Between finishing grad school, working two jobs, and the fact that I'm getting married in like five minutes, I haven't really been watching anything. However, last night I caught Tape, a movie Richard Linklater made the same year as Waking Life which didn't get nearly as much attention. In fact, I didn't even know this was a Linklater joint until the end credits. This is also notable as the first movie that I had never heard of and rented solely because Netflix recommended it to me and it sounded good.
It was pretty okay. Ethan Hawke and some guy with a wonky eye reunite ten years after graduating high school in a gross motel room in Lansing, MI. Ethan Hawke gets the other guy to admit that he raped his ex (Ethan's ex) at the end of senior year--and gets the confession on tape. He calls the girl (Uma Thurman) and forces them all to talk about it. Awkwardness ensues. This was one of those movies where you can really tell that it was originally a play, cause it's very talky and it all takes place in one room. I thought it was entertaining and it definitely kept me guessing as to what would happen next. Ethan Hawke seemed like a gigantic douche and I have a hard time believing he's not like that in real life.
Oh yeah, I sent back both Dexter and Party of Five--the latter for the reasons detailed in my last post, and Dexter because, despite the uniform raves I heard about it from like everyone in the world, I just couldn't get into it. I enjoyed the parts about Dexter's life but the murder stuff was a little too CSI, which I find boring. And the sister bugged me.