A Snownami Weekend Roundup

Our local paper calls it Snowmaggedon or Snowmygawd… and some tweets call it a Snownami. Anyway you call it, the blizzard condition practically crippled much of the state, forcing many TwinCitians to hibernate all day Saturday. A couple of my neighbors’ got their cars stuck just yards away from their house. What were they thinking trying to drive with over a foot of snow on the road?! Even the plow trucks were ordered off the highways due to visibility. According to StarTribune, about two feet of snow had fallen by Sunday morning around the metro area.

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The weather also gives sports fans a heck of a lot of stuff to chatter about. As it’s made national news yesterday, you probably have heard of the roof collapse of our football stadium. It apparently fell overnight, but luckily there are no reports of injuries. Man, I’ve never seen anything like it… snow was all over the dome floor and seats. So the game that’s scheduled to play there tonight has been moved to Detroit instead, though early reports says the snow’s likely going to follow them, ahah! Sooo much drama for the Vikes this season… it’s certainly one for the history books (though not exactly for their stellar performance :().

Now back to movie chatter, I mean, isn’t that why you’re here 😉 It was a relatively balmy, 25-degree evening when I went to see The Tourist Friday. Despite the dismal reviews, my girlfriends and I still went for it as we’ve been anticipating it for months. I probably enjoy it better as I had a fun time hanging out with my girlfriends, but as I said in my full review, it’s way more style than substance and it’s anything but a gripping thriller I was hoping for. But no, it’s not as terrible as the critics make it out to be. I mean, it certainly was more enjoyable than The Expendables, which garnered a much better rating on Rotten Tomatoes (41% compared to 2o% for The Tourist, seriously?!). In any case, suffice to say I won’t be seeing an Angelina Jolie flick for a while, I think I’ve had my share of staring into that chiseled-cheek-boned face to last me at least half a decade! Johnny Depp however, is still as likable as ever… I bet he won’t ever co-star with her again after this!

I got to see a couple of movies on hibernating-Saturday, and coincidentally, both have Nathan Fillion in it. Apparently I had put Waitress on my Netflix queue and our Firefly complete-series Blu-ray discs just arrived from Amazon, yay! Waitress is an interesting indie flick starring Kerri Russell as an unhappily-married pie-shop waitress in the South, whose unwanted pregnancy tampers with her plans of leaving her controlling husband. She ends up falling for her handsome doctor (Fillion, natch) and initially thinks it’s her last chance at happiness. If you like pies, it’s guaranteed to make you drool over the sumptuous shots of Russell making every kind of pie imaginable. It’s a poignant and personal film from actor/director Adrienne Shelley, who was murdered shortly before the film’s selection for Sundance (per Netflix dvd info). I found out later on IMDb that an illegal immigrant construction worker killed her when she saw him robbing her and staged her death as a suicide. Oh boy, how tragic!

We’ve managed to see only the pilot of the Firefly, but I’m definitely intrigued. I quite like Serenity, but we’re kinda a late comer when it comes to TV series. We just watched the entire Battlestar Galactica last year and really enjoyed it. This Josh Whedon sci-fi series has a similar vibe but is much more lighthearted.

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Well, how was your weekend? Seen any good movies?