Waves

I went to work and saw that co-workers were preparing for interviews. I wasn’t doing that because the terrible scheduling policies would make a promotion more like a punishment. At least I got to leave early, and I walked out to the bus stop and made my way over to Emeryville to catch a movie. I decided to see “Waves” instead of “Queen and Slim.” What some people thought was “fluid camera movement” to me was mere annoyance. I don’t want camera shot spinning around 360 degrees, giving me a headache. Stop it already. Whenever I see irritating camera work, I think of Howard Hawks and how he had the opposite philosophy. The first half of the movie reminded me of “Shoot the Moon” and “Moonlight.” It had a teenager making bad decisions in important areas, starting with an arm injury and a girlfriend. A stern father and an immature girlfriend certainly don’t help matters. Tension builds up as male rage comes to the surface. That part reminded me of Albert Finney in “Shoot the Moon.” The tragedy and the aftermath were what reminded me of “Moonlight.” I have to give credit to Trey Edward Shults for not dodging issues or making excuses. The second half of the movie shifts the focus to the sister. He enters a relationship which I found forgettable. In fact, this boyfriend is downright annoying with his apologies and softness. The movie ran too long and a big part of the story was missing, which was the story of the girlfriend’s family. You can think about the other parts that are missing. The key song on the soundtrack was Dinah Washington’s “What a Difference a Day Makes.” I found the movie exhausting to watch. I thought it was a good movie, although some more thought could have gone into it. Trey Edward Shults is only 31 years old. I don’t know much about his life story or experiences. I hope it wasn’t like Lucas Hedges’ character. Hedges was the nephew we saw in “Manchester by the Sea.” Some of the people who died on December 4 include Bert Lahr (1967), Tommy Bolin (1976), Benjamin Britten (1976), Frank Zappa (1993), and Robert Loggia (2015). Today is a birthday for Fred Armisen (53), Marisa Tomei (55), and Jeff Bridges (70). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for December 4, an impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash happened in 1956, resulting in the “Million Dollar Quartet” album. In 1964, the “Beatles for Sale” album, featuring “Eight Days a Week” and “I’m a Loser,” was released in the U.K. In 1980, the members of Led Zeppelin announced that they would not continue as a band after the death of John Bonham. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Prince in a copyright infringement case involving Prince’s half-sister Lorna Nelson and the lyrics to the song “U Got the Look.” In 1990, Madonna appeared on the Nightline television show to defend her video for “Justify My Love.”

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