Friday, January 14, 2005

DVD update :)

Got a new recommendation....TROY! What a great movie! I've never been a huge Brad Pitt fan--in the sense of thinking he's hot, that is. I've always thought he was a good actor. Anyway, Troy changed my tune about him. LOL! A very good flick all the way around. Excellent acting (by everyone), excellent story, and some very, very lovely nudes of Brad. ;)

And in the continuing saga of ML's obsession with Angel... I finished the first four seasons of Angel (alas, I have to wait until Feb to see the fifth and final season, ARGH!!!!). In order to pass the time, hub and I have started working our way through the Buffy seasons. As I mentioned earlier, I never was super into Buffy. I had seen it a handful of times, but hadn't watched it enough to really dig it in a big way. However, I have to admit that by starting with season one and seeing them in order, I'm getting totally hooked! It seems a little lighter than the Angel series (at least so far--we're only halfway through season 2), but I'm really falling for all the characters, really getting involved. It's quite superb. Enough so that I started by renting the discs from Netflix, and after we finished the first disc from season two, I said to hell with this...I have to own these suckers! I went to Amazon and bought the first four seasons. I figure that'll keep me going for a few weeks, then I'll get the rest of the sets. 7 seasons all together! (And so much for my New Year's resolution not to spend so much money on DVDs...ahem.)

I am SO addicted, you guys. It's bad. But good. If you know what I mean. :)

Until next time...

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Bald Frog -- A Fairy Tale by M.L.

Blogger has these random questions you can answer in your profile. I tried to do this one, but it told me it was too long for my profile. So I decided to put it here. I mean, after all, I went to all that creative work. :)

Tell the story of the bald frog who had a wig....

Once upon a time there was a handsome prince named Vin. An evil queen, who felt threatened by powerful, buff, sexy, bald men, put a curse on him and turned him into a frog. As part of the curse, he was required to wear a wig at all times, because even as a frog, the evil queen couldn't stand the idea of his sexy baldness.

Vin may have been cursed to become a frog, but that didn't change his tough guy mentality, so he refused to wear the wig and told the evil queen that when he was once again a man, he was going to take that wig and stick it up her... Well, you get the picture.

One day a beautiful, sweet, innocent (okay, well maybe not too innocent) princess named ML was walking through the forest. She was most displeased because her father had ordered her to marry some rich, ugly dude with horns. Apparently her father had made some kind of deal with the beast. ML, not being the type to take orders, had just told her father and the rich, ugly dude to go to hell, and had split. When she paused by a pond in the clearing, she saw an incredibly sexy, buff, bald guy lounging on the bank. Okay, he was really a frog, but ML possessed The Sight and could tell that under that green, 4-legged facade, a true hunk dwelled.
Not being a dummy, and being well versed in fairy tales, she immediately ran to the frog, kissed him, and made him into a man again. The man told her in a gritty, sensuous voice that he was Prince Vin. Not as impressed by his title as by his gorgeous, nude body, she fell upon him and they had a fabulous, sweaty, hot lovemaking session right there by the pond.

When they'd finally managed to overcome their lustful urges with one another, Princess ML told Prince Vin about her father and the rich, ugly, horned dude and their plans for her. Prince Vin, in turn, told Princess ML about the evil queen who had cursed him, and he showed her the wig that he planned to...well, you know.

Prince Vin and Princess ML made a sacred pact to help one another and rid the kingdom of evil. They journeyed to the castle, where they stopped in the armory and collected an assortment of vicious-looking weapons, then entered the great hall where ML's father sat upon his gilded throne. The ugly rich dude perched on a throne of his own nearby, getting his horns polished by the castle serving wenches.

Vin and ML made short work of the king and the rich, ugly dude. After all, this is a fairy tale and good always triumphs over evil, right? Speaking of evil, the evil queen appeared just as they were cleaning up, and tried to curse Vin again. ML kicked her ass (did I forget to mention that sweet as she might be, ML had a black belt in all the major martial arts?). Vin got out his handy dandy knife and shaved the evil queen bald, thereby divesting her of her power--who knew her power was in her hair?--then instead of shoving the wig up her...well, you know...he SuperGlued it to her scalp. Then Vin and ML banished the evil queen, ML's father the king, and the rich, ugly, horned dude from the kingdom, and sent them through a cosmic portal to a barren, desert wasteland planet on the outer fringes of the universe.

And Prince Vin and Princess ML? Well, they got married, of course, and became King Vin and Queen ML. They ruled their kingdom with love and mostly kindness (unless someone pissed them off and they had to kick some ass) for a hundred years.

The End

(By the way, cornball or not, this piece is copyrighted by me, ML. So while I seriously doubt anyone would want to copy it or email it to friends or whatever, there are some people in the world who get off on that, and therefore I feel compelled to put the copyright notice here to be sure all readers are clear on this issue. If you want someone to read this, simply send them here to my blog and they can read to their heart's content. :))

Great movies and TV!

See, I told you all I was terrible at keeping an up-to-date journal. Thus the time between my blog entries. But, hey, better to post sometimes than not at all!!

So, have to talk about the great movies I've seen recently. Definitely go see Phantom of the Opera with Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. It's fabulous. I'm a Phantom fan from way back and after hearing the great Michael Crawford sing the Phantom I admit, I was leery about how the movie might be. I was pleasantly surprised! Everything from the cinematography, to the sets, to the costumes, to the music, to the acting was excellent. It was a beautiful piece brought to life on film. It's definitely one to see on the big screen, so don't wait until it comes out on DVD (although I can assure you it's one you'll want to buy!). And don't think this is a chick flick, even though I've seen some reviewers mention that. My husband loved it. He said, "It's one of the all time best movies I've ever seen." So take that, all you macho guys! LOL!

On DVD, my number one recommendation is Spiderman 2. Hubby and I never made it to the theater to see this one. Everyone we knew raved about it, and while we liked the first Spiderman, we couldn't figure out what could possibly be so wonderful about #2. I mean, an action superhero flick is an action superhero flick, right? Wrongo!! Spiderman 2 is, hands down, THE best superhero flick ever made. Because some of you may not have seen it I won't give details, but suffice it to say that it covers everything you could possibly want--action, real conflict for the hero, love, betrayal, and several surprises. I absolutely loved this movie. ML gives it two enthusiastic thumbs up. :)

Now, on to TV. Okay, I admit, I'm not really much of a TV watcher. Well, if you don't count The Weather Channel, that is. But I'm not big on series. When I do watch series, they're usually the fantasy/sci-fi type, like X-Files, Andromeda, Star Trek, WitchBlade, etc. I was never really a Buffy fan, though. I'd seen a handful of shows, and while they were fun, I never felt compelled to catch it every week. Enter TNT reruns at 6:00 a.m. weekday mornings. One word. Angel. Yes, Angel, as in Buffy's old flame who got his own show. I watched a few Angel reruns and was totally hooked. Hubby gave me the first two seasons on DVD for Xmas, and three days after Xmas I went out and bought seasons three and four also. Can you say "addicted?" I have spent hours and hours and hours watching all these episodes. I'm talking like 8-10 straight hours sometimes, until I'm red-eyed and almost delirious. Until I was dreaming about vampires and kick butt action scenes. Oh--my--God. I admit it. I'm a complete Angelholic (is that a word?). So...come February 15, when season 5 (the final season) is released on DVD, I'll be the one at the head of the line with the wild hair and wilder eyes, kicking, punching, and cross-bowing my way to get my DVDs!