January 12th, 2008


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Most of my Friday involved chores, writing a review of "Pen Pals" (which seemed much better than I remembered it, I absolutely loved watching it again) and then folding laundry while watching Ballet Shoes, the British TV movie about a trio of orphan girls growing up poor in London in the 1930s. I had received a copy of it and wanted to see it for Emma Watson and the girl from The Sarah Jane Adventures (which I still haven't watched), but I really loved everything about it -- Richard Griffiths as an eccentric explorer, Emilia Fox running the household, the setting and clothes, but particularly how girl-centric it is. Watson has a couple of very good scenes -- her character has enough similarities to Hermione that it's hard to say whether she's developed more range as an actor or was smart enough to take a part she knew she could do, but either way she's enjoyable (and I'm liking her a lot these days anyway, a teenager who says she's happy to be playing a feminist rather than pretending she's not).

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In the evening I went with my parents and in-laws to Daniel's school winter concert, which featured the chamber choir, guitar ensemble, a cappella group and orchestra. It was terrific -- the guitar ensemble played Bach and Bossa Nova, then played along with the choir on several classical pieces and a few of the holiday songs, then the full orchestra played a short Mussorgsky piece, a suite of English folk songs by Vaughan Williams and a movement from a Beethoven symphony. The group is traveling to Atlanta for a music festival in the spring. Both the men's and women's basketball teams were playing in the gym one after the other, so the snack store was open, and the music department was having a bake sale -- this school is so enormous it seems like there are always five things going on even at nine o'clock at night, and tomorrow son must choose between robotics and an all-day pre-calculus review session for midterms. Anyway, it was a lovely evening.

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Watched SGA and the late broadcast of Flash Gordon -- how come I can forgive incredibly cheesy sci-fi for being incredibly cheesy, but I get really irritated when pretty good sci-fi has moments of cheesiness? I liked Teyla's toughness, but Collapse ) Flash Gordon is just goofy, but I love Baylin and I'm starting to like Aura and though Dale is a complete bimbo, she's pretty much Flash's equal in that regard. And I find the science geek-dork on that show endearing rather than...well, I know better than to say anything less than affectionate about Rodney McKay here. *g* Bottom line, I saw the smoking new Torchwood clips with James Marsters and when I'm ranking my favorite current sci-fi shows, it's Doctor Who, Torchwood, Heroes, Journeyman, and I admit I'm still watching Smallville and will probably watch BSG's endgame, so I don't have a lot invested in Sci-Fi Friday!