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rss, films, coffee

I feel like I'm constantly fighting the RSS feeds to keep them valid. Any weird quirk renders the whole xml file useless, and the livejournal validator is even picker than some online validators I check stuff with. Ugh.

I rented "singin' in the rain" from netflix. I love it. I've watched it twice already. I love the colors and the happy perky people, I love the completely random song and dance numbers that people just break into. I love that the smart girl wins in the end. There aren't enough movies these days where the smart girl wins in the end and stays cool throughout, so when I do see one I really appreciate it. Give her love, give her happiness, but for heaven's sake don't take anything away from her that we loved in the beginning. I'm so sick of lifetime movies and crap featuring more miserable women. I mean, who wants to watch that? I'd rather watch more cool girls like me, who have an interesting career and ambition and sense in addition to hot male stage performers worshipping them all day.

(Keep in mind during all these entries that I've been reading Backlash and it's really effecting me)

In other news we made carmel truffle coffee at work today just for fun. It's quite the afternoon pasttime... breaking out the secret stash of good coffee and making a pot of it instead of the office Folger's. You can smell it when you walk by the breakroom. I didn't used to drink coffee in the afternoon, but I've had to lately because, well, it's just so darn good. Last week once somebody had rasberry chocolate or something. It was yummy too. Coffee is the best stuff ever.


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Jan. 12th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, good coffee is a reason to keep breathing some days!

Is netflix the one where it works basically like a library, with a maximum number of movies out and a stack of to-views orchestrated through the mail? Is it worth it? It sounds good.

Someone was mourning the passing of true movie musicals on the radio the other day, bemoaning the fact that song-and-dance numbers now have to be in dream sequences (Chicago) ... Moulin Rouge was fun though, and the random song-and-dance was there (although sometimes it made too much sense plot-wise to truly be Singing in the Rain class...)
Jan. 12th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
it's funny you should ask... I actually wrote a whole netflix review a long time ago that you might find interesting if you're thinking about it.

Moulin Rouge would have been SO much cooler if the songs were all original. It was a neat film but the pop songs made it seem trite and silly.

The theatrical trailer for Singin' in the Rain is what's making me want to buy the DVD... it's hysterical what people wanted to advertise back then. "We're gonna have all these songs and there's dancing and it's in TECHNICOLOR!" classic.
Jan. 13th, 2004 12:04 am (UTC)
Moses supposes his toses are roses...
...but Moses supposes erroneously!

For some reason I first read that as "sign-in in the rain". Perhaps a leaky roof in reception, or something!?

And yes, I totally agree with you that films nowadays spend way too much time turning ace kickass heroines into dumb two-dimensional weepy flakes. Two that spring immediately to mind are Trinity and Arwen but there have been many many more.

Jan. 13th, 2004 03:33 am (UTC)
coffee is the blood of the devil.
Jan. 13th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC)
I've read Backlash! Mom checked the book out from the library for my ERA project, and I've had it for, oh... 3 months? (My mom's a librarian, I don't have to worry about late fees!) I finally had to give it back, but not before I'd read it at least twice, brought it to school, gotten it kidnapped by a friend who then read it, and then gotten it kidnapped by said friend's mom who then read it, and then finally got it back to me.

But anyway, Backlash by Susan Faludi (in a word) R0X0RS. Everyone should read it.
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
Should I read it given my prejudices?
Jan. 13th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
zorp I'm always thinking you can't get any cooler and then you do! I'd read parts of it before but now I'm sitting down and actually reading it beginning to end and it's so incredible. so many of these media-propogated myths she talks about are so rediculous, yet I honestly believed them despite my feminist self until I read this book. it rules. worth the late fees even if you weren't paying them!
Jan. 13th, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
:D I know! My mom wants to buy a copy for us... I haven't *officially* read it cover-to-cover but I don't think I've missed anything, as I've hopped around pretty thoroughly.
Jan. 19th, 2004 01:52 am (UTC)
cool film: LiT
If you haven't, see Lost in Translation. A plain tale, simply told, with humour and strong female character (whose strength isn't obvious, at all, immediately).

Mar. 9th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
I read this.
I have found this post very interesting.
Stories on http://stories.dmozx.org
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