Feb. 6th, 2008

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Well, I have my essays to mark halfway sorted - I didn't have the mental energy to do anything else tonight. I managed to nap for two hours after coming home - pathetic, I know - and my brain was muzzy enough the rest of the night that managing to concentrate on skimming three pages of varying degrees of coherence at a time was just too much for me - but I figure I have all day tomorrow to mark the damn things.

I did, however, have enough energy to make dinner (whole wheat pasta and store bought sauce, nothing exciting but nothing too involved) and watch my Netflix DVDs. Much Ado About Nothing, the 1993 version with Kenneth Branagh, was sweet and charming, except for Keanu Reeves. I know, supposedly, the man can act in a few mythical roles, but this was not one of them. Kenneth and Emma Thompson, however, were adorable - I could eat them up with a tiny spoon.

The second move was The Lives of Others, and if you haven't seen it yet, rent it and rent it soon. It's a brilliant, poignant film about a Stasi agent in 1984 East Berlin and his increasing involvement in the life of a playwright he has under surveillance. I don't know quite when I've been so touched by a film - it's almost too much for words. I'm trying to give my cultural education a kickstart by renting films, like this one, that people really should see - any recommendations from the crowd?

Also, I'm trying to rent the Shakespeare plays I haven't read, to familiarize myself with the plots in preparation for the 2009 Jeopardy contestant tests. Because the 2008 tests absolutely kicked my ass, and thus no e-mail from Alex Trebek for me.

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