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Wednesday, September 06, 2006
ONCE AGAIN! I am unable to load ANY pictures. Sheesh. I'm seriously going to through something through a window...
Krista has made a number of resolutions at the start of the new school year (who says it has to be on New Year’s Eve???), one of them being to watch less television. As someone who watches WAY too much television, I found this a great resolution to make. I’m going to try to not automatically turn on the boob tube the minute I get home from work and leave it on until I go to bed. Carefully chosen programs only (including local news) and reduce the limit to 3 hours per night. We’ll see how long this lasts – with my willpower, probably as long as my numerous attempts to kick my coke habit**.

I came across this sight while checking out a few blogs the other day. Come on, y’all know you do it…just admit it. It’s one of the first things you do as soon as you drop your bags.

It seems that I lost complete control of myself last week and went insane in an email to my favourite aunt (mom’s sister). I went ahead and asked her if she’d like to take part in a half walking marathon. She said yes. Now, I am planning on doing one but now, eeek!, I’m committed. She’s coming out from Ontario for this next August (ING Edmonton ½) and her husband might also be doing it with us. Uh oh. Guess I’ll really have to start training… I’ll keep everyone updated and let you know when I’ve registered, dates, etc. I’ll be, once again, raising money for this race and my goal will certainly increase due to the size. Not exactly sure which charity I’ll be using although I have two in mind – the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Arthritis Society of Canada (I have arthritis in both my big toes). So, start saving those pennies people!!!

Speaking of fundraising, I’m still $90 short of my goal for the CIBC RUN FOR THE CURE. There are still plenty of squares left in my “Finish Time” pool. If you’d like the chance to win a fabulous prize donated by yours truly and help save some Canadian boobies (and of course boobies of other nationalities), donate a mere $5 to me HERE. Each five bucks you donate to this great cause gets you a square on the board.

Having taken most of yesterday off for a doctor’s appointment (I have plantar fasciitis) and lunch with a good friend, I decided to rent a movie. Haven’t done that in quite a while. I picked up two. Syriana and Exorcist: The Beginning. Started to watch Syriana but just wasn’t in the mood for something so heavy…I’ll watch it tonight. So, I popped in Exorcist. I love Stellan Skarsgard. I think he’s one of the few good actors out there. However, if I remember correctly, I think he did this movie as a favour to his friend, Renny Harlin. Perhaps he should have passed. Like all the Exorcist sequels it was not very good. I have to admit though that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting it to be. The first half of it was actually quite good. The last 20 minutes were filled with a copy of the exorcism scene from the original but taking place in an underground temple with a possessed woman, rather than in the bedroom of crucifix wielding crotch stabbing prepubescent teen. The special effects during this subterranean soul-battle were hilarious although they were meant to be scary. Oh well, considering all the problems*** with the making of this film, you can’t expect much. I thought Skarsgard portrayal of Father Merrin was great, I could totally see him as a younger, heavier Max Von Sydow (he’ll always be Ming the Merciless to me…). The rest of the cast was not bad although why they had James D’Arcy play an American priest instead of allowing him to be British is beyond me. His neutral American accent was passable but you could here his natural accent when he would get excited. (Mmmm, James D’arcy as an excited priest…yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus…). Overall, I’d give it a 6 out of 10. Give it a rental or watch it on cable if they ever show it, just be prepared for the cheese factor towards the end.

** Coca Cola, NOT cocaine.

***NOTE: Do not confuse this move with DOMINION: Prequel to the Exorcist. Basically the same story, both with Stellan Skarsgard. However, different producers, many of the rest of the cast is different and apparently the movie has a totally different feel to it. This is part of the problems mentioned above. According to IMDb.com: Paul Schrader was originally hired as director of Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), but the studio ultimately rejected his "psychological thriller" approach, saying it was "commercially unmarketable". The decision was made to extensively rewrite and re-shoot the script, with several roles performed by other actors and directed by Renny Harlin. Schrader's version was supposed to have a direct-to-video release as a feature on the DVD release of Harlin's version. However, in the wake of Beginning's box office failure, the studio abandoned this idea, allowing Schrader to present his version on several film festivals, as well as giving it a small scale theatrical release in several countries under the title Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist.

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