“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” Movie Review

Im Thinking Of Ending Things. Jessie Buckley as Young Woman in Im Thinking Of Ending Things. Cr. Mary Cybulski/NETFLIX © 2020

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is the type of movie you would expect to see at the Sundance Film Festival in the 20th Century. It’s high-concept, boldly experimental, and fully intends to live rent-free in your head after you’ve finished watching.

It’s also the type of movie that might inspire weird dreams in the impressionable, or open a tinderbox of repressed emotion that may have some moving up their appointments with their therapist.

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Or not.

It all depends on the person because I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a rare cinematic Rorschach test for this day and age. It shifts through time and character approaches with a discontinuity that would seem like poor scripting and directing in a lesser film.

Yet it’s done so well that the warped-mirror effect stays intact. Characters switch from old to young and back. They shift from achingly polite to cognitively combative and back again with no explanation.

Because none is needed.

On its face, the movie’s plot could not be simpler:

A woman goes on a trip to meet her boyfriend’s parents on the night of a forecasted snow storm.

Netflix 2020 film "Thinking of Ending Things" couple in car

They make the drive, have dinner, then head home.

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Netflix 2020 film "Thinking of Ending Things" characters in car in a snowstorm

Couldn’t be more straightforward. 

Yet this journey shifts and distorts like a reflection in a circus mirror — switching through perspectives in a way that tests the audience as to when they’ll toss up red flags and call a cinematic foul.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is intentional in a way American movies rarely are anymore.

It’s what low-budget films are supposed to be: passionately produced performance art with a philosophical dissertation at its heart.

I must confess that I didn’t watch this film for quite some time because I sensed the mental heavy lifting in it and I just wasn’t in the mood. 

But the film has Toni Collette in it. And while I can’t say I’ve seen every movie she’s ever been in, it’s my rule that: If I’m on the fence about watching a movie, and Toni Collette is in it, I watch the movie. She’s a rare and phenomenal actor with excellent taste in projects.

So, in the end, I watched I’m Thinking of Ending Things for her. And I’m glad. Although, I DO have some recommendations if you’re thinking of watching it, too.

Recommendations for watching this movie:

Recommendation #1: Watch this movie WITH someone who likes to talk about movies. Because this is a movie that wants to be talked about after it’s done and is definitely waiting to be nitpicked by people hoping to outsmart it. 

Yet this movie is so well-developed and stitched together that it can take the scrutiny of nearly anyone, I think. So find someone smart who likes to talk about movies and watch it with them.

Recommendation #2: If psychologically heavy movies aren’t your thing and give you strange dreams after, then this is the kind of movie you’ll probably dream about. So know that coming in and bring a coping mechanism.

My suggestion: DYSFUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIP BINGO CARDS

Write down a list of all the abusive behaviors you can think of that happen within a romantic relationship, then choose your faves to fill out a bingo card.

Then press PLAY on Netflix and go for BINGO!

Oh, the fun you’ll have watching the tropes play out. You might even get a blackout on your card!

This might make the film more fun to talk about once the credits start rolling and a little less-likely to send you retreating in a cave of overwhelmed and unprocessed anxiety.

Because, again, this is a film that is meant to be talked about with a group of friends you like talking about things with. It dares you to voice its insights and consider their accuracy. It asks you to admit the obvious, while giving you every excuse not to.

It’s true art.

So grab your friends, assemble your coping mechanisms (if needed), and make a night of watching and discussing I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

It’s a great film — a sleeper hit that will age well and stay relevant across generations, like Gaslight. And it is worth watching for all the same reasons.

Watch the trailer here:

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My Most-Used Microphone: The Zoom H1 Handy Mic

We all need microphones these days. I have 3, but one of them is so versatile that it’s pretty much the only one I use.

That’s the Zoom H1 Handy Mic.

The Zoom H1n goes everywhere and, if you remove the batteries when it’s not in use, then it is not a battery hog. (But if you leave them in when powered off, your fresh batteries may be dead when you come back.)

I’ve used this for all sorts of things. You can hear online that I’ve used it to record chapters or mobile podcasts, but I’ve also taken it to interview elderly people I know to capture their stories.

This mic is great at capturing close-up sound, but you can also put it in the middle of a room, just let people talk, and find that it picks up most voices equally.

I use the Zoom H1 more than any other mic because it goes more places and sounds better while its there. The Blue Yeti I have has literally only been used once because it was a step down in every way.

Even better, my mic is so old you can’t get it anymore (only its upgrade) AND IT STILL WORKS GREAT. And in a world where everything electronic is pretty much built to die within 2 years, I consider that a huge win. I’m on year 5 with mine, and it’s still working great!

So, if you’re in the market for a mobile microphone that captures great audio, give the Zoom H1n a chance.

It hasn’t disappointed me yet.

Oh, and grab some foam toppers while you’re add it. They’re an inexpensive add-on that will help you create expensive-sounding results.

Reasons to Get Your Dog a Kong

It’s time to get my dog a new Kong.

For those of you who have never met my dog, she’s pretty much the best good girl on the planet and her name is SeBi — which is short for SExy B*tch.

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The first time I got SeBi a Kong, she was a puppy. Back then, the manufacturers were billing it as an indestructible toy, but I can assure you that is not true.

In SeBi’s 13 years, she’s chewed her way through more than a few Kongs, but their destructibility doesn’t change the fact that they’re a GREAT toy for your dog!

If you get one puzzle toy for your dog, I’d argue that a KONG is the best choice.

What IS a Kong?

A Kong is a very durable puzzle toy designed to make dogs work for the treat(s) you place inside.

If you have an anxious dog that freaks out when you leave, this toy might just be your best friend because if you put something amazing inside, your dog will have something to focus on for a while besides missing you.

Stowed properly, treats will take some work to get to, your dog will have to work for it in ways that makes it even more gratifying to eat. This means, by the time your dog is done, they will probably be in a much happier state of mind than when they watched you walk out the door and be able to relax a bit until they hear you come back.

Introduced properly, this toy can cut waaaay back on anxious behaviors, until one day you come back to find them sleeping.

Possibilities like this are why Kongs are the only toy I recommend for ALL dog owners. They stimulate your dog’s intellect while satisfying their taste buds.

And I can say that, after 13 years, it’s the only toy my dog has dropped at my feet no less than twice a day.

Which is why I have to get her new ones from time to time. Because she loves it.

They’re totally worth the price. So, if you don’t have one, my dog-owner tip for you today is: GET YOUR DOG A KONG & give it a try.

If you get good treats to put inside, there is literally no way your dog won’t enjoy the victory of getting them out.

Used it strategically, this toy can be a game changer for dogs with a whole lot of energy.

Enjoy!

Blog 2.0

For all the years blogging has existed, I’ve never really gotten into it.

When you write all day, most days, the thought of sitting down to write something more is like a mental rock you want to tell yourself you don’t need to carry one more of..

This means I usually did one of two things when it came to blogging:

* I didn’t do it
* I did it poorly

Well, it’s time to do better & have some fun at the same time so let’s upgrade this website & start making it a place you’re glad you visited.

Starting … now!

2021: The Year of the Butterfly

I don’t know if it’s official yet but, UNOFFICIALLY, 2021 is definitely the year of the Butterfly.

For many, 2020 was a cocoon year of pressure that demanded change, whether we were ready or not.

For others, this was not necessarily the case. Their job didn’t disappear and their quality of life and income actually improved.

If that’s you, then I salute you.

But, if you’re like me, 2020 was a pressure cooker for you that demanded that you evolve and fly, or hold your ground and die … and you’re beginning anew in a field you maybe never thought about before this lockdowns were a thing.

If that’s you, then I’m totally right there with you.

So here’s to 2021: The year of metamorphosis taking flight while showing true colors and shining bright!

(Full disclosure: I’ll be doing this picture again at the end of the year and see how much I improve over one year of practice.)

The Incubation and Marination of Ideas [Day 37/365]

Today, I tripped into an idea I wrote down a couple years ago. The day I wrote the idea down, I saw it as a fun idea but never imagined I could pull it off.

But today it caught my eye and I started it. It’s going to be fun, but it’s all writing so I don’t have a picture for you. But that’s okay. I’m good with not handing over any spoilers. We’ll just wait until the cover reveal.

COMING SOON!

The Potential of New Dawns [Day 36/365]

Sheralyn Pratt Day 36/365
End the day better than you found it.

I’m talking to myself here.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the patterns of life or get caught up in the analysis paralysis of anxiety. I know this because I have a history of tripping into this trap throughout any given day.

And I’m ready for something new.

So this is a call to action for me, and I share it with you in case it helps you, too.

Every day is a new opportunity, and each new dawn is a chance to start again.