Archive for March, 2010


Movie #8: District 9

March 9, 2010

Viewed on my television (via Netflix, or rather, my mother’s Netflix)

There’s not much to say about this movie that hasn’t already been said. I liked it, and was drawn into the story so much that I didn’t really think about how the movie was actually made until it ended, which is always a good sign in my book. Sure there were problems and plot holes, but those came to mind much, much later.

(4 of 5 stars)


A question of quality

March 7, 2010

My car, sweet Ladybug, christened so by my at-the-time three year old sister (who is now NINE WHAT), is over ten years old now. I bought her already two years and fifty thousand miles used, and she and I have been through quite a bit. She’s now over two hundred 10 miles (she hit 200,000 during Birthdiverrsary, and still chugging along. But there are definite signs of her age: the cup holders (front and back) are mangled and unusable, the center armrest isn’t quite right, and because I live in San Francisco, her back bumper is pock marked. Of course, these are cosmetic things. I also just dumped a bunch of money on a good, thorough tune up, and she needs new belts, which aren’t cheap either. And registration. And insurance. And smog testing.Thank goodness for tax returns, I have to say.

Before throwing down all the cash to get my Ladybug back to her best, I really thought about getting a new(er) car. It’s so tempting – there’s all these new, smaller cars zipping around town. Because I am a complete dork, and again, live in San Francisco, I’m most attracted to things that have good gas mileage and are easy to park. I had a serious flirtation with a one year old Yaris. But when I sat down and thought about it, it made more economic sense to get my current car into better working order. It kind of breaks my heart, but I also know I can’t afford a monthly payment right now.

I’m having similar issues with my current apartment. Sure, everyone loves the House of Puppy Dogs and Rainbows. And there are still things about it I love – the neighborhood, the neighbors, the view, the deck. But the down sides are starting to weigh on me – the darkness, the cold, the damp. There are a lot of things I can identify that would make living here more pleasant (heck, I have a list written somewhere of projects), but these things take money and time. If this isn’t a place I see myself staying in long term, I’m unsure if I should spend the money it’s going to take.

What’s your price point? Is it worth spending money on something that may be short term?


Movie #7: Genuine Nerd

March 7, 2010

Viewed on my television (via Netflix)

Not bad, but as I’m unfamiliar with the source material, I had a hard time keeping interest. One of those movies I absent-mindedly put on my queue and forgot to move down before it got sent. I have American Splendor on the list and probably should have watched that first.

(3 of 5 stars)


Movie #6: Cop Out

March 7, 2010

Viewed at the Century Regency, San Rafael

I’m so disappointed in this movie, I don’t even know where to start. It just wasn’t funny enough. I love so many of the actors involved, but they didn’t really get to shine. Can Kevin Smith only direct things he’s written? Sigh.

(1 of 5 stars)