Movie Weekend

Last Week’s Song: “When It’s Over” by Sugar Ray.

Today’s quote is inspired by my crazy work hours the last couple of weeks.

You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave!

It’s been a while and my only real excuse is that I’ve been busy doing a whole lot of nothing. Okay, that’s not exactly true. We had parent-teacher conferences last week and the grading period ends this week. All that equals some extra work time at my “day” job.

The best part of the last week is that I managed to finish two books: Outlander and As We Are Now (reviews coming soon). I’ve also caught up on some of my movie time which has got to be the best way to spend a rainy weekend.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: I enjoyed the mix of mythology and modern twists. It was fun for me, in my nerdy English way, to try and figure out which “creature” Percy would encounter next and which story it came from. Not to mention Perseus is my favorite Greek hero (no, not because Sam Worthington is playing him in the upcoming remake–although that is a nice bonus). The Lightning Thief has made me anxious to read the series even though my oldest son said that, as usual, the movie and book have several differences.

Surrogates: A typical Bruce Willis action film, but I enjoyed it. That is once I turned off the rational side of my brain. The one that kept shouting, Robots posing as humans wouldn’t decrease crime rates, they would increase them. If you like action films, this isn’t half bad.

Post-Grad: The story follows a girl (Alexis Bledel) right out of college, trying to get a job at a publishing house. After the rejections I’ve received, it felt strangely satisfying to see the other side of the publishing world (even if it was fantasy). Even more satisfying was to see how hard it is to break into that job market. Yay, I’m not alone in the rejection department.

Then I stayed up late last night to watch the Oscars last night. It surprised me that Avatar didn’t take home more awards, but I did a little happy dance when Star Trek won best Make-up.

Jeff Bridges and his win for best actor felt well deserved even if I haven’t seen his movie, Crazy Heart. Though his use of “man” made me chuckle.

And Sandra Bullock’s win for best actress was the best. She looked stunning in that old Hollywood glam way and she’s a personal favorite of mine. Ever since I saw While You Were Sleeping and my dad said she had channeled my personality, I’ve loved her movies (yes, even the cheesy ones).  

Although the Oscars left me with a dozen or more movies that I need to put into my movie queue. Hurt Locker is now on the top of my list for next weekend.

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Posted on March 8, 2010, in Movies, Ramblings. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Ooo, movies are an exceptional way to spend a rainy weekend by far.

    From one nerdy word lover to another via ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,’ did you by chance catch the segment they did on both the book and the author on BBC/NPR radio? If not I really recommend giving the podcast a listen. It was fascinating, all about why he wrote the book and incorporated different things into it. :) If not and you want to let me know and I’ll track it down for you.

    My hubs liked ‘Surrogates.’ I agree- it’s good for an action movie. :)

    Lol, gotta love a good movie! :D Sandra Bullock is awesome, even the cheesy stuff. ;)

  2. Did you know that the song you chose was once banned from many radio stations play lists as it was one of the most played songs of all time. I hate to spoil the fun others might have of trying to figure it out, so I will simply say that it is a song titled for a west coast hotel by a raptor named band. Hopefully my spelling and grammar are correct.

  3. Hotel California – Eagles

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