December 30th, 2008

Xmas Penguin

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Reminder: nominations for the current round of the Prison Break Slash Awards close on Jan. 7, so get yours in now! You don't have to nominate for all categories-- just the ones that work for you. Hope to see you there!

Still cleaning up after Christmas. I forgot to mention that the big morning began with the discovery that ants had found Santa's cookies & milk, so we spent some *flail* time dealing with that. I hate living on the anthill that is Sacramento, seriously. We must have well over 100 colonies on our 1/3 acre. :(

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Watched a Steven Colbert "best of" DVD courtesy of Netflix, and I love the weird that is his show. Stephanie Colburtle the Turtle! Steven Jr. the Eagle! The Colber Repor and the Spor Repor, as he calls them. But the best were the Green Screen competitions, with George Lucas losing to a regular fan, and the Colbert vs. Sean Penn "Meta-free-phor-all" competition. And Jane Fonda flirting with him so outrageously that she basically screwed his interview over before he got the chance to do the same to her. On the one hand, there are the interviewees that don't understand that his show is satire, and on the other there are those like Jane that arrive loaded for bear. \o/

I'm halfway through S2 of Queer As Folk. I love the Pickle King (can't help myself), and darn if Ben isn't incredibly handsome. Still don't like the whole Brian/Justin storyline, though, and I hear I'm out of luck on the chance of it going away. :(

Rewatched some holiday favorites, i.e., The Grinch (original), The Family Man, and While You Were Sleeping. I'd hoped to watch them earlier, while wrapping gifts, but that didn't work out.

New Years Plans, anyone? I never have them. :0

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Finally saw Seven Pounds tonight.

Wow.

I avoided spoilers, reviews, trailers, anything that might reveal the story beforehand, and I'm so glad I did.

Incredible story—very different, very well told—and all the better for just watching it unfold as Will Smith takes you along for the ride.

I was surprised to hear that there have been negative reviews (mainly about confusion (?!?) with the storyline). Must everything be spoonfed to audiences and critics now? There are hints all through the movie as to what's going on, and the 'why' of it too. By the end, you know everything, and there are no cop-outs along the way. How many movies can say that any more?

Though people talked a lot about Smith's performance in The Pursuit Of Happyness (which was excellent), the one that made an even bigger impression on me was in I Am Legend. The first half of that movie, which was solely Smith and a dog, really showed the kind of range he's built over the years—really solid, compelling stuff.

Seven Pounds is the culmination of it all. Just incredible.