Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Recently viewed:

Dan in Real Life

I liked the shower scene best.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married.

This movie touched me so much...when Gavin finally broke through Patricia's denial...when Sheila asked that the sheriff pray with her after their first kiss...when Terry admits that his secretary isn't pregnant with twins...when Sheila describes her emotional journey...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

handy girl

This past week I'd grown tired of asking Patrick that we stop by Home Depot for a part to fix the toilet with. Yesterday I bought what apparently is called a flapper, and this morning I installed it. I'm so proud of myself.


Saw August Rush last night, and -- being a music girl -- wanted to like it more than I actually did. The movie asks you to suspend so much disbelief and the plot twist are so contrived I was squirming in my seat egging the main characters to look around, to figure it out. The ending wasn't so much an uplift as merely a relief.


Just finished Lipstick Mafia 103. All affairs are the same: Kirby and Nico, Carrie and quickly they go from steamy to seedy. I hate the harassment twist, and though I'd love to love Brooke Shields as Wendy, she's unbelievably tentative and annoying.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Some days there's just no getting comfortable in your own skin,
no deadline is passing that can simply be slept away,
and there aren't enough chocolates
or roses
or shoes
or teddy bears
to make it all better.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I've just finished watching "The Breakup".

What happened here? What went on? I don't know, not really. He's being himself, and she was being a girl, trying to put him through loops to guide him to realize the "want to want to change". Who is this guy, who lead such a charmed life that he never has to do anything he doesn't want to do, and everyone loves him? He's a jackass through the 80% or so of the movie. What is his appeal, or her major malfunction (sorry -- Vincent D'Onofrio's in the movie and I couldn't resist) that she is so anxious to get him to appreciate her that she breaks up with him and arranges a slew of dates to make him jealous? And why in the twisted minds of women does this seem like a solution?

Sunday, March 09, 2008

I've been watching more movies than might be considered healthy.

At least one a day.

It's Not Such a Wonderful Life: "The Butterfly Effect"
Though the ending to the theatrical version was sweeter, I think the director's cut was more fitting: it tied up all the loose ends, made sense of both the fortune teller's words and the protagonist's effects on his loved ones' lives. Interestingly, the movie became an antithesis to "It's a Wonderful Life".

"No Reservations"
Reactions to this movie have commented on the lack of chemistry amongst the players: the man, the woman, the child... I thought Catherine Zeta-Jones nailed the character of the brilliant perfectionist chef. If she's unemotional it's because she doesn't know how to be, that she found too long ago that the path to success in a man's world necessitated subsuming all else that she might be towards her work. She thawed out of course, in a "Philadelphia Story" kind of way.

Though still a charming kids' movie, I am sad to report that "Labyrinth" does not wear its age well. The Muppeteering and musical numbers that seemed magical in their time are simply dated.