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Friday, December 30, 2011

Cowboys, Aliens, & Some More Spanky Time



What have I been doing during vacation week? Watching movies and reading romance novels!

Updates....

1.) Cowboys and Aliens


Boy, was I excited to see this one! Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and a totally cool sci-fi premise: Aliens dropped into an old-timey western. Unfortunately, the premise was better than the execution. The pacing was too slow, and the movie was neither a classic western nor a high-octane sci fi movie. It was somewhere in the middle. Had some good moments, Daniel Craig was perfectly cast in this one, Harrison Ford was pretty good.....but the aliens after gold storyline? Meh. Best part of the movie? When my daughter said, "Why does he keep kicking everyone in the nuts? Is that his signature move or something?" Why, yes....yes, it is.

Natty gave this one 3.5 stars.

2.) Super 8


Now that's what I'm talking about! This was a freakin' fantastic movie. More aliens....this time, a train wreck gives an alien the chance to escape captivity and cause a big ole ruckus. Great cast of kids, perfect balance of stark, cold reality vs. paranormality. It was quirky, touching, and had an excellent hand-holding moment (you know how I feel about that...my favorite gesture!). And as an added bonus, Ron Eldard has a totally kick-ass 70s beard thing going on.

Natty gave this one 4.5 stars. I give it 5!

3.) Snow Job by Delphine Dryden

I packed in one more holiday story. And I'm so glad I did! Delphine Dryden has some excellent writing chops. How do I know this? I forgot I was reading. I was so immersed in this story, I read the whole thing at once. Honestly, I shouldn't have liked this as much as I did. It was a contemporary w/ a sort of borderline-douchey estranged hubby (didn't like his sexual tactics to get his wife back), a sometimes irritating judgmental wife (can you say "tree-hugger"?), and a pretty mellow storyline (estranged couple thrown together for a "fake" Christmas celebration). Nevertheless, I absolutely loved this book. Dryden's writing is fantastic....smooth and mellow like the finest eggnog whiskey buttery toffee candy. Yeah, that's it! Candy! I really really really really like her writing. And even though some of the sex scenes made me slightly uncomfortable (the little wifey was filled w/ guilt), they were hot! Karl was a fine example of husband-turned-alpha-male-to-get-the-little-wifey back. Although he had some douchey moments, I ended up rooting for him, and hoping Elyce would drop the fig-up-his-ass-tree-hugger-wanna-be-boyfriend faster than some recycled cardboard. And she did! And, as an added bonus....there was some spanky time! Which means that every single holiday erotica I read this year was spanky. Spanky hanky-holiday-panky.

Grade: A-

Well, that's the wrap-up for Friday. Looking forward to the New Year's Eve party....I have a sequin-y sweater that's ready for action!

Ciao,
Penny

8 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I looooooooooved Super 8 too! I wish there were movies like this.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Cowboys and Aliens, a decent cowboy movie, an idiotic alien movie. Harrison Ford's role made no sense to me but Daniel Craig was kick ass. I can look at him all day long.

Yeah, right, moronic aliens come here to mine gold. The way I see it, if they can get all the way here, they can just beam the gold out of the ground.
And did you notice that people were getting killed right and left during the battle but at the end of the battle the survivors seemed to outnumber the members of the original posse?

Super 8 disappointed me. Started strong, weak finish.

Penelope said...

Hi Juju! Super 8 had a real old-fashioned feel to it...in spite of the clickity-click alien...hee hee! Why do they always make weird clicking noises? Hmmm........

Penelope said...

Hi Julia! What would have been cool....if somehow the Native American and/or pioneer way of fighting was able to thwart the aliens....in spite of their greater technology, that strategy and knowledge of the environment was able to beat them. Why else have aliens vs. cowboys? Otherwise, the freakin' aliens could have just bombed the crap out of everyone, and it would all be over in a minute. We needed to see the strengths of the cowboys, too.

You didn't like Super 8? The end was bad w/ the crazy clicking alien running around. No matter how good the special effects are, those things are better in our imaginations...:^)

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

Cowboys and Aliens was, I think, born of an idea person seeing the words together somewhere. It was a movie based on a pun (?) a slip, a child's utterance, Mom why are there cowboys and aliens. It may as well have been a Dallas Football team attacked by aliens.

Sometimes ideas like this work--Julia's Beauty and the Feast is a good example.

And yes, there seemed to be a replenishing supply of the humans. Cowboys, Aliens and Instant Zombies.

heidenkind said...

I saw Cowboys & Aliens in the movie theater and was sooo disappointed. For a movie with so many explosions, it was pretty damn boring. And I love how all the 'plot twists' were so painfully obvious, uhg. Harrison Ford was the only good thing about that film.

I also just watched Super 8 with my mom and brother last week! It was okay, but the alien story line and the kids-who-like-making-movies storyline didn't really mesh for me. It was definitely better than Cowboys & Aliens, though. :P

Penelope said...

Hi Steph....it was a unique premise filled w/ potential...that totally missed the mark. And it had Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig for cripes sakes! Jiminy Cricket! Although, a hilarious spoof film would be Dallas Cowboys Vs. Aliens Vs. Zombies...hee hee...you should make that one!

Penelope said...

I would have been peeved if I saw C&A in the theater.

Super 8 did have a split personality...that is true. The character story arcs were touching. The "horror" part fell apart toward the end. It reminded me of the television adaptation of Stephen King's "IT"....which was excellent right up until the end....when a huge fake hilarious spider took over. Ugh. There is nothing as scary as what we imagine ourselves...remember that film-makers! :^)