Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hey. Well, I woke up this morning to non-stop, commercial-free coverage of The Flood of '07- Marble Falls, Burnet, and that whole area to the north and west of Austin was inundated with rain overnight and is now, apparently under water (the weather forecasters are really freaking out, creeks and rivers are jumping their banks, and I guess the lakes are going to be extremely high as all of the rain in from the hill country works its way into them). We really have gotten a pretty amazing amount of rain this year, and it seems to just keep on coming.
Last night I went with Jennifer and Team Bloom to see Hot Fuzz at The Alamo Drafthouse for Jennifer's birthday. It was a good movie. It kind of gave some perspective on the classic American cop drama as seen through British eyes. (It was also surprisingly violent, but the violence totally over-the-top and contributed to the comedy). Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg wrote the movie (and also wrote 2004's Shaun of the Dead), and they seem to have this weird knack for writing funny movies that pay homage to genre films without quite becoming true parodies of those films (the films are definitely meant to be funny, but they have just enough plot and character development, in and of themselves, to land within their designated genre rather than simply spoofing it). Anyhoo, I enjoyed the flick, the food, and the company. Hopefully Jennifer enjoyed it, too.
We also saw a trailer for the upcoming horror flick, 30 Days of Night, which is based upon the horror comic of the same name, written by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith. The comic version of 30 Days of Night was one of the more original and scary horror comics that I had read in a very long time, and the movie (at least insofar as I could tell from the trailer) looks to be a pretty faithful adaptation. The plot of the comic revolves around the town of Barrow, Alaska, which goes through a month long period of darkness every year during the winter. In the storyline of the comics, America (and the world at large) has a small vampire population which follows very strict rules about feeding on humans and killing people- rules which are designed to keep the very existence of the vampire species a secret, lest humanity awaken to the dangers posed by the vampire race and hunt them down to the point of extinction. A renegade group of vampires, however, grows tired of following these vampire rules of formality and civility, and they travel north to Barrow, where the town's annual 30 days of darkness and remote location will allow the vampires to isolate and massacre the town's population at their leisure.
It's an interesting idea, and the movie looks awfully scary.
Well, that's about it for now. Tony blair is resigning, and despite the fact that he supported Bush on this whole Iraq war, I'll be sorry to see him go. He seemed to be doing pretty well until he got tangled up with Bush, and although a lot of people criticize him harshly for allying himself with our current administration, let's not forget the incredibly difficult position that he was put in- it's asking an awful lot of the Prime Minister to demand that he thumb his nose at one of Britain's most powerful and longstanding allies. And after all, if the American people hadn't been foolish enough to vote Bush into office for a second term, then Blair wouldn't have been forced to deal with the man and his policies. Now granted, I don't follow British politics all that closely, but as a casual, outside observer, I think Blair was a pretty fair, reasonable, intelligent, and articulate leader, and I think Gordon Brown will be doing very well if he can do the job half as well.
Peace, out.

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