March 5th, 2005

little review

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perkypaduan and I saw Bride and Prejudice, quite possibly my favorite romantic comedy ever. This is the first time I have really adored anything based on Jane Austen, despite a soft spot for the Rickman-Thompson Sense and Sensibility. Three undergraduate and two graduate courses in the literature of the period couldn't make me love Austen; a women's studies minor couldn't make me love Austen; Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier couldn't make me love Austen; Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle couldn't make me love Austen. Aishwarya Rai and Martin Henderson managed it, however, and I would like to believe that it is not solely because Aishwarya is so gorgeous (as is Namrata Shirodkar, who played her older sister). They were charming as the characters as well.

Okay, so everything that annoyed me in Austen the first time around continued to annoy me in the movie. Happy meetings and endings are contingent upon the wealth of the people involved, the younger generation all have many moments of seeming intolerable, the older generation all have even more moments of seeming intolerable. But in this case, the music, the costumes, the thoroughly likeable actors, the fact that I didn't secretly loathe the Darcy character all improved matters immeasurably. I have absolutely loved the Americanized Bollywood films I've seen, like The Guru, but I know nothing about films that are popular in India besides the titles of some of the most famous. Anyone have any recommendations?

I stopped in Target on the way home because my younger son has been begging for his own digital camera. I don't want to spend a lot of money on this, as he does not have the best track record for not losing/breaking electronics, though he has been very good with his Game Boy and other more recent acquisitions. Does anyone have recommendations for a good cheap digital camera, the under-$100 variety (Polaroid, Vivitar, etc.)? I want one that can use memory cards, that isn't limited by its built-in memory. Fortunately the kids went over to a friend's house between school and dinner, because I had to cram three articles in during the afternoon. I very nearly got another migraine but this time I overdosed on Advil and managed to stave it off. The key seems to be taking double the over-the-counter dose the minute my head starts to hurt (which I believe is the prescription strength of ibuprofen anyway, so as long as I don't do it every day, I ought to be all right, right?)

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perkypaduan also tells me via leaky_cauldron that Jason Isaacs is one of the stars set to play golf at the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament on April 11 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Kevin Sorbo's playing too. I hate golf but I so want to see this. *g* And speaking of Jason Isaacs: Collapse )

Tomorrow apaulled has to work from home for much of the day as his company is launching a new major program, and younger son has Hebrew school in the morning, so I am not sure what we are doing but it will probably be a pretty quiet weekend since older son has both Hebrew school and his science group on Sunday. It's supposed to be cold, so maybe I won't even feel like being outdoors!