28 December 2008
I've been meaning to review some things for awhile now.
Kung Fu Panda: Five of five on the bodacity scale. I like the whole "your perception can determine your reality" idea, especially with regards to adoption. I wish I could perceive that my house was cleaner than it actually is and have it magically be so.
North and South: Mr. Thornton is tall, dark, angry, and delicious. (Not as yummy as my Colin Firth resembling husband, mind you, but yummy.) Also, the BBC made film is not about the Civil War, so while you do see a guy get punched and kicked, you are spared the splattered guts and blood that are typical of the war movie canon. Lack of blood and gore and proliferation of romance and broody Byronic heroes are always a bonus for me.
The Host: In spite of its occasional grammatical unorthodoxy and teen girl-like heroine, I liked it. I admit to liking Stephenie Meyers works. I also admit that I prefer to read Gail Carson Levine over Joseph Conrad. So sue me.
The Paper Bag Christmas: I'm pretty sure there is some generic novel churn somewhere that cranks these emotional gentle fictions out early every holiday season. If you liked The Wednesday Letters, you will likely enjoy this, though it is not as well written. I enjoyed it, though I often feel jaded after having my tears jerked. And sometimes I enjoy reading books just because it means I am not doing dishes or changing stinky pants.
Prince Caspian: (The next Chronicles of Narnia Movie) I enjoyed it in spite of much fighting and a cameo by the makeupless white witch-hag. Even if CS Lewis is posthumously limitedly involved, his works apparently win me. The Prince Caspian actor is extremely handsome. When a friend pointed out that in hotness he and Susan were unequally yoked for their relationship, Alex observed that only one person in any given relationship should look like a beautiful woman.
The Gods Must Be Crazy: I watched part of this when I was a teenager and thought it was lame and boring. I watched it a few months ago and laughed very hard. The documentary approach and sheer absurdity of the premise had Alex and I cracking up. If you have Netflix and are over twenty-five with an unusual sense of humor, you might want to queue this film.