Print Story It's not just the Irish who star in depressing urban poverty flicks
By georgeha (Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 06:20:11 AM EST) scots, nerds (all tags)
The Scots can too, for example, Ratcatcher.

Plus, it's like Porky's but with nerds aka Superbad, The Bridge at Remagen, days off and less.

Poll removed from Stimulus act.
Update [2009-2-13 16:18:39 by georgeha]: Cute kid note!

I have short timer's syndrome, since school is out [part of] next week, I'm taking off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It won't be super relaxing, I'll probably check work email a few time a day, I may call into some conference calls, who knows.

In addition to that, I'm planning on doing my taxes at my parents, and maybe picking up some brewing supplies. Getting old is funny, when I was younger and my parents were out of town, it was time for parties, now it's time for taxes.

In other brewing plans, I need to keg my Pilsner and start a batch of honey lager. I should be able to get one or two more lagers done before it gets too warm.

In media news, I have one book review, and two movie reviews.

I finished The Bridge at Remagen, a book I picked up at the Goodwill a few weeks ago. It takes place near the end of WWII, when the advancing US army found a railroad bridge across the Rhine that hadn't been blown up, and the pitiful remnants of the German Army couldn't do much about it except execute people after the fact. It's not that great, for completists only.

I finally caught up with Superbad Friday night, Mrs. Ha watched most of it, I hung on until the end. It was funny, but I'm thinking it's just this generation's Porky's. I'll take Porky's, unless I was something more sentimental in a teenage raunchy sex comedy, in which case I'll take American Pie.

Ratcatcher is a dour film set in Glasgow during the 1973 garbage strike, dealing with a poor, young boy growing up in crowded housing. It's a lot like those depressing Irish films we watch, but it's Scottish. It was good that it was subtitled, though I have issues with the translation, they didn't need to translate Aye to yes, and wee to little. Recommended if you like a Scottish twist on Angela's Ashes, or you like kids drowning in fetid canals, or delinquents molesting the feeble minded.

It's off to the dentists, maybe this time the crown will fit.
Update [2009-2-13 16:18:39 by georgeha]: Today twelve year old was going to watch seven year old for a few hours after school, for the first time. I called home to see how it was going, she told me she's now known as "the little girl who wears the cute socks" on the high school/junior high bus. She's not amused.

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That book makes me think of... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 07:12:42 AM EST

I wonder why? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 09:36:42 AM EST
I think I'd rather watch Patton, or The Longest Day, or a Bridge Too Far though.

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Superbad is weird. by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 07:27:16 AM EST
There were parts of it I couldn't stand sitting through, and parts of it that were actually kinda funny. But then months later I still find myself giggling anytime someone says "McLuvin." So, I don't know. I guess some of it stuck with me.

McLovin is always funny by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 08:56:36 AM EST

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