On Saturday we went to Red Bud to take Cassidy for a hop. It was a really nice morning. Cassidy got some exercise, and we chatted with some friendly dog owners while watching the parade of canine happiness. On Saturday we also went to the mall for a while and went out to dinner. We tried to go to Mandola's, but the line was almost out the door, so we went to Brick Oven. I'm here to say that Brick Oven was a really nice alternative. We had a nice dinner.
Afterward we went home and watched Hanna, a movie that came out last year about a teenage girl who's a trained assassin/ninjakiller. I'd heard a lot of buzz about this movie even before it was released, and I was excited to see it, but after watching it I thought that it was, at best, just maybe a solid medium. Sort of a shame because it had some elements that seemed promising. Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett are in it, it had a few interesting plot elements, and it contained some interesting cinematography and direction. In the end, though, it felt like that the movie thought itself a lot more hip, cool, and original than it actually was. The soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers often seemed jarring and out of place, the director seemed to try a little too hard to make the locations exotic and strange (the dilapidated amusement park being a prime example), and the plot seemed riddled with internal inconsistencies and stereotypes (our protagonist, trained and raised in remote wilderness, is confounded by the sight of a floursecent lightbulb, yet she manages to travel, undetected, from Morocco to Berlin). On top of all that, Hanna, herself, just wasn't a very interesting character. There are some supporting characters in the movie who seem worth getting to know, but Hanna wasn't all that compelling a character when it came down to personality.
Annnyway, that was Hanna. The movie wasn't terrible, but I had high hopes/expectations, and they weren't quite met.
|typical Austin street party|
|Dad watches with interest as a small |
child is devoured by a dragon
|the dragons try to get near Amy for good luck|
After the New Year's celebration we went to the store. After that I had Mono Ensemble practice, and after that Amy and I ate frozen yogurt (even though it was cold out).
It was a really nice weekend!!