The other night, I just absolutely could not sleep. So, I’m tossing and turning, like a rat in a cage, fluffing all the pillows, staring at the ceiling for hours on end, mentally running about, an imaginary gerbil ball in my own mind, when I decide to get up and put on the television. I flipped through a bunch of channels and happened upon a very late night showing of the movie Hero.
Not being able to sleep, I totally got engrossed in the movie. I was following all the characters and the plot and loved the special effects of it all. The movie, in case you don’t know (or haven’t seen it yourself) is very Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon-like-it’s a Chinese epic fantasy/drama about sword fighting that’s got stunning visual effects and some great martial arts in the mix.
So, picture this, the hero and villains are hurling through space, grandly “whacking” each other with swords, and I’m so into it all, while propped up in bed. They try to off the emperor but, in order to do this, they have to get within 10 paces of him, so they try to out-smart him by pretending to take out one of his adversaries, but they don’t, and he’s isn’t fooled by this fiendish plot, and then the swords grandly fly about even more. Then, the arrows come. The army marches. The plot’s twisting and turning and I’m following along despite the fact that it’s 3 am and I haven’t slept a wink. My house is dark, I’m propped up in bed at 3 am totally into this movie.
And, what happens to end this grand epic, you might ask? Damn, I feel asleep.
I feel asleep right in the middle of the sword whacking, rain falling, arrow hurling, special effects driven movie where the emperor almost gets offed by the malcontents from the Chinese prairie and now I’ll never know how it ends, who was the good guy, who was the (really) bad guy, what happened to Sky and Broken Sword and the whole lot of them all.
And, the worst part? What could be worse than missing half a movie you were really into, you might ask? Well, crap, I haven’t been able to sleep since.
Yes, my friends, I’ve got horrible insomnia and haven’t been sleeping well and I’ve no earthly clue as to how the good movie ends.
So, to sum up my past few days, I haven’t gotten much sleep, have had way too much coffee, am way behind in all of my photography-related tasks, don’t have any clean laundry, and I don’t even know who the real “Hero” even is.
Crap, I hope you’re having a better week. And, it goes without saying really but, if you should happen to bump into me, please, please, please (for the love of God, money, and great Sikorsky flying machines) please do NOT tell me how the movie Hero ends, should you happen to be in the know.
Until next time…