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Monday, March 30, 2009

March's Last Monday Morning

This weekend, I did a little writing, but mostly watched movies with the wife. It was pretty dreary, weather-wise, and it just seemed like the kind of weekend that was best suited to vegging out in front of the TV. Also, last week just seemed too long and rough, so we headed out to the local video store and brought home a stack of light entertainment.

And light was the word. A Disney film and a bunch of (mostly lowbrow) comedies.

Let's see if I can remember everything... we watched Role Models, with Paul Rudd, and thought it was pretty fun. Then the Seth Rogen double feature of Pineapple Express and Zack & Miri Make A Porno. Neither was quite as good as I'd hoped, but they were both entertaining. Pineapple Express almost worked as a stoner homage to 80's buddy action films, while Zack & Miri was a pretty decent – if vulgar – character study from Kevin Smith. Too long, though.

We also picked up a Simon Pegg comedy that we hadn't heard of before, How To Lose Friends & Alienate People. It had a good cast, and was a fair satire of entertainment journalism and the cult of celebrity, but lacked the spark of his collaborations with Edgar Wright.

The best of the comedies was Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, a sweet, smart teenage romance with some bite, featuring remarkably sincere performances from Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. In fact, I've got a bit of a crush on the pretty young Dennings, which, since I'm in my 40's is probably a little creepy, but if I had known her in high school, I would so have been in love with her. She's going to be a big star, I'm guessing.

Finally, we spun Disney's Bolt, a charming if predictable little flick, with some funny gags and a fairly smart script. Hell, I didn't even mind John Travolta's voice work.

Anyway, that was the majority of my weekend, though I did do a bit of development work on a new graphic novel idea and lettered a few pages of that Western comic I'm doing for Image's Outlaw Territory anthology. I also finished the Nick Carter spy paperback I'd been reading, and am contemplating cracking another one.

Have a great week, everyone!


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Charles Gramlich said...

I don't think I watched anything this weekend. Last weekend was movie weekend since we had free Stars

El Vox said...

Check out the movies: Let The Right One In and Fido sometime for something different. I watched them over the weekend and both were good in different ways.