December 20th, 2007

little review

Poem for Thursday

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Not a very eventful day. Folded laundry while watching Dreamgirls, which I loved so much more than I was expecting -- I had high expectations from the stage musical (yes, I am that old) and was ambivalent about Beyonce, but no more...she was terrific and I was particularly impressed at how willing she was not to be the star, playing a character who rises to the top precisely because she is malleable and unobjectionable and blandly pretty and not as powerful a belter as Jennifer Hudson's character. I had heard a lot about how good Eddie Murphy was in the film, but nobody talked so much about how good Danny Glover was, and Jamie Foxx was fantastic. And the women were all superb.

When younger son got home, I took him to the orthodontist -- first time in months, just to make sure the retainer is doing its job. The mall parking lot wasn't too bad but the orthodontist's office was a zoo; I guess everyone wanted to get in before going out of town for the holidays. We stopped in Borders, which had moderately long lines but also lots of registers open...I had a 40% off two-days-only coupon for DVD box sets, so I now own all the Landau-Bain Mission: Impossible seasons, yay! (Would anyone like twelve professional Paramount M:I VHS tapes?)

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Watched the off-night that the last ever? I've lost track of how many they're aired so I'm not sure whether that was all 13 (or even if they finished scripts for the 13 originally ordered before the strike). Collapse ) And I have nothing to say about Britney's sister but I just had to share LiveScience's article on how Barbary macaque female monkeys shout during sex because the males almost never ejaculate unlesss the females are yelling their pleasure. Go monkeys!