Monday, April 07, 2008

Double Feature Weekend

This weekend was fairly uneventful. I can't even remember what we did on Friday night ... sigh. I *must* be getting old!

Oh wait, thanks to Varen reminding me ... I do remember. He went out for work drinks and came home a little liquored (some kind of new-guy tequila initiation!) and then slept for an hour or two before joining me for some Series in the lounge :) Quiet.

Saturday I was in a melancholy mood and we didn't do much at all. Varen had to work between 12 & 6pm. I stayed home and watched some series, played some Caeser IV and loved Bell. She's getting bigger and is now running around the house & garden - luckily she hasn't worked out how to make her way upstairs. She's almost too big to fit under the TV cabinet ... which is good because she seems to have developed a taste for those electric cables - eep! Apparently it's the buzzing their over developed ears can hear in the wires that causes them to chew them. Anyway, we've mostly managed t okeep her out from under there and now she's enjoying the additional floor space. So cute!

When Varen came home from work, bearing Ghazal's, I was finally in a better mood. Amazing what a phone call with The Mom can achieve :) After dinner we decided to do a double feature and went to see Juno & Fool's Gold.

Meet Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) - a confidently frank teenage girl who calls the shots with a nonchalant cool and an effortless attitude as she journeys through an emotional nine-month adventure into adulthood. Quick-witted and distinctively unique, Juno walks Dancing Elk High's halls to her own tune - preferably anything by The Stooges - but underneath her tough no nonsense exterior is just a teenage girl trying to figure it all out. Faced with a sudden, unplanned pregnancy, Juno and best friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby) hatch a plan to find Juno’s unborn baby the perfect set of parents, courtesy of the local Penny Saver. They set their sights on Mark and Vanessa Loring (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), an affluent suburban couple who are longing to adopt their first child. Luckily, Juno has the support of her dad and stepmother (J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney).

Now I'd heard rave reviews about this (and to be honest most people seem to absolutely love it!) but I only liked it. I don't think Jennifer Garner (who I don't like at the best of times) was particularly well cast. And as amusing as Juno's character was, I just don't know that she was a likely sixteen year old. Either way, the dialogue is amusing and well written. Did love the soundtrack tho!

Ben "Finn" Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) is a good-natured, surf-bum-turned-treasure-hunter who is obsessed with finding the legendary 18th century Queen's Dowry - 40 chests of exotic treasure that was lost at sea. In his quest, Finn has sunk everything he has, including his marriage to Tess Finnegan (Kate Hudson) and his more-rusty-than-trusty salvage boat. Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her life, working aboard a mega-yacht owned by billionaire (played by Donald Sutherland), Finn discovers a vital clue to the treasure's whereabouts. Certain that his luck will change with the newfound information, Finn manoeuvres himself aboard Nigel's yacht and, using his good-natured charm, convinces the tycoon and his Blackberry-wielding, celebutante daughter, to join him in the pursuit of the Spanish treasure. Against Tess' better judgment, the search rekindles her love of discovery.

Now this was just good fun. Simple story-line, no great expectations, just good mindless entertainment. Ideal for 22h30 viewing!

And oddly what we noticed in both those movies ... there were bunnies! Juno's friend Leah is holding a giant floppy-eared one when Juno calls her to tell her she is pregnant. And Big Bunny (an island-owning Rum-maker) who originally invests in Finn's quest is holding another giant floppy-eared one when we first meet him. Weird ... or perhaps we're just more attuned to it these days ;)

On Sunday we had an admin-shopping morning followed by lunch with Varen's folks at Piatto in Eastgate. After that we hit the gym (OMG. I'm finally seeing some results. This is the 2nd time in a row that I've seen the scale numbers go down! Okay, so it's not by much, but I'm weighing less than when I started BFL which is some kinda improvement) and then we had Hammi & Zej over for dinner. They got back from India & Nepal on Saturday and it was great to catch up :) And I must say, Varen cooked us a divine Salmon dinner.

Oh, and in other exciting news, I was impressed to see that Standard Bank, the sponsors of the Pro20 cricket and the Kaboom Room actually took the time out to leave me a comment :) So far I'm impressed by their forward-thinking marketing team for bothering to feedback to a blogger like myself in my chosen medium.


Anonymous said...

OMG Juno was my fave film of 2007, as a film blogger myself I am obsessed with films. I think I am one of the few SA film bloggers who are actually recognized by the press. I am 16 years old and my name is Nick, and your site rocks.

Has anyone ever told u that before? That your site rocks? I bet they have.

I know a few people who only *liked* Juno, I am just freakishly obsessed with it. No worries.

phillygirl said...

@fataculture - yeah, my opinions don't always run to the norm ;) The Divine Miss M also can't believe I only *liked* Juno. Don't worry tho, Varen absolutely loved it!

Glad you like the site :)

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