Saturday, January 30, 2010

It Isn't So Much Random, As It Is Planned

* So, we're heading off to Bolsa again to "sample their wares", and by "wares" I mean attractive waitstaff. I have planned ahead and will eat before I go, so I can just soak up the sights, a couple Sazarac's, and whatever desert looks good. Wish us giggling gals luck!

* "My Mom knows things about things... about houses" -The funniest thing said to me today care of "word-of-the-day" Jen. Who is she, Fletch?

*On the mother front: My mother asked me if I went home barefoot the other day because I had left my socks at their house. I wonder if she knew the definition of those words. Why would the absence of socks make me immediately bare foot? Is it impossible to wear shoes without socks? It made me giggle.

* My name is neither "facetious" not "sarcastic".
* Sunday's "What's up, Netflix?" is appearing today to make room for a new addition (to be revealed tomorrow respectively):
Whip It- 4 stars- This movie got a really bad rap when it came out. As far as first pictures go, this one is pretty good. Sure, there are moments where Barrymore showed indecision and naïveté; that's par for the course on a director's first film. The pacing could be tighter, but honestly, if you cut what needed to be cut, you'd have a MUCH shorter movie. Instead, I think it's best to focus on all the positives. The script is smart, without falling into the post-"Juno" (which is actually post-"Dawson's Creek") style of flowery/faux-smart writing. The camera also works well, taking you inside the track and skating right along with the derby girls. I wish some of the supporting cast had a bigger part, particularly Zoe Bell, Eve, and Alia Shawkat (who's watching Arrested Development reruns on IFC?). They really shined whenever they were on screen. Also nice, was Ellen Page coming out of her awkward shoulder slump long enough for us to believe she might actually be good at derby. You've got to understand- I love derby. I grew up watching it on TV and going to bouts. Is this a perfect representation? Hell no (no one checked IDs at try-outs? No one's asking for insurance cards?), but it tries real hard, and that's the point of the whole movie anyway.
Adam- 4 stars- This movie stars Hugh Dancy as a young man with Asperger's faced with living alone for the first time. Rose Byrne (TV's "Damages"- nowhere near as annoying here) moves in next door and "meet cute". I was worried this was going to be a made for Lifetime style movie and was pleasantly surprised when it turned into a thoughtful, yet funny and enjoyable, piece on life, growing up, and being different. We can identify with both characters- Dancy's socially awkward and shy, overtly honest young man finally growing up, and Byrne's optimistic romantic who finally meets the man who fills all of her perceived requirements only to wonder what she actually requires in the first place. Lovely.

St. Trinian's- 2 stars- The only reason this got two stars instead of one was for Rupert Everett in drag and I kinda think I know what they meant. Having not grown up in the U.K., I was unfamiliar with the St. Trinian's stories. Apparently it's a recurring story of misfit girls at boarding school that has cropped up on TV and the movies since the late '40's. The concept is stellar- what happens when you group together all the girls that have been expelled from every other school into a school run by a lazy, half-drunk headmistress? Chaos and comedy of course! Unfortunately, this movie took the concept from satire to farce, with none of the humor left in. It did very well in England (they're working on a sequel as we speak), but it just makes me sad to think about that. They lost me at distilling/bootlegging booze to Russell Brand; I turned it off half way through.

Little Ashes- 1 star- I didn't even finish this movie, and that's saying a lot! How anyone could take three of Spain's most interesting and influential artists and make it BORING (oh so boring), is beyond me. The reviewer who compared this to a poor Merchant-Ivory rip off is the most correct, though I think he was being generous with 3 stars. Can we finally be over Robert Pattinson? I can't say he's done well in any other role besides "Twilight" and that only requires what I call the "Keanu" school of acting. If this doesn't seal the nail in the coffin...

* And finally,

married to the sea


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