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Movie weekend

We've been having problems with our 'net connection off and on for over a month. Comcast had been out multiple times, but things just kept getting worse and worse. Sunday was the breaking point: we were down, we called Comcast, and we finally asked for a credit on our account because we felt like we'd been very patient.

The representative was nice about giving us the credit, and acknowledged that our whole area has been experiencing problems. Supposedly, they were sending out a tech to "really" fix it. We'll see. The connection returned late last night, and seems to be stable for the time being. We'll see if it holds.

We'd initially planned to go to lunch at Fuego on Saturday with a friend, but she needed to reschedule, so we unexpectedly had more time on our hands this weekend than planned. Since we didn't have teh intarweb, we used the time to catch up on our movie-watching.

I was a little hesitant about watching Corpse Bride after my last Tim Burton experience, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I thought the trailers for Corpse Bride made it look like it might veer from entertainingly offbeat into gross and uncomfortable. Fortunately, I was wrong. I liked it quite a bit, but was surprised that it had a sad ending. I wasn't expecting that, and found myself crying for the bride and her sacrifice. Despite that, most of it contained plenty of quirky humor, and the animators clearly had a lot of fun turning Peter Lorre into a worm. :)

Mystery of the Nile is an IMAX chronicle of the first group to raft the Blue Nile from source to sea. It had the usual impressive visuals that one expects from an IMAX film, but the content left a little to be desired, and D. and I both found the preachy environmental tone a bit grating. (I'm pro-environment, too, but I do try to not be pompously New Agey about it.) There were some interesting information kernels, like the bit about the lost Nubian city of Kush, but overall, it was a bit disappointing.

I'd been wanting to see Collateral for a while. My hunch that Cruise's bad guys aren't that different from many of his good guys was correct. With some actors, you can see a pattern in the roles they choose. Geoffrey Rush, for example, seems to be attracted to quixotic idealists, outsiders, and purists who sometimes have trouble fitting into the world (Tailor of Panama, Quills, and Les Miserables come to mind). Cruise seems drawn to overachieving pragmatists in the roles for which he's best known.

It was enjoyable, although not as deep as some of the reviews had led me to believe. I thought Max's character transition during the film was interesting. Also, it stepped way over the plausibility line at the end, with the shot Vincent received in the head -- you don't get back up from a wound like that unless you're in a B-grade horror movie. Going into it, I wasn't aware that Michael Mann had directed it, but I sure knew it about 15 minutes into the film -- it was that total high-gloss-on-grit style that he does better than anyone else. It renews my hope for the Miami Vice movie.

One thing: it may have just been me, but I found Tom Cruise's hair very distracting. I don't know if that was a wig or if they just sprayed his hair grey or what, but it looked incredibly fake. I could easily mistake it for some strange, hairy handbag that someone accidentally left on his head.

Out of the three, Corpse Bride was the best of the bunch.

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organfailure
Apr. 17th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
Tom's grey hair in Collateral was really distracting. I couldn't stop looking at it. But I liked him as a bad guy. I only wish they'd had the character spewing forth Scientology nonsense the whole time.

And also, this made me think of you instantly:
http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2006/04/attention_miss_.html
pointedview
Apr. 18th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Hee. :) ScienTomology. ;)

I totally love that picture! CuteOverload.com rocks. :D
mumpish
Apr. 18th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
I kinda thought Corpse Bride was a rehash of Nightmare Before Christmas. For the effort they put into the songs, they might as well have not made it a musical. Bottom line, it was amusing, but it would be a better film if Burton hadn't already done it.

I am, however, a HUGE fan of the hedgehog in the previous poster's link.
pointedview
Apr. 18th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
It's been a very long time since I've seen Nightmare Before Christmas, so it didn't really color my perception of this one.

I was selected as the departmental hedgehog very early on in my time in this department. No lie. I love my job. :)
mumpish
Apr. 18th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Do you know of anywhere where I can see or play with a hedgehog? We got three of them at the pet store I worked at in the early 90s, and after they sold we never got more. I've never seen any anywhere since; even Theresa said they were impossible to order when she was managing a pet store a few years ago. They were very cool, by far the most interesting small-animal pet I've ever seen.

(I don't want to buy one, incidentally. We have enough pets. I just want to play with one.)
pointedview
Apr. 18th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
I understand right where you are -- I feel the same way about bunnies. I don't want to buy one, but I would like to bunny-sit, and AWGAH, I think I'd like to volunteer with a local House Rabbit chapter.

After searching the 'net, the closest hedgie fancier/rescue organizations I can find seem to be in the Carolinas. Surprising that there doesn't seem to be a Georgia chapter, but maybe a local veterinarian might know more?
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