Monday, June 27, 2011

funny shit my dad says (that i share and others judge)

Yesterday, I posted the following two conversations on facebook as my status:

Dad: I could be a top chef.
Mom: Oh yeah? What's a truffle?
Dad: ...Cake.
Mom: What?
Dad: You know, the opposite of trifle.

Dad: listen, I want to get your Mom something nice for her birthday.
Me: okay, you got any ideas?
Dad: yeah, channel 5.
Me:... you want to get her the TV Guide?
Dad: No! The perfume!
Me: ...Chanel? No. 5?
Dad: that's what I said.

Most people got a good laugh out of it (as did we at the time of the actual conversation).  If there's anything my dad appreciates, it's a joke.  So, everyone chuckles, people choke on lettuce, whatever.  and then I get the snide comment (from one of my older cousins) "I am smarter than my parents..."


Who said I meant that?  it was funny play on words.  Both times.  Like the time I mixed up Carniverous with Coniferous.  I swear, some people can suck the joy out of anything.  This is one of the reasons I really hate having family on Facebook.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Now Playing: X-Men: First Class

Yes, another prequel. At least it isn't a reboot.  For a blockbuster franchise, X-Men: First Class was actually done quite well. Can a brawny blockbuster be brainy too?

Plot-wise, the writers tried to keep some sense of continuity with the original movie trilogy. I mean, the opening scene is almost directly lifted from a previous iteration. I loved the cameo appearances of some big-name recognisable actors from the  previous movies as well. One glaring mistake is centred, however, around Emma Frost. In fact, it’s so obvious, I can only say that it was intentional. I’m sure you’ve seen the ubiquitous shots of January Jones playing Emma Frost as an adult contemporary of Charles and Erik; yet, there was a diamond-esque mutant names Emma (Kayla’s sister) in the Wolverine movie. I don’t think the timeline quite adds up. I’m sure Bryan Singer knows what he’s doing… this is huge, though. They’ll need to address it for sure.

Casting has always been excellent in these movies and, with the exception of the wooden acting of Ms. Jones, it is once-again outstanding. James McAvoy is a very convincing Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender is just about perfect for Erik Lehnsherr. Jennifer Lawrence, who stole my heart in Winter’s Bone, continues to impress as Raven. And Kevin Bacon? …who saw that coming! Even he was pretty good as crazy bad guy Sebastian Shaw.

All in all, really, a solid movie – entertaining and clever. 3.5 our of 5 stars.