Anyway, it's been a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, the last one before Christmas. Didn't win the lottery, again, but it's been a good one. It has mainly involved sofa-bound sports watching as Villa had a boring no-score draw with Wolves, England beat Ireland in a rugby world cup warm-up match, Vettel won the the Belgium F1 Grand Prix and Man Utd beat Arsenal 8-2 in the Premier League (oh dear, someone's in trouble). The weekend was also taken up by the useal mundane activities, such as shopping and housework, but I won't bore you with that.
Sunday evening, my wife and I chose to watch Inception again. It was the first time that we had watched it since the cinema and I think I enjoyed it more the second time around, even though I was enthralled by it on first viewing. Tom Hardy almost steals the show. He has become one of my favourite actors and I predict an Oscar in his future. I'd forgotten that the late great Pete Poselthwaite was in it as well, even if it was a very small role. Looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises, but I'm also looking forward to seeing what Christopher Nolan comes up with next. I've read that he comes up with a lot of ideas with his brother, but what a track record of imaginative stories (Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight). Insomnia was good as well, but that was a remake.
Following, that I watched At Close Range, which I had recorded after coming across it on MGM HD the previous evening. It was released in 1986, but I hadn't seen it before. I had always wondered what that movie in Madonna's Live To Tell video was and here it was. For those that haven't seen it, it's a crime drama starring Christopher Walken and Sean Penn as father and son. I wondered whether Walken and Penn would be as convincing as father and son today, but there is actually 17 years between them. Penn is the delinquent teen drawn into the criminal ways of his estranged father, Walken. The performances were excellent and the film itself was a pleasant surprise. If anyone knows of any other similar overlooked/underrated movies, please leave a comment below.
On the writing front, I've worked out the ending of my second novel, BARREN ENDEAVOUR, and now just have to write it. In the back of my mind, I'm looking forward to brainstorming a new story for my third novel. However, I don't want to get distracted from the task in hand. I'll have some editing to do before starting a new story. Does anyone think it's sensible or even achievable to do both?