— Listen,” I tell El Poema while on Skype last night. “You better make sure you have plenty of really strong coffee when I get there. I can’t function without coffee in the morning.”
— What about some Nescafé?” he replied to get me going.
— Yuck! None of that shit! Or I’ll have to hit you or something.”
— So it has to be really dark?”
— Yep. The darker, the better.”
— No problem,” he said as he poured some chili sauce on popcorn he’d just made. “You’ll just have to keep me fully supplied with chili when I’m in Montréal.”
— ¡Claro! It’s a deal, babe. It’s a deal.”
Do You Have a Bad Memory
For the first time in a long, long time, I actually took two consecutive days off. I know I should have worked yesterday, but I also know that the rest and time away from the computer will pay off in the end.
One of the things I did was rent and watch a few movies. But there’s one thing that really bugs me about myself: unlike most people I know, I have a really bad memory when it comes to movies and books. Sometimes it’s as minor as forgetting details of a film, but other times it’s as major as not remembering having seen the movie at all. I’ll start watching a movie and then do a double-take: “Wait a minute… I’ve already SEEN this!” And in addition to feeling stupid, I feel I’ve ripped myself off.
Per El Poema’s recommendation, yesterday I rented Et Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother Too). As it turns out, though, I hadn’t seen the entire movie. But about two-thirds into it, I recognized certain scenes. And I definitely recognized the closing scene. I think the movie may have aired on CBC Late Night a while back and I only caught the last third. So I guess this isn’t a classic case of me forgetting a movie I’ve seen.
As for the movie itself, of course I recommend you should watch it, and I’d say that even if it weren’t a Mexican production, biased as I am these days about Mexico. I won’t give any spoilers for those of you who haven’t seen it yet; however, I will say this: Doesn’t the voiceover narrative remind you that in Jean-Pierre Jeunet-directed films like Amélie and A Very Long Engagement?
Next on my movie list is Amores perros, which one reviewer at imdb writes, “is by far the best film I have ever seen come out of Mexico (far better and more complex than the comparably immature Y Tu Mamá También).”