February 17th, 2009

movies

Two weekends

The weekend before this last one shelleycat and i met up with thaisa at the Bella Terra mall to hang out for awhile. We went to Islands for lunch and then went to see "Slumdog Millionaire."

If you were the kind of person who was totally unaware of what life can be like outside the US then Slumdog Millionaire would probably be a real eye-opener, as it is i just found the movie to be interesting and well done character story.

For those who aren't aware of even the basics of the movie, it's about some kids who grew up in the slums of India and are eventually sucked into the influence (directly or indirectly) of a crime syndicate. The story revolves around the protagonist, Jamal, going on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and making it to the final round. This makes the show's producer suspicious that he might be cheating, and the police are called in to question him. The story is recounted in flashbacks as the protagonist relates the key events in his life that coincidentally gave him the answers to the questions on the show.

It was kind of interesting though how much of the movie audience was fooled by the last question on the game show.

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Anyways after the movie we stopped by Pinkberry for a snack (of course =) and then thaisa headed home and shelleycat and i went back to her place.

Sunday shelleycat and i went to a book signing event by Patricia Briggs at the local Barnes & Noble. We'd actually noticed the sign for it last weekend, but i forgot to grab any of my copies of her books to bring along, so i ended up buying a hardback version of her new Mercy Thompson book, "Bone Crossed." (This is the were-coyote series.) After the signing she spent awhile reading a section of the book and then awhile more answering questions.

Since we were in the area (again) we of course had to stop by Pinkberry (again,) although this time i tried a different variety of toppings than my usual, although i was sad that apparently we missed the pomegranate seed topping by one day =P

I headed home after that since i had to be in at work early on monday =P

This weekend:

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We'd originally been vaguely thinking of watching some BSG in the evening, but i was flipping through channels while shelleycat was taking a shower and ended up stoping on the "second" Star Wars movie (clone something?) and we never managed to move off of it :)

Sunday we went to the mall and made relatively brief side-trips to Pinkberry and B&N before going to see Coraline in 3D.

Coraline was excelent. There wasn't really any shock-scares, just creepy mood stuff, which is great in my opinion :) The only time i really got tense and started hudling against shelleycat was when she first encountered the "other-mother" and i wasn't sure how they were going to handle the reveal. When that didn't turn out to be bad at all i pretty much stopped worrying about it for the rest of the movie.

Afterwards we went to Islands for dinner. It's kind of amusing, shelleycat was adamantly against the idea of going to Islands for the first... year and a half that we were dating, because she said it was inferior to Red Robin. Then i finally convinced her to go there so we could get the tortilla soup, and after trying that and the appetizer sliders we've been back about three times in the past month i think :)
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Previews and polarization and 3D Movies

So first question, does anyone have a good simple explanation for what circular polarization is? How do you make circularly polarized light? How do you make a circularly polarized filter? Linear polarization is simple to understand, both the light and the filters for it, but the circular version is throwing me for a loop. Er, so to speak.

I saw a couple previews before Coraline. It was actually the second time i'd seen one for "9," which wasn't actually 3D. However while watching it this second time it suddenly struck me that it was almost as if Sony had bribed someone to make a Sackboy movie :) It still looks pretty cool though, too bad we have to wait another seven months for it =P

There were two 3D movie previews, "Monsters vs. Aliens" and Pixar's "Up." First i was wondering if perhaps i should keep the 3D glasses around to use for those movies, but then i started wondering if it might be smarter to deconstruct them to make some kind of attachment for my regular glasses, the way some people have clip-on sunglasses for their prescription glasses. I wonder if there's any way i could do that without having it end up looking incredibly ugly? I also wonder if they'll actually let you not purchase the $2.50 glasses if you've saved a set from last time. On the one hand, i bet they'd love to charge you extra regardless, but it seems like there ought to be a class-action suit in there somewhere if they tried it. Certainly if they refused there's no way i'm ever going to recycle their glasses for them. (They have a bin out front where they encourage you to drop your used glasses.)