March 29th, 2008


Run Fatboy Run

Just got back from seeing Run Fatboy Run with bryree. I will admit to being a total fanboy when it comes to Pegg, Frost, and/or Wright these days, so my judgment may be, shall we say, not entirely unbiased, but I was seriously entertained by this movie.

I had levered down my expectations a few notches based on some negative reviews I'd seen*, but honestly, I don't think I needed to. It's a romantic comedy, so yeah, you know the general outline of what's going to happen from the get-go. And there were a handful of flawed moments where it was a bit awkward or predictable or clumsy. And of course it's all sappy -- see "rom-com", above, duh. But I laughed out loud a whole lot and generally just enjoyed the heck out of it.

There's a lot of good physical comedy. Simon Pegg is really good at falling down. I also actually noticed the direction (by David Schwimmer) some, and I liked it. There were a number of shots where the scene lingered a little longer, or focused a little differently than you would expect for the "standard" Hollywood version of the scene, and I really appreciated the little added embellishment. It was kind of like, I dunno, a hint of lime zest in the chocolate cake: unexpected, but when done right, it really adds a lot. Plus, Dylan Moran is brilliant, and the rest of the supporting cast were all great -- even the kid!

*This is my theory of movie-watching: try to figure out about how good you'll think the movie actually is, then go into it expecting it to be two notches worse. Then you'll very rarely be disappointed, and most of the time you'll be pleasantly surprised because it exceeded your expectations. Either way, you win.

Farewell, small town visits

So my parents have sold their house in Nowheresville, Nebraska. (Just to make people squirm: this is the two-story, three-bedroom, bath-and-a-half with finished basement, a decent-sized yard, and a view out onto miles and miles of undeveloped land that they bought a few years back for $38,000 and no, that's not missing a zero, thirty-eight thousand dollars. This is because it's in Nowheresville, Nebraska, population 300.)

They have a fifth-wheel and are going up to Alaska for the summer to caretake a chunk of parkland on the Kenai peninsula. And after that, who knows?

I could never do this -- moving makes me unsettled (okay, neurotic) -- but they are excited and it sounds like it will be totally awesome for them. The only real downside is that Mom is going to give me a bunch of paintings and I don't think we have enough wall to hang them all...