Recap: 19 July 2009

Ahem.

*points to the progress bar at the right*

First draft of ‘TIL DEATH PARTS US is officially complete.  And it feels pretty good.  This sort of thing usually does, unless I hate what I’ve written, which isn’t the case with this one.  So that’s a plus.  I don’t think I’m going to let this one sit as long as I usually do.  I’ll probably leave it a week and then try to get back into it.

This will also give me time to do research for my next project, affectionately working-titled LAID.  Yup, sweet, innocent Ditty is going to write something called LAID.  (And yes, I know I’m not all that sweet and innocent, but I like to pretend I am sometimes.)  Research will entail watching lots of romantic comedies.  Rough life I lead, eh?

Speaking of, let’s tackle my short list of…

What I Watched

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (4 stars): I saw the midnight showing, as is tradition, and I’m happy to report my ensuing 4 a.m. bedtime was well worth it.  The sixth installment of the Harry Potter is a very complex and inconsistently cinematic book, and I thought screenwriter Steve Kloves and director David Yates did a very solid job adapting it.  Did I have quibbles?  Of course.  But that’s to be expected.  It’s a visually stunning film, per usual, and the actors gave their best performances yet.  It was especially nice to see both Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint showcase some comedic talent.  And seriously, how gorgeous is Emma Watson these days?
  • The Ugly Truth (3 stars): I went in really expecting (and, admittedly, wanting) to hate this movie, but it just wouldn’t let me.  I didn’t love it, but I laughed a lot and wasn’t completely covered in cheese.  It’s not going to go down as a classic romantic comedy, but I think it’ll do pretty good business when it opens next week.
  • Bringing Up Baby (3½ stars): Now, here we have an actual classic romantic comedy.  The plot was a little scatterbrained; I wasn’t exactly sure what motivation was driving the characters’ actions most of the time.  That being said, the characters, thanks to the actors playing them, were a joy to watch.  Also, I kind of want a leopard now.

It’s also worth noting that my Existential Crisis lasted about as long as I expected it would.  I consoled myself with carrot cake and red wine, and per Joselyn‘s recommendation, I also bought some red lipstick.  Pretty amazing what a little red lipstick can do for a girl’s confidence.  Joselyn and I were both rocking it at our Saturday write-in.  Brittany was not rocking the red lipstick, but she was rocking the super-cute, all-natural, ponytail & headband look, and that works, too.  Bet you all are sorry you missed the write-in now, huh?  😉

All right, that’s it.  As always, have a lovely week, everyone!

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