Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle was a lot of fun. It was the definition of a guilty, guilty pleasure. What I especially liked was that the Harold and Kumar are not stupid (stoned, yes, stupid, no). Sure, they're a bit geeky (Harold, especially, is struck dumb in the presense of an attractive neighbor he has a crush on), but in the end they managed to triumph over crazed rednecks, X-Treme assholes, lazy bosses, corrupt, racists cops and, it seems, the hand of fate keeping them from White Castle.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Some Movie Reviews
Suzy and I have caught a few flicks at the theaters and on video lately. MirrorMask was quite the visual spectacle ... Alice in Wonderland by way of Beetlejuice care of Neil Gaiman. Literally a teenage girls fantasy drawings come to life in a dream. Occasionally it slowed and stumbled, but made up for those short-comings with eye popping imagery.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is an early high point in the career of Miyazaki (later of Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away). Lots of action, above average design and animation, a relatively meaningful plot, and best of all, a central character who is not passive in the least.
Primer is the ultimate, low budget science fiction thriller. It mixed some very real world cinema verite conversation with a plot something like Dilbert-meets-La Jetee. Because it embraces the pecular mechanics of time travel so thoroughly, it becomes effectively impossible to follow (the commentary reveals that certain strange events towards the end have no explanation because any explanation would rely on information that the protagonists simply don't have). Maybe not up to the level of indy flick hype it received, but not bad either.
And then, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit which restored my faith in animation. Quick paced, well told, delightful to watch, and simply full of delight. I hope I don't have to wait another five years for the next story.
I've put up for auction my collection of signed, framed, uncut press sheets for Illuminati: New World Order ... they are big and somewhat fragile (for a cross-country move, anyway) and perhaps will make the right person happy. In which case, they better be prepared to pay.
We're also running an moving sale, 8am - noon on Saturday, Nov 5th.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Wheels grind into motion
Well, our backup buyers have become our primary buyers (the couple from Colorado have decided to move elsewhere) and we've agreed on price and terms. If all goes well (and when does that ever happen?) we'll be closing on December 1st and hopping onto a plane to Portland! Lots and lots of details to work out, as you might guess and, as my Mom can attest, nothing is final until the closing.