We made this weekend a movie weekend. We went to see Coraline and Push back to back. Coraline was playing earlier, so we chose it first. The movie had a very Nightmare Before Christmas feel to it. Solid story (as you might imagine) and beautiful visuals. The version we saw wasn’t 3D–thank goodness. Those tend to give me headaches. The story is about her girl whose parents are writers. *g* In fact the father reminded me a little of Neil Gaiman, if he had exaggerated features. Anyway, she moves to a spooky house that has been subdivided into multiple units, leaving her friends behind. Every neighbor she meets is ‘quirky’. Her parents are super busy with their upcoming gardening book, so they don’t have a lot of time to entertain Coraline. She’s lured into this alternate world where she has another set of parents. These parents have button eyes and dote upon her. At first it’s all sunshine and rainbows, then she gets a glimpse behind the curtain. From there the adventure/nightmare begins.
It’s a really good flick. Like I said, solid story telling and wonderful visuals. I imagine it might be a tad scary for some kids. I probably wouldn’t take little ones to see it because of the ‘dark fairy tale’ elements sprinkled throughout. Highly recommend seeing it.
We saw Push later in the afternoon. Dh was a little disappointed with the ending. I suppose it could’ve been stronger, but I thought it was a really fun film. The film is about two misfits who are out to change their intertwined destiny and save the people they care about. The twist (not a hidden one) is the future is always changing, so they have to try to stay a step ahead in order to survive. I love how they handled the supernatural aspects. (They were commonplace.) I also liked how our hero and heroine weren’t exactly at the top of their game. Both were a nice change. There are a plethora of background shots of Hong Kong, which made for an interesting setting. Tons of action. I would’ve liked the hero to have a bit more stake in things from the beginning, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. Dakota Fanning was terrific–as always. I’m really surprised it didn’t do better over the weekend. I will be buying it when it comes out on DVD. All in all, it was a two thumbs up for me. 😀
I’m still working on the vampire novella. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to write a straight story, but it is. I will get it done on time. Waiting to see what if anything is going to happen on the publishing front. I’m hoping to be able to attend the Romantic Times Convention, but I have to wait and see. I know a lot of people who are in a holding pattern with their jobs. Hopefully we’ll all know more within the next month.