It was an odd day. I'll give it that. Perhaps touched with a bit of magic.
Exhibit A: A strange almost-run-in with a sort-of-not-really-ex in a very unexpected place. Since he is now an engaged man, it gives me great comfort that the shearing of his Samson tresses has also removed much of his sex appeal in my book. And he now has a little belly. You never want an ex, even a sort-of-not-really-ex, to become buffer and more babe-esque once you two are history.
Exhibit B: Doing laundry with a transvestite. Just a Geoffrey Rush-looking middle-aged fellow in a conservative fushcia blouse and long floral skirt. He looked self-conscious as our eyes met, and went about folding his pink towels and white tube socks quietly like a shy, oddly outfitted mouse. For some reason, he made me feel sad and comforted at the same time.
In movie news: Funny Ha Ha, a new indie film that's gotten rave reviews. On the minus side, it was such a thin slice of life that the abrupt ending felt like a rip-off. On the plus side, it almost had a documentary feeling with its real-to-life dialogue and plain jane scenarios. Even though the script's realistic stammerings and "likes" became frustrating at points, darnit if that ain't how a lot of people, especially 24-year-olds in life limbo, talk.
The lead actress, Kate Dollenmayer, did an amazing job just "being." (Could we be looking at the next Scarlett Johansson? There's definitely a Ghostly Worldness to her.)
Director/writer/actor Andrew Bujalski deftly captured the boring, in-between moments of life that make up most of it. His performance as an insecure temp-worker was as impressive as Dollenmayer's.
The audience I saw it with was clearly displeased as the credits rolled. Statements like "I want my money back" and "I expected something to happen" were peppered among the bewildered guffaws.
I, um, like, still thought it was worth seeing for forgiving indie fans. I mean, yeah. You know?