Ugh. Home from a long day taking my youngest back to university. Actually everything was fine until I got to the 2 miles before The Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, the home stretch, mere minutes from where I live, and invariably where almost all my traffic nightmares begin and end.
For those of you unfamiliar, Norfolk is almost surrounded by water and therefore bridge tunnels which go underwater, and it’s virtually impossible to leave the godforsaken Hampton Roads environs and drive anywhere without going through one. The HRBT, though, is arguably the absolute worst. It backs up easily, so predictability can be difficult. A good rule of thumb is never try to go through it after 2pm on a weekday.
The upshot is that I’m kinda knackered in terms of the whole blog posting thang. I do, howerver, have a small selection of stuff I picked up during a recent Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale.
Vampyr is something I’ve been meaning to get, but it’s always ridiculously expensive. It’s also a fond memory from my Naro Video days. Some pretentious filmbro came in and said, “You probably don’t have that 1935 movie called Vampyr that was based on Lord Ruthven.” I said, “We don’t,” and he looked all smug and said, “I didn’t think so,” which allowed me to say, “But we do have the 1932 Vampyr based on Le Fanu’s ‘In A Glass Darkly’ if that’s what you’re actually looking for.” And it was.
Brazil I got because I can’t believe I don’t have it. It’s also still my favorite Terry Gilliam movie because it just gets more terrifying the closer it gets to being real.
Crash is something I’ve been meaning to watch, and the number of Cronenberg movies available on Criterion always makes me glad.
Like Brazil, I got House because how did I not have a movie this crazy 8 bonkers already?
As for Sisters, well, who can resist the team-up of Margot Kidder and Brian De Palma for a psychological horror?
Maybe a little pricey all told, but not bad for a handfulla Criterion releases. And now, gonna binge some of my new favorite viewing, drag queens Trixie Mattel and Katya on Queens Who Like To Watch, go to bed early, and probably sleep late.