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29 April 2008 @ 01:57 pm
Tuesday is my Monday...  
And I'm never quite ready to be back at work. :(

I planted a bunch of stuff in yard in the last couple of days. There's this tiny window in Sacramento between rainy and scorching each year, and you need to get your summer plants in now or it'll be too hot to plant them later. And hope a big fat windstorm doesn't dry them out and kill them in the next few weeks...

More schizophrenic weather: 61F last Monday, 91F on Saturday. Looking through the clothes hamper, I realized that I bicycled in both winter and summer clothes in the same week again! And with the sudden increase in temperature, you're not really acclimated yet. I had to stop for water on Saturday (because 40 oz. wasn't enough), and I didn't quite finish my run yesterday (overheated). But two months from now this weather will look like bliss! Anything under about 96F is bliss in a Sacramento summer.

I watched another boy-kissing movie awhile back, one which I don't recommend: Trick. This one was aggravating, at least for me. It should come with a Tori Spelling warning (!), it has some uncomfortable semi-racist moments in it, and the pace is god-awfully-slow. A would-be musical composer and the hot go-go boy he met on the subway are looking for a place to "hook up." Life thwarts them. The movie thwarts the viewer (it's every bit as frustrating as the setup). The main character is not entirely comfortable with being gay, or gay people, or something-- and while it could be endearing, it leads to a couple of scenes that are just really difficult to watch. Also? I got so irritated with it by the end (my garage-bicyling time was nearly over) that I started to fast-forward through all the scenes of people walking, people moving across the room, people watching OTHER people move across the room, etc. Saved myself at least 5 minutes, I think.

And the ending? Would have been sweet, if not for the original premise around which the movie was centered. One star at best. :(

Second boy-kissing movie- that I'm pretty sure I'm at least 95% through- is shaping up better. Will post when I finish it.

Rewatched a fair amount of Kate and Leopold because I like Hugh Jackman so much. Honestly, I would LOVE this movie if Meg Ryan weren't in it. Even though I tend not to like her, I can say without bias that she's awful in this. Her character is utterly without charm (it needs an actress who can find a way to BE charming despit the character's surface), and her scarecrow hair... it just isn't believable that Leopold would ever fall for her (given his own time, and thoughts about women, etc.) My husband and I always watch this while speculating on who would be the right actress for this role. Emma Thompson could play American- I'd vote for her. Sandra Bullock could probably pull this off. HalfshellHusband wondered about Minnie Driver, but that seems kind of off-the-wall. Both of us hate Julia Roberts, and given how she is in Notting Hill I'm fairly sure it would be a Meg Ryan 2.0 performance. Still love Hugh in this movie, though, as well as Liev Schreiber and the "actor camp" brother. ;)

Finished a couple of fics this weekend! One (PB) was posted, another awaits polishing. Still have super-sekrit stuff running the background, of course. ;)


 
 
 
Gin: GG: Dean is fabulous.backinblack on April 29th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, you live in Sacramento? I lived in Cameron Park and Placerville for years, hahaha, before I moved to Oregon. :>
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
! Double !!

The unFAIRness of it all!

Yes, I used to live in Oregon, and wish I still did. But my job and my husband's job are down here (along with his family).

But how I miss it! I'd hoped to return to Portland after getting the M.S. degree. Did not happen-- found my dream job here instead.

Placerville and Cameron Park are slightly nicer temperature-wise than Sacramento. Hey, at least it isn't Red Bluff. :0
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Lincsmilebadboy_fangirl on April 29th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Word on Kate and Leopold. I adore Liev Schreiber in that movie, that was actually the movie I discovered him in and decided he's like the world's most under-rated actor. Sandra Bullock might have been really good in this role, I agree.

I never made the connection with Julia Roberts in Notting Hill (and I actually like JR in general) but it is the same idea. They are not subtle enough to be abrasive on top and sweet underneath. More so with NH than K&L for me, anyway, I was like *Kick her to the curb! You're too good for her!*

Maybe Jennifer Aniston? Ashley Judd? (I love that movie AJ did with Hugh, Someone Like You.) Another Brit who might have been good: Kate Winslet.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
They are not subtle enough to be abrasive on top and sweet underneath. More so with NH than K&L for me, anyway, I was like *Kick her to the curb! You're too good for her!*
Both characters were self-centered jerks in both movies, and the word "charmless" is key. Hugh Grant often plays jerks who have charm, and you can see why someone would be attracted to him in spite of it. A little sparkle to the eye, something is needed to counteract that abrasiveness.

Maybe Jennifer Aniston?
Ork. Not impressed with her at all.

Ashley Judd? (I love that movie AJ did with Hugh, Someone Like You.)
There's a thought-- I love that movie too. The comedy is bordering on bizarre, and Jackman totally makes me see beneath that Casanova exterior. That one line, "Becca?," in that small voice is just heart-breaking. It 180s the character.

Another Brit who might have been good: Kate Winslet.
I haven't really seen her do much that wasn't pure neuroses (very much like Meg, actually, but less ditzy). I'm not sure that would help.

I can see that many of us think that movie needs recasting, though. What a waste of a glorious premise and realization!

sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Gandalfbadboy_fangirl on April 29th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Not to mention she had sex with her...grandson? Squicky like whoa...

ha.

Oh, not a Friends fan, huh? I love JA, though I admit, I haven't seen many of her films.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Not to mention she had sex with her...grandson? Squicky like whoa...
It's retrospectively icky, that's for sure. Though she didn't know. And boy, he would have been a great-great or something. Darn those time-travel plots! If he'd impregnated her, would it have started an infinite loop? :0

Oh, not a Friends fan, huh? I love JA, though I admit, I haven't seen many of her films.
I liked Friends in S1, and that was it. The only actor in the bunch who's really impressed me is the Phoebe one. Anniston did a great job in "The Good Girl" (dark movie), but... I find her overexposed in proportion to her talent.

Though I feel that way about a LOT of the people who are showing up in movies these days. The women are vapid Pretty People, and the men are not-especially-talented schmoes a lot of the time. If a guy with mediocre talent is going to star in a movie, I want him to at least be pretty to look at!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: LincSmirkbadboy_fangirl on April 30th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Just for statistic's sake, are there any shows you've liked beyond season 1, besides Supernatural?

I'm curious because I could watch Friends over and over and over (and I have because I own all ten seasons), and I find the later seasons much funnier (and that Aniston, LeBlanc, Cox and Kudrow get much better as the series goes on, while Schwimmer and Perry were always much more on with their comedic timing). I don't run into many people who didn't like Friends; certainly some who didn't watch it or love it as much as me, but I haven't had the opportunity to talk to someone who really didn't like the show before.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Just for statistic's sake, are there any shows you've liked beyond season 1, besides Supernatural?
Haha! Funny question, because I can think of a few others (like "Mad About You") that I didn't like beyond S1. Or that (like "Wonderfalls" and "New Amsterdam" and "Nowhere Man" and "American Gothic" and "John Doe") never got a Season Two!

House, M.D. is still fantastic, now in its 4th season. I loved Arrested Development to the (too early) end, as well as The Simpsons (still going!) and Law and Order and Buffy The Vampire Slayer and about 4-5 years of E.R..

Sitcoms don't tend to do well with me in general (liking one is the exception rather than the rule). Mostly, think of it as being unlucky!

I don't run into many people who didn't like Friends; certainly some who didn't watch it or love it as much as me, but I haven't had the opportunity to talk to someone who really didn't like the show before.
You'll find this choice of words funny, but the incestuousness of the relationship-mixing got to me. I also disliked Courtney's ultra-neurotic character (sometimes it's just painful and not funny), and hated Ross with a passion. The whole Ross/Rachel tangent was poison for me. For ages, Joey and Phoebe were still funny for me (and Phoebe's weird brother, played by Giovanni Ribisi). But if you like 2/6, hate 2/6 and are "meh" on 2/6, that's not great.

I'm one of the few people who also didn't like "Seinfeld." That show was rarely funny to me, beyond Kramer's physical humor. Mostly a lot of whining about nothing, ad nauseum.

One of my really "off" points is unfunny comedies, such as those that try to be funny but aren't. Those are painful to watch! "Ellen" fell into that category for me, and most of the time "The Office" does too.
LindaMlinda3m on April 29th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
I've always said Sandra Bullock would have been a much better choice for Kate and Leopold.

Liev Schreiber is one of my all-time favorite actors. I was lucky enough to see his Henry the V and MacBeth and I saw him on Broadway in Glengarry Glen Ross and Talk Radio. The man is electrifying on stage.

Hugh Jackman and Leiv Schreiber are currently filming the X-Men prequel Wolverine in Australia.

Just in case you're interested.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
I've always said Sandra Bullock would have been a much better choice for Kate and Leopold.
Hah! *is so utterly vindicated*

Meg is so awful in that movie (though I swear the scarecrow hair was 25% of it, and what the HELL was the director/producer thinking?), that it seems like almost anyone would have been a better choice. But the thing is, the actress needs to overcome the character, in the minds of the viewer (and Leopold). There needs to be hidden charm that becomes more prominent as more of the character is revealed. Sandra Bullock could pull that off. Wonder how Jodie Foster might have done? She's amazingly versatile.

Hugh Jackman and Leiv Schreiber are currently filming the X-Men prequel Wolverine in Australia.
God, Wolverine is one of the principle reasons I ever liked X-Men in the first place. The tortured man-beast! So misunderstood! He's like Dean, except with claws and more hair. ;)

I would almost see the remake of The Manchurian Candidate for Liev Schreiber. And heaven knows, I've thought about renting the movie he directed!
LindaMlinda3m on April 29th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Wolverine/Dean.... you just gave me a bunny. Thank you!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! \o/