Sunday, January 18, 2009

Neverending winter

We have an elephant in our backyard.

Ok, it's not a real elephant. After all, it's too cold here right now and our backyard is too small to support a real elephant. This makes us sad because we both like elephants - if they came in house hippo size, we'd so get one. For now, we'll have to content ourselves with the pile of snow on the cedar bush that looks just like a baby elephant.

We've had a lot of snow this winter and it's been so cold for so long that we're tired of brushing off (or scraping) the car, trying to walk in the snow, bundling up just to walk five minutes to the store, and all of the other extra things we have to do for winter. It's been so cold that I'm glad that we have a newer car that starts in the morning. We don't have engine block heaters here in Southern Ontario and if our car was older I'd worry about it starting every day.

Sigh. Can we just have spring now, please? Please?

We've hibernated this weekend and watched some movies. I gave Ian the Ghost House Underground collection for Christmas and we watched two of the movies from that.

The first was Room 205, a Danish movie about a woman who comes out of a mirror and starts killing people. The movie is a bit slow but visually it's quite interesting and beautiful. We started watching the dubbed version and switched to the subbed (subtitled) version about half-way through. If you're going to watch this, watch the subbed version. The dubbed voices are flat and lack the right emotions which takes a LOT away from the movie. At least with the subbed version you hear the actor's emotions, which gives the movie so much more depth.

The second was Dance of the Dead, which is kind of a teenage comedy-horror with zombies that take over the town on prom night. This movie is all about teenagers - focusing on the scifi club ones - and we found it quite funny. The zombies are pretty good, although different from some other zombies, and there isn't that much gore. The only thing we didn't like was that the scifi club members didn't make lots of scifi-type comments when things happen. We have lots of friends who are geeky in that way and they all make comments from their favourite movies/books/graphic novels/games when anything happens. That criticism aside, we both enjoyed this movie very much. If you like teenage movies and/or zombie movies (or like one and don't mind the other), then you'll like this movie. I suspect  my nephews would like this one, too :)

1 comment:

The Hyperlexian Aspie said...

screeeeeeeee!!!!! house hippos! oh, how i used to wish they were real!
love,
vicki

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