October 17th, 2008

little review

Poem for Friday

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I spent a lot of the morning reading, catching up on phone calls and e-mail, and fighting with a Sudoku that I had to start over because I wrote a 6 where I meant a 9 and screwed up the whole thing. Then I met gblvr at the wonderful Indian restaurant Minerva in Rockville, after which I intended to make a couple of stops on Rockville Pike, but there was a lot of traffic coming down from Shady Grove so I ended up coming home to get the kids -- good thing too, I'd been thinking that older son was staying late for robotics and forgot that because there was no school on Friday, there was no late activity bus on Thursday.

Spent the late afternoon folding laundry and watching August Rush, which was extremely corny to the point of being annoying -- an adoption fable in which Everyone Is Mystically Connected Via Music and the ending is even more contrived than Annie -- but it had some interesting performances, particularly Freddy Highmore as the title character and Robin Williams as a creepy promoter of young buskers, though even the creepy people in this film aren't very -- no one would ever take advantage of a dreamy little boy alone. (Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers don't have nearly enough to do except look incandescent in her case and look bitter in his case.) There are some nice Love Letter to New York sequences and some beautiful scenes in churches and parks, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you're so much in the mood for a feel-good movie that you don't care if it's one cliche after another.

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Watched the Love Test episode of Smallville -- I liked the concept lots better on Space: 1999 when the evil alien was testing Koenig and Russell to see if they really, really loved each other, because the Smallville version had too much in common with The Moment of Truth (which I only ever saw commercials for, not the actual show, so maybe the show was really tasteful in its questions, but I somehow doubt it). Collapse ) And I just had to save these links to the lawsuit against God and the Bee Gees CPR.