Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth

My friend Spike (no, not his real name) and I went to see this movie last night. I happen to like documentaries so I was prepared for this to be a good experience...and it was. Its G rating held true. Please be warned that it does show animal attacks but only to the point of the take-down. No blood was shown in this movie. Also, while it doesn't show dead animals it does tell the story of what happens when animals can't get to food or water or they get separated from the herd. Being an animal lover myself it was a bit distressing. Yes, I do understand that hunters (animals in this case, not human) exist and other animals are their means of survival. That doesn't mean I'm okay with watching baby animals or elephants (my favorite animal in the whole, wide world) as they are about to become another animals' dinner.

Aside from the whole predator/prey thing I really liked this movie. We discovered that walruses can get really, REALLY big! Baby ducks (ducklings to you technical people out there) recover quickly from crash landings. Penguins are really fun to watch. Some whales may be really ugly but it's interesting to see how they eat and communicate (not necessarily in that order). Some cameramen are scared of heights but will go up in hot air balloons anyway...and finally, after knowing him for close to 7 years I discovered that Spike sometimes snorts when he laughs. I know that really wasn't in the movie but the movie caused it.

After the movie Spike said that everyone should have to watch this movie if for no other reason than to see the harm we're causing the planet. I just think it's a good movie in general. Just be prepared that it's not all butterflies and rainbows. But the Birds of Paradise alone definitely make it worth seeing. Crazy fellas.

I promise I'll cook something soon and put some food on the site. I've been sick and sticking to soup and crackers the past week.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Moon

I just went to www.people.com to "Meet the Wolf Pack of New Moon" and all I can say is...Oh my!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Twilight (PG-13/122 Min.)

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This is the bone of contention between Popcorn Toes (PT) and Armat. I wish I could tell PT that the movie isn't very good at all and convince her that she's not really missing anything but I can't. I liked this movie. I've seen it three times already. Two of those times in one weekend. For the few people, including my immediate and most of my extended family, who have not seen the movie - or read the book - following is the summary as given on Amazon.com:

"The big-screen adaptation of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire romance, is aimed squarely at its key demographic: teen girls whose idea of Prince Charming is a brooding, pale, undead teen who could kill you instantly at any moment. Such a prince is more fascinating than frightening to new girl Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who moves to the rainy-gray town of Forks, Wash., to live with her dad (Billy Burke), the local sheriff who's puzzled by a series of "animal attacks." On her first day at school, Bella appears to (visibly) nauseate her lab partner, Edward (Robert Pattinson). Turns out the scent of her blood is this vampire's "brand of heroin," and his struggle not to kill her causes an irresistible pull toward her. Whether he's attracted for the normal reasons or because she smells especially sweet to him is vague in the book and even less clear on-screen; nonetheless, Bella falls hopelessly in love with Edward, which sets her on a dangerous path when a few nomad vampires show up in town, one particularly keen on tracking the human."

I've read the entire series and, as most often happens, I preferred the book over the movie. I liked Robert Pattinson (Edward) more as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter movies although he did a pretty good job here. He's just not who I pictured as being an Edward. A few weeks ago PT would have been outraged to hear that. She's seen movie pics of Twilight and thought he was way "hotter" (her words not mine) in Twilight. She recently saw an interview with him and changed her mind. Something about bad hygiene. Tweens are so fickle.

I also thought Kristen Stewart (Bella) did well. She did seem to mumble quite a bit though. I bet she drives lip readers crazy. She is very close, though, to what I pictured a Bella would be. I've been a fan of Elizabeth Reaser - who plays the part of Edward's foster mom, Esme - since I saw her in "The Family Stone". She doesn't have many lines in either movie and that's a shame. Jackson Rathbone (Jasper) didn't get enough screen time for my tastes either. An important part of the hotel scene involving Jasper didn't make the transition from the book to the big screen. Peter Facinelli - Carlisle, Edward's foster father - is just a pretty, pretty man. Oh sorry. Men aren't pretty...they're "hot!" We definitely need more of him in the second movie. And finally, Cam Gigandet (pronounced Ji-GON-day according to imdb.com) who plays the part of the villain, James...all I can say is, "Oh my!"

Breakdown:

Sex - None. But it does show major kissing in Bella's bed

Violence - Well, duh. It's a vampire movie. Not much blood though and no gore.

Language - I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't pay as much attention as I knew PT wasn't going to be allowed to see this movie. I don't remember there being much if any.

Drugs - No. Heroine is mentioned but only as a metaphor (or is it a simile? I need to take an English class again).

Alcohol - Not much. Bella's dad drinks Rainier Beer in several scenes. As I watched the Special Features on the DVD I found out that this is referred to as Vitamin R. Who knew?

If you haven't read the books or seen the movie I would recommend the movie first, but either choice is entertaining. I still agree with Armat, though. PT should be a little older before she sees it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Food and Film. Two of my favorite things!

I've been surfing the foodie blogs religiously lately and have decided to jump on the bandwagon. Everything looks so wonderful! As I usually only have myself to cook for I'll be starting out small. Most everything I make leans toward the comfort food category; things like Green Chile Casserole, Potato Soup and Chicken & Dumplings.

What should make this really interesting for me is that I'm starting a diet AND a food blog at the same time. Apparently some wires got crossed somewhere.

I will eventually have a list of my favorite foodie blogs on the sidebar. Right now the three I read most (okay, I pretty much check them every day) are Honeyed Hashette, Bakerella and The Pioneer Woman. I also like The Repressed Pasty Chef though I don't read it as often (Sorry Repressed!!!) I apologize for not including links. I haven't figured out how to do that and I don't have the time right now.

I am also really in to movies. So much so that Netflix is not profiting much off me. I've decided that Netflix is one of the greatest things since sliced bread. Granted, unless it's home made, I've always had access to sliced bread, but you get the picture. My sister (a.k.a. Armat) informed me the other day that I have passed the "Movie Freak" trait on to my niece (affectionately known by her mom as Popcorn Toes). Who knew genes travelled diagonally?

I'll be sharing with you the movies I've seen lately along with an opinion...or five. Because of my and my sister's concerns regarding the movies PT watches I'll also include a breakdown of the movie by language, violence, sex, drugs and alcohol. I didn't use to pay close attention to those things because PT was so young and it was a no-brainer what she could and couldn't watch. This year PT, along with 3 of her cousins, will be turning twelve. I don't have kids of my own but even I know that the age of twelve is when you really start to become "too big for your britches."

Right now the big conflict between Armat and PT is the movie "Twilight". SPOILER ALERT (sortta) I realize that the author had young teens in mind when she wrote the book but there are a couple things I have issues with as far as the movie is concerned. First, the bedroom scenes. Yes, I realize the most that happens is a really good kiss but even if that's all it was I know my mom would have grounded me for life if I got caught sneaking a boy in to my bedroom. PT does NOT need this kind of encouragement. Second, I didn't think watching a vampire get part of his head eaten off by one vampire and then torn off altogether by the dainty, little female vamp would be cool for an 11-year-old. Call me old-fashioned...or any other name you think fits. I'll talk more about "Twilight" in a later blog.

I realize that not many people are going to be reading this blog but I hope that the breakdown of the movies will help them make an informed decision before allowing their children to watch a particular movie. I won't give the breakdown of movies rated R or worse unless someone specifically requests it. These don't take much thinking when it comes to children. The movie folks gave it that rating for a reason.

Feel free to request opinions on any particular movie (except slasher films...just can't stomach 'em). It doesn't take much encouragement to get me to see a new (or new to me) flick. Or you could just tell me to defenestrate myself. I just learned that word recently and it's a good one...and not as vulgar as it sounds. Go ahead. Look it up.