Monday, May 30, 2005

How much did today suck? I locked myself out of my house, which I've never, ever done before. (I had taken the spare key from its hiding place when I needed to have someone come feed Penelope when I went to visit Dad last month, and hadn't put it back yet.) So, I called for a locksmith, and paid to get back into my own house. All the while, waiting in the garage, I could hear Penelope meowing for me. I swear, if it was so upsetting for her to hear me outside in the garage, then she could have opened the door for me.

As it happened, the lock-out occured as I was just about to leave to Borders to use a 25% off coupon. I had hoped to buy the second League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book in hardcover, prompted by Alan Moore's recent decision to take the series from DC to Top Shelf Press. Since the locksmith was going to take over an hour to come, I decided to run to the bookstore, because that way, I'd at least have something to read while I waited. Of course, they didn't have the book in hardcover. (They had it in paperback, but I had the first in hardcover, and wanted a matched set.)

This morning, I had seen a special about Robert Rodriguez's new kids movie, The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D. I've been a fan of his since El Mariachi, and I really liked the first two Spy Kids movies. (The third just didn't feel like part of the same series, although technically, it was pretty keen.) Shark Boy and Lava Girl looks like it'll harness the effects developments from Spy Kids 3-D, but with a story designed to take advantage of the effects properly. So I'm looking forward to it. So, when I saw a pair of Shark Boy and Lava Girl kids books, both co-written and published(!) by Robert Rodriguez, and I happened to have a coupon expiring today, and still an hour's wait for the locksmith, I decided to take the plunge.

I got most of the first book read while waiting for the guy, and it was pretty entertaining. Not perfect, but a lot of fun. I finished it this evening. It's an adaptation of the movie, only told from the point of view of Shark Boy and Lava Girl (I think the movie is told from the POV of Max, the regular human boy). Now, ordinarily, I wouldn't read the novelization of a movie before seeing the film, but, well, extraordinary circumstances. Plus, it was slightly different from what appears on the screen, apparently, plus it's actually (co)written by the writer of the movie. And now, having read it, I have to say, I'm looking forward to the movie that little bit more. It's very much a kid's movie, and fans of Rodriguez's El Mariachi movies, or his more recent Sin City will be upset that it's not aimed at them. But I'll see it, and now I feel confident that I'll enjoy the story.

(Of course, I enjoyed the recent Around the World in 80 Days, starring Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan, which premiered on cable this weekend, so what do I know? I believe I'm supposed to hate that movie, and, well, didn't. So there.)

Other TV stuff: Gordon Ramsey's first American TV series, Hell's Kitchen, premieres in about 15 minutes on Fox. I've enjoyed his British stuff, so I'm looking forward to that. Judd Winick's Cartoon Network series, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, about a young girl who maintains the balance between the ordinary world and the magic world premiered this afternoon. Haven't watched it yet (I was locked out), but I recorded it. I'm a huge fan of Winick's comics like The Adventures of Barry Ween and the Pulitzer-prize winning (or at least nominated) Pedro and Me. I'm less enamored of his recent work on DC superhero comics, but that's partly because I'm less enamored of those sorts of comics altogether. Hopefully, Juniper Lee will have more of the spark I find in his own work.

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