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Knocked Up

Well, I will be the first to admit that I never thought Knocked Up would be more than a fluffer of a flick. It looked horrible and sexist and a waste of cellulose.

I was happily surprised. Here are my reasons:

  1. After the earthquake, Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is looking through the books that Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) was supposed to have read. The two books that were legible were:

    Both books were my favorites that I read during the pregnancy. I can not recommend both books enough for soon-to-be-Fathers. They are informative and enjoyable yet lacking in the condescension most pregnancy books offer for the males involved in such matters.

  2. Actual on-screen CROWNING! Holy god. Finally. It sure was different seeing a completely shaven cha-cha. And it was nice she had the foresight the night before to get a nice wax. Even if it was fake, it was the one of the most realistic births I’ve even seen from Hollywood. Mainly due to the shots of the crowning. Something I’ve never seen on a screen before. Oh yeah, and for the record: The talk of “bloody show” or “cervical plug” – It’s not necessarily a designation that when it comes out that the baby is right around the corner. I think this is a misconception. e.g., Em’s plug came out on a Wednesday and gave birth the following Tuesday.
  3. Showing how doctors don’t always listen to their patients and how in the movie the Obstetrician’s job is to “get the baby out.” I know it’s hyperbole, but there is a sad bit of truth to it. More than most want to admit. Let’s not forget GBMC’s motto. (“When In Doubt, Cut It Out.”)
  4. They said “Birth Plan” in the movie. More people having babies should have these. We all should be well-informed consumers.
  5. Paul Rudd.

Al, I take back what I said. I am a big dork.

John Connor leads the Resistance to victory

Yesterday I watched Terminator 3 and Clear and Patriot Games. Both of which I had seen before, but did not realize it until ¾ of the way in. To both. I rule.

What was even better was that I picked up T3 at Blockbuster but when I got home, T2 was in the T3 box. I even went back to get T3. Luckiy our Blockbuster is just south of the Park. The guy at Blockbuster as he’s changing out the discs goes, “Do you still want this?” – I replied with confidence “Hells yeah.” Inside I think the employee was shaking his head.

Are my methods unsound?

It’s Monday. We had off today. We did housey stuff most of the day. And took a walk to the Co-Op with Frankie.

After Emily made salmon and salad for dinner we went upstairs to see what was on crappy-monday-night-television.

Nothing better than 2 Fast 2 Furious. Paul Walker is next to godly in his acting abilities. He’s mesmerizing. He reminded me of Marlon Brando playing Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.

But not more than 15 minutes in to the film came the best line. The best line of any movie. The best line of the century. And elsewhere.

Picture, if you will. A street race. Four cars, that really were rocket ships that didn’t leave the ground, jumping off a draw bridge. The ‘girl’ racer of the group while in mid-air screams, “Whoa, smack that ass!”

While it was a great line and encompassed pristine acting, I truly believe Devon Aoki really matured with her role in D.E.B.S. In my personal opinion.

However, one can not really write a script better than that. But I’d bet money Paul Verhoeven could.