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movies – The Salt-Box http://www.jbj.wordherders.net "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Thu, 09 May 2013 17:06:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Land of the Lost: in which I suffer for the sake of knowledge http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/06/06/land-of-the-lost-in-which-i-suffer-for-the-sake-of-knowledge/ http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/06/06/land-of-the-lost-in-which-i-suffer-for-the-sake-of-knowledge/#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2009 14:58:33 +0000 geekdadland of the lostmovies http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/06/06/land-of-the-lost-in-which-i-suffer-for-the-sake-of-knowledge/ Continue reading ]]> This weekend at GeekDad I have a “10 things parents should know” post up about Land of the Lost, which was almost no fun at all.  That said, there’s always a silver lining:

10.  Well, is there at least a GeekDad-friendly catchphrase?

Yes!  “Matt Lauer can suck it!” “Science shows no mercy.  And neither do I.”

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Drawbacks of a teenaged workforce http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/08/drawbacks-of-a-teenaged-workforce/ http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/08/drawbacks-of-a-teenaged-workforce/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2007 03:10:43 +0000 CTfamily outingmoviesplainvilleratatouilletransformers http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/08/drawbacks-of-a-teenaged-workforce/ Continue reading ]]> When the city postponed fireworks on Wednesday, we decided to go see Ratatouille.  (A split decision: A & I loved it; The Little Man thought it was a little funny, but nowhere near as good as Cars, Toy Story, or The Incredibles.  I do think that the movie may demand a little too much attention to social nuance for a 4-year-old to truly love it, especially when there’s no compensatory violence. He thought the short, “Lifted,” was awesome.)

Three notes from our adventure:

  • The family in line ahead of us had 3 adults and two kids.  As the man in the family stepped up to the register, he turned to one of the women and said, “Take [name] and the kids and get snacks.”  Then, he turned to the cashier and asked for 1 adult and 4 children for Transformers.  The cashier sold the tickets without batting an eye, and the ticket-taker admitted them without a second glance.   It turns out that teenagers *might* not care 110% about minimum-wage jobs.
  • At the Loews theater we attended, there was no way to get water as the drink in a kid’s snack pack (which A and the Little Man share).  When A asked the snack dude, “Well, what if you don’t want to give your 4-year-old soda?,” his first (nonverbal, but very, very obvious) answer was, “Unclench.”  I was proud of him for choking the word down.  Ultimately, we had to spring for an extra water.  And to upgrade from “popcorn-and-Goldfish crackers”, which seems ridiculous, to “popcorn-and-fruit snacks” cost $1.
  • According to the black couple coming out of Transformers, the point of that movie is “protect the white girls.”  The woman of the couple claimed that is in fact the plot of all movies.
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Robert Zemeckis hates Christmas: or, Leave Dickens alone! http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/07/robert-zemeckis-hates-christmas-or-leave-dickens-alone/ http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/07/robert-zemeckis-hates-christmas-or-leave-dickens-alone/#respond Sat, 07 Jul 2007 17:46:08 +0000 a christmas caroladaptationsbad ideascharles dickenschristmasjim carreymoviesrobert zemeckis http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/07/robert-zemeckis-hates-christmas-or-leave-dickens-alone/ Continue reading ]]> This is probably what Hopkins meant when he wrote “no worst, there is none.”

From the BBC:

Bad:

Actor Jim Carrey is to play Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future

Worse:

a Walt Disney remake of A Christmas Carol

Worse:

The film will be directed by Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis

Worse:

Zemeckis . . . will be using a style of computer graphics known as “performance capture”.
This technology was used in his festive tale The Polar Express three years ago

Note that they don’t say “used successfully.”

Bah, humbug!

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