I Enjoy Quirky Indie Romantic Comedies

I enjoy quirky indie romantic comedies.

I think it even says so in my Twitter bio.

If you are wondering what I’m talking about, here are just a few examples:

Lars and the Real Girl
The Giant Mechanical Man
Moonrise Kingdom
(500) Days of Summer
Garden State
Away We Go
The Go-Getter

Let me know if you have any recommendations for me.

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Jurassic Park

My wife would tell you that Jurassic Park is my all-time favorite movie.

I’m not sure I agree with that, but it doesn’t help my cause that I saw it in IMAX 3D last weekend. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

I was impressed to see that most of the film and special effects hold up, even by today’s standards. There are a few exceptions, but most of the movie is as terrifying as it was the first time I saw it in the theater at 12 years old. The part that struck me as particularly terrifying this time around was the scene where the T-Rex attacked the kids in the Explorer, breaking through the glass roof. The T-Rex in the rain, in the dark… it looked so good. So scary.

It amazed me that a movie can still be terrifying 20 years later, after hundreds of viewings at home. I guess good movies hold up.

Time to recover from my weekend

Time to recover from my weekend.

Friday
Got off work early. I have early Friday’s through the summer. Pretty excited about it.
Stopped by Amoeba Music on my way home. I picked up new releases from the Civil Wars and David Bazan.
Did a little yard work.
Went to the movies with the wife. We watched the new Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris. Unbeknownst to us, it had a strange correlation to our San Francisco trip.

Saturday
Breakfast at Mimi’s
Shopping at Costco and Nordstrom
Memorial Day BBQ in Irvine with the in-laws.

Sunday
Lead worship at Glendale Church of Christ
Took a much needed nap
Small evening gathering with friends. Wine, cheese, tortilla soup… good stuff.

Monday
Found an entry table for the house. Now we need to stain it.
Cleaned. The house was a mess.
Played electrician. Replaced a few light switches and outlets.
Erin bought a new fridge. Good sale. It should arrive next week.
Late Memorial Day dinner at Outback.

Weekend Update

It was a quiet relaxing weekend.  I don’t have much to report but here’s what happened.

  • Erin and I were sitting around the house trying to decide how to fill our weekend when I received a text message from my Dad asking if I’d come down to work on my mustang.  Not having better plans we packed up and headed down the Whittier.  It was a fun impromptu visit and I made some good progress on the mustang.  Maybe it’ll run again some day soon.
  • And Sunday, Erin and I spent the majority of the day just hanging around the house, watching movies and relaxing.  It was nice to not have any commitments for once.
 And that’s my weekend update.  Short and sweet this week.

Weekend Update

Friday night the wife and I joined some friends for some good food and a bad movie.  The food, carne asada, was good and the movie, Pocket Ninjas, was especially bad.  When you reuse footage over and over to make up an 80 minute movie, odds are you don’t have much of a story to tell.
 
Saturday we went to the memorial service for the mother/grandmother of some good friends. It was a great celebration of her life. 
 
Saturday night Erin and I went to dinner with Erin’s brother and his wife. We ate at Electric Lotus and then, on a whim, went up to the Griffith Park Observatory. It was a nice evening, and we got to see some cool stuff at the observatory.
 
Sunday morning I taught the Jr. High class and then Erin and I snuck out of church a little early to surprise my parents, grandparents and family at their church. They were quite surprised.  We had a nice day with my family and attempted to get something accomplished on my never ending mustang project but fell short of making any progress.