Saturday, January 23, 2010

Movies, iPod & Mariah Carey

We finally got around to watching Angels & Demons last night.  I downloaded it from DirecTV OnDemand last weekend, but it was taking way too long to download, so we ended up going to bed and not watching it.  My major complaint about DirecTV (well, one of my complaints) is that you don't have instant gratification when you want to watch an OnDemand.  You have to have the box hooked to the Internet and actually download the movie/show/whatever to your DVR before you can watch it.  With cable, you just go to the OnDemand screen, choose what you want to watch, hit play, and BOOM you're off and running.  Not with DirecTV... so annoying.  Back to Angels & Demons, it has been a few years since I read the book so I didn't really remember what happened.  It was pretty good, but not like The Da Vinci Code and probably not as good as The Lost Symbol will be.  I feel like they left out a lot of the story behind the "antimatter."  I know they can't include everything in the movie that was in the book, but that always disappoints me.  That's why everyone should read the book that a movie is based on before seeing the movie!  It makes such a difference in the movie-going experience.  But I guess if you don't know what you're missing, then you don't know the difference.  Anywho, I love Ewan McGregor.  Ever since Moulin Rouge, he's been one of my favorite actors.  I hate when my favorite people have to play bad guys... it just goes against nature.  (If you don't know, Moulin Rouge is my most favorite movie of all time!  If you haven't seen it, then you're missing out big time and you should go rent it immediately!)  I really enjoyed A&D though so watch it if you get a chance.

Steven and I went to see Up in the Air today because I was intrigued that a movie like that was nominated for a few Golden Globes (it won Best Screenplay, btw).  It was definitely worth seeing, but I don't really understand what all the hype was about.  The ending was crappy and kinda left you feeling like nothing was really resolved.  I don't like those kind of endings.  You go to the movies to escape real life, so I don't like seeing a "real life" (i.e. crappy) ending.  I've never seen a George Clooney movie I didn't like though.

After the movie, we went to the Apple Store to see if they could figure out why Steven's iPod won't keep a charge.  We went up to the desk and told the dude what was going on, and apparently you can't just replace the battery in an iPod, so he told us that we could trade it in for a "new" iPod (exactly the same generation as Steven's, i.e. the 2005 model), for $65, or we could buy a NEW iPod and exchange the old one for a 10% discount.  Well, 10% off of $300 is only $30.  Why can't they give us a $65 credit toward a NEW iPod?  That would be the thing to do.  Who wants an old generation iPod?  I guess we'll figure something out...

On another note, I just want to express my annoyance with Mariah Carey.  She is such a DIVA and I just can't stand her.  Okay, maybe she has an awesome singing voice and can hit all of these notes that no one else can, but seriously, someone needs to knock some sense into her.  She's so full of herself.  Just her album titles get on my nerves, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel being the most recent.  She's calling herself an angel?  Even though she's admitting she's imperfect, it's still extremely egotistical.  The rest of her albums have names like Charmbracelet, Glitter, Rainbow, Butterfly, and Daydream.  Really?  The world is not all sunshine and roses and these one-name frivolous album titles do not make me want to listen to the songs they contain.  I admit, at one time, One Sweet Day was my favorite song, but I think I was in 5th grade, when I thought the world was all sunshine and roses.  Seriously, people, I turn the channel if I see her on TV, whether it's an awards show, a talk show, or one of those paparazzi shows.  She just rubs me the wrong way.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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