08 July 2006

Another reason to love my county

Last night I took the back roads home from work, through the fields. It was a warm day and the air smelled like strawberries. THAT's what I'm talking about.
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After a week of running around like a chicken, I am having a very lazy day at home. Shhhh. Don't tell. I am ignoring the state of the bathroom and drinking a homemade mocha. I feel like I am playing hooky.
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I took a fairly long hiatus from watching movies and videos after my ten-DVD rental card ran out last time, but this week I have seen 3 movies, two in the theater and one on DVD. Here's the Suebobian scoop:

DaVinci Code It's hard to put a finger on, but it didn't hook me in. It felt...perfunctory. Like "We have to get from A to Z, so here we go..." The collapsed time frame (it takes place over a night and a day) that seemed almost plausible in the book felt labored in the movie. And I didn't buy Tom Hanks as the brainy professor. Two stars (out of five).

Syriana Huh? I know that there was a plot or five in there somewhere, but this movie was a tangled mess. I wanted to yell "Throw me a bone here! Let me in on the story!" but it was like a bunch of bits of movies all thrown together...Minus one star, because George Clooney made himself look unattractive, and Clooney looking hot would have been the only thing to redeem this.

The Devil Wears Prada Ok, it's kind of formulaic. Smart girl goes to the big city, where she doesn't fit in, and proves herself while struggling to maintain her integrity. I loved Meryl Streep as the Ice Queen Bitch Boss from Hell and the woman who plays Emily, her first assistant, is a great character. Anne Hathaway as the able assistant was appealing, like a young Audrey Hepburn. Funny, but not in a laugh-out-loud way. Three stars.


The Linkateria Weekend Edition: Antique Mommy meets the devil at the zoo, a woman gives birth in Wal-Mart, and why Nancy Grace needs to be fired.

8 comments:

super des said...

mmmm strawberries

As long as there are no follow up questions, Brooklyn (Kings County) smells like strawberries too.

Janet Evening said...

My cat's feet smell like Fritos™... ™

SUEB0B said...

Mr. Stapler's dog is a Frito-smelling dog! It is so weird. It just emanates from her.

MrsFortune said...

Strawberry fields ... nothing is ... wait, that's not what you said.

I can't wait to see "The devil ... " I loved the book, in a chick lit way, and I do love Anne Hathaway.

Izzy said...

Thanks for the reviews. Until now, I was feeling a lot of pressure to see The DaVinci Code. You know, like I'd be this huge cultural loser if I didn't see the movie and especially because I found the book so boring *GASP* Please don't tell anyone I said that. They might come take me away in the night or something.

super des said...

I, too, had no interest in the DaVinci code. I didn't read the book. I don't like Tom Hanks. I've heard bad things.

As for the Devil wears Prada, I showed some interest. I kind of wanted to see the movie (which means I might rent it some day) but the NYTimes said to just read the book. Good advice, and always true. I might still do that.

julia said...

Oh, thank you for that review on Syriana. I tried to watch it the other night and after 45 minutes of "What the fuck is going on in this movie?" I shut it off. So confusing.

I'm going to try that agua fresca recipe. I have peaches, plums and blueberries that are about to expire. That sounds like just the thing, especially in this humidity.

julia said...

Oh, thank you for that review on Syriana. I tried to watch it the other night and after 45 minutes of "What the fuck is going on in this movie?" I shut it off. So confusing.

I'm going to try that agua fresca recipe. I have peaches, plums and blueberries that are about to expire. That sounds like just the thing, especially in this humidity.

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