Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Madea, Nikki, Echelon, Chun-Li, Retreads, and Reveries

New movies first:

"Madea Goes To Jail" is mostly fun, occasionally thoughtful, and only rarely stupid. Highlights of the movie include Sofia Vegara as a manically cheerful convicted serial killer, and the interview between Tyler Perry's Madea and Dr. Phil that plays over the end credits.

"Echelon Conspiracy" has a LOT in common with "Eagle Eye", with a touch of "War Games" thrown in for flavor. It is SLIGHTLY more grounded in the real world than "Eagle Eye" was, and had a smaller effects budget with proportionately better writing.

"Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" is a martial arts movie based on a video game that stars actors instead of martial artists. That pretty much says it all. The movie fails to rise above its source material, but delivers on what it little it promises.

I also re-watched both "Slumdog Millionaire" and "He's Just Not That Into You", and enjoyed them both the second time around.

On Thursday night I had dinner with The Incomparable Nikki (stvitus of DJ); we talked about relationships and career burnout and reluctant Muses and bad plastic surgery and... Pretty much the normal stuff. Nikki and I have been doing this for almost half of her life, and it keeps getting better...

While I was eating lunch on Wednesday, it occurred to me that I knew exactly how much money it would take to get me to play a game of Russian Roulette. It's a very large number, and there are no such offers on the table (and never will be). Still, it is PECULIAR knowledge...

Re-watching "Into You" let my mind wander all sorts of directions... One of the reasons I don't have pets is that, when I look at a kitten or a puppy, I can see it getting old, and getting sick, and dying. This pretty much kills my interest in the process. I can also see similar images of death and decay around nearly everyone (including, and particularly, myself), though I have learned, of necessity, to shield myself somewhat. One of the reasons I go out on these conversation quests is that, even though Dementia is absolutely my favorite person, and I love spending time with her, there are limits. If I don't break the routine, the images of death and decay start to get stronger, and eventually impossible to ignore. Put simply, I have to escape the house on a regular basis, because otherwise the demons in my head can FIND me...

Uncle Hyena
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