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Fair Game didn't call out to me as a must-see, but I ended up really enjoying it. I'm hot and cold (usually fairly cold) on Sean Penn, but he's great in this, as is Naomi Watts. I remember when the real Valerie Plame outing happened, and was glad to get a refresher on what a nutso thing it was. So infuriating!

I'd been dying to see Black Swan even since I saw the batshit trailer. The movie certainly lives up to the crazy! Totally wacko, totally camp, totally strange and awesome mashup between dance movie and psychological thriller. Natalie Portman is justifiably getting lots of praise, but Barbara Hershey, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder are also all great.

The King’s Speech is pretty standard Oscar-bait, but damned if it isn't really successful and compelling. Wonderful performances all around, and it makes me want to read more about the real story! Fascinating.

I went to True Grit a bit grudgingly. It was on my Oscar-probable list, but I really don't like Westerns usually. Turns out, I really enjoyed it. More westerns could benefit from the addition of a sassy 14-year old girl who spouts awesome dialogue effortlessly. And Matt Damon as a Texas Ranger.

Tron: Legacy was about exactly what I expected. I re-watched the original last month, and for some reason really wanted to see this. I don't even know why! It's not exactly the kind of movie I usually go to, and I knew it wasn't going to be good. And indeed, it was not good. But fun! Perfectly acceptable matinee fare.

Burlesque was terrible and ridiculous and also pretty hugely entertaining. I mean, it was BAD, really bad, and yet, I laughed my head off and had a thoroughly good time. I don't think it was necessarily trying to be funny--I'm not sure. Fun and terrible. Yay!



At home, we watched the BBC Sherlock and it is superduperly fun and great. I can't wait for Season 2! Plus, now I can't stop saying Benedict Cumberbatch. Hee! Benedict Cumberbatch!!

Our Buffy re-watch/introduce-it-to-CJP has brought us through Season 5. Such great moments, great episodes, devastating ending. But, oy--Glory! Man, I hate her. HATE. I'd forgotten her nails-on-chalkboard quality. Blerg.


I saw some theatre, all of which involved friends, which is always fun. I adore seeing people in shows, especially when the shows are good, as these were!

Forbidden Broadway is a hard show to pull off, with the impersonations, and the Broadway in-jokes. But it was great! My friend Cathy did most of the big, broad characters (Ethel, Carol C, etc) and she truly rules.

White Christmas was really lovely. My friend SJ was one of the sisters, and she's a pleasure to watch on stage. The whole show was big and warm and fun! Lots of excellent tapping, too, which I always enjoy.

We took CJP's niece to Suessical: the Musical, by a professional children's theatre company. We lucked into front row seats, which was just perfect! It's a fun little show, with great performances and magical bits. It was awesome to see it with a kid!
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