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30 November 2016 @ 04:46 pm
Meanwhile, in Sacramento...  
I hope all the U.S. folks had a nice Thanksgiving. Our daughter was at home, and we had a nice dinner with just the four of us. This is partly because my brother now goes to Portland to be part of my sister's blowout, because he does not hate driving the way I do. This also means that I dread calling up there to say hello to everyone, because I might potentially be talking to at least 6 people or as many as 9 or 10, and the thought just exhausts me. Only 5 this year, since the host and hostess were about to serve and couldn't come to the phone.

We watched Clueless as a family Thursday night, rather than our daughter's suggestion of Heathers (no way am I watching that with our teenage son, with the sexual politics involved). She rejected my pile of potentials, which included Doc Hollywood and The Long Kiss Goodnight (neither kid has seen those) as well as the rewatchable Dave and Big. I hadn't seen Clueless since it was first out, so it was a shock to see baby Jeremy Sisto, baby Paul Rudd, baby Breckin Meyer (actor camp!), and baby Donald Faison (Scrubs!). Damn, has it really been 21 years? :O

Saturday, the two of us and our daughter went to see Fantastic Beasts, which was a lot of fun. I think our daughter was as stymied by some of the movie trailer previews as I was (Power Rangers? Seriously? Though at least there was no Great Wall As Alien Defense trailer this time). I loved the choice to set the movie in the 1920s, which enriched the visuals and guaranteed that anything fancier than a radio would already be unimaginable to the populace. There were some steampunk-like touches in a few places, and the CGI work was solid. At the end, my pressing question was whether the casting call for the film might have described one of the parts as a "lovable schlub," because that phrase pretty much defines that character. Whom I loved. As will you.

Last week was a lot of Idoling (SO much reading—gah!), relaxation, shopping (but not after Wednesday), and... not as much other stuff as I'd planned. Typical. HalfshellHusband remains firm in his pledge to shun politics in the media and elsewhere, because he is so incredibly angry about the election results (and the Cabinet appointments are just... %(*&FG!!! already). I can't argue with one of his biggest sources of anger, which is that many of the people who will get screwed over by the next administration didn't even vote. *sigh* Don't get me started.

We're far enough away from the election that we are back to watching The West Wing, though. We just finished S3, and I have much hate for the character-death choice in the season finale. Not as much as the one in late S2, but still. And oh, Blindspot? How could you 180 my favorite character like that? HOW? *so disappointed*

Hoping to talk about books this week too, if I can get around to it. It only took more than a week to get this post out!

cindytsuki_no_bara on December 1st, 2016 05:06 am (UTC)
i've seen clueless a bunch of times and never recognized jeremy sisto! he was a baby! paul rudd looks the same, tho, just younger. did it really come out twenty-one years ago? i feel old.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 1st, 2016 05:31 am (UTC)
Jeremy Sisto was a shock. I'd forgotten the plot details, so initially he was just some kid in the main character's class, who looked an awful lot like a young Jeremy Sisto. But possibly not.

Eventually, it was clear that it was him-- and his voice was at adult timbre in the movie. He sounds exactly the same now.

Donald Faison was a bigger shock, with the braces and with the character being SO different from his Scrubs role.

Basically, I remembered that Daniel Hedeya was in that movie, and Alicia Silverstone, and that was it. It's like a lot of these things, where you go back and watch something from 15-20 years ago, and a lot of the actors in the seemingly minor parts went on to bigger things.

I can't believe it was so long ago, but yup-- released in 1995. :O
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on December 1st, 2016 01:17 pm (UTC)
I totally agree w your review of FB. (Fantastic Beasts, not FaceBook! LOL) We loved it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 1st, 2016 06:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not the die-hard Harry Potter fan my daughter is (our favorite movie was the first one, just showing the weird world of Potterdom), so I enjoyed FB much like any other movie. Our daughter did say that the actual book is mostly just a compendium of the kinds of creatures shown in the movie. The plot was wholly created for the movie, and I thought it worked really well. A fun experience all around. :D
m_malcontentm_malcontent on December 1st, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 1st, 2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
So cryptic even I can't translate it!
bleodsweanbleodswean on December 1st, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
Idol is a full-time commitment, isn't it?!

Glad to hear you all had a nice Thanksgiving!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 1st, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
Even though the writing is less of a burden in the earlier weeks (when you're fresh and the deadlines are sometimes longer), the reading is deadly. And honestly, not what I wanted to spend so much of my break (or Monday/Tuesday at work!) doing, much as I enjoyed many of the stories.

The mini-seasons are much more manageable for me. :)
passing_throughpassing_through on December 2nd, 2016 12:44 am (UTC)
I am a fan of The Long Kiss Goodnight. I've watched it multiple times, although not in an extremely long time. i wouldn't mind watching it again if I could find it. I just checked Amazon and I can get it for $5.19! I might have to gift myself for Christmas :)

Glad to hear you had a nice and quiet Thanksgiving. I love low-key holidays. I think it's my age, lol.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2016 05:42 am (UTC)
We haven't watched it in years, and the kids are old enough, so I was hoping she might give in to that one. But no. :(

I prefer low-key holidays too, and probably in part for the same reason!