“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2″/ “The Road”

Today, self was so bleary-eyed from two back-to-back nightmares (one was about hubby; she woke up from that one, fell back asleep, and had another nightmare, this time involving son — YIIIKES!! She got up at 3:30 a.m., determined not to fall asleep again), that soon after hubby left for the office, self stuck in her Netflix movie, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.” There is only one reason on God’s earth that self would watch this movie, dear blog readers. And that is of course to see oh-so-cute Tom Wisdom, who plays the love interest of America Ferrera.

Luckily the movie turned out to be better than expected! Amber Tamblyn proved to be quite a revelation; self found her scenes the funniest. Alexis Bledel has great big eyes and is possibly the prettiest of the four girls. And self really likes America Ferrera, even though there was quite an apparent disparity in height, as Tom is 6’2″ and America is only five feet, and it was lucky that in most of their scenes together they were usually sitting down and even then self noticed that Tom seemed to be very gallantly attempting to make himself shorter by hunching his shoulders. It’s lucky that in the scene where lips finally connect, she is standing on stairs, ha ha haaaa!

So, after that, self felt quite energized, and went to catch a matinee of “The Road.” Goodness, this is not the movie to see if one hopes to be placed in a Christmas mood. It is just so dreary, so relentlessly downbeat. Viggo once again displays those elements of stoic endurance that make him such a compelling actor. The actor who plays his son looks just like Charlize Theron. Self even got several ideas for a post-apocalyptic story of her own. In fact, by the time the movie ended, self had almost completed figuring out all the structural elements of this story.

Anyhoo, plot of “The Road” goes something like this: some catastrophic event takes place, and suddenly all the plants and animals die. The people who are left either a) commit suicide to escape the utter degradation of having to scrounge for canned food; or b) attempt to make it to the coast, as Viggo and his son do. After the decision is made to head for the coast, the movie then becomes one long string of encounters, with Viggo fending off all threats to himself and his son with a gun with only one bullet in it. Self will deliver no spoilers here.

Self decides she would really like to write a story about an apocalyptic event. Whether this Event will be a nuclear blast or Earth’s collision with a humongous comet, self has yet to determine. After this Event, no one can drive cars anymore. (Also eliminating the need for traffic cops, in one fell swoop). All the cars will be abandoned on the freeways. Self and hubby will also, like Viggo and his son in the movie, embark on an epic road trip. Only, this road trip will be more like a comedy of errors than a journey of epic valor. Because of course, there can only be one Viggo. Unless self wants to invent a Filipino Viggo. Hmmm, that might be interesting!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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