16 April, 2007

Movie Roundup

Went to see Sunshine at the Palace last week. It was not too bad – what was strange was I was sitting there watching it, thinking, whoever wrote this has spent too much time on a tropical beach roasting in the sunshine – and when the closing credits came up (it is one of those films that takes itself too seriously to have opening credits), lo and behold, the screenwriter was Alex Garland (he of The Beach fame).

The other thing it made me think was that no-one has done anything really new with the sci-fi genre since Blade Runner and Alien. This film was definitely in the Alien mould (under-populated working ship, abandoned hulk, terrifying half-glimpsed monster). It also threw in some 2001 and Solaris for good measure.

I was pleased to see so many orientals (3 out of a crew of 8) on board the ship that was sent to save mankind – including of course the first Malaysian in space (and my aunt’s first husband’s third wife’s daughter) Michelle Yeoh.

Also saw Mr Bean’s Holiday, which I didn’t hate. And Glory Road, which was the usual inspirational rubbish, but starred Josh Lucas – yum.

Lamma Hippy has come up with a surefire product for the ladies – 100% Egyptian cotton bedlinen set with Viggo Mortensen’s head on the pillowcase, his (clothed) body on the duvet cover, and his (unclothed) body on the bedsheet. LSS thinks this is very sad, but I always say no-one ever went broke over-estimating the sadness of the human race.

Fed Mrs Frog some of LSS’s home-made burritos yesterday. She came up with a truly dazzling array of damning-with-faint-praise comments, including: Oh, the coriander is fresh! I hope it did not take you too long to make this! and, The wine helps!

I am collecting compliments that are really insults. The classic one is, oh, you’ve lost so much weight! Does anyone have any favourites?


Blogger Icedink said...

"Darling, your teeth are like stars...that must be why they come out at night".

Is this the sort of thing you had in mind?

2:48 pm  
Blogger MacDuff said...

People I havent seen for some time often feel themselves moved to say "You are looking well" which I take to mean "I cant think of anything to say but youve certainly put on weight"

3:20 pm  
Blogger random.thoughts said...

Oh that colour really suits you!

Bollocks does it.

8:40 pm  
Blogger Troika said...

"Ah, I see you no longer smell of shit."

6:27 am  
Blogger FBT said...

thank you, Troika, for raising the tone. Truly you are the Jonathan Swift of bloggers.

1:44 am  
Blogger fish said...

Your children are quite well behaved today.

And there already is a Jon Swift of bloggers...

12:10 pm  
Blogger FBT said...

Rather worryingly people do say: Your children are so well-behaved! and also, Your children are so beautiful! Then they look at us as if to say, Are they adopted?

9:25 am  

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