much of today was spent in a period of nonactivity. i literally had nothing to do. i could stay at home and feel sorry for myself, or go out and use up one of my kendall cinema discount voucher tickets to see a movie. i saw the life aquatic, in a theatre with a handful of other middle-of-the-day moviegoers. i was tempted to strike up a conversation with some of them, but i didn't want to break rule number one which is weirdos don't interact with other weirdos. i didn't like the life aquatic, just a bit too quirky. wes anderson's best film was rushmore, and these films he's made since then have really missed the mark for me. he has an appealing visual style, but i feel he sacrifices a compelling story for the sake of offbeat characters. it's almost like the story is secondary, and you watch his movies to enjoy the characters and the world he creates. there's a child-like "wow" quality to the life aquatic, whether it's seeing exotic underwater creatures, fighting with pirates, or staging a daring rescue: i think the people who will enjoy this movie share that child-like quality. bill murray plays the smarmy cousteau-esque oceanographer steve zissou, and nobody does a better charming smarmy than murray. i thought the staff of unpaid interns were pretty funny, they're essentially servants working for school credit. the topless script girl anne-marie is a nice touch, nothing more warming on a cold day than see boobies on the big screen. the life aquatic would be a good rental, but save your theatre money for something else.
i came home and took a warm bath, reading the latest issue of wired in the bathtub. if there was no risk of me drowning or becoming a human prune i'd sleep in the bathtub, submerged in the ylang-ylang scented hot water. there's a few things in life that i enjoy at an almost primal level, and soaking in the bathtub is one of them. maybe on my asian trip i can find some hot springs, like japan or taiwan, where it's relatively colder.
i fell asleep in the living room again. that's the only time where i don't have problems sleeping. i woke up after 9pm to heat up some soup for dinner.