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24 February 2010 @ 12:26 am
Olympics: So after watching random Nordic-combined skiing and bobsledding, we finally get to the Women's Figure Skating and I pretty much tuned the whole thing out. Except the home-movie of the chubby toddler version of one of the skaters at age 4-5. Adorable!

Local TV News: the NBC-affiliate-n00b is up at Cisco Grove on I-80 talking about snow. It's always there or Blue Canyon, but it's the hallmark of local news rookies around here. Might as well be wearing a "Kick Me" sign.

Work: documentation, schmockumentation. I want register definitions and addresses for the in-house ASICs! Is that too much to ask?

Movies: we watched Wall-E again this weekend, and that is such a sweet movie. I love the humor, too (trigger-happy Eve, and Wall-E chucking away the attack-fire-extinguisher, for instance). There is so much pathos in that story, all the more remarkable because there is almost no dialogue. Awesome.

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devon99 on February 24th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh I LOVED Wall-E. Such a beautiful film and strangely touching too. The ending damn near had me in tears!! My opinion may be coloured by the fact that I took my eight yr old nephew to see it and watching him adore it made me love it that little bit more.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on February 24th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
It really gets me, start to finish.

My son picked it out (because his sister was at the bat-mitzvah/birthday party, and she probably would have balked at the choice).

We were all enjoying the beginning of it, and then when Eve showed up Christopher said, "I like this part better." And I wondered why, because the beginning is marvelous. So I asked, "Is it because Wall-E isn't alone anymore?" And that was it-- as happy as Wall-E seemed before, his life was so much more once he met Eve, and Christopher knew that.

devon99 on February 24th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Your Christopher is right. The first part of the film leaves you aching for little Wall-E because it seems such a lonely existence and he's such a romantic, watching the old movie footage, that when Eve arrives, you've never wanted two robots to fall in love so much in your life.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Blue Flowerhalfshellvenus on February 25th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
and he's such a romantic, watching the old movie footage, that when Eve arrives, you've never wanted two robots to fall in love so much in your life.

It's so true! And you mourn when Eve goes into "Return Probe" mode and Wall-E doesn't know how to bring her out of it, and ache when Wall-E seems to have lost his "personality programming."

There are probably fewer than 200 different words spoken by all the characters in that movie, but what a story-- so much feeling conveyed by robots without words!

I really think it's one of Pixar's finest, in terms of story and execution. And it combines those romantic overtunes with a twist, including the fact that Eve is more often Wall-E's rescuer than the reverse.

We watched "Monster's Inc." again a few weeks again, and again-- very creative idea for a story, on so many fronts.