Brave

Jul. 16th, 2012 09:16 pm
smofbabe: (movies)
Really disliked this: its message seemed to be "It's ok to be a selfish spoiled brat, and even get rewarded for it in the end, as long as you cry and say you're sorry at some point." The look was beautiful (can't comment on the 3D as we didn't spring for it) and the voice work was good but I was bored through most of it and annoyed through other bits. The witch scenes were by far the best part and, as others have noted, the opening short, "La Luna," easily outshone the main feature.
smofbabe: (movies)
Watched on the plane this film about British senior citizens who move to India to a supposed luxurious retirement hotel. The cast is absolutely incredible (Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy...) but the script less so: it tends to veer to sentiment and predictability although it does have its moments, especially Tom Wilkinson's story arc about a gay high court judge who grew up in India but has not returned due to a personal trauma in his past. Maggie Smith's arc is the least believable: she turns from a racist bigot to eccentric wise woman without any real defining moments. Worth seeing for the performances, but not for full price.

Iron Sky

Jun. 7th, 2012 10:00 pm
smofbabe: (movies)
This Finnish/Australian B-movie parody has everything: moon Nazis, mad scientists, a Sarah Palin clone, a giant gear-driven spaceship named Gotterdammerung and smaller zeppelin=shaped companion ships, you name it! Tons of fun with lots of nice background touches besides the obvious stuff.
smofbabe: (pesach-matza)
Passover is done for another year. This was by far the easiest Passover I've ever had, thanks to a takeout place from which I bought some prepared meals, a cleaning service (no way I can clean an oven given my neck condition), and the fact that unlike the past couple of years, I have most of the stuff I need to make the holiday. (Somehow didn't notice in advance that I didn't have a can opener, though...) And, amazingly, I also managed to buy precisely the right amount of food for a change, with no prepared stuff and hardly any special kosher-for-Passover stuff like special yogurt left over and only three matzos left. The only thing I really have left over is matzo meal and matzo cake flour, which is inevitable, and some addictive matzo brickle candy in the freezer, which isn't exactly a hardship. I don't even want to think about my cholesterol, though: I'm a single person who didn't make any big meals or have any company over and I still went through exactly two dozen eggs!
smofbabe: (pesach-matza)
Passover is done for another year. This was by far the easiest Passover I've ever had, thanks to a takeout place from which I bought some prepared meals, a cleaning service (no way I can clean an oven given my neck condition), and the fact that unlike the past couple of years, I have most of the stuff I need to make the holiday. (Somehow didn't notice in advance that I didn't have a can opener, though...) And, amazingly, I also managed to buy precisely the right amount of food for a change, with no prepared stuff and hardly any special kosher-for-Passover stuff like special yogurt left over and only three matzos left. The only thing I really have left over is matzo meal and matzo cake flour, which is inevitable, and some addictive matzo brickle candy in the freezer, which isn't exactly a hardship. I don't even want to think about my cholesterol, though: I'm a single person who didn't make any big meals or have any company over and I still went through exactly two dozen eggs!

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