Then I wandered off to the theater and saw Paycheck. A tidy little John Woo movie, based on a Philip K. Dick story. I really enjoyed it. Not because it was a Masterpiece of Modern Film-making so much as it delivered on everything it promised.
It was a true to the old form John Woo piece, with all the appropriate touches - birds, explosions, friends who end up on opposite sides of an issue, the honorable cop with the less honorable superior, the strong female (Uma Thurman, who I find very attractive when she's kicking ass) lead who manages to be both feminine and tough, the classic Woo stand-off with two people pointing guns at each other's noses... really, it was all there, the perfect melding of the sensibility I love from his early Hong Kong flicks married nigh-perfectly with 'Hollywood' actors, special effects, and so forth. Hey, even the science was a good deal less bogus than it often is - far fetched, yes, but still within the realm of SF rather than outright fantasy. It was a grand romp, and if you like Woo's films I'd say give it a chance. Don't let the previews or the presence of Ben Affleck keep you away. And Paul Giamatti does an excellent turn in a side-kick-esque role - he's very familiar looking to me, although a scan of his acting credits doesn't turn up many films of his that I've actually seen...
Then I stopped at the store on the way home and got laundry soap, which was the thing I had been forgetting to get the last couple of times I'd gone shopping.
So yeah, a good day all in all.