The world is upside down

Up is down.  Black is white.  I just don’t know what to think.  The Big Game has come and gone and it was actually a good game.  That almost never happens.  Never.  But wait, there’s more.  Not only was The Big Game an entertaining football game, the commercials, sucked.  Sucked.  (sorry mom)  Yes, that’s right.  The commercials are usually the best part.  But not this year.

This was the only good one in the bunch

However, I did learn that there are many excellent movies coming up:

  • Fast & Furious 6 – I love the Fast & Furious movies.  I.  Love.  Them.  I already can’t wait for this.
  • Iron Man 3 – Robert Downey Jr.  Need I say more?
  • Oz the Great and Powerful – oooohhh
  • Star Trek into the Darkness – Chris Pines.  Hello Chris Pines.

Apparently, I am going to be busy this spring/summer.


At the movies

I took the C-Man to see Star Wars Phantom Menace 3D last night.  He really really really wanted to see it.  Princess O really really really did not.  So, I took C last night, and gave O an IOU for a movie of her choice coming up.  I suspect it will involve horses.  Or vampires, or vampire horses or something of that nature.

Anyway, I knew going into Phantom Menace that it was a terrible movie, so I was hoping for  good trailers.  And we got the Hunger Games trailer so you can’t really ask for more than that.

But I also saw the trailer for this movie:

I have seen lots of promos of this movie.  Unfortunately, every time I hear the name John Carter, I don’t think of this guy:

I think of this guy:

The Woman in Black

My brother posted about this a few days ago on his blog.  And I am jumping on the bandwagon.

I saw this play in London way back when.  It was probably 1994 or 1995.  It was without a doubt the scariest thing I have ever seen.  I still remember jumping out of my seat at various times during the show.  And then when the show was over we had to walk through Covent Garden in the dark to get back to the tube and home.  Yikes.

I have also read the book, and it was not nearly as frightening as the play.  But this movie looks like it will scare me half out of my mind.  Even the trailer is giving me goosebumps.

I think I better go to a matinee.  That way it will still be light out when I leave the cinema.

I have got to see this movie

I am fond of garden gnomes.  I don’t know why. 

I love these guys.  My sister gave them to me for Christmas last year.  They live in front of the fireplace.  Tom thinks they should live in the garden, but I disagree.

Anyway, that brings me to this:

Oh I have to see it.  But I have to admit, I do wonder how they will handle the whole double suicide thing at the end.  That is not a very Disney kind of ending, nor is it entirely appropriate for a children’s movie.

All the more reason to see it my dear.


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse


So I took Princess O to see Eclipse last night.  We were both very excited.  I called and bought tickets for the 7:30pm show yesterday morning, just to be sure we would get some.  I was hoping the Justin Bieber concert would keep the crowds down a little, but I didn’t want to assume anything.

Then later, while we were out purchasing reading material for our upcoming adventure we stopped by the theatre to pick up our tickets.  And there on the sidewalk was a huge chalk drawing of the Eclipse movie logo.  I said, “oh, I should take a picture” but I didn’t have my camera with me.  And guess what?  I didn’t have my phone with me either, so we made a mental note to bring the camera when we came back for the movie.  But guess what?  We forgot!  So, no picture.  Oops.  Sorry.

Even though we had tickets we still had to wait in a queue to get in and get seats.  We decided we would do that first, and then I would come out and get snacks.  While we waited in like we chatted with the woman behind us, who could not decide if she was Team Jacob (like me and all right-thinking people everywhere) or Team Edward (like the princess and all pre-teen girls everywhere).  The princess said she must be Team Switzerland, which the woman thought was very funny.

I saw the same woman in line again at the concession stand and she told me how much she liked the Royal sense of style.  Tonight The Princess was wearing one of her red softball t-shirts, plaid shorts, pink softball socks (that come up over her knees) and green Converse Chucks.  She was resplendent.  But I like that about her.  She is, and always has been her own person.

I think the Princess might have been the youngest audience member.  Apparently I was partially correct about the Justin Bieber concert. And for Twilight fans everywhere, well, you get what you paid for.  I think it is better than the first two.  Unfortunately that isn’t really saying much.  The pacing was better, the styling was better, and some of the acting was better, but there were still some problems.

  • Why has Charlie suddenly lost all his grey hair?
  • Why does Esme suddenly have black hair?
  • Jasper’s hair is much better than his old Ken-doll helmet head, but it still needs work, and he seems to have inexplicably developed a very heavy Texas drawl.  Interesting.  Also he talks like he has marbles in his mouth.
  • The new Victoria is fine, but I think the other Victoria was way more menacing.  The Princess said she was glad they changed actresses because if the old Victoria had been in this movie it would have scared her to death.
  • Jackson Rathbone (aka Jasper) still seems to be acting while constipated (sorry, you probably found that rude).

And a few more observations:

  • I still think Taylor Lautner is a better actor than Robert Pattinson, but Robert was better this time.
  • Kristin Stewart looked less corpse-like.
  • They are still styling Alice all wrong.  She is supposed to be quirky and fun and cute, and she always just looks frumpy and weird.
  • Kellan Lutz, the actor who plays Emmet is Adorable.  I hope he gets more work.

And that is my honest opinion.  So go, enjoy.  And remember:

Team Jacob baby, Team Jacob.

Today is the day!

Shh, listen, do you hear that high pitched squealing sound?  That is the sound of The Princess and I getting our geek on.  Why?  Because tonight, if all goes according to plan, we are going to see Eclipse!  Eeeeeee!

Oh.  My.  God.  I can’t wait.  I don’t know why.  These movies are terrible.  But somehow I cannot stay away from them.

This is the first time I am letting Princess O go with me to see it in the theater. I made her wait and see the other two on DVD.  I have now been elevated to Best Mom Ever status.  It won’t last long, but I will enjoy it while I can.

Oh honey, where’s the checkbook?

The Field of Dreams house is for sale.

SF Gate

You get the field, the house and six outbuildings.

This makes me kind of sad.  I love that movie.  And I have been to that house.  My brother and I spent a weekend there way back in 1993.  We had a great time.   Of course you can’t go in the house because somebody still lives there, but you can play ball on the field.  And that’s what we did.

I guess I should try to drag the kids there this summer while I still can.

I love this house.  I want this house.  I have wanted this house since I first saw the movie back in 1989.  So where is that checkbook anyway?

Well it’s One for the Money…

They are making a movie of One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. It’s true!  Here is a link.

The Movie Insider

As you can see, there isn’t a ton of information yet.  It’s early days.

There are fifteen of these books in print right now, and Sizzling Sixteen is set to hit bookstores this summer.  Oooh I can’t wait.  I can’t wait for the book.   The movie is not really doing anything for me.

To be fair, I am never happy when somebody makes a movie based on one of my favorite books.  I refused to see The Time Traveler’s Wife because I love that book so much, and I knew the movie could never measure up.  So, I am not approaching this movie with a fair and unbiased point of view.  In addition to that, I am unhappy with their casting decisions.  They cast Katherine Heigl as Stephanie, Jason O’Mara as Morelli and Daniel Sunjata as Ranger.

Jason O’Mara seems okay to me.  Daniel Sunjata might be okay as Ranger too, but I hate hate hate the idea of Katherine Heigl as Stephanie.  She is so not like Stephanie.  This is not going to work.  Here are some photos:

Katherine Heigl is so not Stephanie

O’Mara (Morelli) and Sunjata (Ranger)

Now I realize there is no way to please everybody, and casting was always going to be a challenge.  The problem they face is the fact that there are already 15 books out there in the Stephanie Plum series, not including the “Between the Numbers” books.  I have read all 15 of them, some of them more than once.  I already have a very clear picture in my head of what all the characters look like.  And these guys are not measuring up.

Maybe I’m just grumpy today, I don’t know.  But I don’t think I will be going to see this movie.

How to Train Your Dragon

My friend M called this afternoon and asked if The Children and I wanted to go to the movies this afternoon.  On tap:  How to Train Your Dragon, in 3D.

I have never been to a 3D movie before, and I was a little apprehensive.  I love movies but sometimes they make me motion sick.  Even in 2D.  Actual motion almost never gets me, but the illusion of motion is a killer.  So I was afraid the 3D would have me on the floor.  However, I was pleasantly surprised.  I didn’t feel sick at all.

And it’s a really cute movie too.  Although I’m not sure why the Vikings have Scottish accents.