Zeitgeist, May 2010: Favreau, Gwyneth, Popcorn, Dancing Elvis and so forth

It is the second successive weekend of hot weather!

Self saw the 10:30 a.m. screening of “Ironman 2” with hubby, and you really know it is summer when the theater is packed, even at that hour!  And when everyone laughs, even during previews (“The A-Team,” “Grown-Ups,” and “The Last Airbender”)  Heck, even self laughed!

OK, here’s self’s take on the movie: The beginning 10 – 20 minutes of this movie were fan-TA-bulous (Among other things, self very partial to AC/DC), and she thinks Jon Favreau is really good at framing shots (which is something she noticed in the first “Ironman”). She liked the really shiny surfaces of everything, and also the excellent casting (except for Terrence Howard’s replacement by Don Cheadle —  boo! Self couldn’t help remembering Terrence in the part. And really, Don Cheadle seemed to self, for the first time ever, rather wooden).  But about halfway through the movie, self got distracted by a little kid bumping his way —  bump, bump, bump —  down the theater steps, and a parent chasing the kid only when the kid finally reached the bottom step, and then she got lost in the explanation of what fantastic material Tony Stark found to save his deteriorating and/or contaminated energy source, and she found Mickey Rourke’s end (This is not a spoiler:  what other outcome can there be, when one is facing Ironman?) a tad anti-climactic, and she frankly wished there had been more of him wielding his fantastic whips (instead of all those shots of him sitting in front of a computer!)  And Gwynnie is whippet-thin but the surprise is that Scar-Jo is, too (Her waist looks about 16 inches).  And self thought Scar-Jo was going to be Evil but she was not.  Not yet, anyway.  On the way out of the theater, self was really disgusted that there was popcorn literally carpeting the floor.  Not as if someone accidentally spilled a bucket, but buckets and buckets.  Like, dozens of buckets.  And there were no theater personnel waiting outside the doors with trash cans, as there usually are.  So, what’s up with that?

Other highlights of the past week:

  • After much travail, self finally crawled to the end of a novella she’s been working on for almost a decade.  That is, she periodically sends it out, but every time she looks at it (about once a year), she hates it and begins re-writing.  Every single version is so different from the last that she might as well have written 10 novellas — BWAH HA HAAA!  And this last version was the longest yet, and self was actually beginning to loathe the thing.  It helps that this is play-off season, because then while hubby is watching his beloved sports, self works and works.  Unfortunately, now self has her neck permanently in “down” position.  Perhaps Dearest Mum is right:  self needs to go out and buy herself a neck brace.
  • And the other thing of note this week (aside from missing Miguel Syjuco’s wonderful reading at Book Passage in the Ferry Building on Thursday:  You can read all about it on Barbara’s blog, here) is that one of her Bacolod cousins sent her some pictures of a family get-together, and self saw, in several of the pictures, a rather rotund Elvis impersonator.  He was in Elvis’ white suit, and he had the “pouf” hair and side-burns, and the dark glasses.  But that was most definitely someone hired for the occasion, and cousin confirmed it.  Got to love Bacolod, dear blog readers.  Self wishes she could visit soon!

And the Philippine elections are on Monday.  Self read a very good essay about the Philippines/elections/class and more by Allen Gaborro in the May 7 Philippine News.

And, in closing, here is a picture of a corner of self’s garden as it looked today, when self returned from the movie (It was really hot!) :

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

5 Comments

  1. May 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Ahhh – the growing hatred of the WIP! The marinating process, where one is supposed to go back refreshed, yet emerges insane, filled with new ideas, and a feverish drive to edit and rewrite, from the pit of hell.

    Good Times!!

    I have found that printing out the latest version and setting it on fire is very cathartic. Seriously.

    The Philippines, huh?
    Well, if one were to get out of the US entirely, your spot sounds pretty rocking. 🙂

    Kelly

  2. May 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Ah, WIP, one day I shall write an ode …

    Insanity, insanity is right.

    I am at the moment also fellow-resident of US, but my heart is in Bacolod 🙂 (Sometimes you have to break up The P.I. into little itty-bitty parts, in order to love it … )

  3. May 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I just read that you were in SF – Despite what the offficial lists might say, people often refer to Pitt and SF as the “soul-sister cities”. Having briefly lived in SF, I have to agree.

    Now, the “Ode to the WIP” – what a one woman play THAT would be!

    I hope you do not mind, but I added you to my blogroll – this way I can visit more often and not have to rely on that notoriously unreliable demon-punk known as memory.

    I cannot get the vision of all of that spilled popcorn with nary an usher in sight – it has such a vague “end-of-the-world” feel to it.

    And on that cheery thought – have a great Sunday!

    K.

  4. May 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Kelly,

    I had an older sister who lived in Pittsburgh briefly (though I myself have never been there. Isn’t there a journal called Paperstreet based there? Is it still around? I remember liking it a lot)

    I’m honored to be added to your blogroll, and I’ll put you on mine!

    Cheers,

    M.

  5. May 10, 2010 at 2:34 am

    I just went to look up Paper Street, I had never heard of it. It is still here, only now exclusively on-line. Here is the link:

    http://smallpresspittsburgh.wikispaces.com/Paper+Street+Press

    Thanks for turning me onto it – there is still so much of this city to explore. It never ends, for such a small city, it is so full of nooks and crannies in every venue.

    And thanks for putting me on your blogroll – I am the one who is honored 🙂

    I’ll be back soon….

    Kel


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