Saturday, July 14, 2007

Woohoo! Happy Friday 13th, peoples! I'm not superstitious, but I have had some of the best things in my life happen on a Friday 13th. Enjoy!

The new Die Hard movie is great. I laughed and laughed. Actually, measure for measure, I enjoyed this film much more than the Harry Potter fu. Even though the computer stuff was insultingly bad, it wasn't quite as bad as "The Net" starring Sandy Bullock.

Speaking of Bullock, the villain was played by the actor who played Seth Bullock, the lawman in Deadwood, only in that, he had a moustache. It's amazing, because without the moustache, he just looks wrong to me- almost baby-faced, even with salt-and-pepper hair. He's an asshole, though, so, the villain thing worked.

Another believability error was the hot karate chick in the knee-high stiletto boots kicking and chopping her way through piles of man-flesh. Yeah, perhaps she COULD do that, but in stilettos? Bitch, please. Please.


This week I had to attend the Crime Watch meetings for my area of town. We have a couple fantastic police officers who run the meeting, and I feel great just knowing they are out there keeping an eye on things. They are smart, friendly and tremendously patient even in the face of staggering ignorance.

They went through the list of reported crimes for the area for the past 30 days, and one thing that'd happened was some guy sitting at a bar at 4am was hit over the back of the head with a bottle, and awoke a time later to find himself on the floor, his pockets emptied. The bar was a seedy little armpit of a Mexican lounge which any sane person would avoid, obviously. Pressed for time, the officer gave brief details and was on to the next item, when a middle-age white lady (who no doubt lives in the suburbs) in the group wanted more detail on the attacker, as though she might be apt to happen into them at any moment. The officer very politely flipped to the previous page and read it word-for-word, which of course imparted no additional details on the attacker. She sat there, stunned, unsatisfied, and said "but what about the guy who attacked him?" I turned to her and said "just look out for someone holding a bottle." Everyone laughed, but I think the officers were particularly amused.

I love those meetings.


Anonymous said...

Sometimes movies are fun to watch and sometimes they're fun to dissect, huh?

And you made a great comment to the idiotte.

HollyB said...

"Just look for someone holding a bottle." You are the Queen of SNARK at those meetings aren't you?
Of course in dimwit's neighborhood, she's more likely to encounter a Mommy or a nanny with a bottle than an attacker with one.
So THAT'S the movie you were enjoyin' when I IM'd last night... glad you enjoyed it. And you're spot on with the kickin' in stilettos. Wonder how many times she turned and/or twisted her ankles during filming? Bitch, indeed.

phlegmfatale said...

myron - yeah, it is fun to dissect them, and it's delightful when no errors just jump out at you and you can just enjoy the ride. It's important not to let a few details kill all the fun.

hollyb - *innocent* Who, me? Snarky? *blink* *blink*
Yeah, I figure if she doesn't hang out at that illegal alien haunt at 4am, she'll be doing alright.

Yup, that's the movie I was watching. She DID look hot, though.

none said...

I liked it too. Good diversion.

I hear they had to edit it down from an R. Wish I could have seen the cussing one :)

Lin said...

Ah-hah-hah-hah ... keep those Crime Watch meeting reports coming, especially your contributions to them!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hhahaha I kept expecting the story to end with the guy in the bar waking up in a bathtub full of ice with his kidney missing.

phlegmfatale said...

hammer - perzackly - what the hell is wrong with the cussing version?

lin - Well, I'll do what I can to enliven the proceedings whilst not derailing them entirely

barbara - *L* I think that woman was a candidate for organ donor already, actually.

FHB said...

Totally oblivious to the Friday the 13th thing. Was focused on it being payday. Love the hell out of that last bit. You kill me. Slay the simpering dolts like rats across the tundra. Lots of people are tellin' me that this movie is great. I guess I'll have to check it out. Also tellin' me that the Transformers movie is very cool. Supposedly nothing like the cartoons, which I never saw.

Attila the Mom said...

I can't wait to see Diehard!

We were watching Disc 3 of the last season of Deadwood last night, and I kept wondering what Bullock would be like as a bad guy!

phlegmfatale said...

fhb - yeah, you'll love the Die Hard movie - it's hilarious. I thought the Transformers movie looked interesting, though I don't usually go in for that sort of film...

attila - yeah, it's fantastic.

I guess that Bullock actor just plays really intense, too-tightly-wrapped characters. I would have liked to see him with his natural, original teeth, though. That stepford-grille is totally defeating me. I hate obviously fake teeth, and it's getting to the point where that's about all you see on film, these days. Look at Bruce's teeth - his are natural, HIS, and they look really good. He looks like himself. I like that.