[SciFi Shorts] [Firewall]

Last Saturday we went down to Cinerama for the Science Fiction Short Film Festival, which was pretty cool. We went to both 2 hour sessions, for a total of 20 films. Short collections are always hit or miss, but there were enough neat ones that it was definitely worth it. The program sold out, which is awesome. Plus, it’s so rare that we can see them on the big screen.

Less awesome was Firewall, which was free and still wasn’t particularly worth it, even though the villain was my boyfriend, Paul Bettany. The really sad thing is that I had low expectations and was still very “meh” about the whole deal. Very tired concept made more so by tired writing and direction, and the perhaps unintended hilarity of a getaway on Highway 2. Whatever.

[Quick hits]

On DVD or the like: Dead Poets Society (for which I continue to have an unhealthy amount of love), two of three parts of the David Tennant Casanova (light years better than the Heath Ledger version), and In Her Shoes (which I had seen in theatres this fall and am quite fond of).

[Weekend round-up]

Oh my heavens I am -exhausted-. Okay. First, on DVD: The 39 Steps, which I totally did not pay enough attention to, The Royal Tenenbaums, which I have seen many times and adore, and Mr Vampire, which is terrible in that really great way. I hear there is a -sequel-. This I need to see.

Second, on film: Transamerica, which was -incredible- and The New World which was gorgeous, and yet totally not for everyone. (They put me at six movies seen in theaters in the month of January, which is not bad. I was thinking of setting some sort of in-theater goal for the year, but then I thought about how much money certain goals would cost and I just about passed out.)

Finally, I think I am going to try to see Match Point in the next week or so, and then maybe I can remember to spam you with all the Woody I watched and neglected to post earlier this month. Yes, really!

[84 Charing Cross Road][The Truman Show]

Let’s see what else I have in this text file … I got a few videos out from the library this month, so let’s get them out of the way.

I ordered 84 Charing Cross Road with a bit of trepidation. I had read and loved the book, and I couldn’t imagine how it would translate to screen. The answer? Beautifully.

Then I picked up The Truman Show because I saw it referenced somewhere and realized I hadn’t seen it for a while. Probably not since it was in theatres. I don’t hate Jim Carrey, and I think I saw it in the first place because I’ll see anything with Laura Linney. Now I pay more attention to directors than I did in the past, so of course Peter Weir is a draw, too. Anyway. Excellent, as you all know. And such a perfect ending.

[TV on DVD]

Recently I finished rewatching the second season of “Oz”, which is just damned good television. It’s satisfying in a way I have difficulty articulating. I’m just so invested in all the characters, even ones who just appear for one episode.

In other TV-on-DVD news, I flew through the first season of “M*A*S*H”. I somehow managed to never watch it until recently, so now I’m catching up with the rest of the world.

I downloaded the ten aired episodes of the second season of “Veronica Mars”, and got all caught up in it again. It lost me a bit when it was airing this fall, because I think they were trying to do too much at once, but I’m definitely hooked. New episode tonight! Yay!

And finally, I watched the first two episodes of the first season of “Slings & Arrows”. I have the other four downloaded, so that’s what I’ll be watching this week, quick before I lose the computer!

Coming soon: a few from the library shelves, plus more Woody Allen than you can shake a stick at. Presuming you wanted to in the first place.