| Weekend Movies, Monday Motivation and Science & Beauty Article
||[May. 19th, 2008|10:55 am]
It is supposed to be over 95 deg. today. :( I want spring back, at least for one more week!
Bridget Jones - Edge of Reason
Good gracious this movie was awful! I liked the first one well enough but the sequel is boring, repetitive, stupid and nonsensical. I did something I now regret and chose the option to take the quiz while watching the DVD. Not only is the quiz inane, it also has the effect of keeping you watching the stupid movie until the end to see what your result is.
Colin Firth looked angry the entire time, probably at himself for agreeing to be in this awful movie.
What I really couldn’t understand (well, I understand it is part of the idiocy of this movie but it’s so overwhelmingly idiotic that it’s hard to understand how the people who made this movie could really be this stupid) is this – Bridget has two big differences of opinion with Mark. These aren’t minor what-kind-of-car-should-we-get differences of opinion. They are two essential things - the way they value money and people and the way they intend to raise their children. Now, I believe these are the two most important values when it comes to a marriage and if the couple truly cannot agree on them, or at least come to a compromise that they are both genuinely happy with, they simply should not marry no matter how much they lust after each other. I don’t believe real love is possible when these values can’t be agreed upon or compromised over. But in this movie, Bridget just brushes aside these two giant deal-breaker issues and gets back together with this guy. If had been sitting against a wall I’d have a huge headache from pounding my head against it over this.
I can’t even discuss the Thai prison scenes. They are that ridiculous.
And why would a human rights lawyer be meeting with a trade delegation from another country? He’s a human rights lawyer, not a cabinet member. Granted, most of what I know about the British government comes from Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, but I still don’t think Mark Darcy’s high enough up the ladder to be seriously meeting with trade delegations. But why do I even care? It’s just more of what makes this movie so stupid.
And then we are supposed to believe that beautiful, sweet Rebecca (the only character in this movie I actually liked) is interested in annoying Bridget?!?! Sorry, but I think not.
To sum up, this movie is bad, stupid, redundant and it made me angry. In other words, NO.
Let’s move on to something happier...
- I ordered some new (smaller) clothes last week and I feel fairly certain they are going to fit when they arrive.
- I only woke up once during the night last night. Most nights I sleep all the way through now.
- This week I tried some new good foods: Vitamuffins, a Kashi frozen dinner, and I got some microgreens yesterday at Central Market. And Fage Tzatziki. OMG Fage Tzatziki!!!!
- I noticed this morning when I was lugging my groceries to work (and my gym bag and purse) that it didn’t feel as heavy to me as usual and that I had less trouble climbing on and off the bus with my heavy bag. And the best part of this is, the bag wasn’t lighter than usual. It was actually heavier!
ETA: I can’t believe I forgot this!!!
Virtual Villagers 3
So far it’s a lot of fun. It carries over some of the concepts/game play introduced in VV2, such as collectibles and the fire. The stew concept continues, but it is now called Alchemy. But there are also several new things:
- The graphics are much nicer than those in VV1 and VV2. Much nicer.
- There is weather! It rains and fog rolls in from the sea!
- There are a lot of new buildings/building types.
- Instead of being able to compare your stats to others online, you know receive rewards for reaching certain milestones.
- The biggest changes as far as I can tell is that you have to, at some point, choose a “faction” to spend tech points on. There are still 4 categories (science, restoration, leadership, medicine) that you can spend tech points on either way, but you must choose between nature and magic for the 5th. The main difference between them seems to be whether you get increased food points or increased tech points. With my first tribe, I’ve chosen magic.
I did something kind of not very observant/smart foodwise at the beginning with my first tribe and I am a little worried my villagers are going to suffer as a result. But the game has been quite generous with mushrooms, so maybe we’ll be okay. If you want to know the mistake I made, let me know and I’ll comment with it whited out so it doesn’t spoil anyone else.
I also haven’t solved the first puzzle yet, though I have solved 3 subsequent puzzles.
There are probably other new things I’ll discover as I go along. The most interesting part for me has been playing it “cold.” I was a little late to the game with the other two, so there were strategy guides and walk-throughs I could go to for help. It’s kind of fun learning and discovering as I go.
Overall, I like it a lot and I’m having lots of fun with it.
Sometimes Alan Alda can be a little, well, overbearing and annoying, I guess, but I really enjoyed this short piece by him on science and beauty.