Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Movies, a Faire, and Plans

It seems forever that I posted...Well, here is a really long list of movies that I have seen recently and my thoughts on them.

The Perfect Man - I watched this last night while I was bored; it was just on tv. Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear. Blah. It was ok while I was watching it but by the end I really didn't like it. My favorite character was the gay guy (that blonde from Queer Eye....what's his name? Carson?) Hilary's movies are definately going downhill.

The Ringer - Johnny Knoxville and a ton of people I don't know. I thought I wouldn't like this. I came in the middle of it while my sister was watching it, and I really enjoyed it, so I had to watch the rest that I missed. Amazingly, I loved it. In fact, I've watched it twice and I still want to watch it. Very surprising for a movie I thought I wouldn't like.

Brokeback Mountain - Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhall. Wow. I wasn't sure what to expect with this movie, but wow. It was amazing. Definately earned it's best picture nomination. The performances are amazing, the movie is incredibly powerful. I feel sorry for anyone who refuses to see it simply because it is "two gay guys." I truly think this is one of the best representations of love in film that I've ever seen.

Crash - Uh, a bunch of people in it. Another that I didn't know what to expect, but damn, it also earned the best picture nomination. I won't say win, because I honestly don't know which one I liked better, Brokeback Mountain or Crash. This film made you think you knew what to expect and then totally went the opposite way, but in a good way. I really felt for the characters and it was such an emotional film.

X3 The Last Stand - Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, etc. Honestly, I thought this was just ok. No better or worse than the other ones. But I have to admit I was disappointed in parts. Angel wasn't in it as much as I thought he would be. And Rogue was really disappointing. (No spoilers!) I mean, it was good, but I don't know. I have mixed feelings over things that happened. Can't really say without giving away stuff that happens.

So I have been seeing a lot of movies lately! In other news, Joe and Heather might be moving into their basement where Joe's mom's room is, and she'll be moving up to his room. But things aren't for sure yet, so wish them luck!

I went to the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire Sunday with my mom. I'll also be going this next Sunday with Joe and Heather. It was so great! I have some really good photos that I might post later, but don't be too hopeful. I did dress up this year, rented my costume and bought some medival shoes that are actually quite comfy. We saw lots of great shows and I can't wait to go back this weekend.

Also last weekend, on Sat, the family and I (well, most of us) went out to a resort my mom bought into. It was alright I guess. The only thing I'm really looking forward to is the horseback riding. I've never ridden and I would love to learn someday. We pretty much just drove around, ate lunch and walked a bit, then went home.

Then this next Sat, we're having a huge garage sale that I have to help with, then Joe, Heather and I are all going yard-saleing to accumulate more crap. It will be fun, I think (hope?).

In short, or long, I have been busy! Then coming up in a couple weeks is going to the theatre to see Phantom of the Opera and then Joe's birthday! I'm super excited about going to see Phantom. This will be my first time going to a live theatre show! And I've already bought Joe's presents, I just need to get the one in the mail and then I can wrap it!

Oh yeah, and I've been working too. It seems that everything just decides to happen all at once. My calender is totally blank for weeks after Joe's birthday. And I've already started thinking about the next halloween party! I think I will end this post with a very appropriate quote.

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon

Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Da Vinci Code

I went last night to a late late showing of The Da Vinci Code with a few friends, two of whom read the book, two who are reading it, and two that haven't read it and never will. Personally, I have read the book, but it was some time ago. Still, from what I can remember, they did a fairly good job adapting it to the big screen. Julie had read the book most recently, and she, along with Joe and I, had a huge discussion over everything they had changed.

But overall, I thought it was pretty good. I would definately go see it again and I would buy it. The last five minutes of the movie were so well done, so beautiful and moving... That was probably my favorite part in the book and I was really looking forward to seeing how Ron Howard portrayed it on the big screen. He did good. I can't say what the ending is here, I think, because I don't know if *insert you* have read the book or seen the movie. But if you have done either, you should know what I'm talking about.

The theatre itself was pretty full. There were no protestors, although we had been sort of looking forward to seeing some. The kind of people we noticed in the theatre were odd though. A lot of preppy looking sorts. Not that I don't want them seeing the movie, but I had just thought that more, well, intellectual sorts would be there, not high school preppy kids. The ones in front of Joe even fell asleep during the movie! One kid was messing with his cell phone the entire time. But for the majority, I didn't notice anyone walking out or being upset at the end, so I was pleased that apparently we had an open-minded audience.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

These people are nuts

So I went to a concert tonight with Will at a little bar. He had been to see them before, but it was my first time. It was...interesting. The band was great, and the music was awesome. The people there though, whew. We got there early and got seats right up front by the dance floor. It wasn't really crowded, so we just sat and listened and watched the three people dancing. Later on it got really crowded. Will kept trying to get me to dance, but I refuse to dance in public and I'm as stubborn, if not more so, as a mule, so he didn't succeed.

The people that were dancing were really interesting and fun to watch. Although I kept thinking, "these people are nuts." I did have my favorites to watch though. There was Seizure Guy, who could not dance at all. It was almost painful to watch. There was an older guy whose only dance move was to shake his hips and make up different variations on shaking his hips. There was girl in the blue skirt, very pretty but....how to word this without sounding offensive...hippie-ish? I don't mean it derogatory, but I guess you just had to see her dance. Well, she was just one of many dancing like that, but for some reason she was the most noticable to me. There was air-guitar guy. He would just stand there bobbing his head to the music and all the sudden do some funky air guitar, then go back to standing there bobbing his head. It was hilarious. There were many others, but my definate favorite was The Cowboy. He (obviously) was wearing a cowboy hat, and he was one of the first dancing. He just had so much energy! At first his dancing was absolutely horrible, but after awhile of watching him, it was almost mezmerizing. He was just so fun to watch.

Oh, and I counted at least 14 girls wearing peasant skirts. It was totally ridiculous. It was so cliche. I mean, I can definately see where stereotypes can come from...

All in all it was a fun night, with the exception of Will bugging me to dance. I felt bad for saying no, but no force in hell would make me get up and dance in front of him. I may have danced in public before, but it wasn't very fun for me and I feel ridiculous doing it. I am glad I went though and spent some time with Will.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Friday Five

If you knew you were going to die on at specific day at a specific time, what's...
1. The last song you would listen to? - I think Bolero from the Moulin Rouge credits. Joe understands.
2. Book you would read? -Hmm. I think maybe "And then there were none" by Agatha Christie.
3. Person you would talk to? -Can I have two? Joe and Heather.
4. Food you would eat? -Chocolate. Definately lots of chocolate. Or maybe some turkey, but it's gotta be the best turkey I've ever eaten, like the kind they had on that cruise.
5. Goal you would accomplish? -I would take out all my savings and borrow some from somewhere and go to Scotland. Most likely straight to Loch Ness.