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December 9th, 2012


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08:17 am
Although work has kept me rather busy the last few days, in the evenings recently we've had the opportunity to play a couple of movies off DVDs.

First was the Pixar/Disney movie Brave, which was a lesser work for Pixar, but not bad for Disney. I will say that it seems to suggest that Scottish men never grow up, and that Scottish women have to be the adults, even when they don't want to be. Or did I get that wrong?

Second, I picked up the Bluray of Iron Sky, the latest movie from that Finnish team that did Star Wreck: In the Pirkinng (sp?). I liked that one, fun, though not deep and not perfect at all; Iron Sky deals with Nazis that escaped the aftermath of WWII by hiding on the dark side of the Moon, and so they rise again to invade the Earth. Very black comedy. I did LOL.

Tonight's the cookie exchange! Staff at most of the nursing homes have been plaguing me for weeks about when they can expect cookie packages!!!

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From:rince1wind
Date:December 9th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
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I wish, as usual, we could be there for the cookie exchange. I think you're right about Brave, though I did rather enjoy it. Almost all of Disneyland movies have males being perpetual kids, or immature until a female appears to make him grow up. ( also known as "women are spoilsports.") exceptions are Mulan and maybe Beauty and the Beast.
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 10th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
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Yeah! Have Mark grow up!
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From:rince1wind
Date:December 10th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
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I'm on it!
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 10th, 2012 06:20 am (UTC)
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I think you're winning...
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From:rince1wind
Date:December 10th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
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(It might be the other way around at our house.)
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 10th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Or maybe the girls are winning. It's hard to be sure.
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From:uvula_fr_b4
Date:December 9th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
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My take on Brave was that it was a refutation of Disney's recent trend of depicting putatively strong and independent heroines, given that the takeaway for Merida was that she needed to STFU, let her parents pick her husband, and make molti bambini.

I seem to remember hearing/reading that the original female director was fired or quit due to "creative differences"; but the Wikipedia entry for the movie says that she subsequently declared that her "vision came through in the film," so I'm not sure if the ending was tacked on after her departure or if it was pretty much the ending that she'd intended.

On a tangential note, I also remember hearing on NPR that the Scottish tourism board had some kind of deal with Disney to promote the movie, in the hopes that it would bring more tourist dollars to Scotland. I suppose Brave has a better chance at capturing tourist dollars than Skyfall does, at any rate.
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From:margi_lynn
Date:December 10th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
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Your tangential note is unsurprising, considering I remember that the tourism board also had a deal with Mel Gibson with Braveheart :(
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 10th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
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I wonder how much THAT helped?
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 10th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
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You bet! I am consistently astonished at how beautiful they make places look...
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From:rince1wind
Date:December 10th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC)
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my review of "Brave" for the RoundTable,
home : art & life : art & life 7/3/2012:

http://www.evanstonroundtable.com/main.asp?SectionID=4&SubSectionID=4&ArticleID=5949
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 10th, 2012 06:25 am (UTC)
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Nice. The artwork is just breathtaking.
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