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Guardian

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WARNING: Contains Spoilers.

 

Went with Mom to see Hunger Games last night. I’d already seen it and enjoyed how the book was interpreted for the screen. I thought they made certain assumption about the level of familiarity with the content from the books and felt it could lead to confusion for the unaware. I was right. Mom hated it. She didn’t have enough of the back story to really appreciate the subtlety of the story. So, all she saw was the barbaric Hunger Games, the result of 74 years of oppression in the districts as to offer up their children and the excess of the shallow, insipid Capitol. She did not see what I saw.

I loved the characters and the story. I loved the complexity of the crossed plots and the maneuvering. Even in the first book, you could tell there was a LOT more at stake than just the Hunger Games. But more than anything else, I love Katniss.

Katniss’ nearly fatal flaw is her overblown sense of responsibility for everybody. This is something with which I can closely identify.

She sacrificed her own safety to hunt outside the fences for her family. She volunteered as Tribute to protect her little sister. Yes, she had to kill but it was always in defence. She was NOTHING like the District 1 & 2 tributes who were predatory. She looked after Rue. If she were a heartless murderer, she would have taken her out as easy prey. Same thing with Peeta. He was already wounded – why not just let him die or, out of mercy, kill him quickly. But she didn’t do that. Instead, she played up the whole romance thing in order to get sponsors to send what she needed to save Peeta. It would have been faster to the finish line if that’s all she really cared about.

She didn’t love Peeta. She didn’t really want to go along with the star-crossed lovers scenario. The book does a much more thorough job explaining the inner conflict she had with the idea. And the book didn’t make such a meal out of Peeta’s infatuation; the movie over-dramatised that part so she looks much more deceptive. Peeta knew all along she had a thing for Gale and he accepted their actions as a ruse for the cameras. But, because you hadn’t read the book, you didn’t know all that.

She made a number of very calculated risks to survive and protect the people for whom she felt responsible. A very high-stakes game of poker. She paid a very high personal price; as do all guardians. It would have been easier to refuse to fight and be killed right off but she felt like she should at least try and survive in order to get back home to her little sister and Gale. Then she picked up Rue and then Peeta she felt compelled to protect. In the end, she survived. But it’s not until subsequent books do you get the full picture of what her victory would mean for the 12 districts.

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Cereal Diaries – Another Christmas Story Reference

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I know I’ve blogged before about this movie and how it was never funny until I became a mother; then it was the funniest thing I’d ever seen.  Ok.  So, here’s a new one for you (because I didn’t truly appreciate this scene until Princess Crybaby came along). 

I NEVER thought this was funny…until NOW.  Princess Crybaby used to eat everything you put in front of her.  EVERYTHING.  Now, it is a chore to find ANYTHING she will consistently eat.  Even *gulp* mac and cheese is a toss-up.  Cooked veggies – forget it.  We have to hide them in something else.  But before I get all frustrated because she won’t eat anything resembling healthy, she won’t really eat much that falls into the other category either.  *sigh*

So, we’ve resorted to making noises and funny faces and whatever else we can think of to get her to give us her best little bird impression and gobble up her breakfast, lunch, dinner – SOMETHING. 

Too bad she isn’t old enough to teach the little piggy move. 

Yes, mommyhood also has two purposes: to inform and entertain.  And now, if you’ll excuse me, that’s my cue.

squeals of adolescent estrogen

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K & I went on a girls’ night out Friday.  A little dinner, a lot of laughing and….twilight.  It was finally here and it was pretty good.  Oh, it’s no Harry Potter.  Pirates of the Caribbean beat it hands down.  But, it was very fun to see the adaptation of the books we devoured. 

We laughed at the hoardes of young adolescent girls lined up at the ticket counter an hour before the theatre opened.  All text messages were off as their little eyes (and hormones) were glued to the screen.  When Edward appeared on the screen for the first time, the hoard squeeled with delight.  (yes, really)  When Edward and Bella kissed the first time, collective sighs and applause were heard throughout the room.  It was HILARIOUS. 

I thought the Edward character was played pretty well by HP-veteran, Robert Pattinson.  Bella, on the other hand, was played a little too wispy and waif-ish.  I thought Bella carried herself really well in the books.  Yes, she was reserved and a little self-depricating.  But the on-screen teenager was a little breathy; like she was about to have an asthma attack every time she had to talk to Edward.  Oh, before you berate me for soundng so grown-up; yes I remember that breathless first crush.  That feeling of just not knowing what. to. say. when. HE…..walks in the room.  *squeel*  You could say I really got in touch with my inner middle schooler this weekend.  *laugh* 

I will say this, though, the dramatic tension between the Edward and Bella characters was GREAT.  The ratcheted up the tension until you could cut the air with a knife.  IT was great.  That part got an A+. 

I thought the movie, overall, was a little predictable.  They spelled it out a little too clearly.  They didn’t give the audience enough credit.  It was as if they KNEW 96% of the audience has already read all four books so they didn’t have to bother with that little thing called suspense. 

Eh…not bad.  Don’t know that I’ll buy it.  I certainly don’t think HP should have delayed the release eight months for THIS.  I think the death of Dumbledore, the revelations about Snape and Voldemort were WELL WORTH a little healthy competition at the box office.  I think everybody would have won.  And, we’d have a better holiday movie season to look forward to.

a weekend for magical movies

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I watched two movies this weekend that were truly … magical.  That’s the only word that comes to mind.  THe first:

WHat a remarkable movie. THe story was fantastic, the music was great (james horner, of course) and the overall experience was spectacular.  I don’t think I blinked six times during the movie – I didn’t want to miss anything.

THe second, tonight, was:

I wept.  It was one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen.  The story broke my heart.  His complete faith that he could be found.  Yeah, I definitely want that one. 

It was a good weekend.  Munchkin’s birthday was yesterday and it was a great day.  SHe got to be the center of attention all day; which is always a good choice for her.  *grin* 

I can’t believe she’s six.  Already.  Where did it go?  And if time goes faster as we get older and it’s already going this fast…

whoa

*laugh*

‘night, friends.

it’s great – if you don’t mind cop funerals

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Saw Dark Knight today.  The highly anticipated new Batman movie.  I hated it.  Sure, there were some really funny moments.  The special effects were fabulous and, as always, Christian Bale is HAWT.  BUT….

 

Heath Ledger was scary.  I mean crazy scary.  They did that high pitched horror music in several of his scenes – as if you aren’t already tense enough.  Ug. 

And the dead cops everwhere was WAY more than I really wanted to deal with on a Friday matinee.  Thank you but I think I’ll be passing up this one on my “to buy” list.

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You must see this movie.  I laughed.  I cried.  Yes, really.  The soundtrack is amazing.  The animation is, of course, fabulous.  It’s funny.  It’s poignant.  It’s darling and I’m in love with this little movie.  Go see it.  TOTALLY kid safe.  It’s WONDERFUL.

eh..

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Today was a good day.  Work is starting to roll back at a semi-normal clip and it’s nice to get back in the swing of things.  I’m starting to look forward to summer — a time when I can concentrate on projects I don’t have time for now. 

I wish I’d made coffee earlier.  It seems dumb to get up and make a pot just to drink one cup before bed.  I’m such a dork. 

I didn’t get shelves hung last night.  The drill I borrowed from Mom wasn’t powerful enough to get through the shelves and I stripped a screw.  This frustrated me so bad, I started to cry.  What a girl, right?  Well, turns out it really wasn’t about the shelves at all but a combination of being over-tired, the trial AND my general feelings of total inadequacy about construction projects. 

Dang it, my throat is itchy! 

I’m going to bed.  It’s 10pm.  Must sleep. 

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You are part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor.  Take her away! 

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Why am I awake?

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It is 2am.  Why am I sitting here with my eyes open?  Ug.  I’ve resorted to an old sleeping standby:  The Chronicles of Riddick.  I’ve seen it so many times that I can turn it on and be asleep in fifteen minutes.  Now, I know that sounds like I’m stamping BORING on this movie but I am SO not.  It is visually very fun to watch.  Because I’ve seen it so many times, I can close my eyes and “watch” it in my head.  To recreate such detailed pictures tires my brain very quickly so I fall asleep really quickly. 

I know that’s strange but it works.  Here’s hopin’.  ‘night, folks.  No, really.  I’m going.  Now. 

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Ok, now I’m going. 

So Sick of THAT song!

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 This really is a VERY cute movie.  I didn’t think I’d like it and hadn’t planned to see it but we were looking for something we could all go see (including the five-year old) and this one won (I couldn’t stomach Enchanted – too much sugar). 

It was very cute – the little songs were catchy and the characters were great.  But, I swear to you that I’m going to PUKE if I hear that blasted Christmas song of theirs one. more. TIME!!!  Munchkin totally loved it and has played the cd Over and over and over again until my ears are beginning to bleed. 

Oh well.  At least it’s a break from the talking backpack she got from Santa.  It’s Diego’s rescue pack.  It’s this catchy little salsa tune but sheesh, it’s 10 seconds long and it has played 400 times today.  At least it has batteries that will run down soon enough. 

*giggle*

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. 

Oh my gosh!!!

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Ok, so I’m not going to do the full review because my brains are turning into oatmeal as I sit here. It’s almost 3am and I have to get up and be a grown-up again in three hours so I’ll make this quick.

OH MY GOSH!!! Just got home from OOTP and WOW, it was terrific. Sirius’s end was as terrible as I thought it would be. I love the way they handled it.

Let me give this critique: Having read the books at least three or four times ensured that I always knew where the holes were and filled them in myself but they cut some pretty big chunks out of the plotline. The holes left were pretty gaping – I can imagine it might have been quite a stretch for the unread movie-only HP fan. (shame, that)

Fred & George’s exit was priceless. I did think, however, that the directors minimized the lasting hooplah and general rebellion on the part of the student body after their exit. But, as I told Mom (or Mum, if we’re using true HP speak), this is the Empire Strikes Back episode in the series and it needed to stay intense so we’d be good and worked up for Books 6 & 7.

HP fans – don’t miss this one. They did the story justice – even with all of the cuts. Non-HP loyalists – take a HP-friend if you want to start the story this late in the game. Otherwise, you’ll probably hate it.

Somehow I don’t think Book 7 is going to tie up all of our loose little ends so tidily. I can hardly wait. Tempting is not quite the word for the urge to pull down the series NOW, make a pot of leaded coffee and just stay up and read. Three hours is only going to make me feel bad.

OH, who am I kidding? I’m too old for an all-nighter. ‘night, folks.

Tonight at Midnight!!

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K and her hubby, Mom, H and I are going to see OOTP (that’s Order of the Phoenix for you non-Harry Potter folks). I’ve had my tickets for a week and I am SO geeked out!!
We’re getting there at 10pm to camp out with the teenie boppers. I’m actually (yes, I am about to say this…) looking forward to dishing with them about Book 7 (which releases on the 21st).
I am SO excited! Newsweek gave OOTP a rather lackluster review but they also loved Rattatoille and I hated it, so we’ll just agree to disagree, ok?
Keep the coffee coming my way tomorrow, though – while everybody (wisely) took the day off tomorrow, I am working. AND, it’s a CRAZY day tomorrow, filled with meetings where I have to appear to know what I’m doing and not totally whacked out on three hours of sleep. *giggle* I’m an idiot.
Review coming tomorrow. I solemnly swear!

 

No Spoilers Here

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But Oh Man what a great flick! We went to see Pirates 3 last night and it was SO awesome!!!

I fully intend to see it at least two more times in the theatre – there is just so much to digest. The level of detail ensures that the DVD version with all the extra features should just ROCK.

The storylines that the first two movies have set into motion all culminate in this movie. It’s just shy of three hours long and it needs every minute of it to cover so much ground.

But you aren’t left wanting. The music is perfectly expressive, the action scenes are so large I can’t imagine how they made them, the storytelling is perfectly masterful – oh it’s just fantastic.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, I give this movie two thumbs WAY up…

I will say, though, that this is DEFINITELY not kid-friendly in MANY scenes. And, if you haven’t watched the other two, you should plan on doing a little homework before you go. The third installment in the Pirates tale assumes that you’re familiar with the characters and what their goals are. I can’t imagine trying to keep up with all of the storylines otherwise.

Only Funny since 2002

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I ran across this article this morning and thought I’d share.

The first time I ever saw it, I didn’t believe that the kid who stuck his tongue on the flag pole was really stuck. Much to my chagrin, it was. You see, I went into the kitchen that night, after the house was quiet and tried my little experiment on the freezer door where the ice cube trays sat. Of course it stuck. Fortunately, I learned that lesson without too much bloodshed. And, to date, you (my dear blogger friends) are one of the first people I’ve ever told that story to. Don’t you feel special? Ah, youth.

I never liked this movie until I became a parent. It would come on every Christmas and I would immediately change the channel. Partly because of the freezer door incident but also, I think, because I just didn’t get it. From a child’s standpoint, I’d never asked for anything as stupid as a BB gun (leave that to my brother) and I probably would have thought bunny pj’s were pretty cute – hey, I am a girl! I certainly didn’t understand why his father would put that awful lamp in the window and why those Elves at the department store were so mean. I just didn’t get it.

Until I became a parent. Suddenly, this movie became the funniest movie EVER. The transformation is really quite unexplainable. But I love this movie. I can’t wait to watch it. In fact, I may watch it tonight. In between updating a blog template. *grin*

I think I’ve recovered from my sore stomach so I am headed to French Quarter for lunch. Yum.

Only Funny since 2002

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I ran across this article this morning and thought I’d share.

The first time I ever saw it, I didn’t believe that the kid who stuck his tongue on the flag pole was really stuck. Much to my chagrin, it was. You see, I went into the kitchen that night, after the house was quiet and tried my little experiment on the freezer door where the ice cube trays sat. Of course it stuck. Fortunately, I learned that lesson without too much bloodshed. And, to date, you (my dear blogger friends) are one of the first people I’ve ever told that story to. Don’t you feel special? Ah, youth.

I never liked this movie until I became a parent. It would come on every Christmas and I would immediately change the channel. Partly because of the freezer door incident but also, I think, because I just didn’t get it. From a child’s standpoint, I’d never asked for anything as stupid as a BB gun (leave that to my brother) and I probably would have thought bunny pj’s were pretty cute – hey, I am a girl! I certainly didn’t understand why his father would put that awful lamp in the window and why those Elves at the department store were so mean. I just didn’t get it.

Until I became a parent. Suddenly, this movie became the funniest movie EVER. The transformation is really quite unexplainable. But I love this movie. I can’t wait to watch it. In fact, I may watch it tonight. In between updating a blog template. *grin*

I think I’ve recovered from my sore stomach so I am headed to French Quarter for lunch. Yum.