Recently I've been so busy and a large chunk of that busy has required computer time - to the point where my hands were hurting. So I took a little break from blogging because that would have meant even more time on the computer. And I gave my hands a break by watching some movies.
One was X-Men: First Class. Let's just say growing up I didn't always feel like I fit in with the rest of the kids. And when you already feel like an outsider, developing a mutation that gives you some sort of crazy super power and being accepted into Professor Xavier's School for the Gifted is really only a step away. Right? :) So I've been a fan of things X-Men for quite some time and I was looking forward to seeing this backstory. And here's the thing, I like action movies but I have this little caveat where I require a plot... and at least a healthy sprinkling of logic. Luckily, X-Men: First Class has all of that and gets bonus points for historical fiction. Plus the acting is pretty stellar for this kind of movie with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender more than pulling their weight and making up for one particular cast member (you'll be able to spot that person pretty quickly so I'm not even going to say who it is).
Mutant heroes/anti-heroes not your thing? Well then step right over to the 2011 Jane Eyre. Romance for those who like that and suspense for those who are sometimes bored by romances. Double bonus for those who like both. And oh look, Michael Fassbender is in this one too. Somehow I'd managed to have zero exposure to the story of Jane Eyre until I saw this movie but I enjoyed it so much I actually plan to read the book. I can't tell you how it compares to other versions but to my friends who studied the Gothic Revival with me - this version was rather sublime. And photographers? There is an abundance of natural light situations in this film. I appreciated the beauty and the challenges of it. See...? I'm in photographer-mode even when I'm watching a movie.
So there you go. Enjoy them with this zero-calorie popcorn illustration I whipped up just for this post.
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