I'm sick today and I'm here to tell you that I'm never sick. That's not bragging, that's just fact. Only today it feels like the walls of my sinus cavities are about to burst free from the rest of my skull. The rest of me just aches. I don't do "call in sick" so here I am at work, although, well, blogging.
So that this isn't all about my mucous membranes and bodily cavities (and conjunctiva...did I mention my conjunctiva?), I'll give you the heads up on Atonement. See it! Gorgeously filmed, impeccably acted, achingly romantic, and contrary to what I read a few months ago, it is respectful of the book (which I've loved as much as almost any contemporary novel). Gawd, I didn't think I could be feelin' James McAvoy any more than I already did, but I was mistaken, sirs. I could just eat him all up, or alternately, in some other manner have him inside me. I'm going to buy this on DVD if for no other reason than it's SO good-looking. The sets, the costumes, all divine. Then, late in the film, there is this jaw-dropping tracking shot across a battle-scarred beach that spins and climbs and twirls and bumps and veers and it will leave you dizzy and little breathless. It's shots like that on a big screen that make going to movies worth it.