Christmas Day 2011: Watching Jeremy Renner

It was chilly.  Poor Ancient One unloaded copious amounts of pee in the kitchen, which caused much consternation.  Son gave self a set of scented body lotions and body washes from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Brand:  “SLEEP”  — bwah ha haaa!

Thank goodness there were a few places open, which made Redwood City not seem so super-dead:  Crouching Tiger on Broadway, CVS Pharmacy, and of course Safeway.

Watched the 5 p.m. screening of “Mission Impossible: The Ghost Protocol” (thoroughly loved it:  A-).  The theater was crowded!  So this was where everybody was.  At 4 p.m.  There were lines for “War Horse,” “We Bought a Zoo,” and “Mission Impossible.”  Self overheard someone saying that the next screening of “Sherlock Holmes:  A Game of Shadows” was sold out.  Self loves standing in line for a movie, which she hasn’t done in ages and ages.  It just fills her with so much anticipation, especially when she has had the foresight to purchase a bucket of popcorn and can therefore avoid being completely idle while waiting.

Among the previews was one for a re-release of James Cameron’s “Titanic.”  Self remembered taking son, Niece G, Nephew W, and Nephew C to see this movie in the old Century 12 on Bayshore.  How young Leonardo di Caprio was, how almost elfin his face was, when he was in his 20s (By contrast, Kate Winslet now looks almost the same as she did then.  Well, perhaps 10 or 15 pounds lighter, but her face is essentially unchanged).  There were also previews for the next “G.I. Joe” movie, starring Channing Tatum, which is coming this summer, and for “Wrath of the Titans,” the follow-up to “Clash of the Titans” (which self totally missed seeing, but which she heard was baaaad), still starring Sam Worthington as Perseus and Liam Neeson and his weird dreadlocked beard as Zeus, and with the addition of the lovely Rosamund Pike as Andromeda!

The “Mission Impossible” movie itself was fun.  But there are really only two reasons this movie was as much fun as it was:  the first is Simon Pegg, and the second is Jeremy Renner.

She thinks the Director, Brad Bird, displayed considerable smarts by allowing Pegg to have so many comic bits, and to give Renner a character where he plays, first:  a) straight man, then b) man with a secret past, and then c) man who is consumed with guilt over some Awful Thing he failed to do that ended up costing the life of a lovely woman

Honestly, whenever Renner was on-screen, self could not look at anyone else.  He has such a believable way of delivering his lines.  And, despite the somewhat round face, he is very slim, looks grrreat in a gray suit, displays considerable panache in action sequences, and may possibly be around for a sequel.  YAYYY!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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