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Movies, Games and Silly Things - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
November 23rd, 2007
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Movies, Games and Silly Things
"Beowulf": If you're going to see this, see it in IMAX 3-D - it's worth it! Not a great film, but not the commercial rip-off I was afraid of. It actually follows the original story very well (even down to the torn-off arm over the doorway of Heorot), but with a sad, terrible Gollumesque Grendel, a hero who is flawed in a very understandable way, and an added connection between the two main stories of the poem that adds depth to the story. I liked it better than I thought I would but it's still best to go in with low expectations and feel free to laugh at some of it if you feel like it. *G* Apparently Neil Gaiman was a co-writer on the script.

(Note to ninquelosse: I tell you, as soon as I saw the dragon I thought "SB has to see this!!!!!", but I'm a little torn about whether to suggest you take him or not. There IS a lot of violence (of course!) but the animation makes it a bit less gory, and there is some nakedness (although in terms of private parts, Beowulf's are cleverly hidden, Grendel apparently has none, and Grendel's mother's are airbrushed over)... but I *think* that if he was able to handle LOTR he should be able to handle this. Because, boy oh boy is he going to like the dragon!!! *G*)

"Enchanted": Fun and clever, but requiring a high suspension of disbelief, and don't go looking for any deep messages here. Best part was finding the Queen's helper strangely familiar, even as a cartoon... and then realizing why! *G* Again, not a great movie, but a fun one, and certainly well-timed, since it's one the whole family can enjoy together.

Games: Fandango actually has some fun ones - including (YAY!) a MAKE YOUR OWN BAG PUPPET creator! Also, for you fellow mah jong solitaire fans out there, they have a very good holiday one, where each tile is an open gift box. You can find them here: http://games.fandango.com/allgames.aspx. Warning: if you intend to save your puppet, register and/or log on beforehand!

Silly Things: The Glarkware site (seller of snarky merchandise and partner of that snarky television site - darn, what's it called... the one that does synopses of TV shows like LOST? - ah, that's it - Television Without Pity) sells obscurely funny T-shirts (like one based on House called "Cane and Enabler" with an image of a cane and a bottle of pills) and other silly stuff such as:

Band buttons - for classical composers - *G*
Cards to give to people who are rude in movie theatres
Cards to give to people who are rude, period! (I'd never give these out, but, boy are they tempting!)

You can find them here: http://www.glarkware.com/productcart/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=5

Aaaaaand... I was supposed to clean house these two days and have done NOTHING!!!!! Hopefully I'll be more motivated this weekend. Have a good one, y'all!

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From:alassenya
Date:November 23rd, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I want those Glarkware cards!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 23rd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
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*ggl* Which ones - the movie theatre ones or the "urban asshole" ones? *G*
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From:alassenya
Date:November 23rd, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
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The "urban asshole" ones - I love the checkboxes.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 23rd, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
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*G* It's wonderfully thorough, isn't it? *L*!
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From:zanne68
Date:November 23rd, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, holiday mah jong solitaire? Must check that out! And thanks for the mini-review of Beowulf. I've been trying to decide if I should go see that one.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 23rd, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
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It was a spur-of-the-moment thing for me; I was turned off by the idea that they had Angelina Jolie as Grendel's mother (!), and I spent a whole semester on Beowulf, so I shuddered at what they might do. So, as I said, I was pleasantly surprised. *G*

I looooved the holiday mah jong!
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From:ninquelosse
Date:November 24th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
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Ooo, thanks for the review. He saw the dragon in the trailer and said it looked cool, but hasn't asked to see it yet. I'm torn - I want to see it for Gaiman and, you know, Beowulf but Jolie does get in the way. Dragon, though... *chews lip*

Love all the other bits & bobs - played mah jongg & snickered at the cards - reminds me of the Karma Police tickets we used to sell at Transitions...

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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 24th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
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Don't let Jolie bother you; she does a good job in this. Yeah, I thought he'd like the dragon - *G*.

*L*! "Karma Police" tickets - genius! Actually that reminds me of the commercial on TV, where one guy in a car picks up after another guy in a car, and eventually puts a "tree" made up of the trash on the other guy's car - his karmic retribution.
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From:singeaddams
Date:November 24th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
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Queen's helper strangely familiar, even as a cartoon

Now I'm curious. Who is it?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 25th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Aha!

Here's a (big) hint. He's a real rat, but not very popular, even though he's in a very popular fandom!
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From:singeaddams
Date:November 25th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
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The guy that played Wormtail?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 26th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Yes!!!! *applauds you madly*

Talk about coincidence... I saw a trailer for Sweeney Todd yesterday and - there he was again, behind the Judge! I bet he's playing the Beadle.
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From:singeaddams
Date:November 27th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
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I GOT IT! Go team Me!

OT: I dunno about Sweeney Todd, I'm not really looking forward to it.
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From:grace_poppy
Date:November 24th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
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Band buttons for classical composers! Awesome!

Are you ready to listen attentively, Cleveland?

I said are you ready to listen attentively, Cleveland?


Hahaha!!!!!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 25th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
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*ggl* I loved that, too! *G*
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