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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
I am so behind in writing up what I've been reading, it's not even funny. I may just have to do a list and be happy with it. Maybe a list and my own special punctuation ratings system:

!!! -- LOVE
!! -- pretty good
! -- enh, but I finished it.
... why, god, why?

Actually, it will probably be easier to just write the damn things than to try to develop a coherent and consistent punctuated ratings system. (overcomplicate? me?? NEVER!!)

I am actively looking for a new blog template. My wants are few, but I can't freaking find one that satisfies them all. I have seen that this template (which I like) craps out on Internet Explorer, which is what most of the known universe uses. bah. I just want something mostly white, wide enough for big pictures, with one sidebar that I can customize. Oh, and it also has to have a big enough space for my whole little "law of sympathy" description. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so. I hope this doesn't end the way it did last time (I tried to frankenstein one together from a bunch of parts, nearly ruined my eyesight, then gave up and kept the current one until the next bout of mania, which seems to be now).

movies recently seen:

X-Men 3. I liked it, but did not think it was as good as the first two. I mean, there were PROBLEMS (not least of which was that there was a scene at the end with Wolverine where all I could think of was Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing with his amusing werewolf modesty shorts), but overall my gladness to get out of the house and watch mutants outweighed the problems. If I were really conversant with the comics I might have wished I'd stayed home, but who knows? If I had, I would have missed Ian McKellan who is so wonderful as Magneto, the villain you love to love. I mean love to hate (but you only hate him because he's so eeevil, otherwise LOVE). Complex villains are So Much Better than just paper cut-out black hats. Anyway, the wonder of Magneto will silence me on a few REALLY cheesy happenings that actually had me wondering if it was some kind of joke. (alas, no)

The Family Stone (DVD) -- LUKE WILSON! He always makes me laugh, and I'm not sure why. I thought this was enjoyable, but not transcendently wonderful or anything. Besides Luke Wilson, I probably liked Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams the best.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (DVD) -- This was pretty good! I remembered when I was slogging through the book it seemed interminable. It was all Harry being a whiny shithead 14 year-old and a bunch of Ministry of Magic politics with the big tournament a sort of afterthought. The movie wisely dropped everything but the tournament, and I was able to enjoy it. Hurrah!
4 comments on "this and that"
  1. The Family Stone...I liked it. I agree with the three peeps you enjoyed the most, and I discovered that SJP doesn't really do much for me. CD was cute enough but that is about it and DM? I just don't get the appeal...maybe I am crazy? I do want to go see the X-Men movie and think I shall next week or the week after. What I really want to do is go to a has been forever.

  2. I know what you mean about D. Mulrooney. I should check the imdb and see if he plays anything BUT guys for whom the path to imminent matrimony is not smooth. Claire Danes -- her hair was very pretty.

    DRIVE IN! that sounds fun. Are there any left in pdx? the only one I can think of is in Milwaukie on hwy. 99. Fresno (raisin capital of the world) has a lot. or they had a lot, at one time. Anyway, the key to X-Men is to remember that MAGNETO is awesome, if evil. if you're lucky you won't have to sit next to people eating loud and stinky food out of a purse and talking LOUDLY about things like "is that Elizabeth Hurley?" (no.) and "is that mutant a transvestite?" (this is when I wished that I had a handy camping shovel that I could unfold and beat them both over the head with it)

  3. I am pretty sure that the only Drive In that I know of is near Newberg, which I know sounds super exciting...and speaking of the Dixie Chicks, I must say that for some reason I really really like them. I like their new song and I like their hair way better than Claire Danes mane, but that is just me. As for D. Mulrooney...I think that he was in "My Best Friends Wedding" and I think that I liked that movie. But I think that was mostly because of Cameron Diaz. I sorta have a thing for her. I know she is not big on talking to fans or signing autographs or whatever but I think that makes me heart her even more because that is how I roll.

  4. I think that Newberg drive in is the one I'm thinking of -- why I said Milwaukie, I have no idea!!

    I also like Cameron D. She just seems to do her thing and not worry too much about what other people think of that. Agree also on the Dixie Chicks (who also do their own thing! I am sensing a theme...)


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