The thing that surprised me the most about this film is how beautiful the cinematography is. The bright colors and beautiful landscapes all blend together and make the whole film look like eye candy (despite it being filmed on a potato). I like the story overall so far. I mean the beginning moved kinda slow but now that we are into the good stuff it really keeps you on your toes. One thing I’m really not a fan off is Scottie’s character. I feel like he doesn’t really have a lot of depth. The only person that he really is close to is Midge and he is just passed off as some ex-detective loner. It seems super unrealistic to me and so a lot of his motives are hard to believe or just don’t really seem like they have much behind them. Like I get the whole Vertigo thing and how he is suffering from fear of heights but that doesn’t dictate his whole being. He had a life before he got Vertigo correct? But he is NOT the only one. Judy’s character also has no depth. I mean so far I mean in a way we have just been introduced to her. But regardless she is all like: oh I decided to help some rando guy (who I seem to have no ties) with murder his wife but I didn’t know that would mean I would fall in love *sniff sniff* with some guy after 2.5 seconds of me PRETENDING to have a mental break down. Like I’m just confused why she would feel all emotional and want to kiss him if the whole mental illness thing was fake. Wanting that dramatic embrace for real doesn’t work if she was faking the breakdown the whole time unless she is just that desperate. The court trial is another thing that is weird. They held it so quickly and I feel like realistically, people would give it a few days to collect evidence. Like yes, Scottie is a trusted cop and everything but they didn’t even really go to the scene of the crime and investigate things first. Overall good movie so far just some weird choices that could probably have to do with the time it was made in.
Song of Myself is very interesting and it gives a lot of profound ideas about life. It just takes some thought to interpret everything so I feel like if I ever read the whole thing it would take me like a year. Our sections in particular talk a lot about nature and how he wants to give all of himself to the world and see what comes back in return. He spends a lot of time observing nature and giving examples of how connected we are to it. To me, this shows he is an extremely humble person who honestly does not want much in life more than to feel content with the world around him. He obviously wants to understand better himself and make himself better but it seems to be in a very humble way. There is no aspect of pride in his endeavors with Transcendentalism. I feel like one of the most important lines is “Me going in for my chances, spending for vast returns”. He is saying that he will put out all of him in the balance of the world and to whatever in nature will take him and hopes for much in return. He has a lot he wants to learn from the natural world and because of this, he is willing to give much of himself to the world. The importance he puts on himself and his thoughts is what I think is important. It is a very simple yet complex thing that he refers to. Just himself giving to nature but also his mind and his understanding of everything around him. I am having difficulty fully understand how he is actually acting on a lot of the things he says. Like I am assuming he is working to make things better in the world especially environmentally since that is part of Transcendentalism but a lot of what he says is just theoretical and he doesn’t really explain how he plans to apply it to life. For the time he is writing this, his thoughts on nature and equality to all in the world are very different from the norm of his day.