Monday, January 14, 2008

Weekend At Home

Well, it was a good, but fairly quiet last weekend in Joburg before my UK work trip. We stayed in on Friday night and watched two movies, I Am Legend and Epic Movie (can't comment on the choice here as they were just what Varen had on his hard drive at the time).

The last man on earth is not alone
Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable... and manmade. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City... and maybe the world. But he is not alone. He is surrounded by "the Infected"-victims of the plague who have mutated into carnivorous beings who can only exist in the dark and who will devour or infect anyone or anything in their path. For three years, Neville has spent his days scavenging for food and supplies and faithfully sending out radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. All the while, the Infected lurk in the shadows, watching Neville's every move, waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But his blood is also what The Infected hunt, and Neville knows he is outnumbered and quickly running out of time.

I Am Legend wasn't a bad movie, but I don't think it was as good as it could've been. It's an interesting concept and they did amazing things with computer graphics putting you into deserted New York. Big pity about the dull ending :(

Epic Movie is a parody film that mainly spoofs some of the high-box-office-grossing films of 2005 and 2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the Harry Potter film series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, X-Men: The Last Stand, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Nacho Libre, Snakes on a Plane, Talladega Nights, Casino Royale, The Da Vinci Code, Mission Impossible 3, Superman Returns, the Star Wars series, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Shrek, Click, and Borat. It was made in a similar style to Not Another Teen Movie, Date Movie, and the Scary Movie series.

Blegh. Definite mindless entertainment. The most amusing part of this movie was spotting the originals that they'd spoofed :)

Saturday we were pretty busy with a lot of nothing really. We did buy some new fish and a new lily for the outside pond tho ... and move a helluva lot more of my stuff. The only problem is that although I can pack it up and bring it all to Varen's so far we've run out of space to unpack it since we have no additional furniture with shelves or drawers aside from the built-in cupboards in the two bedrooms. Right now the spare room is looking like a camping ground!

Sunday we had breakfast with Varen's family at Doppio Zero :) And then went and did ourselves a big shop. We spent a very relaxing afternoon alternately dozing, reading and watching Series. We also made a pretty impressive dinner for two ;)

And now I have to face the week ahead :( Am decidedly nervous about this UK trip since I still have no clue as to what they're expecting me to do over there and am also losing interest fast in my current job (dare I say I've already lost all interest?). Am seriously needing to get out of this stifling space and away from these annoying people! Have reached the point that there are only 2 people left that I work with on a day to day basis that I actually enjoy interacting with. Not a good sign, me thinks. Oh well, will address that along with the selling of the house issue upon my return.


Tara said...

Oooh finally I don't have to envy you over the house thing. The packing and moving part really kills me!
Sounds like an awesome weekend though

phillygirl said...

@goblin - yeah, the moving part is helluva exhausting ... just when you've spent every last ounce of energy you started with packing up your stuff and carting it to the new place, you have to summon even more energy racing around the new house while you unpack trying to find the perfect spot for Item X to go.

Blegh, I'll deal with it again in Feb.

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