So, new list time. Technically Tron Legacy and The King’s Speech are 2010 movies, but I’m listing them in the order that I saw them, so they fall in my 2011 list.
Which currently looks like this:
- The King’s Speech
- Tron Legacy
The King’s Speech is an excellent film. The dialogue is engaging and you genuinely feel bad for someone who’s led a very privileged life because he is forced to do something we almost all dread: public speaking, and he has to do it around a stammer. In the 2010 Oscar race, I felt Social Network had a lot of the qualities to make it, but this movie came in and swept them all away. I’d easily have Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush as my picks (if I actually had any influence) for best actor and best supporting actor. Helena Bonham Carter makes a good case for her to get best supporting actress, but I’d have to see the other films.
The other end of it is Tron: Legacy. Not a bad film, actually a good popcorn flick, but it’s quality is nowhere near the King’s Speech. It’s basically the same movie as Tron only with more backstory and twice as much Jeff Bridges. Stacy really got into it and I think benefited from not having seen the first movie at all. Overall, seeing it in 3D was a waste. I never noticed it when it was in 3D or when it wasn’t. Maybe I’m just losing my ability to notice it, but overall I’d just save the money. Overall, I just wasn’t superimpressed by anything in the film, it just seemed like they skipped around in the story too much. Maybe the flashbacks were obnoxious to me…they could have shown a lot of that in the front end to better explain things…ah who knows. It doesn’t work out that way. Narrators and flashbacks really just get on my nerves most of the time. Sometimes they work, but not in this case (again, for me).
So, I made myself a promise that once I broke a certain weight goal, I’d go back into soccer. Stacy S. talked me into going back a little bit earlier, forcing me to bust my hump (made the goal, btw, and an extra 20 lbs beyond it). First practice, I badly jam two of my fingers, and I come back sore as hell. Second practice: no hand injuries but I’m still sore. Did a lot more running.
And then the games, three weeks into the season and we’ve played two games. Lost one due to rain, but I was going to miss it due to a trip, so I’m not too terribly upset. First game out, I was nervous as hell. I made a good showing for my first game back, but the other team ran all over us. They had sharp passes and good dribblers, and we couldn’t seem to match up. At some point, I got too tired to react and it just started raining goals. Ended badly for us, and I didn’t have much I could take out of it except “don’t run around so much”
Second game went better for the team, but much worse for me. I made some errors early on that got us down 3-2. Eventually I sorted myself out and only gave up one more goal, but I was really annoyed because I’m coming out of the box too much, and one of the goals was because I wasn’t being aggressive enough inside the box. So, what I need to work on is being patient with my defense and not rushing out of the penalty box to get the ball. I’ve been beaten too often. So, I’ll stay back more until they’re in the box. Also, on crosses, everything is mine from here on out. Shouting and all of that, I can’t let them get crosses because players now are adept enough with their heads to beat me. Our team won that one, so the offense really saved me there.
Just somethings I need to work on.