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17 June 2012 @ 04:08 pm
a nice weekend  

It’s been a nice weekend. Kate came up to visit, and I dragged her to see “Rock of Ages”, a film which she had no particular desire to see. Afterward she almost forgave me, except she doesn’t like Tom Cruise and the movie made her like him and that was pretty unforgiveable. :)

I have made headway into cleaning my office. So far I’ve gotten all the Christmas wrapping paper out of there, which was a big improvement all by itself. I also cleared one bookshelf entirely of crap, which allowed me to put all the actual books onto one bookshelf. I emptied some of the third bookshelf too.

Unfortunately, of course, now the entire table is entirely buried in crap, and something will have to be done about that… :)

I put my son down for a nap two hours ago. He’s been up there laughing and playing and cheering the whole while. In a few minutes I expect I’ll go up and say to him, “Did you have a nice nap?” as I get him out of bed. Although I said that last time he did this and he gave me this incredulous look of, “What are you, some kind of idiot? I haven’t been taking a NAP. Didn’t you hear me in here?”

Oh my this looks tasty: Black Forest cream cheese pie. O.O

Picoreview: Rock of Ages: This is an awful movie. It’s terrible. It’s not nearly as charming as the same director’s “Hairspray” (which, admittedly, is possibly the most feel-good uplifting movie I’ve ever seen), and some of the acting is really appalling. That said:

I laughed all the way through, and dearly hope I get to go see it again.

Seriously, it’s *awful*, but it’s great fun, and Tom Cruise is completely amazing. I think it may be the best performance I’ve ever seen from him. He was utterly, utterly fantastic, and he is the reason you want to see the movie. Even if, like Kate, you don’t like him. Or maybe especially if you don’t, because you may never get another chance to see him being someone else entirely.

It’s not the story I expected–I vaguely thought it would be a…sort of biopic of a fictional rock star–but although Cruise’s character is central to the entire film it’s not really even his story. From the opening chords all the way through the end it is utterly preposterous, but a lot of the singing is wonderful and it repeatedly made Kate and me turn to each other and say “Why doesn’t it WORK THAT WAY?” when characters burst into song and the full orchestra came up behind ‘em and random people turned into backup singers and all. Really, real life *should* work that way. It would be *so* much more fun. And there were parts that had us hitting each other as we wheezed with laughter, crying, “No, no, they’re not, they’re not, OH MY GOD THEY ARE” as we writhed in our seats and howled.

So yeah: good movie? Really really not. Hugely entertaining movie? Really really yes, and a tour de force performance from Tom Cruise. I must see it again.

eta: and oh squee Ted just brought me the soundtrack home! <3 <3 <3!

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 17th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you've had a good weekend.
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on June 17th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
You have the best Ted ever. :)
T. Revst_rev on June 18th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
I kept thinking "...this is a John Waters movie?" But no, it's the director of the movie based on the musical based on the John Waters movie.

If I remember correctly, "personal theme music" is a ten point power in Champions.
kitmizkit on June 18th, 2012 05:45 am (UTC)
Right. I should've said the 2007 or whatever it was Hairspray. :)

I would TOTALLY SPEND ten Champions points if it actually provided me with a real life soundtrack in which other people participated. :)
Sionainn: wysiwyg boobssionainn on June 18th, 2012 09:43 am (UTC)
I saw the Broadway show when it was up here a few weeks ago and enjoyed it IMMENSELY. If you go into it expecting camp and overacting a la 80's, you'll love it. I haven't stopped singing Journey songs since!
Rachie: fangirlsrachie203 on June 18th, 2012 10:46 am (UTC)
See, movie of brilliance! It is not often something makes me enjoy Tom Cruise, but this movie did just that. Also, the office scene with a certain duet had me rolling. That was the bit where I swear everyone else in the theatre was laughing at us as we laughed our way through that song. I will have to bully my sister into watching it with me once I get home, as she isn't sure she wants to see it, but I think she should. :p
kitmizkit on June 18th, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
that was the just about weeping with laughter "oh no no no they're not OH MY GOD THEY ARE" one, yes. And the best part for me is that was one of my favorite songs, so literally the first *note* was played and I knew where it was going. I nearly died. :)
irishkate: Athenairishkate on June 18th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
They really went there....
Rachierachie203 on June 19th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
Yes, and it was awesome. I am so pleased with this movie it's ridiculous.
irishkate: tardisirishkate on June 18th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
And it's true. If you already like Tom Cruise you'll love him in this. He was great. I was going to type "He Rocked" until I realised it was not just a comment on how good he was but it was true, he really did rock.

It was a lot of fun. Silly and all but fun too.

PS, I had a lovely time visiting and will try to do it more often..If only I had a tardis..
Rachie: Hello Nutjob!rachie203 on June 18th, 2012 11:11 am (UTC)
... Could I be your quirky American companion?
irishkate: tardisirishkate on June 18th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'd have to hold interviews- probably in the tardis and while underway..
Rachie: nefarious porpoisesrachie203 on June 19th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
That would be the best interview ever.

Real-life, my office is in the corner of a strip mall, and has mega floor-space that isn't obvious from outside. I think everyone I have ever interviewed always says some variation of "It's so much bigger on the inside." To which I typically respond either "It's Time Lord technology," or "It's like the Tardis." Sadly, only a small portion of my interviewees get it, but the ones that do ALWAYS get extra points.
freyaw: abyssfreyaw on June 19th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
I loathe Tom Cruise (generally on the grounds that Tom Cruise gets first billing, Tom Cruise's hair gets second billing, then comes all the other actors, and then the part that Tom Cruise tells us he's playing...) And yeah, he made me forget that he was Tom Cruise and made me remember that he was Stacee Jaxx. It's so unfair!

We went to a special screening last week, which involved dressing in costume. It was pretty epic :P

(also, the movie was awesome. Cheesy as hell, but awesome)