The best thing? Running into a friend I haven't seen for (quite literally) years. Last I heard from her she was in France - now she's the office guru for the kino folks. Far too busy at the meeting to do other than say 'hi' - but we exchanged email addresses, so that shall soon be remedied. And yes, that ever-so-odd occurrence of wondering "gee, I wonder what [name] is up to these days?" right before running into that very person took place last Friday at Norwescon whilst reminiscing about cons gone by. Go figure - the universe is an entertaining place sometimes.
Then I met faintheart downtown for a matinee of Identity. I'm happy I saw this early in its run, before I'd heard much about it. I enjoyed it - I was afraid I wouldn't at first, especially after about a third of the way in, when I thought I'd figured out what was going on. I was right, but I was wrong too. John Cusack just gets better and better, he's always a treat to watch.
Much more discussion would involve spoilers of varying degrees; it is a mystery after all. It has flaws, but was worth the matinee price, certainly. Parts of it I found particularly affecting - I may come back to those later depending, when some of the less discrete reviews have tipped more memes into the atmosphere.
Previews of note:
- Saw a preview for the next Matrix movie that was cleverly disguised as an ad for PowerAde. Or maybe it was a Powerade ad cleverly disguised as a Matrix trailer. It really was quite the perfect blend of the two.
- 28 Days Later is a post-apocalyptic plague movie, it seems, that despite my lack of interest in zombie movies I will probably end up seeing. Danny Boyle directs - Shallow Grave is a favorite of mine, and I can't watch Trainspotting anymore because of the kitten. (Too much crying. Including right now.) So I'll see it on Boyle's merits, and because I have this end-of-the-world thing.
- SWAT - pluses: Samuel Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell; minuses: we've seen this movie before - band of [military/paramilitary/police/firefighte
rs/girlscouts] must be welded into a team to fight [terrorists/drug dealers/evil dictators/keebler elves] amidst explosions and artillery fire. It's listed on IMDB as being still in production - I hope they clean up their CGI before it hits the streets.
- something called Cabin Fever which I will avoid if at all possible
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Even Jerry Bruckheimer's involvement can't keep me away from this one - plus he's only the producer. I knew Orlando Bloom was involved - I did not know Johnny Depp was until this afternoon's trailer. Can't promise it'll be good, but it looks like fun.
- Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle... I missed the first one, probably will pass on this one as well. I did like the turncoat villain's line "I don't take orders from a speaker phone any more" - but I'm fairly certain that's the high point of the film, so I've just saved myself $11 or however much tickets will be by the end of June.
Any other previews faintheart will have to recall, that's all I can dredge out of my brain.
Now I'm sitting here considering whether I want to watch one of the Netflix DVDs I've got sitting around...