“First it’s the spelling, then it’s the grammar.”
-Aro in Breaking Dawn, Part 1
As part of my continuing quest to organize and get rid of things to get ready to move, I’ve been coming across notebooks and post-its upon which I’ve written things I clearly meant to tell you about at some point but never did. I thought I’d share some.
Breaking Dawn, Part 1
I took extensive notes on this movie when I watched it months ago, but for some reason never wrote about it. As ever, Michael Sheen as Aro was the best thing about the movie, and he had maybe three lines, and if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t watch the credits (none of YOU, of course), you would have missed him altogether. As for the rest of the film, it opens with a montage of people getting invitations to Bella and Edward’s wedding, apparently the day before it’s going to happen. Bella even sends an invitation to her father, who she lives with. This is immediately followed by a scene in which Bella puts on a pair of Converse high tops with no socks. I was so preoccupied with how uncomfortable that would be that all I can think is that the point of the scene was to show the audience how out of her mind Bella is, wearing high tops without socks like that.
The movie continues on in this fashion for a good couple hours. I hated Bella’s wedding gown (the real one, as opposed to the dream one–the dream one was pretty).
I also took extensive notes on the first half of season 2 of this show (I have yet to watch the second half of the season, but soon, my pretties, soon I will), the most interesting of which was my notation that I wanted a “How about a nice cup of shut the hell up?” sign like Dale has in his RV. Also, Dale is totally that show’s go-to for exposition and pushing the plot around. He’s one of my favorite characters in the graphic novels, but in the television show, every time he opens his mouth, I prepare for a lecture I really don’t want. No wonder TV Andrea can’t stand him.
If you aren’t familiar with this show or the graphic novels, none of that made any kind of sense at all.
Party Down, Season 1
I took a lot of notes about this, too, the most amusing of which was how excited I was that they shot an episode (“Taylor Stiltskin Sweet Sixteen”) on the Queen Mary and that I knew they’d really shot it on the Queen Mary because there were those awesome fans that I totally should have stolen when I visited there last summer. I’d never even heard of the Queen Mary before I stayed there, but now that I know it exists, I notice that every single show that takes place in LA shoots an episode there.
Incidentally, I want to watch season 2 of Party Down, but it’s not on the Netflix instant anymore, and they don’t even have the DVDs. I could watch it on Amazon instant for $13.99, which seems steep, especially when they’re selling the DVDs for $6.55. But I don’t want to own the DVDs; I just want to watch the show.
The Detailed Record Jason Made of a Meal He and I Ate in Minneapolis Four Years Ago
This is the notebook I took on an epic over-two-weeks-long road trip Jason and I took through the Midwest, and reading through it after not seeing it for a number of years made me laugh and laugh. The meal Jason records here was extraordinary, but I’d forgotten how he’d insisted on writing down every detail of it (it irritated me greatly when it was happening, as I recall, although my Vote for Pedros made me feel better about it). When Jason talks about traveling with me, he usually comes around to talking about the mortal peril of not getting coffee into my system in the morning and also complaining about how frequently I eat. In the notebook, there is a written conversation we were clearly having during a workshop or something in which we were bickering about where and when we were going to eat next–I was in favor of somewhere good and soon, and he was in favor of something fast and later.
Jason still lives, so you know who won that discussion.