Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Some movies I've watched recently

I had a movie weekend this past weekend! lol So I have a few quick reviews for you....

David and I watched Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, which I have seen before but he had not. He enjoyed it most triumphantly. :::plays air guitar::: Bill and Ted are killed by two evil Bill and Ted robots sent from the future. They travel to hell and make a deal with the Grim Reaper. If they can win a challenge, they can return to earth and try to save the Princess Babes. Yeah, an odd plot. The first movie is definitely better, so if you found their Excellent Adventure bogus, then you'll think the sequel is non-non-heinous. Dude. ;-) I am just happy to watch a young Keanu. lol

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (Veggie Tales) was playing at a local theatre that offers free kids matinees on Saturday and Sunday mornings in the spring. This had never come to the theatre we usually go to and I really wanted to take the kids to see it. Since we had soccer on Saturday, we skipped church (hears gasp from crowd) and took the kids to see it on Sunday morning. Everyone in our family liked it and several of the kids LOVED it. I don't understand the families who say their kids are "too old" for Veggie Tales. There is something in Veggie Tales for everyone - clever wordplay, adventure, humor, slapstick. My thirteen-year-old son loved it. And this isn't because he only watches kiddie movies. (See above review about Bill and Ted.) Anyway, there was a lot to like about the pirates. There was a good moral message, crafted in a funny story. There were some surprising twists (killer cheese curls, anyone?). However, the Biblical message that used to undergird all VT videos is gone. And no Bob the Tomato, until the very very very end. But I do highly recommend it!

The Jane Austen Book Club, however, I do NOT recommend. Why not? Well, let's see. The Jane Austen Book Club is made up of the following upstanding characters: A high school French teacher who lusts after (and kisses) one of her hunky teenage students. A twentysomething lesbian who goes through 3 partners during the year or so covered in the film. A woman whose middle-aged husband man dumps her for a fling with a coworker and then decides he wants his wife back. A fun-loving woman who has had 7 marriages and the movie ends with her 8th wedding. A single thirtysomething woman who finds herself in love with a younger guy and, after much resisting the attraction, hops into bed with him right after their first kiss. Yeah, it's a soap opera for sure. They meet once a month to discuss a novel written by Jane Austen. Themes in the books are discussed and related to issues in the women's lives. Not worth the time I spent watching it, except that I was folding huge piles of clothes and therefore would have expired of boredom without it.

After the above waste of time, I stuck Marie Antoinette in the DVD player to finish the clothes sorting. I'm a sucker for a lovely period drama and this was no exception. I love this period in history - the French Revolution. Probably that's a result of seeing The Scarlet Pimpernel early in life. lol There were a lot of recognizable actors in this and it was fun seeing them dressed in period costumes, which were GORGEOUS. Kirsten Dunst was delightful as Marie Antoinette. I didn't know a lot about her and I'm still not sure how much of what I saw was based on truth. (I did read about her on wikipedia after watching this.) Her story does not end well, but it was handled very tastefully. This one is recommended.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Dark Knight & Batman trailers compared

Looks like someone has had time to play around with scenes from the 1989 Batman.

See more funny videos at CollegeHumor


I can't wait for some HOT July day to go see The Dark Knight.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Speed Racer - Go go go!

I remember downloading Lord of the Rings movie trailers. It took all night.

Now I can watch movie trailers ALL DAY LONG and not tie up my phone line for hours, nor wait interminably long periods for a download. Just click and watch. If you are similarly blessed, you may watch the Speed Racer trailer. :-)

There's another Speed Racer trailer aimed more at kids available here.

Compare this new movie with the old cartoon from the late 60's.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

March Reads

My plan was to write write write in March. Sadly, it was one of those plans that did not come to fruition. Ah well, there's always tomorrow.

So, I only read a little in March. I think I paid for it with some depression. If I'm not reading, then I'm not quite alive.

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold - 03/02/08
Fair - Fiction
Helen and her mother have had a rocky relationship and as her mother ages, things don't improve.
I enjoyed The Lovely Bones also by Sebold. I did NOT like this one. Don't even know why I read it. The heroine was unlikeable in every way.

Finding Hope by Brenda Coulter - 03/15/08
Excellent - Romance
Hope befriends a rich heartless doctor but his lack of belief in God is a stumbling block to any further relationship
This book could not be more different than The Almost Moon. I stayed up far too late reading this two nights in a row. It is part of the Steeple Hill Love Inspired series from Harlequin and I think it's one of the best examples of that series I have read yet.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 03/16/08
Excellent - Romance
Elizabeth and her 4 sisters are encouraged to marry well.
I listened to this classic novel on audiobook on my way to and from work. I also read 17 chapters of the annotated print version before I had to turn it back to the library. Will get it out again someday and read the rest.

Careers for Bookworms and other literary types by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler - 03/22/08
Good - Non-fiction
Careers for booklovers divided by categories.
I read about this book.... someplace. Can't remember now where. But it was only mildly interesting. Eberts and Gisler write a newspaper column called Dear Teacher, which I have read often.