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All Old Souls

So this weekend was marked by the unexpected - or at least the unwarned. Put me a bit behind on my readings (and I'm going to pay for that this week. :( ), but I guess it was mostly worth it. Mom and Ral dropped by unexpectedly  Saturday morning - partly to show off their new car, partly to recruit me to see about fixing their computer, partly to help me clean up around the apartment. Ral and I got a chance to play some Rock Band 2 (in ten years, it's the closest she's gotten to having a drum set, so she jumped at the chance. :D), and between songs I mentioned that I'd been planning to see Coraline that night, but couldn't find anyone to go with. It turned out she wanted to see it herself.

Problem solved!

First, though, we had to go home and see if I could salvage our old computer, which was refusing to power up after having been unplugged in an effort to save electricity. After replacing the power supply, its condition improved to "flash of the LED and fans attempting to spin up, but failing to sustain either". I might actually have to check to make sure all the RAM is still seated when I go back - that was the one thing on the motherboard that I didn't check. Frankly, though, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was just kaput. :(

As for Coraline, well, it was a delight. I'd never read the original novella, which I'm beginning to realise was a grievous oversight - and we didn't see the movie in 3D (which I'm also going to kick myself for someday very soon).  I very much liked the look of it - not just the stop-motion animation, but the way the figures and scenery themselves looked: you could see the influence of Nightmare Before Christmas. There was a palpable sense of wonder in the Other world, with that little hint of disquiet that only grows stronger as things begin to creep you out and the story picks up.

I'm actually rather surprised it manages to skate with only a PG rating (well, unless Ontario's system is markedly different than the one I remember from Alberta., not because of any gore or nudity (though the scene with the two actress neighbours putting on a show is...interesting), but just because it's that unsettling and borderline terrifying, that I can't imagine many young kids getting through it unscathed. But it's definitely a show I'd recommend.

Sunday was comparatively dull - Ral has a friend (well, ex-boyfriend) visiting this week, and I went over for the afternoon and dinner to meet him. I think the most interesting part was finally getting to watch Fast Times At Ridgemont High, to which I can only say...wow, Hollywood got away with a lot in the 80s. :D

Okay, that's enough for you lot. Bedtime for me.



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Feb. 10th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
Coraline was fantastic. 3D wasn't the kind of "shit flying at your face" that I'm used to, but it added an extra layer, and it was really rather beautiful. (Though the 3-D glasses fucked with my glasses. )

I was surprised at how many kids were at the show we went to, to be honest. I was telling my friend afterwards that if I saw this movie when I was a kid, I'd have nightmares for quite some time.
Feb. 10th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
That's more or less what my sister and I agreed on - you'd come out of this with a horrid fear of spiders (predictable) and buttons (less so). :)
Feb. 10th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I still refuse to watch ET, and for many years of my childhood I was terrified that aliens were breaking into my house at night and hiding in my closet and plotting to do some kind of unknown horrible things to me. This was not helped by all the 'omg aliens abducted me!' crap that got published back then. Movies really can screw up little kids.

The other fear that my house was going to catch fire and burn to the ground while I was in it was probably the result of all the fire preparedness crap they thrust at me in school.
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