Monday, June 16, 2008

Kung Fu Panda ROCKS!

It's Monday! This would normally mean back to routine, back to some writing time, but Sweetness (aka youngest son) is finished with preschool for the summer so I'm kissing my 2 hour free-afternoons goodbye *sniff sniff*.

It's been a week since my surgery and I'm pretty much back to normal except for an occassion ache beneath my ribcage on my right side. I think I'm experiencing phantom-gallbladder pain...
And I was, until yesterday, still enjoying the afternoon naps (hey, recovery is hard work!), but now that Sweetness is home, I can kiss those goodbye.

Saw a few movies during my convalescence. I'm usually easy to please with movies and watch a wide variety of genres from chick flicks to horrors. Alas, I was more disappointed than not. Here's a quick summary:

The Other Boleyn Girl - Why, why, why, would Hollywood pay for the rights to a GREAT book just to have their screenwriters tinker with it to an inch of it's former wonderful life with the result of making a barely watchable movie?
If you haven't seen it, I can't recommend. Read the book instead. And watch The Tudors. They do a much better job of capturing everything about the life and times of young Henry VIII, from politics to women.

Knocked Up - desperate for a light comedy and a good laugh, I sent hubby out for this one. I remember the reviews being good, even compared to The 40 Year Old Virgin or The Wedding Crashers (both of which I loved).
I didn't laugh out loud once. Don't think I even smiled. The two females were completely unlikeable, shrewish and the epitome of everything a man detests about women, especially pregnant ones. As every pregnancy and hormone cliche revealed itself, I couldn't help thinking 'this was so written by a man' *hee hee - I'm laughing at the irony*. As for the 'hero', played by Canadian Seth Rogen, I found his loser-ishness very uncharming and sad. The guy had $117 dollars to his name, no job, no smarts, and just didn't get it. He seemed quite content to live in loserville with his group of misfit friends. In real life, the girl (who was an on-air television personality, for chrissakes!) would have run screaming in another direction. Unbelievable and unfunny. I've lost my love for Judd Apatow.

Kung Fu Panda. Hilarious! Good for both adults and the kids. Side splittingly funny, lots of good lessons (though not preachy) and excellent casting. Jack Black was genious. He nailed the character, Panda Po, with his self-depricating 'every-Joe-with-a-dream' demeanor and you root for him every step of the way. And an interesting note -- Seth Rogen (see above) played Mantis, one of the kung fu heroes. That distinctive chuckle-laugh he has gave him away.
Highly recommend this one, even if you don't have kids.

I have a bonus post tomorrow, so stop back in and see the latest review of Law of Averages.
And if you've seen a good movie lately, please share!


Grammar Geek said...

Oh, thank goodness. I thought I was the only one who hated Knocked Up. There was nothing funny about it at all, and I still can't figure out how it got so much buzz as the funniest movie ever.

I'm coming way late to the party on this one, but I recently saw Stardust, which I absolutely loved. If you haven't seen it, it's a definite recommend. :)

Laurie, who's also going to nationals. ;)

Julia Smith said...

I'm so obsessed with Brit hottie Richard Armitage right now, I've been watching 10-minute segments of a UK series he did called 'Sparkhouse', which is all there on YouTube - God bless YouTube...

The whole series is there, you just have to watch it in bits. Worth it, though. Glad you're recovering so fast, Wylie!

Karen Erickson said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better!

You're not the first one to say that about Knocked Up. Someone else I know watched it and basically had the same complaints. And I've developed a dislike for Katherine Heigl. I think she likes herself just a little too much...

And I haven't watched any movies lately. I live a dull life. LOL

Shelley Munro said...

I'm glad to hear you're feeling better, Wylie. I've been watching Bewitched - the original show. I love Aunt Clara. She's always good for a laugh. That Darren needs a good shake though. *Waggling finger* NO Witchcraft!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you are feeling better, but sorry the naps are over.

I watched The Other Boleyn Girl yesterday and liked it because I only read about 30 pages in the book. I think I had Boleyn Girl burnout before I started. Anyway during the movie I kept thinking it wasn't starting out right. I may give the book another try.

I watched The Count of Monte Cristo (2007) also. I read the unabridged edition 3 years ago. They changed the ending! Honestly I hated how the book ended, but even so you don't change the ending! James Caviezel did look great though.

M. said...

sad to hear your take on 'the other boleyn girl' because i love eric bana. no one ever believes me when i say i watched 'troy' for his sake, not the other guy *g*

hated 'wedding crashers', stopped watching '40 y.o. virgin' ten minutes in, but i made it through all of 'knocked up' (granted, on the recommendation of a friend who suggested two of the characters were similar to two of mine) and though much was unbelievalbe and, as you say, obviously written by a man, the bits i thought were really good were the parents trying to explain to the kids why a strange man suddenly appeared at the breakfast table, and the two meetings the main character has with her television supervisors, trying to get her to agree to lose weight without saying anything that might be sueable.

great to hear about kung fu panda - we're deciding on this or wall-e. maybe we'll do both to celebrate summer!

Thomma Lyn said...

Heh! King Fu Panda sounds cute. And Knocked Up just wouldn't be my kind of movie at all.

And hmmmm, The Other Boleyn Girl sounds like it would be a good read, but I'll probably skip the movie!

I'm so glad you're doing better, my friend -- you've been in my thoughts.

Amy Ruttan said...

I've been watching old movies and Friends lately.

So I can only recommend The Ice Pirates and Friends.

"Could I BE any more pathetic?"

LOL. I'm glad you're getting better. And congrats on the good review!!! WOOT!!

Wylie Kinson said...

Laurie's going to Nationals - WOOT!!
Stardust, eh? I've seen it at Blockbuster. I'll definitely pick it up next trip.

Julia - I've heard good things about Mr. Armitage. One of these days, I'll have to check out Robin Hood. I've always lurved that legend :)

Karen - maybe just 'the boys' like it then?? I mean, someone had to be loving it to make it the number one movie for a few weeks. And yes, I agree about Miss Heigl. I used to like her on Gray's but not so crazy about her in the movies...

Wylie Kinson said...

Oh Shelley - I LOVED Bewitched when I was a kid. Which Darren do you like better, York or Sergent?

Kristy - you are correct. They completely blew the opening in the movie. Got everything all mucked about. TRIED to up the drama, but failed. Also... the book was more Mary's story but the movie was much more Anne. Do read the book (eventually!)
And YES on Jim Caviezel in Count of Monte Cristo. I enjoyed that movie. In fact, I'm sure I owned the DVD at some point, but lost it somewhere in the move to Canada.