"The Raven" isn't what I hoped it would be, but wasn't bad. I found that it was one of those rare movies that I liked better a day later than I had when I left the theater. John Cusack is physically wrong to play the short, spindly Poe, but does a decent job anyway; the movie has a number of anachronisms that only matter if I let myself slide into anal retentive mode; the movie often pretends that Poe's stories contained plot lines that they did NOT. Still, an interesting and enjoyable movie for all of that.
"The Five Year Engagement" was frustrating. It was in many ways a study of the stupidity of choosing relationship over vocation (for one of the statistically insignificant few who HAVE a vocation for something that will pay the rent). The characters are engaging, but the story is just MISERABLE. The ending ALMOST rescues the thing, though, and is probably the best movie wedding I have ever seen.
"Safe" is a Jason Statham action film, pretty much "The Transporter" without a car. This is a good thing. Stathham is both a real actor and a credible martial artist, and he generally has very good taste in films.
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" is a silly piece of claymation from the "Wallace and Gromit" people. You get what you pay for.
"The Lucky One" is a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book. Sparks tells good stories that tend to end really badly; he believes true love exists, but with a horrible karmic penalty, usually involving pointless tragedy shortly after the lovers acknowledge one another. Sometimes the characters, and the cast, pay the freight on the gloom. Sometimes the gloom doesn't QUITE materialize for one reason or another. In the end, I liked this movie well enough.
"The Avengers" is the best superhero movie ever made. It is occasionally heart wrenching, often hilarious, and just generally good. Yes, there is a credit cookie; yes, you WANT to stay and see it.
On April 27, after working an overtime shift, I bought a canoe. I have been thinking about this for a LONG time, and there were a bunch of factors involved. I found one that met my rather odd specifications for cheap, waffled for a week, and bought it. I had an interesting moment while unloading it from the van; due to a miscalculation, I found myself holding the thing over my head supported entirely on my outstretched right arm. I was... AMUSED by this. There was a time when holding something that weighed sixty five pounds seven feet in the air with one hand would not have been a big deal. Thirty years later, however, I had no idea what was going to happen when I bent my elbow. It turns out that the vast majority of the muscle is still there, but it was an interesting moment.
On the evening of May 2, we watched the 2008 "Incredible Hulk" as preparation for the next days Marvel Marathon. We were among forty people in a 200 seat theater who watched all of the other five Marvel produced superhero movies in a thirteen hour stretch: "Iron Man", "Iron Man 2", "Thor", "Captain America", and finally "The Avengers". They are all good movies, and we had a great time.
Friday was poker night; I did the usual dinner with my father (who is having severe and worrisome mobility problems), and then went on to break my streak after nearly two years and flame out in both tourneys. Ah, well...