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Friday Fun! (Scott Pilgrim, How I Met Your Mother)

July 30, 2010 6 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  I hope you all had great weeks and got some time in for reading.  To my fellow Scott Pilgrim fans, I hope you got your hands on the final installment already.  If not, best get to it before the movie comes out next month, eh?  I don’t know if you’re aware, but the movie adaptation of the graphic novels was started before O’Malley had decided how the story was going to end, so the script writers kind of wrote their own ending.  O’Malley says he’s happy with the film ending, but I’m curious to see if I will be as well.  I was surprisingly happy with the ending of the graphic novel series.  Generally I can find something to gripe about at the end of series, but not this time.  I’m not sure if the movie can live up to it, but oh the third trailer has me really hopeful.

I was sick the beginning of the week with some sort of stomach thing, so I wound up watching a lot of tv.  I started watching How I Met Your Mother and in that sick haze, wound up getting almost all the way through the first four seasons.  It’s not a bad show.  A few of the episodes are hilarious, such as Slap-Bet.  The rest are at least entertaining.  I have to admit, though, if I knew the main characters in real life, I would absolutely hate them.  That doesn’t make it a bad show, but I doubt that’s the writers’ intention, since they based two of them on themselves.  Obviously the womanizing Barney is a character we’re supposed to love to hate, but I don’t think that’s the case with the rest of them.  Honestly, they’re all basically those people who just pick on anyone who isn’t exactly like them and apparently have no actual goals in life or morals.  It seems like kind of an empty existence for characters who are in their late 20s to early 30s, but oh well.  It’s good entertainment, but Friends is still better.

You can tell I spent a substantial portion of the week in bed, as I’m mostly yakking to you about tv shows and movies. Hm….oh! One of my pepper plants appears to finally have buds! I may have blossoms soon! I’m rather stoked.

Are any of you guys Scott Pilgrim fans?  How do you feel about the upcoming movie?  Any other thoughts on How I Met Your Mother?  I hope you all have lovely weekends!

Movie Review: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Flint and Sally standing under umbrella surrounded by meatballs.Summary:
Flint Lockwood has always been different.  He’s a nerd, and that doesn’t go over so well in his sardine-fishing, blue collar coastal island town in the Atlantic.  His mom was always supportive that he’d do great things one day, however, so the town has grown used to his experiments going awry.  When everyone suddenly decides that sardines are gross, the town is facing an economic downturn.  It appears that Flint’s latest experiment could bring them the tourism they need.

Review:
There is so much to love about this little film.  The storyline about just being who you are and ignoring labels is heart-warming.  On the other hand, the film is careful not to make the nerds out to be perfect or the non-nerds to be pointless.  Everyone has their strengths, and it is important to use a critical eye when playing up to them.

The animation is quite good, and I imagine it must be spectacular in 3D.  Everything is colorful, and the storm scenes in particular are rich and vibrant.

The characters are what really makes the film though.  From Flint to his dad to his love interest, Sally Sparks a meteorologist, everyone is richly drawn.  Then of course there are my two favorite characters, Flint’s monkey who is voiced by Neil Patrick Harris (“gummy bears!” “Steve!” “excited!”) and the town police officer, who is voiced by none other than Mr. T.  Did you catch that? Neil Patrick Harris and Mr. T in the same movie.  That is the definition of awesomeness.

The storyline was complex.  Although I was nearly certain everything would work out ok in the end (it is a kid’s movie after all), I still found myself on the edge of my seat rooting for the characters.

If you enjoy science, slapstick, or coming of age stories, you will definitely enjoy this film.  I highly recommend it.

5 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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