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25 June 2007 @ 03:31 pm
Not Enough Writing Time-- what else is new?  
Or maybe it's that when the time is there, the muse is not. :0 Sound familiar?

We're a week away from posting up the next entries in Round 5 of the Prison Break Fic Exchange. Some new writers and some returning favorites, so this should be good. Have to finish my own story, hanging onto the elusive PB inspiration.

Weekend cycling: I passed a guy yesterday who wasn't going much slower than me, and about a mile later he passed me back and then I heard "Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!" from up ahead. That just cracked me up. :D

Little Children (Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley): We watched this last night, and I have mixed feelings about it. It got really good reviews, but the film has a narrator, and that part is really intrusive. It didn't merge into the story at all as it was done here, and undercuts the story's power. Also, the ending is one of those "all the character moments come together for a simutaneous denouement" which stretches the suspension of disbelief. I liked very much the moral dilemna shown in the contrast of people's hatred of the town child-molester and the man's very sweet and loving mother, who is hurt right along with him when that careless hatred swings too wide a net. The male lead is kind of bland-looking to me (he's about to be in another movie), and his character's passive-aggression becomes more obvious (and frustrating) as the story goes along. I liked him all the less because he had no excuse for his choices. The female lead's excuses weren't great, but were understandable. *Sigh* I'd hoped for more from this movie.

The Yard: (not the Prison Break one) I planted a few things yesterday (removing gravel/rocks again, as usual). and ripped apart bushes with my bare hands where I need to relandscape. That last part was very satisfying. ;) The bushes were quite brittle. However, digging up their roots system (and possibly some from one of the gigantic front-yard trees 50 feet away!) was a lot more work, and I'm not done yet.

Back to the salt mines, while the kids swim in the pool right next to me...

ETA: R.I.P, Snowball the Hamster (secretly Snowball III). You were sweet and adorable, and you will be missed. :(

 
 
 
she said mysteriously: Erikresounding_echo on June 25th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
That cycling story is hilarious. Ha.

Re: Little Children

I actually liked this film quite a bit. The narrator is a little :vague hand gesture: I'll grant you but I think it was done because the film is based of a novel and the novelist adapted the screenplay (perhaps with the director, if I remember correctly). I actually found the story of the pedophile and his mother more interesting than the main (re: advertised) plot. Of course without the main characters and the feeling of the entire neighborhood, it woudn't have survived. I especially liked the ex-cop footballer. Oh! And that talented actress who played the blind date! She stole the show as far as I'm concered. What a brilliant and heartbreaking scene. As for Patrick Wilson's character, I *liked* his passive agressiveness. I think a more traditional reading would be that he is emasculated by his assertive, successful wife. Thus has to cheat to assert his masculinity. But I liked that he was the care-giver, the more passive one. I think in most movies where men cheat it's always written off as an excess of agressive sexual drive, like he enjoys the chase and conquest (either that, or the "other woman" is evil/slutty). But I think Wilson's motivations are there--they are just more subtle, even compared to Winslet's. As for the actor himself, I think I'm the only one who likes him. I'll admit I found him insufferable in the film version of Phantom of the Opera (an insufferable adaptation all around, I think) but I still don't get people's dislike of him. Have you seen Angels in America? I think he's pretty brilliant in that, if outshone by other brilliant characters/actors.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
That cycling story is hilarious. Ha.
It made me laugh out loud, because it was so unexpected. Very much like the woman I saw weeks ago who had the plastic ET doll in the basket on the front of her bike. Oh, memories!

I actually found the story of the pedophile and his mother more interesting than the main (re: advertised) plot.
Oh, me too. The mother broke my heart-- she was wonderful, and it made you try to see the humanity in her son and then be punished for it later.

Oh! And that talented actress who played the blind date! She stole the show as far as I'm concered. What a brilliant and heartbreaking scene.
She was fantastic-- what an impact in such little screen time, where you know she's messed up and hopeless but you want more for her because she's so sweet. And then the twist that comes after just makes you nuts. The actress was in "Father of the Bride II" and also in "Frasier" (Niles dated her for awhile-- holy disaster! Deuling neuroses!)

As for Patrick Wilson's character, I *liked* his passive agressiveness.
Your take on that is interesting, from a plot standpoint. I was frustrated with him mainly because passive-aggression drives me nuts (just tell your wife what you're thinking! Hell-- tell yourself!), and also because he ultimately punished his wife with the choices he made due to his passive-aggression. That really hacks me off, always.

As for the actor himself, I think I'm the only one who likes him.
I think he's "meh" in the looks department (great body, so-so face), but his performance was very good. And he's about to be the McGuffin in the big All-Actress extravaganza of "Evening" that's coming up (defies description-- it's a chick-flick drama with a bunch of fabulous actresses, youn and old).

Haven't seen Angels In America. I suppose I could put it in my Netflix queue by now! It's definitely out. :)
she said mysteriously: devil's waitin'resounding_echo on June 26th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
I was frustrated with him mainly because passive-aggression drives me nuts

Well, yes it's interesting from a literary point of view--certainly not somethign you'd want to entertain in RL! Passive-aggressive people...well, I won't go there.

Plus I think it made him dynamic inasmuch as it's a bit unexpected. Personal preferences aside, he *is* quite a hunk from a suburban housewife stance and I love that his character doesn't match the stereotype of the great looking guy.

:pets Patrick Wilson: I once described his look as "his body is hard like man but soft like woman." :shrug:

You *do* need to see Angels in America (though his character might *really* irk you there) and not even for him--it's just something everyone should see. Gah, I'd let you borrow my copy if, you know. I don't know how to rip from licensed dvds either. Definitely Netflix it.
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on June 26th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Evening

Is it me or is that the kind of movie where it looks like they put more energy, time and money into the casting than the story? From the trailer I get the impression that too much is going on and thus nothing of substance really develops. Hell even the announcer in the trailer can't tell you what it's about.
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she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on June 27th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I was just telling my mom the other day that I should get a job doing movie trailers because apparently everyone they have is talentless. Not only do they disclose too much, but they do so in chronological order. Some things I may have wanted to see, at the end of the trailer I don't.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 28th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
That's exactly my problem-- I've seen the entire movie in the trailer half the time, and at that point, I no longer want to see it. :( *kicks people who make the trailers*

The trailer is supposed to tease and tempt, not summarize. :0
bluesister on June 26th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
Love the bicyclist showing you! And your reaction. Warms my heart to know there are such playful people out there.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
:D Mine too, actually. It's just so rare-- my husband still remembers with great admiration a father/son duo we encountered years ago with matching piggy bicycle helmets. He aspired to be the kind of Dad that would be silly for the sake of comraderie with his kids. I think he's succeeded.

But grownups being silly with other grownups is rarer still. :)