First Saturday in June (2014): Reading The Guardian On the Train From Cork

The Guardian really likes Tom Cruise.  Self remembers reading rave reviews for some movie he did two years ago (“Oblivion”?), and now they’ve given “Edge of Tomorrow” (a kind of “Groundhog Day”/ science fiction mash-up) a positive review. OK, mebbe self is confusing The Guardian with  Here, anyway, is the link to The Guardian review.

Self is back in Dublin.  The train trip from Cork was very long.

Yes, she’s just been taking lightning trips all over Ireland.

Today was a beautiful day.  Not even the smallest cloud in the sky.

She met a

lovely couple who rode next to her in the train, all the way from Cork.  We didn’t exchange a word until we were almost at Heuston Station, and self suddenly asked, “Is that snack cart ever coming back?”

Yes, that was the central mystery of the last two hours of the train trip.

After a lovely breakfast at Café Paradiso, self boarded the train for Dublin, feeling quite sated.  But the cart crossed her field of vision (potato chips!  Soft drinks!) and it implanted the temptation in her mind, so that she ended up feeling a tremendous urge for snack food.  Only, the cart sailed by without stopping, the boy never asked anyone in Coach A if they wanted anything, he just walked briskly down the aisle as if he were headed somewhere, and self was too shy to impede his determined progress.

Anyhoo, it’s all for the best, because her one question about snack food ended up leading into a REAL conversation.  A really lovely conversation.  And self exchanged names and e-mails with the couple, who turned out to be returning from a two-week vacation in Brittany.

Can you imagine?

Since Cork, three nights ago (Ballyvolane House and then Café Paradiso), self has been in some kind of ZONE.

OK, where was she?

Oh yes.  The Guardian movie reviews.  Pardon the long digression.

It panned “Grace of Monaco” — calling it “a bizarrely stilted, completely wooden fire risk of a film” — but had some nice things to say about “Edge of Tomorrow” and since self was planning to see the latter movie anyway (Emily Blunt is one of self’s favorite actresses.  And nothing beats Emily Blunt in action mode.  Do dear blog readers remember her chopping wood scene in Looper? The movie itself wasn’t that great, but the chopping wood scene and what comes after was more than great), she is now triple excited.

Another movie website she reads regularly is and holy cow Matt Zoller Seitz rated “Edge of Tomorrow” 3 1/2 out of four stars.

As Keanu used to say:  WHOA.

Stay tuned.


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