Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline

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I think part of the reason I don't post very often is because I can't get out of the habit of writing well, by which I mean I find it hard to write something that isn't, like well-organized and focused and coherent and stuff like that. And that's just too much work. And who has the time? Well, me but I do like to do other things, especially on my days off.

Been watching some Monk, this morning and last night. Good stuff, good stuff. I'm consistently impressed with their guest stars, both with the casting of them and the level of performance they've been turning out. Who knew Andy Richter had a dark side? And Sean Astin was a complete prick! It's awesome.

I watched an episode this morning that had Steven Weber in it, and I said, "Oh, Steven Weber. From Wings." And then a few moments later I said, "Oh! from Wings! and Tony Shalhoub was on that too. Cool." It's not that I forget that Tony Shalhoub has done other things; he's just so good that particulars sometimes slip my mind. He (Steven Weber) was also a complete prick, so that was awesome.

Speaking of Monk, my Monk-sim's lifetime want is to become a criminal mastermind. Um no, that's not gonna happen.

And then on the Monk DVD they included the pilot episode of Psych, which I had never seen because it premiered either right before or just after I stopped having cable, plus I try to avoid everything having to do with con artists, even fictional ones. It was an okay show, though. I like that Dulé Hill is on it. I love Dulé Hill. He's adorable.

I bought the DVD of the original movie of the Little Shop of Horrors, on which the musical was based. I had seen it before, but it had humorous commentary by Mike Nelson, so I thought it would make a nice momento. Funny thing... Jack Nicholson had a small role in this movie (I think it was his first movie role, but I'm not sure), he plays a masochistic patient of the sadistic dentist, a role that was omitted in the stage musical but resurrected in the movie musical and played by Bill Murray. But the funny thing is that since Jack Nicholson is the only one in the cast who went on to become a big star, they gave him top billing, even though he's just about the most minor character in the whole movie.

I have to wonder about this movie though: was it really originally meant to be a horror movie? Because there's a lotta lotta schtick in it, a lot of really broad humor. Also, when they re-released it, they released both the black and white version and a colorized version. Colorization was (and, based on some of the Amazon comments, still is) controversial, and I can see why, because sometimes it looks unnatural and goofy. And yet, I think I find it easier to watch and pay attention to. Weird. Were I a psychologist, that might make an interesting study.

And then there was the episode of Monk this last season which they apparently aired both in black and white and in color. That one I kind of preferred the black and white, because the style of it was all film noir, so doing film-noir style in color looked kind of goofy.

I went to see PotC 3 again yesterday. It's in the cheap theater now, and I saw Dead Man's Chest like three times in the cheap theater and I didn't even like it as much, so I had to see it at least once in the cheap theater. Also I hoped to get more out of it. Alas, I hoped in vain; didn't really get more out of it, except that the multiple double-crossings came a little more clear. But I do think I understand why Will had to cut out his heart (or rather, have his heart cut out). Here's my theory: in DMC the guy in the wall says that the Dutchman has to have a living heart, n'est-ce pas? Okay, at the time that Will stabbed the heart (with assistance), he was already dead, so perhaps the only way to resuscitate him and re-ennervate the heart was to remove it. Maybe?

Also, someone had pointed out to me (and I can't believe I forgot it, because they made a point of showing a close-up shot of it and everything) that during the little face-off between the Brethern and the EITC, Davy Jones was standing on land in a bucket of water, so why couldn't Will have come to visit Elizabeth more often while standing in a bucket of water? Couple of theories here: (a) I guess we don't know that he didn't, because in the tack-on scene at the end there's no dialogue, so we don't know that this is necessarily the first time he's come back; we just know that this is the first time he'll be able to set foot on land; (b) perhaps Davy Jones could stand in buckets of water with no futher side effects because he's already become Mr. Rotting-Fish-Face, but perhaps, were Will to try the bucket approach, then he would become a Mr. Rotting-Fish-Face for slacking off from his duties of ferrying the dead, even for however brief a time. Whatever.

So...yeah. Want to write more about Harry Potter, and want to write more about Pan's Labyrinth, which I bought and watched again, but those I'd kind of like to write about well, so we'll see if I ever get around to it.
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