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17 November 2009 @ 05:06 pm
Happy Birthday, lampshade_days!  
I hope you and Scott and the kids are having a wonderful time today, and celebrating madly.

If you'd like a birthday drabble, please let me know! I am here to serve. :D

~*~

I read a fairly recent Entertainment Weekly at the gym today, which included Oscar contenders and upcoming movie news.

I was thrilled to see The Hurt Locker as a Best Movie possibility (along with its director and two leads). It is such a good movie, very gripping and raw. See it, please!

Then I discovered that the upcoming Nicholas Cage "Bad Lieutenant" vehicle IS in fact a remake of the Harvey Keitel movie of not that freakin' long ago, and I got muttery for awhile. I think Hollywood needlessly remakes far too many things in general (both movies AND TV-shows-as-movies), and moreover... Harvey Keitel! Let it stand!

My ridiculous admiration of Keitel formed in that window of about 1 1/2 years when Reservoir Dogs, The Piano, and Bad Lieutenant all came out (yes, I omit "Thelma and Louise," though it was in that same time period). In all honesty, the reason I watched the U.S. version of "Life On Mars" to begin with was that Keitel was in it! Not as much of him as I would have liked, but still...

For upcoming movies, I want to see Precious (and I hope it won't kill me), and Christopher wants to see The Blind Side, which I hope will be appropriately rated so that he can.

Here's hoping that the kids will be at their aunt's over at least one or two weekend days during Thanksgiving week, so that HSH and I can get to a movie. It would be great if they were going up this coming Saturday, but Christopher has a morning soccer game (and he's nervous-- the goalie AND the leading forward will be gone, so while he'd like to be helping out at forward... he's more likely to be stuck at goalie, and he hates the pressure during real games). Sunday, the kids have tryouts for the rec basketball league (Christopher because he whined his way out of last Sunday's tryout on the basis of a "knee injury" (playing practice goalie with his sister) and we didn't realize the second session was during the Thanksgiving break). We're still not sure if enough girls signed up for Lauren's age-group, so she might not be playing this year. :(

In the continuing news of how far "out of it" I am, I've now confirmed that the reason I've been missing White Collar is that it's on cable. D'OH! When shows are advertised on regular TV, I still foolishly assume they'll be shown on regular TV. Might be visiting Hulu regularly for that one. ;)

Has everyone recovered from the SPN Chicago Con? I envy those of you who went, and I thank you for your pictures and con reports!

ETA: Crap, I'm totally coming down with the cold Lauren & HSH have had. Also, we finished the premiere of V, which led me to imdb.com to randomly look up Morris Chestnut for probably the third time. So handsome!

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dragontattdragontatt on November 18th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
The Blind Side is PG-13 (one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references). I'm going to see it too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Awwww! Why not PG? Christopher is 10, and sex and drugs aren't the kinds of things I want him to be exposed to yet!

The grownups might have to see it without him. :(
dragontattdragontatt on November 18th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Let me ask someone I know who's working with the publicity, see if it's really obvious or just a case of serious CYA. You never know.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Wow-- thank you! :D
dragontattdragontatt on November 18th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
This is what my 'inside source' says: Movie has some strong scenes but is entirely appropriate for a 10 year old.

Take that as you will.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update. :)

I'll have to see what gets mentioned in the specifics after it opens, because I know Christopher wants to see it, and it sounds like a great story.

It really seems that some unnecessary things were added to push it into PG-13 territory instead of PG (which studios often do), and I really find that frustrating. Tell your story, don't play "ratings demographics" games. :(
mercurybard on November 18th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
USA's website is also airing White Collar, if Hulu gives you grief (we've discovered we can only watch 1 show on Hulu at a time in the house and no one can play WoW while they do).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
Since only the two adults watch Hulu, and no-one plays WoW, we're probably in the clear! We usually watch one show at a time on Hulu-- right now, we're halfway through the pilot of "V" because I *koff* missed the premiere, though I taped Ep. 2.

We still need to watch last week's "Fringe," too. I hate it when baseball season interferes with my Fox viewing schedule! That was the first "Fringe" in about a month!
mercurybard on November 18th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
We have 1 working tv, and it's in Crash's room, so most of the tv-watching gets done on laptops...which leads to yelling "who's jacking the bandwidth?!?" and throwing things across the hall at one another.

I am anxious for JJ Abrams to stop trying to defend his "I can tell a story without a metaplot!" claim and get back to the vast, sprawling conspiracies of Fringe.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
which leads to yelling "who's jacking the bandwidth?!?" and throwing things across the hall at one another.
Hahahaha!

I am anxious for JJ Abrams to stop trying to defend his "I can tell a story without a metaplot!" claim and get back to the vast, sprawling conspiracies of Fringe.
I'm mostly there for Crazy Walter. The rest is conspiracy-related noise. ;)
mercurybard on November 18th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
My house is the House of Adults Currently Failing At Adulthood.

The show wouldn't work if Walter wasn't insane, trufax
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 18th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
i don't know if it makes you feel better or not, but according to peter travers who reviews movies for rolling stone, the new bad lieutenant bears almost no relationship to the original one. so i guess you could think of it as an entirely different movie with an unfortunately similar title.

white collar is advertised on regular non-cable tv? weird! and why?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
the new bad lieutenant bears almost no relationship to the original one. so i guess you could think of it as an entirely different movie with an unfortunately similar title.
The first EW blurb indicated that, but the second said that it was a remake set post-Hurricane Katrina. I don't want remakes of movies that were already good the first time.

Heck, if it was a really crappy movie, then no point in remaking THAT either. ;)

Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on November 19th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
That's actually very common in the UK, leading to "That looks good...aw, dammit."
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Exactly!

Though that IS how "The Shield" first got on my radar, and that turned out well. ;)
Kimberleylampshade_days on November 18th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes. It was a great day, with all the necessary ingredients, namely the people I love most + ice cream cake. *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Sounds wonderful!

Do you prefer ice-cream cake to regular birthday cake? I'm a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting kind of person, so my "ideal" cake doesn't vary much. :D
happy is as happy does: Books (I lose myself in them.)happywriter06 on November 18th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
I saw 'Precious'. I admittedly watched a lot of it through my fingers mostly because I was expecting the worse. It was bad but not as bad as I thought given what I'd heard about the book. It's a really good film.

I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for THL.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the input on "Precious." It sounds like a really good story, with great performances, and it's good to know that it's survivable. With unrelentingly dark subject material (or just plain ugliness), it can get to be too much for me-- even with a happier ending. I bailed out of "Sherry, Baby," for instance, and cringed through parts of "Monster's Ball" (even though I thought it was a really good movie).

My fingers are crossed for THL too. I'd really love to see it nominated for Best Picture, especially given that some of the others being mentioned are pretty fluffy.
Deadbeat Nymph: sammy nosedeadbeat_nymph on November 18th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, I totally remember the year of Harvey Keitel! I was in high school, and my film geek friends and I talked about it repeatedly. We all loved him, and it was like, bam bam bam - he was in everything!

Why do you omit "Thelma and Louise"?

I hope that you and HSH get to go the movies.

Hm, do they still have drive-ins in your area? A few years ago, I rediscovered the magic of drive-ins. Of course, now I don't have a car so I can't go anymore, but, man, I adore drive-ins.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 18th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
We all loved him, and it was like, bam bam bam - he was in everything!
And fantastic in all of it!

Why do you omit "Thelma and Louise"?
First, not a great movie to me (not worthy of mention with the other three), and second... kind of a minor part, compared to the other three.

Hm, do they still have drive-ins in your area?
We still do! We've never been to one, partly because that seems to occur to us more in the summertime, when it takes forEVER to get dark. As in, usually approaching HSH's bedtime. ;)