| Time Change, Diet, Weekend Movies
||[Mar. 10th, 2008|10:20 am]
Ugh. Time change. I never do well with this time change. But I did get up on time this morning. Our bus was a couple of minutes early this morning, which led to a lot of confusion. I tried to explain to the driver that we were asking him which bus he was because we are so used to our bus showing up at the train station 10 minutes late rather than 3 minutes early but he just sort of grumbled at me and left to talk on his cell phone.
I think I am mostly well now and I am trying to get my diet back on track. I completely blew it last week. It wasn’t so much that I ate a lot. In fact, there were a couple of days when I think I only had a cup of soup and a piece of toast, but what I did eat was too high in carbs and fat, plus I think the cough medicine was loaded with sugar. Hopefully one week won’t have messed me up too badly, though.
The theme for my weekend movies this week was Guilty Pleasures, or at least, attempts at guilty pleasures:
Grrrrrl power on waves. It’s a silly movie and I shouldn’t have liked it as much as I did, but the waves are beautiful and I like sports come-back movies and romantic comedies and this movie combines the two, so it was definitely very much a guilty pleasure. The soundtrack is okay and there is also plenty of eye candy in the cast. The main draw, though, is the photography. It’s a borderline Imax experience, including some really intense underwater scenes and this movie is worth watching just for that incredible photography.
Australian actress Abbie Cornish is the main (and possibly only) draw of this movie. She’s pretty enough that it’s worth watching, but I thought the Australian countryside and Sam Worthington added enough to make this almost good rather than a guilty pleasure. Still, the plot (young girl runs away from home, drinks a lot, picks up several men then goes home) is not very exciting and is very unrealistic. Ms. Cornish’s character is ridiculously lucky. None of the people she lets her guard down with make any attempt at robbing, raping or killing her, though one pair does sort of take advantage of her drunken state. Instead she ends up being looked after by a substitute mother and a sort of boyfriend. It’s certainly not the best Australian movie I’ve ever seen, but not the worst, either.
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Why do I feel so bad for thinking this movie was so incredibly funny? I usually hate toilet humor, and Harold and Kumar has more than its share of it. I usually hate druggie movies, and this is absolutely a druggie movie. Maybe it’s partly that the movie doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is, or that the two leads are so engaging. Whatever it is, this is definitely going on the favorites list.
I had high hopes for this being a fun, girly guilty pleasure movie. Instead, it was so cringe-worthy and embarrassing that I hid under the covers while watching it and I’m kind of embarrassed to even admit I watched it here.
It tries really hard to be cute and funny. Too hard. The problem isn’t the plot. It is of course obvious and predictable, but what would you expect? The real problem is that the dialogue is so badly written that you can feel the actors cringing with you while they try to get their lines out. I felt worst for Mark Blucas (Riley from BtVS).
There is one thing I generally agree with reviewers on with regard to this movie. It is very “safe.” You can watch it with your kids and grandparents without fear of inappropriate situations or dirty words, and the alleged “naughty” things the lead gets herself into are so tame by college standards (OMG she goes to a fraternity party! How dare she!) that I seriously wondered what the heck the tabloids were doing covering it. There are better safe movies, though, so this is one to skip.
Harold & Kumar is definitely a guilty pleasure!
And when I watched First Daughter, I kept having the weirdest crossover story with BtVS going on in my head, mainly because of the names.
(Ignore if you like):
See, before Riley signed up with The Initiative and found himself at UC-Sunnydale fighting monsters, he was a young SS agent assigned to the president's daughter, Samantha. Events conspire against him, he does get on the president's team and he gives it the best he can for a couple years but can't handle being that close and yet not close enough and that's when he bails to the secret monster squad and meets Buffy. Buffy guesses correctly when she wonders if 'Riley' is even his real name: it isn't, it's the super-secret code name he took when he joined the Initiative. When things don't work out there, he leaves for South America where he meets...Samantha! Who is now out of college and was working with the Peace Corps there before they were attacked by vampires! Which explains how Riley managed to get past the Wun Twu Wuv heartbreak after Buffy and marry someone else within the space of a year. He was reunited with his First Wuv! And now Riley and Sam are the elite team and together they fight
Or so my mental crossover went.
That's great! The Riley storyline never made any sense to me, but I really like your mental crossover! It actually makes First Daughter a much better movie if it's a BtVS prequel.