Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

My puppy thinks she’s a camel.  She drinks as much water as she can in hopes she can store it but five minutes later we all learn that she CAN’T.  It’s getting old.  And for as many times as I yell, “No bite!” in a day you’d think SOMEONE would get it.  But no.  Moxie bites everybody and Ziva bites Moxie.  Seriously.

I thought I’d talk about some movies I’ve seen lately.  I’m still eager to see most of the Oscar nominees but for now it’s limited to Netflix and Redbox.

Waiting for Superman Well.  It was interesting for sure but simplistic in its views.  “Here’s the problem, this fix worked here so we should just apply it everywhere and that will solve everything, right?!”  Oh, and teachers suck for the most part.  It was sad to see the kids trying to get into better schools, I actually cried, but I thought the movie was off-base in its blame and its idea of what reform should look like.  It’s probably great fodder for the likes of Governor Walker.

The Social Network Great movie, very entertaining.  It doesn’t make me feel any different about Facebook, though I do feel bad for all the people out there who had the idea first. I heard two guys interviewed on NPR who had created a similar program at Stanford.  They aren’t upset, just proud to know they had the idea first.  Anyway, actually a good film and Justin Timberlake so…

Brothers This is the one with Tobey Maguire as the Marine brother, Natalie Portman as his wife and Jake Gyllenhall as the loser brother who turns good.  Surprisingly good movie.  Very compelling and dramatic.  Bailee Madison plays their older daughter and she is quite the little actress, Jt and I were both very impressed.  I’m biased because 1. Natalie Portman *swoon* and 2. Jake Gyllenhaal *drool* but Jt liked it as well so you don’t have to take my word for it.

This Film is Not Yet Rated Excellent expose of the MPAA ratings board.  It’s similar to a Michael Moore film in that just when you think you get what he’s trying to say you’re hit with another huge “OMG, DO THEY REALLY DO THAT?” moment.  Excellent movie, rather graphic so, you know, don’t watch it with your kids…or your parents.

My Flesh and Blood I thought this documentary about a woman who adopted 11 special needs kids would be sad but also uplifting and motivating.  Turns out it mostly just sad.  If you are interested in this kind of thing I’d say watch it but it doesn’t paint a rosy picture of this particular family.

The Parking Lot Movie Loved this.  It’s a documentary chronicling the lives of the parking lot attendants at one lot over the course of three years.  I don’t think you have to have worked in parking to enjoy this but if you did it’s a must-see.

For Colored Girls Good.  Overdone (hello, it’s Tyler Perry) but still a good story and great acting.  Recommended as long as you can handle bad things happening to kids in movies.  It kind of tangles all of the awfulness of being black and/or poor in America into one giant ball.

That’s all I’ve got for now, I’m obviously not good at writing reviews but I do love discussing movies.  Have you seen these?  What movies, new or old, would you recommend?


About Just Vegas

I'm a 30-something married SAHM which means the nightmare scenario that plagued my early 20's has become reality. Funny thing is, I kinda like it. I have 3 lovely daughters who are educated at home and at a part-time alternative school. I love animals and I love people (in the general sense, not everybody all the time). I have no income to speak of, I'm not crafty and I hate cooking. My skills include reading the internet, watching tv on the internet and conversing with people on the internet. I'm an armchair philosopher, spiritualist, agnostic, feminist, liberal, activist, political pundit and tv critic.
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9 Responses to Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

  1. GiGi says:

    Two biters in the house now? Oy.

    I don’t see movies so nothing to discuss. Sorry! Sam watched Toy Story 3 today and I caught parts of it. The scene in the dump when they all hold hands and accept/face their mortality is pretty heavy. Wow.

  2. Christie says:

    i loved Inception (apparently a lot of people did) – but I did and still do. and I really like the chick who played his wife (what’s her name? googling…and we have…Marion Cotillard – I really like her – I think it’s the French accent).

    Hated the Tourist. Sad since I’ve long been a Johnny Depp fan. Too bad, it just sucked. I thought was just kind of painful. It seemed like he didn’t even read the script – perhaps just heard the words “Angelina Jolie” and “Venice!” Maybe I missed something?

    Naughty indulgence – No Strings Attached – and we liked it. It wasn’t as raunchy as I even thought it would be.

    Still have yet to see the Black Swan, really really want to see Gnomeo and Juliet, and Margaret…

    • vegas710 says:

      Inception was really really good. I’ve seen it twice but I don’t think I’d want to watch it again. Wow, No Strings Attached looks crappy but I’ll see anything with Natalie Portman in it! Her and Christina Ricci, which explains why I’m in the middle of an AWFUL movie called After.Life, it’s bad but I’m sticking it out for her.
      I want to see Black Swan, I really want to see The Fighter and The King’s Speech. I totally forgot to review Winter’s Bone (excellent) and The Kids are All Right (meh, not terrible).

  3. GreenInOC says:

    OMG – I thought I might have been the only person to see “The Parking Lot Movie”! Also loved (and was appalled by) “This Film Not Yet Rated”.

    “Brothers” was intense. I was saddened by “The Social Network” – it made me cry.

    Added “Flesh & Blood” to my queue based on the fact that we seem to have the same taste in films!

    Have you seen “Shameless” and/or “Episodes”? Both are new series on Showtime and I am addicted. Watch at least 3 episodes of “Shameless” to really get the groove of the show.

    You might do some research into rawfeeding for your new pup – it works wonders on the nipping, chewing and drinking water non-stop! Let me know if you want some links or more info.

    • vegas710 says:

      I’ll definitely have to google rawfeeding, the puppy is eating and drinking like crazy. I thought it was the parasite she had but that’s gone now.
      No cable but I’ll definitely check those shows out when they get to DVD. I also forgot to review Temple Grandin (fantastic!).
      My favorite show as of recent was Saving Grace on TNT. Excellent show, sorry it had to end. We are watching Damages on Netflix right now…loved the first season but the 2nd isn’t holding my attention as well.
      For documentaries I would also recommend Exit Through the Giftshop and American Teen.

      • GreenInOC says:

        Only basic (2-13) cable here – I use the internet to watch most shows! has the 1st episode of “Shameless” and the first three of “Episodes” on there to get you started.

        I’ll add your recommendations to my list – thanks.

        When you do your research, search for “prey model”. Here’s a great Yahoo! group you can join,

        They can kind of be snarky – the old timers answer the same questions at least on a daily basis so I think that accounts for it but the information is invaluable.

        Here’s some info:

        They get their jaw workout with their meals so there is almost no nipping and/or chewing on inappropriate items (including humans!), they drink waaaaay less since meat is mostly water, and they aren’t hopped up on inappropriate foods which can make them misbehave (think of kids eating whole fresh foods versus kids eating processed food, sugar, food coloring, etc…) and as a result they can be much easier to train since they can pay attention more effectively.

  4. LRA says:

    Hey, girlfriend! Just subscribed to your bloggie blog!



  5. Only slightly on-topic… I have a cat who, when we had to move from California to Virginia had to go through the whole physical thing to fly.

    Exam came back…abnormal. They couldn’t find his second kidney.

    Ultrasound ($500 later) shows that he does in fact have two kidneys, but one is tiny, and the other one is taking up the slack.

    That cat drinks (and pees) more than any six cats I’ve owned.

    That is all.

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