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Entertainments consumed this weekend
Friday: The Rutles (DVD)

This is, effectively, "This Is Spinal Tap" for the Beatles. It was entertaining, but would probably have been significantly more entertaining if I knew more about the Beatles. "Eric Idle's Memoirs" in the Special Features are worth reading.

Saturday: Avenue Q (Did we mention we won a Tony?)

So ianhickson and eeyore_grrl had tickets, and asked us if we wanted to buy them and come along. "We dunno," we said, "I[1] want to see it, but $100 is a lot of money for a show." "Okay," said Ian, "you come and watch it and then afterwards you can pay us what you think it was worth." "Okay!" we said.

It was awesome.

I had been wanting to see it, after hearing about it and listening to some of the songs. The songs by themselves are more in the "mildly amusing" category than the "must see now!" category, but they gain a lot from the staging. It is a very, very, very clever show, and the puppet sex is pretty tasteful, for puppet sex. Highly recommended.

Kate Monster is my new role model for Cutting Statements.

Sunday: Stranger Than Fiction (DVD)

This movie is about a guy who discovers that his life is being narrated by an author, and goes to find her so he can talk her out of killing him off. It was quite good. I'm not entirely sure what to say about it; I'd like to get people who might like it interested in watching it, but I'm not sure how to describe it in such a way that it intrigues the people who'd like it and warns off the people who wouldn't. It's kind of philosophical. If the premise sounds even a little bit like you might be interested, go see it, because they did some very interesting things with it. And the actors all did an excellent job being very, very weird people.

[1] Me. Andres was less interested; this is either because he is uninterested in musicals or because Let My Puppets Come scarred his brain. Or both!
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Where in the world did you find that puppet-porn movie?

At Carnegie Mellon University, where Andres went to grad school, there's a theater where some student group or other shows movies for $2. Usually this is fairly standard stuff; we saw Lilo & Stitch there, and The Ring, and other normal slightly-after-first-run movies.

But once a year, or once a semester, I forget, they have a movie "To Be Announced". They don't tell anyone what they'll show until the day of the movie, so nobody has a chance to complain. That was one of those.

This was before I moved up there, so I did not have the chance to see it on the big screen. I do not particularly regret this.

"What's her name? Is it...Purr-Puss?"

Stranger Than Fiction has one of the sexiest love scenes ever.

Stranger than Fiction has one of my all-time favorite romantic lines, too. (I don't think quoting it would really be a spoiler, but I"m hesitant to do so because others might disagree.)

Oh, yes, that was wonderful.

Interesting. And the Orpheum Theatre is right next to Caltrain, too... *makes plans*

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