Hellish Shellfish

I’m feeling better. No more nausea, and just a little sleepy from
staying up too late last night. This weekend was pretty good in spite of
my bout with the shrimp. We rented movies for the first time in several
months and had pretty good luck with all of them. If you’ve been
visiting this site for a while, you’ll remember that I used to do my
weekend movie wrapup, but since we got DirecTV and
TiVo, we don’t rent movies very often.
This weekend, no one was feeling well, so we broke down and made the
trip to the video store. Here’s the wrap-up in chronological order:

  • Rockstar: I couldn’t sit through this movie. Marky Mark’s
    character was too much like Dirk Diggler from Boogie Nights.
    Earnest, naive and well, dim. The downfall was completely apparent and
    the only difference between his character in Boogie Nights and
    this movie was the cheesy ending (I came back in time to see the
    ending… stupid me). Jason Flemyng did have a nice little part as the
    closeted frontman though. It was a small part, but he really pulled it
    off.

  • Evolution: I wasn’t expecting this movie to be as funny as it
    was. If you liked the Sci-Fi comedies of the 80’s (Spaceballs, Darkstar,
    Ice Pirates), you’ll love this movie. The sci-fi element of the movie is
    actually kind of interesting, and well, that’s a shock. I figured it
    would be a vehicle for a bunch of booger jokes. The cast pulls off the
    comedy well without making it the focus of the movie. They balanced the
    “Hey, we’re people fighting aliens” with the “Look at me, I’m that guy
    from the 7-Up commercials being funny!”. Fun movie – and get the DVD.
    The deleted scenes are actually worth watching.

  • American Pie 2: I was surprised. I thought this one was funnier
    than the original. It’s no great film, but it is funny. Allyson Hannigan
    was especially good in a much larger part than in the previous flick.
    Speaking of, Jen’s been watching Buffy almost non-stop for the past few
    months (thank you, TiVo), and I’ve been impressed with Allyson’s chops.
    She’s got great comedy instincts while still keeping that innocent
    redhead vibe. And remember, you’re a special boy. The DVD is great. The
    outtakes and deleted scenes are worth watching, and the original casting
    tapes are funny just to see the casts initial impressions of the
    characters and compare it to the final product.

I guess I should say something about the Super Bowl. We turned on the
pre-game stuff at 6, because we thought kick-off was at 6:20. Oh no! We
had to watch a bunch of old football players read the Declaration of
Independance and then watch a bunch of other non-football patriotic
shmaltz for 35 minutes. I can’t imagine anyone sitting through ALL of
the pre-game. I was sick of it after five minutes. I’m patriotic, but I
don’t need the Declaration of Independance read to me by guys who were
probably reading it for the first time. I don’t need everything
Hallmark-ized for me. It’s a football game. Once the game
started, it was great. The Patriots shut down the Rams like no one has
all year. It was amazing to watch. And what happened to the Rams
defense? They turned into the crew from last year. It’s like they
thought they already had the game won before they stepped on the field
and by the time they really started trying in the fourth quarter, they
had too far to go and not enough time to get there. Kurt Warner was
hurt, and that’s excusable, but it looked like they just weren’t trying
very hard. Great game though. Too bad it’s the last real game until next
fall.

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