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02 March 2009 @ 10:36 pm
Another weekend gone already...  
Another rainy week here, which means that I spent Saturday pruning down stuff in the backyard until my hands were blistered because I won't see another day like that in who knows how long? I've still got dead stuff from the fall to clear out!

We took the kids to see Coraline on Sunday, a Tim Burtonesque movie about a girl who discovers a parallel life through the walls of her apartment. That magical other life looks so much better and happier... to begin with. Really interesting art direction, and oh the sadness of the poor kid nicknamed "Wybie" (for "Why were you born?"). What I really, really liked, though, was the music. It was so deceptively simple-sounding (like a child's fantasy of happy memories) and so other-worldly. Really very eerie.

In the garage today, I watched Wet Hot American Summer. Honestly, I rented it for the boykissing between Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black, which was brief but totally worth it. But it's one of those movies where all of these familiar faces start popping up—Jeanine Garofolo, Paul Rudd, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon—and the story is stupid fun and harmless enough. By the end, it's practically crack. Ken Marino also appears (Michael Ian Black's fellow demon on Reaper), and though he sports a terrifying afro he's also wearing a tight tank top and skimpy cutoffs. My God but that man has incredible legs (Greek-statue-gorgeous legs, nicely muscled). I'm still in awe.

And in random TV thoughts, please don't give us a female President and then have her make stupid emotion-driven decisions instead of Presidential ones (24). Also, if your show features Tony Todd then make sure he has lots and lots of dialogue (*is shallow*). And? As much as Medium does nothing for me it's still infinitely preferrable to yet another "News Magazine" show featuring the delusional octuplet-mom. :0

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cindytsuki_no_bara on March 3rd, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
did you see the 3d coraline or the 2d version? the 3d is nifty. poor wybie, tho - they were kind of mean to him.

the octomom is still on tv? what about her is possibly new news?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 3rd, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
The 3D is out of theaters around here, so we saw the 2D one. I'm not actually that big a fan of 3D, so that's okay. There was some gorgeous and fun stuff in the art work, though. :)

I don't know why they were mean to Wybie-- he seemed okay to me, and apart from scaring Coraline half-to-death the first time they met he was just a kid looking for fun. Not overly talkative either, in my opinion! And that name... *sigh*

The Octomom is such a media whore that she reappears to cover the same old ground again, and then there's the "plastic surgery to look more like Angelina Jolie" and tonight's "Ooh-- is this the father?" *eye roll*
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 3rd, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
:D The "sweater-fondling" was quite a concept, wasn't it? Not to mention the secret conversations with canned vegetables.

Boy, but that character was loony. In the best possible way! \o/
alazysod on March 3rd, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things about Coraline. I should go see it.

eeeee WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER! One of my favorite movies. I'm glad you liked it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Starry Nighthalfshellvenus on March 3rd, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things about Coraline. I should go see it.
Our kids liked it, though I suspect it appeals even more to adults than to kids.

It's funny to be discovering a movie (7 years later) that so many people on my f-list already know about! Of course, I arrived at it via the boykissing route and not the comedy route, so maybe that explains it. ;)
The Huntresshuntress69 on March 3rd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
I saw the promo for Coraline when I saw MBV and it looked good, I will probably go this weekend. And with that cast, I am going to put "Wet Hot" on my list. As for TV, when Heroes goes off on Monday, so does the TV LOL.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 4th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
As for TV, when Heroes goes off on Monday, so does the TV LOL.
Normally, I would turn it off too, but I often (plan to) write in the living room from 10pm onward, and I find the low-level background noise/visuals sometimes help. So Medium is really only there for visuals-- the actual viewing (for me) is done when "24" finishes. :)