Saturday, January 2, 2010


Been seeing a lot of movies while we've been here in Vegas.  First was "Avatar", which I thought was pretty amazing, if not terribly engaging.  (Plus, Sigourney Weaver's avatar kind of freaked me out.)  Then we saw "The Princess and the Frog" with the kids, which I thought was fun, even if all the Bayou stuff kept reminding me of "The Rescuers".  (But I loved the firefly!)  We rented "Up", which continues the Pixar domination of unexpectedly interesting and touching animated movies.

Today my brother Kyle took us to see "2012", which has been out a while, but as a reminder we generally see maybe three movies at a theatre a year, much less in a single month.  It was just as bad as I expected, but it was also just as awesome as I expected.  The movie could have ended after the destruction of LA and I would have been satisfied.  The moralizing nonsense at the end was annoying (I agreed with the politician), but I was happy to go along for the ride.  Woody Harrelson was great.  The biggest distraction was trying to figure out where I'd seen the little boy before, and that Amanda Peet looks like the 10 year younger twin sister of Catherine Mary Stewart.  Then I found out Kyle has never seen "Night of the Comet", which is one of my favorite 80s movies ever, right up there with "The Last Starfighter", which ALSO stars Catherine Mary Stewart.

I can't wait for the night when a hostel in Guatemala gets the pirated DVD of "Prince of Persia", because that looks like fun.  I saw the first "Charlie's Angels" in a hostel restaurant in Thailand, so I know it can happen.  :)  Ditto the remake of "Clash of the Titans", which Kyle has also been ordered to rent.  I watched that again a few years ago, and it was amazing how bad it was, when it had seemed so amazing when it first came out.  Cutting edge in 1981 sure doesn't hold up much anymore!


  1. this is me giving some love to "the last starfighter".


  2. I know you were not just talking shit about Clash of the Titans! Laurence Oliver! Maggie Smith! I saw that movie literally a gazillion times when I was a kid. Not completely by choice as my grandparents had two laser discs that we could watch when visiting: COT and The Thing. And yes, I used literally and a gazillion on purpose! I miss your face!

  3. The Last Starfighter rocks (and holds up). But Tiffany, COT is notable for us as because at one time it was totally awesome, despite the fact that it totally sucks. The fact that it sucks doesn't detract from its awesomeness however. I don't remember much about The Thing, other than the exploding dog face, which of course freaked me out as a kid.

  4. Gosh, this totally reminds me of the video store! We introduced the kids to Last Startfighter and they loved it. Next ones up will include Neverending Story, and Krull.

    You know, don't forget you used to Weekend at Bernie's all the time with the same actress.

  5. I loved Krull as a kid, but don't get too excited about it, cause as an adult it is pretty bad. (Except the Cyclops.) Neverending Story would be interesting to see again. Also Dragonslayer.

    I never saw Weekend at Bernie's though.