Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Hell, Poker, Lost, Ruins, Hangover

The Wednesday decompression movies were "Drag Me to Hell" and the 3D version of "Up".

I have been bad mouthing 3D since the new wave of the stuff began, and wanted to give the process a fair trial (mainly so that I could continue to bad mouth the idea with authority). It IS an impressive technology; there is no question about that. But it also adds not one whit to the story telling, and can be expected to detract from the story on many occasions. I will generally be avoiding it in the future, because it simply isn't worth paying extra for.

"Drag Me to Hell" is a pretty good horror movie. Apparently they decided that they would up the "ick" factor by throwing in as much mucous as they could, since they didn't want to jeopardize their PG-13 rating with too much blood. The plot was well constructed, and the production values were generally high. I wasn't fond of the ending, but it worked within the context of the story.

On Thursday we did the chiropractor thing, and I worked on the boat. I MIGHT be ready to haul it to Rend Lake this weekend.

On Friday I ran south, visited Dementia's parents, my parents (singly, as it turned out), and played in what will likely be my last poker tournament of the year. It was fun, and I will miss it.

On Saturday, we had planned to go to the Port Washington Pirate Festival, but the weather did not co-operate, and we ended up seeing a triple feature instead. As it happened, the schedule forced us to see the three new films in exactly the right order...

"Land of the Lost" is a Will Farrell movie, which is to say, he plays his usual obnoxious idiot, and overwhelms the rest of the film thereby. I was hoping for more movie and less Farrell, and was disappointed. Anna Friel remains adorable, though.

"My Life in Ruins" is a first rate romantic comedy. It is both more fun and more watchable than its predecessor, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", which wasn't too bad itself.

"The Hangover" is the best comedy I have seen in a LONG time. It is also sick and wrong, but it works. It works really, REALLY well.

Uncle Hyena
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