So since there is officially no good TV on (I just read the Nielsen Top 10 recently, and I don’t watch *any* of those shows!), I’ve finally gotten to my movie list that I started taping last year on my TiVo. I’ve seen quite a few movies lately, and they were all pretty good!
First I saw Quantum Of Solace over Thanksgiving break. I thought it was good. I do like Daniel Craig as Bond, but I hated the actress that played (and the stupid name) Vesper, and was not happy to hear her name mentioned over and over in this current movie.
Then I saw Twilight, because I hear it’s for teenaged girls and their 40-something moms. Well, I’m not 40 yet, and I don’t have any daughters, but I still had to see it. It was kind of nice to not be the only person under 60 at the theater on a weekday. I enjoyed it, although it was a bit over the top at times, the flying and laying around and staring at the sky being the worst. I ended up buying 3 of the 4 books, but those things are *long* and I haven’t finished my 3 library books yet! I was also a bit turned off by the letter to the editor of a recent Entertainment Weekly saying that it was basically a 2 hour advertisement for teenage abstinence, which does really make sense based upon the movie, and the fact that the author went to Brigham Young University, I believe. Anyway, I’ll start the books and then I’ll see.
At home I watched Invincible with Mark Wahlberg. I hate sports, but apparently I enjoy sports movies! This year I watched Friday Night Lights, We are Marshall, and now Invincible. And I have very little idea what’s actually going on in the games. This was a good movie, about a 30 year old man who ended up being on the Philadelphia Eagles for 3 seasons. It was pretty inspiring!
I started Love Actually, again, and my TiVo actually deleted it, while I was watching it! I was pretty upset, because it’s a good movie, with Colin Firth *and* Alan Rickman, and isn’t on again until this Saturday! Did I mention I was in the middle of it? That pretty much sucked.
Then last weekend I finished up Speechless, a 1990s movie with Geena Davis and Michael Keaton. It really felt ’80s to me, though, since it seemed so weird that these two were ever big box office draws. I mean put Michael Keaton at his heyday up against any of the sex symbols of today and he almost seems like your brother or funny friend. (By the way, did anyone believe that even in a fat suit Ryan Reynolds was “Just Friends” with his neighbor in the movie of the same name? No, I didn’t think so.) It was a good movie, though, full of fun political stuff that is very timely today after, what, 2 years of selecting the next president?
And just today I finished the remake of The Amityville Horror. I never did have the nerve to watch the original, but I’ve seen many shows about the “event”, and have even been to Amityville myself (I went to college in Long Island for one year, long story…). Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, I can see why he could get the most desired single actress on the planet to marry him. I’ve been a fan since Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. (Yes, even before they dropped “and a pizza place” from the title!) The movie was pretty good. I won’t be rushing out to see another horror movie anytime soon, but it was enjoyable.
I had been planning on going to the movies this week, but OR was sick, so I had to stay at home. I do have one afternoon alone left before Christmas break, and perfect timing, Milk just started up near me. I hope I end up having the time to see it tomorrow, because that will be my only chance until next year.
So since I was going to the movies, I had to start up a new stockinette-heavy project to bring with me. I bought tons of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick on Thanksgiving Day at the Michael’s sale, so I checked Ravelry for a pattern with super-bulky yarn and found a great one on the Lion Brand website. I started it with some TQ in Charcoal, but haven’t gotten too far yet.
I have, however, finished a project in TQ and used up the 3 skeins of Rowan DK Marl that I bought years ago at an LYS that isn’t even in business anymore as a carry along yarn. It is a very warm shawl. I thought I might get into using shawls since they’re easy to knit and use up lots of yarn, but I feel weird wearing it. This is kind of like a blanket, though, so I can see why it might be different than a light and lofty lace shawl, though.
*Damn, I just realized it’s in the car, so no photos today. We’re going through a cold spell and I can’t face that 40 degree weather tonight to go out and get it! (Yes, we are wimpy here in California.)