I'll be spending the afternoon at work processing purchase orders and (I hope) invoices.
TV: Last night's episode of House was interesting, with a surprising cause for the patient's ailment. R. Lee Ermey played a quiet, subdued role, which I half-expected. Fun as it would have been to see him coming in there and calling House 'You maggot!' it wouldn't really have worked.
Movies: In Which I Discuss a Movie I Have Not Actually Seen
I've been hearing about reviews for Jarhead. The movie is about some troops stationed over in the Middle East during the Gulf War and the boredom they went through, waiting for action to start.
The trailer gave me the impression that it was going to be a Sixties-style anti-war movie, with soldiers blowing bubblegum bubbles and having to listen to ultra gung-ho drill sergeants gush about the military. That turned me way off. See, I regard military movies the same way I regard horse movies. I know, I'm pitiful. I recognize that war is hell, and I know that there can be corruption and behind the scenes politicking, etc. going on, but I still want my faith in the soldiers themselves to be upheld.
Apparently, Jarhead is not an anti-war film. Unfortunately, it fails to provide what a movie needs to if it hopes to win an audience--excitement. If you're going to tell a story, you have to deliver the big pay-off at the end. You can't do a movie about people trying to keep from going insane with boredom and then, when they finally get to face the enemy, the enemy runs away--even if that's what really happened.
But that's apparently what the movie is about, and it's not getting great reviews except from the occasional person who understands what the movie is trying to do. The average person who goes because they want to enjoy a good war movie isn't being impressed.
It kind of reminds me of my feelings about The Village, but at least that film had Bryce Dallas Howard in it, who was awe-inspiring. It seems that there is little or no awe to be had in Jarhead.
Writing: I think, over the weekend, I will pull out my Writing the Breakout Novel workbook and go back over it. The new version of Avriet, while in some ways an improvement over the old version, still needs a lot of work before it can be publishable. I seem to be taking a leisurely pace with it, and I'd like to liven that up. I want the book to start off with a bit more of an oomph.
I do like the way that Breakout Novel forces me to question everything--such as, "Does Allistaire really need to have been incarcerated for 15 years when the book starts? How is the novel helped by that? Is it helped by that?" There are many interesting and important things to think about.