The gals arrived a wee bit late on Thursday (maybe next time Wis will head my warnings about Michigan road construction ;p) so after a short time talking and a quick meal at Wendy’s we made our way to the Panic! At the Disco show. I still fail to understand Wis’s fixation with barely legal Brendon Urie nor did I become a fan of the band’s music, but they did put on an entertaining stage show and you got to give credit to a lead singer who will go out there and dance. The highlights for me were getting rock star parking (TM danceswithwords), finding no line in the lady’s room (when does that ever happen?!), and making twenty bucks. Wis and I had general admission to the floor whereas Angel, who purchased her ticket separately, had to sit in the bleachers, bowl, whatever you wish to call it. Wis and I opted to find seats with her since neither (but particularly me) had no desire in getting crushed to death by a stampeding heard of teenagers. One of said teens noticed the pink wristband I was wearing (to gain admittance to the floor), asked me if I intended to move down there at any point (hell no), and immediately offered me $20 for it. Who was I to say no?
Friday I took the girls to Saugatuck (try to get it right Wis :p), had great weather by their standards, and their enjoyment of that area far exceeded my expectations. We managed to control our shopping tendencies, each of us only succumbing to some fairly inexpensive jewelry.
Since we were filled up on food and heading home in 5 o’clock traffic we opted just to crash at my apartment. There was a discussion of films and celebrity boyfriends and I quickly discovered that Angel is a huge Ioan Gruffud fan which, with my love of Jamie, led to a discussion of Hornblower, The Slash, and me digging out The Duchess and the Devil to show Wis the scenes that launched a thousand fanfics. Following that, I discovered that neither had seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and quickly enlightened them both to its brilliance. Seriously, whoever reading this has not seen that film, do so ASAP. They’ll be a quiz later.
There was also Stargate viewing (a concession to me), marveling at Claudia, and mocking just about everything else. I plan to comment more, but I need to rewatch first.
After the gates, Wis asked Angel if she was up to some more sci-fi and maybe watching some BSG. Let me reiterate that it was not I who made that suggestion. After a short debate (and danceswithwords via IM shooting down my suggestion :p) we watched the first half of the mini. Angel claimed she enjoyed what she saw and proved it on Saturday when she brought up watching the rest as we returned from seeing Pirates of the Caribbean. Yes folks, we’ve hooked another one! No word on ship preferences yet. ;)
Saturday involved *a lot* of movie watching. We ventured out in the morning for breakfast and a tour of downtown and surrounding areas. I took them into one cool store where they sadly were unable to buy anything because they are being good and saving for their upcoming move. Then it was ‘Pirates’ (Which Wis had not seen yet. Yes, she’s the one who missed it last weekend), BSG, and some Ioan viewing. romanticalgirl had sent me some Ioan goodness (or badness depending how you look at it - she knows what I mean ;) which I had not yet had time to view and with a fellow fan available I thought now was the perfect time.
We started with Another Life because I was promised nudity and sex...um, in the movie. In that respect the film was good. As were the performances for the most part. But, beyond that, the movie confounds explanation. The plot (woman and her lover plot to kill asshole husband) was straightforward, but the presentation of this ‘true story’ was bizarre. It veered wildly from humor to seriousness. And then there were fantasy elements thrown in at random. I’m not sure if it was trying to emulate ‘Heavenly Creatures’ on some level or was just an utter mess in tone and execution.
After a dinner break and watching the last hour of the original ‘Pirates’ on USA, we gave Man and Boy a shot. Funny thing was Wis had come across the title while looking up the lead actress in ‘Another Life’ and made a comment about having read the book. I didn’t know it had been a book; she didn’t know I had the movie! While the movie had some flaws (sketchy reasoning as to the leads actions) and making me feel sympathy for the wife for about ten minutes before wishing she’d stay in Japan forever, I have to say it was vastly superior to ‘Another Life’. Outside of ‘Hornblower’ I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ioan so adorable and I loved his relationship with his son. The little boy rocked and he was so sweet he made Wis’s ovaries weep (that’s a direct quote :). Plus there were some terrific fashion choices for Ioan here unlike the ones he’s made on his own recently. I shared a recent photo of him from a fashion show in Milan which lead to Wis referring to him as a young Keith Richards all weekend and Angel about ready to throttle her.
So those were the highlights. Did I mention how much I miss them already? Hopefully we won’t go so long between visits in the future. And for those of you still reading this…you’re still reading this? Geesh. It was mostly for my benefit. ;p
To all the BSG folks who don’t already know or need a reminder, an extended preview (whatever that means) airs during the premiere of Eureka on Tuesday. Set those VCRs/DVRs!