Snowed In

  • Posted on February 25, 2007 at 9:15 pm

It has snowed pretty much all day, so we’ve been nesting. From my fifth floor view, the snow doesn’t seem that deep, and the roads are just wet, but that’s coming from a Midwest girl. According to the D.C. government, it snowed enough to warrant a snow emergency. For 3 inches. I won’t be surprised if schools are closed for the next few days, until all the snow has melted.

So in honor of this “winter event”, and in preparation for tonight’s Academy Awards presentation, we stayed in all day and watched Babel and The Departed. I enjoyed Babel—it’s one of those movies that I need time to process and think about. There were so many strong emotions portrayed, and many of the characters were in that grey, in-between zone of not-quite good guy, but not-quite bad guy. Kind of like real life, I guess.

I wasn’t that impressed with The Departed. My caveat to that statement is that I do not like Martin Scorsese films, except for Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Taxi Driver (I still remember going to see Cape Fear with my mom at the theater when I was 12 or 13–I was blown away by the movie.) The Departed wasn’t as awful as The Gangs of New York, the Aviator or Raging Bull, but it fell quite short of being Best Picture of the Year, in my opinion. I know that there are a lot of Scorsese fans out there, but I’m just not a big fan. I felt like I was watching an extended episode of the Sopranos, with Jack Nicholson as Tony Soprano. What does everyone love about this movie? Is it the dialogue? The story? The fact that Scorsese uses the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter in every single one of his movies? Please, someone explain it to me.

Yesterday, we saw Children of Men at the theater. It was about a dystopian future where women no longer have children, and the world has fallen to pollution and war. You should see this movie; it is incredible.

Last night, we headed to Dupont Circle’s Heritage India restaurant to celebrate my friend Etaf’s birthday. The restaurant was awesome—we had Indian tapas like minced lamb empanadas and sautéed calamari. The service was a bit sketchy (Martin said it best–”the host looked at me like I was an alien when I asked about the party for Etaf,”) but I defiinitely want to go back and try more tapas. Etaf’s boyfriend Saiful flew in from Chicago to surprise her—how cute is that?!? And, I met a girl named Bethania, which is the Spanish version of Bethany. We switched names for the night.

Well, it’s time for the Oscars now. I guess I’ll be rooting for Little Miss Sunshine.

1 Comment on Snowed In

  1. Linda

    When we saw Children of Men I thought at first that it was horrifying. I thought that it would be an impossibility for the world to turn out that way. Now I can’t stop thinking about it: what if it could?

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