Sunday, March 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

Boy, did SSB and I have a busy day Saturday!!

The movie "300" came to one of the discount theaters that we like to go to and I really wanted to see it. We knew that our friends Mo and Fry* would be up for that and we haven't seen them for almost 2 months. When SSB emailed Mo she was excited - "Yes, we just saw a 'history behind 300' last night!!" Yay, for geeks!!

As we were driving to the theater Mo asked what about the movie appealed to us. I said that the reason that I wanted to see it was because of the commercials. Fry pointed at her triumphantly and said, "See!!" (they like to argue - it's like flirting to them). I think the commercials did a fantastic job of showcasing the artistic qualities of the film. It is in the same style as "Sin City", which I also like for its artistic value. I loved this movie and highly recommend it. But, when you watch it, be aware that it is not meant to be historically accurate. It is the story that Dilios tells the people of Greece of the 300 Spartans that gave their lives for Sparta, Greece and freedom. He tells it to honor his friends as well as to rally Greece to fight the Persian army.
I would also like to say that I was warned that it was a "gore-fest". I did not find it to be overly violent. "Kill Bill" was way worse than "300".

After the movie we went to Borders. A very dangerous place for all of us. I got an awesome book. I have been looking for a a good party/potluck food book for awhile and I think that this one completely fits the bill. I could not put the book down. Everything looks DELICIOUS!!

It even has a sushi section. Our friend Obi makes awesome sushi and has inspired me to learn how to make it. We even stopped at World Market later and I purchased a sushi mat and a bunch of sushi ingredients. I can't wait to get started!!!

(BTW- I am often posting on my garden blog things I cook/bake. Check the sidebar "Sylvana Recipes" pull-down menu for a list of links to these recipes. I make up many of the recipes myself using a handful of similar recipes or just off the top of my head!)

We had a great time with Mo and Fry. They are really intelligent, so they get our jokes, but they aren't above being completely goofy - which I absolutely love. I get bored with people who try to hard to be above being fascinated with the world and loving life. I find people who retain their child-like wonder and humor to be very fun and interesting people to be with.

When we got home we called Obi and Jill*. Obi had called while we at Borders to see if we wanted to come over for a little Patty-Day celebration of Irish whisky and "Darby O'Gill and the Little People". We did go over and had a great time. I LOVE that movie! I watched it when I was young and thought that it was so sweet, sassy and funny. I would recommend any of you who don't know this movie to rent it - good times! It was strange that even though that movie was made in the 50s, some** of the special effects were still amazing! On the DVD they explain how they do it and even say that the same special effects were used in "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. That Disney was a pioneer!

We didn't get home until nearly 1am and still had to get up early this morning to get ready for bowling. JD bowled the best game of his life - 120! And he was just hoping to finally get over 100. The ball we got him has really helped out his game

*See "Syllogistic Players" in the sidebar.
** And some of the special effects were not so amazing, but it was still as great a movie as I remembered it!


Shannon said...

Eee. I thought 300 was cheesy in a way that begged it to be on MST3K. I didn't care for it at all, however. I liked Sin city, but left the theater this time laughing at all the corny dialogue.

I'm glad you had a great weekend, however! Can't wait to hear about your adventures in sushi.

Sylvana said...

Shannon, it's OK. I know so many people who LOVE Heroes, but I can't stand to watch it because I find most of the acting/situations/dialog to be insufferably cheesy. And it kind of bothers me because I know so many very smart people who really like the show.

Both Sin City and 300 are both actually "graphic novel" films. I have always found graphic novels to have a certain "cheesiness" to them, but not an unpleasant cheesiness. I guess that is the other warning that I would give people - be sure to keep in mind that it is a graphic novel in motion and it is intensely dramatic as graphic novels tend to be.

sideshow bob said...

And don't forget about "Lost"...I didn't think it was physically possible, but that show both sucks and blows;)

ag said...

I wish I lived closer to you guys.

Sylvana said...

SSB, agreed. What's up with that show?

AG, that would be cool. We could go have coffee and rant about stupid people, then go bowling.