Friday Film Footnotes

With the string of overnight shifts that I did last week and the self-indulgent behavior that I allow when on that shift, I attempted to clear some of the recordings off my DVR.  I worked two overnights, had two nights off, and worked two more.  I attempted to maintain the “stay up all night” schedule.  It was kind of fun to put on my jammies and sit on the couch and catch up on movies and eat popcorn!

 

Here is what I watched:

 

Sam Rockwell - Moon

Sam Rockwell – Moon (Photo credit: markhillary)

Moon (taped from Starz) – Creepy! Sam Rockwell plays the sole employee on a lunar base mining fuel for Earth.  He has a 3 year contract and begins to think it is too long to be away from his family and starts hallucinating after he has an accident on the equipment.  Poor guy!

 

Last Song (taped from Starz) – Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear. Predictable but I still cried.  Dang it.  Miley is pretty awful but I love Greg Kinnear.

 

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger(taped from Starz) – Typical Woody Allen movie. Characters not plot. A woman consults a  fake psychic after her husband leaves her (for a prostitute turned wife) and her daughter falls in love with her boss and out of love with her novelist husband, who falls in love with the beautiful muse across the alley!  Ah.  Life is complicated in Woody World.

Cover of "Born Romantic"

Cover of Born Romantic

Born Romantic(taped from Starz) – Craig Ferguson stars in this little thing about 3 guys looking for love in and around a salsa club in London.  Interesting characters, but not a big recommendation from me.  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a Craig Ferguson movie?

 

Cover of "When Harry Met Sally"

Cover of When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally (from my stash of DVDs) – Have been in the mood to rewatch this for months and finally got around to it!  For some reason the TV in my bedroom is only showing black and white right now, so it felt a little more retro than the 80s-90s!  I really gotta figure out where the cords should be hooked up…

 

That’s it!  Nothing in the theatres for a while (since Argo).  Would like to see Cloud Atlas soon, so we’ll see!  Then the holiday blockbusters will start appearing… gotta make time for them!

 

Hope you have a great weekened!

 

40 Things (30!)

The Passage of Time

Image by ToniVC via Flickr

Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, day 30!  Her topic is:

30) A favourite sensational novel

I wasn’t quite sure what Boof meant when she chose this topic – a book that makes a sensation when published? a book that has a storyline so sensational that you can’t believe it? a book everyone is talking about?

So I googled it.

And got a lot of hits for “sensation novels,” British novels written in 1860-1880.  (See Wikipedia definition summary: The sensation novel was a literary genre of fiction popular in Great Britain in the 1860s and 1870s, following on from earlier melodramatic novels and the Newgate novels, which focused on tales woven around criminal biographies, also descend from the gothic and romantic genres of fiction. Typically the sensation novel focused on shocking subject matter including adultery, theft, kidnapping, insanity, bigamy, forgery, seduction and murder.)

Well I’m pretty sure this is what Boof meant, as I’ve seen her talk about some of these books and she is British, and I’m also pretty sure that I haven’t read any books of this type.  There was a list of books in this genre and the closest to anything I’ve ever read was “Great Expectations,” except I haven’t read it.  I’ve read Charles Dickens.  🙂  Crime fiction is not my favorite type of fiction and I don’t read too many books written pre-1900.  One book that I loved (that doesn’t fit this in the true sense of the term or at all, really) was “Time and Again” by Jack Finney – a story about time travel to New York City – 1880.

Goodreads summary:  First published in 1970, this highly original cult classic tells the story of Simon Morley, a young Manhattan illustrator who is selected by a secret government agency–presumably to test Einstein’s theory that the past actually co-exists with the present–and finds himself suddenly transported back to the New York of the 1880s. Written with style and elegance, this bold, visionary novel provides “Mind-boggling, imagination-stretching, exciting, romantic entertainment.”– San Francisco Examiner.

I loved this book and was excited when the sequel was written in 1995.  I believe I have that one on my bookshelves.

Harry Connick, Jr. - Oh, My NOLA

#30 on my list of 40 things was: Go to see Harry Connick Jr. in concert, which I did on April 5, 2007!  Deadra and I both have loved Harry Connick, Jr. since his early days – his music and his goofy acting career.  Will and Grace – loved it!  Hope Floats – how fun!  When Harry Met Sally music – superb!  I have a LOT of his albums so was glad that he toured during the time that I was working on this list and we were able to see him at the Orpheum in Mpls.  Good times with good friends and good music.

Off to read!