Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Summer, Bristol, G-Force, Truth, Orphan, Torchwood

Saturday, after work, we went down to Lincolnshire to see "500 Days of Summer"; Sunday we went to the local Ren Faire; on Monday, we did our usual movie outing, and saw "G-Force" and "The Ugly Truth"; on Tuesday, I did miscellaneous repair, and went to a very late showing of "Orphan". Somewhere in there I finished watching "Torchwood: Children of Earth". Somewhere in there our DVR died, and the air-conditioning on the RAV decided it wanted to eat about $700 in repairs. LONG weekend...


"500 Days of Summer" is a romantic comedy starring Zooey Deschanel. It works in spite of the fact that it is ultimately selling ideas like Destiny and One Great True Love.

"G-Force" is a silly movie about talking Guinea pigs. Once you get past that, it's actually kind of fun.

"The Ugly Truth" is a very standard romantic comedy. It is well done for all of that, and if you like romantic comedies, you will like this one.

"Orphan" is a wonderfully creepy horror/thriller. It is well constructed and excellently paced, and the film's 12 year old star is VERY impressive.

"Torchwood: Children of Earth" is some of the best televised science fiction I have seen in a LONG time. At its core is the question: Under what circumstances would you be willing to torture or kill an innocent, or someone you love? It is emotionally brutal. It is far from flawless, but what isn't?

Finally, some Ren Faire pictures:





Both of us:


Shannon, a sword vendor who studies medieval fencing, and recognized my sword as something out of the ordinary:


Also: My friend Juli bit the bullet, and opened a shop; here it is:


Uncle Hyena
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