// WARNING! This is a BAD, BAD FIX!
Ah well, not gonna let annoying hack fixes kill my mood, the weekend was great :) Just gonna touch on a few highlights here!
4th party was great. The whole crew made enveri feel most welcome, even though most had either never met her before, or met her just once back many months ago. Good food was et, good drink was drunk, and much swimming/goofing/chatting/relaxing occurred. And of course, there were explosions! I think I'll tag along next year, to chip in on the traditional 'Smuggling of the Fireworks'...doesn't seem fair to get to set 'em off, while not helping with the purchase :P
Saw MIB-2 on the 5th. It was enjoyable...though something was tickling at me all throughout. I finally put my finger on it a little later...it was essentially the exact same movie as the first one! There were wonderful effects, and some great lines, but the overall plot was almost a direct re-enactment of the original. Which is a shame, since there's a universe of possibilities with the general premise! It left me feeling kinda' unfulfilled.
MIB: Starts off with a pair of MIB agents going after a rogue alien. One partner can't handle it anymore, leading to the other almost getting killed. After the crisis is averted, the first agent is neuralized, and leaves MIB.
MIB2: Starts off with a pair of MIB agents going after a rogue alien. One partner is too stupid to handle it, leading to the other almost getting killed. After the crisis is averted, the first agent is neuralized, and leaves MIB.
MIB: Evil alien crash-lands spaceship in bumpkin's yard. Eats bumpkin, steals bumpkin's human form, blends in with human populace.
MIB2: Evil alien crash-lands spaceship in bumpkin's yard. Morphs into human supermodel based on porno mag on front lawn. Encounters mugger, eats mugger, steals his clothes, blends in with human populace.
MIB: Evil alien is after something belonging to another group of aliens, some vague object with unspeakable powers.
MIB2: Evil alien is after something belonging to another group of aliens, some vague object with unspeakable powers.
MIB: If the crisis isn't solved in a timely manner, the aliens in orbit will destroy the earth.
MIB2: If the crisis isn't solved in a timely fashion, the alien artifact will destroy the earth.
MIB: The alien artifact can only be found by the aid of a cat, who doesn't know it exists.
MIB2: The alien artifact can only be found by the aid of a human, who doesn't know it exists.
MIB: The artifact is on the cat's collar.
MIB2: The artifact is related to the human's charm bracelet.
MIB: The universe is recursive, ours is just a marble in another universe.
MIB2: The universe is recursive, ours is just a locker in another universe.
Those are the main plot points, but there's a lot of other stuff that seemed to just be re-doing the first movie. Jeebs has his head blown off, gets pissed. The little cockroach guys talk hip, and turn chicken in the end. K gets repeatedly annoyed at J's ineptitude.
Don't get me wrong, I liked the movie. There's some great moments. But don't go expecting something as new and different as the first was when it came out.
Saturday and sunday were spent in relaxing and recuperating from recent stresses. I played Neverwinter Nights, which turns out to be quite a remarkable game, Kes played Civ III. We watched movies. We slept. We ate yummy fast food (while carefully counting its calories :P). I skipped Midnight Oil on Saturday, deciding I didn't feel like braving the heat and crowds until 10pm, with most of my local friends who'd be interested in going with out of town.
Something good: Home-baked chocolate chip cookies.
Something bad: Kids who can't keep their fingers out of the cake.
Something disturbing: A firework in the shape of a rhinoceros. You set it on the ground, light the fuse, and a fountain of sparks erupt from its ass. Guess that'll teach it to avoid the chicken vindaloo :P