caz963: (Piggy)
Cazlet #1's school finished for the summer holidays yesterday so we had a day out. We did shopping, lunch and went to see Deathly Hallows Pt 2, which I thought was really good.

No real spoilers about HP, and some stuff that's coming soon... )
caz963: (Baby!Dave)
The battle of teh hawt is still raging among the DFGs, and after my post yesterday, I got to thinking about some of the other hot men I enjoy looking at, but who wouldn't have been termed "hot". Rather, they'd have been called "handsome" or described as "matinee-idols" and the like - because they're "old time" film stars. Old films are another thing I geek out over, in case you hadn't noticed!

clicky for more pretty )
caz963: (Stark in shades)
We dumped the kids round Nanny's earlier on and headed off to see Iron Man 2 at the local flea pit. It was pretty good - not as good as the first one, but then few sequels are.

Sunday afternoon at the pics )
caz963: (wall-e)
I am already being pestered about going to see this.

I'm sure it's Auntie [ profile] hooloovoo_42's turn though...
caz963: (hgf)
Well, I'm feeling marginally more human today. My sleep patterns are completely skewed so I'm going to have to try to get them back on track or I'm going to be screwed when I go back to work next week, but at least I'm not feeling so wrung out as I was.

Abigail's room is decorated, the new bed and wardrobe arrived today and Mr Caz is currently having fun (not) putting them together.

we watched movies )
I hope I'll feel up to going out tomorrow because I need to get a few things for Abigail's room. Luckily, I'd gotten most of my lessons planned for next week in advance, so there's not much in the way of actual work to do - although I do now have to write an application for my job! I hope I'm not going to have to do anything too elaborate though - I feel pretty damn stupid as it is, writing an application for the job I'm already doing, but I'll feel even moreso if I have to jump through all the usual hoops and include the personal statement of trumpet blowing etc.

I guess I'd better update my CV first. I'll do that, and then procrastinate some more.

*goes off to find latest episode of Leverage*
caz963: (good grief)
Gah - manic day. My HoD in MFL called me yesterday evening to say that she wouldn't be in today because she wasn't well - and I have to say, she sounded like crap, so I don't blame her. But that means that the entire MFL department for the day was - moi. Luckily, she'd jotted down some ideas for her lessons today, so I just had to write up the cover sheets and get a few things together, but it still takes time. And now that school starts that much earlier in the morning - first lesson used to be at 9.15 but now it's 8.45 - that leaves a lot less time to get ready. I had to get my own lessons ready as well, which was when I discovered that the material I was supposed to have been left for PSHE - hadn't been left for me. Great. And I didn't have time to chase anyone up about it. So I had to improvise a lesson about "Fair Trade."

Just before break the fire alarm went off. My coat was in the office, so I ended up standing out in the freezing cold in a muddy field with no coat for best part of twenty minutes. Apparently, it wasn't a drill, there had been something burning somewhere, but it wasn't serious. I'm sure the kids were delighted.

The good thing was that my PSHE lesson was truncated (thank God) but things like that seem to have a knock-on effect and the rest of the day seemed very disjointed.

But, I'm planning to have a night off tonight. Mr Caz and I have asked the Cazes senior to come and babysit so we can go to the pictures. This is assuming I can stay awake that long. We're going to see Valkyrie. I figure that the presence of Messers Branagh, Nighy and Wilkinson will be enough to distract me from Tom Cruise's eyepatch and poofy hair!
caz963: (crackpot day)
The farmhouse that Paul McGann and Richard E Grant ended up staying in in Withnail & I
is up for sale. A snip at a mere £145,000.

Just typing that is making me feel unusual :) I haven't seen the movie in ages, and I think I need a fix. I'll never forget the first time I saw Richard E Grant trying to shoot trout out of the river...
caz963: (winterscene)
Took the kids to the cinema this afternoon to see Inkheart. Actually, it was just as much for me and Mr Caz, because we wanted to get out of the house!

The cinema was almost empty as were the streets, by the look of it.

Read more... )

There were trailers for Ice Age 3, Bolt, Benjamin Button and there was a teaser for the new Star Trek movie (not a full trailer though). I'd like to see all of those when they come out - of course the kids are definitely up for the first two :)

It's time to start getting back to 'normal' now, I suppose. I've had a bit of a tidy u- today, and have just about finished up all the leftovers. We had Turkey and Leek Flan with Cheese for tea, and I've made and frozen several portions of filling for Creamed Turkey en Croute, both of which have been firm favourites for years.

I plan to set aside a few hours for work tomorrow - I've got more marking to do and some lessons to write. We're spending New Year's Eve at my parents; the kids are sleeping over and we're all going to a Panto on New Year's Day. I confess I'm not a big fan of New Year's - I don't think I ever have been, really. I don't make resolutions - if I want to do something I'll do it, and no amount of "resolving" will make me more - or less - inclined towards it. New Year's Eve always feels horribly anti-climactic to me, and New Year's day always marks the beginning-of-the-end of the holiday :-(


Oct. 23rd, 2008 11:27 pm
caz963: (manahmanah)
We both ended up taking the kids to High School Musical 3 tonight. I decided to go because I haven't seen them for a couple of days - I leave for work before they get up and I was out at a school open evening last night and didn't get home until after ten, so I haven't seen them since Tuesday night.

The film was - well, what you'd expect and actually, the audience reaction was more entertaining at times. For example, the movie opens with a huge close-up of Zac Efron, all tousled and sweaty in the middle of a basketball game... needless to say, the large contingent of teenage girls in the audience all shrieked with delight! There was much sniggering at the snogging and cries of "Oi - that's my boyfriend!". Heh.

But the kids loved it; yes, the plot is non-existent, the dialogue is crap and the singing is very "samey" - but the songs themselves are (irritatingly!) catchy, the dancing is fabulous and the the energy-level is off the charts.

Not my kind of movie of course, but I can see why they've been so popular.

On the other hand, we took them to see City of Ember last week, which I thoroughly enjoyed - the story hooked me from the start, and the sets and design were fabulous. Definitely worth a look if you're at a loose end.
caz963: (indy raiders)
I'm in some sort of fangirl heaven right now - David Tennant last night, and now I'm watching Presumed Innocent (which I haven't seen since it first came out) and I can stare at Harrison Ford and Bradley Whitford at the same time!

And for once, the bad haircut isn't Brad's!! *snerk*
caz963: (Po)
Took the kids to see Kung Fu Panda yesterday, which was a lot of fun. Interesting to see the Beeb advertising in cinemas - this time it was the Cbeebies channel for under sevens. Must be costing them a fair bit.

And then the trailers - Wall-E of course, which I'm looking forward to; I didn't realise there was yet another Mummy movie on the way, but Elinor wants to see it... maybe I'll send her with Grandad for a change!

We had a good day - except for one thing about which I'm going to rant now.

ranting within )
caz963: (leia grounded)
I can't believe I'm linking to something which appeared in The Sun, but... it's a mark of how big a Star Wars fangirl I am.

Carrie Fisher talks about Harrison Ford wearing "not a lot of clothes".

Thought that'd get your attention! :-)
caz963: (JD walk & talk by call_me_daisy)
There are still no less than four movies from my meme yesterday that remain unguessed.

I can't believe nobody has got #12. - done!

And the other three (3, 5, and 11) are from British movies, so come on you Brits!

ETA - All done!
caz963: (cary & kate)
Um, yeah. I'm supposed to be working but instead, I'm into a serious procrastination phase.

So instead - stolen from just about everyone - the movie meme. And I've nicked the idea of screening comments from [ profile] kiss_me_cassie because that way everyone can play without cheating!

I'm ready for my close-up... )
caz963: (curtains)
Enchanted was fabulous!

Really, it was pitch perfect. I love Disney movies - but you have to admit that some of the cliches are ripe for sending up - and it was great that this was Disney doing just that!

I don't know who Amy Adams is, but she was excellent, and while I've never found Patrick Dempsey to be particularly drool-worthy, there were a couple of moments there where he almost - almost - made it! ;)

And it must be the only Disney movie to include a line in a song about cleaning a toilet!

But although it didn't take itself too seriously, it did take itself seriously in the right way - it was well thought out and put together, the casting was spot on - and Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz wrote the songs! YAY!

Was the fact that Giselle made her outfits out of curtains a direct reference to the fact that Julie Andrews was the narrator? *g*

ETA And there were bit parts for Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid) and Paige O'Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast.) Nice touch :)

(And yes, I'm very sad that I read the credits and notice stuff like that.)
caz963: (snowytrees)
I just got back from the cinema - I went to see The Golden Compass.

I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. I haven't read the books in a while, so I can't give a blow-by-blow account of what they added and what they left out (which must have been a lot), but my overall impression... visually fabulous, the girl playing Lyra was pretty much perfect but I was left feeling a bit - empty.

I guess it's hard to convey a lot of the ideas Pullman was exploring in the books - the Magisterium = organised religion/the Church, the Authority = God and dust as either sin or free will depending on which side you're on - in a two hour movie that's aimed mostly at kids. Moreso given that today's kids have the attention span of a gnat and need spoon feeding. They'd be difficult concepts to get across in a film aimed at adults (and let's face it, in today's climate, it'd be unlikely that a movie like that would get made anyway!) - and they were defnitely glossed over.
[ profile] skywaterblue talked about the scene where Lyra and her demon are about to be separated - it certainly wasn't "nice" but it was a lot more powerful in the book - I remember feeling repulsed by it. But then the movie has a PG certificate, so perhaps they couldn't go any further than they did without that being upped.

I have yet to speak to someone who's seen the movie who hasn't read the books, so if you're out there, what did you think?

They've clearly left the door open for a sequel - I guess it depends on how well this one does as to whether it gets made.

I'm planning to take the kids to see Enchanted on Sunday - we're all looking forward to that!
caz963: (Josh waiting)
Seeing I'm at home today and Mr Caz is still flaked out, I've finally gotten around to watching the DVD of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that I bought a few weeks ago. (While doing the ironing).

I thought it was really good. Of course, with such a fat book, they had to cut a lot out - although it's been a while since I read it, so I couldn't tell you what - but I didn't feel there was anything "lacking". Imelda Staunton was fabulous as Umbridge. I can't help thinking she must have modelled herself on the Queen (or the Queen Mum) - those awful hats!

Oh, and I've been watching Cranford - the latest Sunday night costume drama from the Beeb. I have to say, the last few they've done have been a bit disappointing - the Jane Eyre last year was a bit weak overall, I thought, and I only really watched it because Toby Stephens was magnificently moody as Rochester! And those Austen adaptations on ITV were pretty bad.
But the Beeb is back on form with this one - a veritable glut of British thesps - Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Francesca Annis, Jim Carter, Greg Wise, and Philip "you're surrounded by armed bastards!" Glenister, to name but a few.
I'm not that familiar with the original novels, but it's been nicely done so far and is definitely worth watching.

I gave Journeyman a look when it started on Sky the other week, but it didn't really grab me - does it get better?

I've got a load of other stuff to watch when I can find the time. But then most of the shows are going to be on a forced hiatus soon, aren't they, so if I leave the catching up a bit longer, by the time I get through them all, maybe they'll be back on!

(I think Ugly Betty is going to be the first show airing here to be affected by the strike, because I think we're only a week or so behind the US.)

What happens when the networks run out of new episodes. Reruns?


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