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I'm on a lot of pain medication right now, and it does very little to improve my typing and composition. So, I'll try to make this short. The dentist will pull the tooth on Monday. And I still have all my wisdom teeth, thank goodness. I don't exactly know why that's relevant. My wisdom teeth, I mean.

I have always said that I want to age gracefully, allow Nature to take its course, and so forth. But, right now, I feel so old and frail and thin...I'd gladly accept the gift of a spare seventeen-year-old body (and of either sex, for that matter).

Yesterday, I was in too much pain to work, though I need to be editing "The Collier's Venus (1893)." Between the pain and the meds for the pain, I can't trust my judgment. So, we went to a matinée of Scott Derrickson's remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. I had some vague hope it might not suck, even though these remakes rarely go well, and even though Scott Derrickson has never made a decent film. I still had hope. It springs eternal, as they say. April is the cruelest month. And so forth. And, please remember, as I've said before, I really, really hate not enjoying a movie, especially one I've paid to see. I take no joy in disliking a thing. I'm not the sort who goes into a threatre with a chip on my shoulder, "Here I am, now entertain me." But there's no missing the plain, sad fact that this movie is a mess. Really, it's hardly better than the crap the Sci-Fi Channel churns out. Keanu Reeves is even more wooden than usual. Jaden Smith is one of the most annoying children ever filmed. Jennifer Connelly and John Cleese try, but there's so little to work with, you can see the futility in their eyes. Kathy Bates alternates between seeming as though she's in another movie entirely and giving one the feeling that she's about to start laughing at the lines she's been asked to deliver. There's far too much CGI, and it's substandard CGI, at that. But, in the end, despite a somewhat encouraging first half hour, the film flails about, lost and directionless. This could have been something incredible. But no one bothered to tell the director and screenwriter that it's a story about an alien whose job it is to decide whether or not mankind survives, and not a story about a conflicted, weary mother and her unruly stepchild whose father died in Iraq. And that Gort is not a mass of nanites. The film finally just...well, stops. It certainly did not leave me with the feeling that humanity had earned its reprieve. My advice, avoid this one like the plague. Don't even wait for the DVD. Watch the Robert Wise original from 1951, which is dated and naive, but at least it knows what it's trying to say. Watch the original, and be content with that.

Also, when the hell did movie theatres become recruiting offices for the National Guard?

After the movie, we drove down to Spooky's parent's place in Saunderstown. Her dad's away on Vashon Island in Washington, doing anthropologist stuff, and her mom wasn't at home. So we talked to Spider (the cat) and watched the enormous full moon rising over the winter-stricken farm.

Back home, we watched Addams Family Values (1993), which is aging better than I am, and then played WoW until we reached Lvl 41.

And now I feel a little woozy, so I think I may go lie down for a few minutes.

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sfmarty
Dec. 13th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
The critics agree with you completely about "Day".

I had a wisdom tooth pulled yesterday. Now that the poisens have stopped dripping into my system, I feel MUCH better. Good luck to you.
martianmooncrab
Dec. 13th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
having had multiple extrations, a dozen root canals, and a partial bridge myself, your teeth have my sympathies. After Monday you will feel better.

I have no hope for the movie remake either, but my sister and I will go despite the bad reviews.

sovay
Dec. 13th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Don't even wait for the DVD. Watch the Robert Wise original from 1951, which is dated and naive, but at least it knows what it's trying to say.

Klaatu barada nikto.

Be as well as you can.
mb2u
Dec. 13th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
When they first announced the remake, I cringed. When they announced Keanu Reeves was playing Klaatu, I had the dry heaves. When I saw the trailer, I sighed. Yes, it was going to be that bad.

Yes, the original is dated. But updating it would not be a stretch.
robyn_ma
Dec. 13th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
'Also, when the hell did movie theatres become recruiting offices for the National Guard?'

Yeah, what the fuck is that about? I've seen that goddamn Kid Rock 'Warrior' video so many times now I could almost sing it from memory, and I don't want to. I was also like 'STFU, Kid, when was the last time you fought anywhere other than a Waffle House?'
chris_walsh
Dec. 13th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
I was worried about the Day remake from the moment I saw the trailer at a midnight debut screening of The Dark Knight with an insanely hyped audience, an audience that cheered and hooted at the Watchmen trailer, and there was NO reaction. Maybe one person went "Oh." I didn't even hear a sarcastic "Whoa."

On the other hand, I've run an in-class screening of the original. It's still taught in college. Worthy film.

I shall resist venting my spleen about the remake-uber-alles panic in Hollywood right now. I'll just say that it's like the studios are saying Yep. We don't want to even try anymore.

Back home, we watched Addams Family Values (1993), which is aging better than I am

"Really. Our parents had sex." Heh. A MUCH more confident and insane (in a good way) flick than the '91 original. And I think Angelica Huston never looked better than she did in those two films.

Nap well, and dream of what you'd do with a 17-year-old body. You can read that any way you want.
shrunkenhead08
Dec. 13th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
I agree with you when it comes to remakes. Way too many and made just for profit. The only one I can think of that's praiseworthy is Dawn of the Dead.

But I have to say, I thought The Exorcism of Emily Rose was good. Derrickson's few other films have been barely watchable at best, though.

smallpinkfish
Dec. 14th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
I hope you feel better.
Usually when I get itchy I get bitchy because it doesnt take away the pain it just makes you care less and makes you have an out of body experience. Its lame but Ibuprofin helps the swelling a little because it's an analgesic. but you might as well drink clove oil because nothing helps that much other than gettin' it yanked or ripping out the root. which reminds me wisdom teeth are cool if you can keep them but if you leave them in they grow roots around your jaw. I still have mine and they are mutant pointy triple-wide things. I am terrified of dental practices though after developing years of slides of dental surgery. I hope you feel better soon.
suzie_n_sophie
Dec. 14th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear you're still dealing with that horrible tooth. When you and A were little, I dealt with a whole lot of toothache pain, abcesses,and stuff, and I know how excruciating the pain is. Please have it out as planned. You've be glad you did. Bridgework is much better than toothache==I promise.
Love,
M
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