January 28, 2013

Downton Thoughts and Zero Dark Thirty


Sunday, instead of watching the SAG Awards, we went to see Zero Dark Thirty (I totally forgot they were on...).

I had been putting it off for a few weeks, even though I knew Scott really wanted to see it.  We really didn't like The Hurt Locker, so I didn't have a whole lot of faith in Kathryn Bigelow this time around.

Zero Dark Thirty is a long movie at 2 hours and 37 minutes.  It's also a reallyreally good movie.  As Scott said, "There wasn't one moment where you're thinking 'This is boring'".  It jumped from scene to scene, event to event, pretty quickly and so it held my attention.  I have a notoriously short attention span when it comes to movies.

You, I hope, know what's going to happen at the end, but you don't want to turn away because you want to see HOW it happens.

Also, Scott was in Afghan-land when some of that stuff was going on.  The scene at Camp Chapman? He narrated that whole thing to me, telling me that's not what Camp Chapman actually looks like, that wasn't the way the meeting went down, etc, etc.  He was just a few miles away when that incident occurred in December 2009.

He told me they left a lot out, plus the government denies that much of it happened that way (See this article for information on the characters).  I guess we'll never know.  I do wonder how long it took Ms. Bigelow to do her research.  Probably been keeping her busy since The Horrible Experience That Was The Hurt Locker.

I found the movie to be fascinating and, in all honesty, it made me feel completely worthless concerning my career path.  I should've tried for the CIA.  I'm not doing enough to "protect the homeland".

And now I'm conflicted:  I am JLaw faithful, but now I like Jessica Chastain too.  Either could win Best Actress and I'd be happy.  As long as that Southern Wild movie doesn't win anything.

Onto Downton Abbey...

My Twizzler fell out of my mouth when Sybil died.  I couldn't believe Julian Fellowes did that to us (See Slate.com recap here).

I suppose now Tom is really going to go all revolutionary, and I'm curious as to what they name the baby.
Also, I think this will stall Mary's baby-creating efforts.  She just watched her baby sister die from a pregnancy complication that could have been prevented...had they listened to the good doctor, Dr. Clarkson.  Cora has every right to be ticked at Lord Grantham.  He made a bonehead decision based on rank/class, not medical knowledge.  Poor Sybil.  Poor Tom.  They seemed to be the "most unlikely to be doomed" couple.

This might cheer you up.
I am thrilled that Downton did some winning at the SAG Awards.

And if you don't watch Downton Abbey, I bet that paragraph up there was mighty confusing.

Seen any good movies lately?? Scott loves to go to the movies, and we live 5 minutes from the theater so we're there almost every week.   I usually wear sweatpants.


  1. We liked Hurt Locker. I haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty yet, I am waiting until I can Redbox it. I usually need a break when a movie is that long. We finally saw Argo and loved it. Im still trying to convince Craig to see Silver Linings with me.

  2. I'm trying to talk Dylan into seeing Zero Dark Thirty but he says no. Sigh. I CRIED when Sybil died. Was not expecting that to happen. I love Tom and Sybil together! Also, I've been staring at that gif for 5 minutes cracking up over it. Thank you for that!

  3. I cried. Sybil was my favorite character. Now I'm left with snobby Mary and whiny Edith? Ugh.

  4. I really need to start watching Downtown Abbey! i've heard such great things!


  5. OH. MY. GOD. I watched Downton this morning while I was getting ready for work. I was totally blindsided. I didn't see that one coming AT ALL. To say I'm devastated would be an understatement. (Crazy how I'm so caught up with these characters...) I think I agree with every aspect of your Downton thoughts!


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