Filmage

May. 2nd, 2008 09:13 am
raxacorricofallapatorius: (coffee)
So, since I was stuck on the couch for the remainder of the day yesterday, I watched a couple of really good family films. I normally avoid them like the plague, because if there's one thing I hate, it's almost always a film labeled "heartwarming," which really means twee and predictable, a la Little House on the Prairie.

But I liked The Water Horse and An Angel for May quite a lot. Both of them struck a nice balance between the fantastical and the believable. And An Angel for May has Anna Massey in it, which is always a bonus fo rme. ;c)

Hubby and I also watched about 10 minutes of Meet the Spartans(a spoof of 300) which was so ham-handed and charmless that we abandoned it to watch Juno, which is every bit as delightful and smart and amusing as all the awards say it is. Good call.

My ankle is doing better today. Thanks to all those who commented yesterday. :c) I'm going to continue to take it easy for a couple more days and see, but I think it's going to be just fine. The dog is going back to basics with training, to see if it will "stick" this time. He's a sweet dog, just stubborn. Stupid fuzzbutt mudbeast.

I'm down another .3 kg (go figure), and I'm going to do a little yoga and stretching stuff this morning, but no jumping about obviously. I was really annoyed at not being able to do my step aerobics yesterday. Does that make me an addict? ;c)

Alright, I've had my coffee, and it's time for breakfast and chores. Have a great day, flist!
raxacorricofallapatorius: (camera shy)
So last night hubby threw a film on the computer and I ignored it because it didn't sound like something I would appreciate. I was wrong. About 10 minutes into the film, I started hearing the most outrageous stuff, and from then on I basically howled my way through the film. Crank was very violent, very funny, and had some kick-ass music as a bonus.

Anyone else seen this? It's not a new film at all (2006), but it reminded me of "Hot Fuzz" only with more screaming. And fewer eccentric Brits. ;c)

In other news, the weather has been lovely lately. We've had actual sunshine since Friday, and yesterday was warm enough to wear a light sweater instead of full winter gear. Today was also clear and sunny, but frosty. Forecast indicates we'll be back down to 5c within a day or so, but that's the same every year. One last cold snap (possibly one day of snow), and then it's over for another year and Spring can get on with the business of sprunging. The crocuses (I refuse to say crocii; it sounds wrong), are blooming and the tulips are pushing through.

Coincidentally, my mood has improved profoundly. Yay! :c)

Coraline

Dec. 27th, 2007 03:56 pm
raxacorricofallapatorius: (camera shy)
Yay! Neil Gaiman fans take note!

raxacorricofallapatorius: (snowman)
Saw The Golden Compass the other night.

I loved the first, even though I couldn't always follow what was going on, having never read the books. It was certainly gorgeous to look at. I was struck by a couple of things, though. One, I don't understand why Nicole Kidman still gets acting jobs, because her face is frozen and I can never hear her. Two, as I believe [livejournal.com profile] rm pointed out, when two fucking huge polar bears fight, there ought to be bucketloads of blood. And there was nary a drop.

I'm aware that for fans of the book the movie ending was a huge sticking point, but to be honest, it didn't bother me at all. I loved the fact that Lyra isn't such a goodie-two shoes (I cheered when she let that bug thing loose on Kidman), and the flying witches. But the bears are the best. And I want to ride one, too. As long as it doesn't make dinner out of me afterward. :c)

I hope the film's relative lack of commercial success doesn't keep them from making the next two installments. As someone just coming into the Amber Spyglass storyline, I'm sufficiently interested to keep watching. I also just bought the first book, so I can keep up with the sequel.

We'll probably be seeing lots of films and DVDs this winter - last night it was -6c, and this morning all the trees and bushes are white with frost. It's really pretty, but REALLY cold! I think right now we're at about 0 degrees, and if there were just that little bit more moisture in the air, we'd have some lovely snow. Keep your fingers crossed! :c)

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