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This weekend wasn't somuch about books as is usually the case (hey, for once D was the one that picked out all the books...and I found nada).

I did get most of the way through reading The Soul Weaver (Carol Berg, 3rd in the "Bridge of D'Arnath series). I have to say, it took me three freaking books to warm up to the story, but now I have both the desire to keep on reading, and the desire to pick the book back up when I have to stop. In retrospect, were the library not closed I would have checked the books out instead of buying them (paperbacks though they were) and would not have made the decision to purchase them after I had read them.

Dang, I REALLY miss having the library 10 floors below me. Granted, the new, improved more "awesomriffic" library (I swear it's in the advertising) opens in May...on the 20th....I'm going to the opening party...shuddup...I know....

This weekend was, however, a rare and treasured movie weekend.

The Brothers Grimm

I have to say, I really do give an unfair advantage to period movies. And Fantasy movies. And fairytales. I think the fact that I wanted SO much to love this movie factored into my final decision to like it. It was rather gorgeous, rather off-beat (and really jarringly conventional in some ways) and all around fab. While it has visible flaws, I am tolerant and forgiving because the basic story was simple-yet-good. It did make me want to explore more Gilliam movies which, sadly, I have neglected. Shame on me.

Dark Water

There's something just inherently creepy about water, lonely wet footprints and little girls drowning, isn't there? *sigh* Entertaining? Yeah I guess. Predictable? Too much so. A complete ripoff of the much-better "The Ring"? They could sue had they not been crafted by the same writer. Although I did learn in college, to my chagrin, that you are NOT able to plagiarize your own non-copyrighted works...who knew? Anyway, the movie was pretty much "blah." Same single-mother-with-kid-estranged-from-husband-creepy-girl-in-water-comes-after-us bit. No videotapes this time though.

Shrek 2

Only high-brow stuff for me folks. This is the second time I've seen this movie. Typically I'm able to form a more solid impression of a movie upon multiple viewings. I have to say, Shrek 2 really held up. Despite my belief that in 10 years I won't be able to "get" any of the references, and that it won't hold up like, say, "The Incredibles" it was still entertaining to watch.

And that's that.

Date: 2006-03-22 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doctorok.livejournal.com
Gilliam pictures you have to see.

12 Monkeys, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (also you have to read Hunter S. Thompson), and Brazil

Also anything he did with Monty Python, he was an amazing director.

Date: 2006-03-22 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pen-grunt.livejournal.com
*nods* I've seen most of the Python stuff.

Any word on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen?

Good?

Date: 2006-03-22 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doctorok.livejournal.com
I just assumed you'd seen that one. Hmmmm...

Yes, that is a very good movie. Mmmmm Uma Thuman.....

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