11:35 AND that this film doesn't have a big buzz explained it.

Bed time

Over the past week or so, I've been exprimenting with a different sleeping schedule. Instead of sleeping for a block of Six to eight hours, I've been going for shorter chunks of three to four hours twice a day.

I didn't try to do this pattern intentionally. It just kinda came together that way from the hours I've been working. I have to confess that I love the quietness of late night. Really the best time to work.