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!