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30 April 2007 @ 09:00 am
Last Day for Prison Break Fic Exchange Signups!  
If you're a straggler for challenge signup deadlines, as I often am, then heads up! The Prison Break Fic Exchange signup post is here. We've got 20 authors thus far this round, which is great!

Over the weekend, I porned for drvsilla, forgot to write drabbles, and saw two movies.

We watched In The Land Of Women in the theatre, and it was SO much better than I'd expected, especially since it features Meg Ryan (whom I generally avoid) and a random WB kid. BUT Adam Brody did a great job after all, and Meg was more of a real person than a neurotic ditz, and god-- Olympia Dukakis as the grandmother was gold.That combination of "hilarious" and "nightmare" makes me think of Alan Arkin's incredible performance in Little Miss Sunshine.

On DVD, we saw Stranger Than Fiction, which we missed in the theater due to a prolongue babysitter crisis way back whenever. My husband is such a sucker for Emma Thompson that he was willing to brave Will Ferrell in this movie. He was very surprised to find that he loved it-- the weird numerical subscripts and calculations that follow the main character around (he is an I.R.S. agent who can't stop counting/numbering everything), the basic pretext of the movie. The pace and flow were excellent, the story was compelling. Dustin Hoffman did not chew scenery, and it's been years since I could say that *kicks "Rain Man" Oscar award*. The screenwriter, Zach Helm looks like a baby, practically-- he's all of 31 now, and what a fantastic job he did with this story. It's an original screenplay, and I must say-- I'm impressed. IMDb.com shows that this is his big splash-- not much in the background that has caught a lot of attention.

All right, enough about me. What did everyone else do this weekend (besides anticipate Jensen in A Few Good Men onstage in Dallas)?
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B: Oops- PBstrifechaos on April 30th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oooh thanks for the reminder, I've never tried PB before but what the hell. *grins*

I'll have to check out In The Land of Women I wasn't so sure about it when I read the summary for the movie but if it was better than expected that's always a plus. :) Plus my residual O.C. love for Adam Brody, hee.

I saw Stranger Than Fiction way back when it was in theater, it was different/cute but not what I'd been expecting from Ferrell. It really reminded me of, what's it called...the thanks for all the fish movie Galaxy something. Bloody hell I can't believe I can't remember. I keep wanting to call it Galaxy Quest but that’s not it. That Adams fellow wrote the whole series of books on it. Blah, anyways, the whole narrative/voice over bit reminded me a lot of that film.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
I wasn't so sure about it when I read the summary for the movie
Me either, and since I'm the Anti-Meg, well... But it was actually very entertaining, and I liked it. Despite Meg, who was fine in it and didn't make me want to smack her around. ;)

but not what I'd been expecting from Ferrell.
No, it's actually kind of a serious role for him (even though there's comedy in the movie, he's its straight man). But for me, that was a bonus, since I'm not a huge fan of his.

It really reminded me of, what's it called...the thanks for all the fish movie Galaxy something.
You're thinking of "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy," which is a series I love (though not the movie so much, which was "meh"). At first, I thought you were talking about just the narrative being similar, but now that I think about it, there's a certain dry humor to the Hitchhiker books which also poke fun at their stodgy main character, and... that's also what's happening here too. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Amen. Everything I've ever seen her in she's sparkled. I love her.
I do too. She's just funny, though she also has pathos ("Moonstruck," for instance).

The best of the bunch IMHO were Highway and The Lake House.
I liked The Lake House. Since I didn't choose to get hung up on the time-travel part of it, it worked really well for me. And that is actually some of the best dramatic work I've seen from Keanu Reeves yet. He looks pretty dumpy in that movie (dude, lose a few pounds), but the acting was terrific.

Haven't seen The Highway, but I might be tempted. It shows up on the "boy-kissing" picSpam post, I think, and if that's Jake Gyllenhaal kissing Jared Leto, then even if it's only for a few seconds, I'm there. God I'm shallow. :0

And for the life of me I cannot remember what the 4th movie was therefore I won't be reccing it. ;)
Yes, that would pretty much be the anti-rec! "It was.... apparently so dull, I can't even remember it." :0