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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day Off with Darkness & DS9

I loved DS9 with a passion.
Some times you just need a day off. Whatever it is that you do, it can get to the point when all you need is a break.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy, with both weekends and weekdays filled to bursting with... well, just stuff. Blog posts, of course, come second to stuff. Hence why there's not been many of late. So, yesterday, I took that most wonderful of things, a day off.

What did I do with this fabled holiday? Absolutely nothing. Lounged around in bed, played some silly games on my phone, watched an episode or two of Deep Space Nine*, went to the supermarket and then watched a film.

Oh, and Terry Farrell is still smoking hot in the late 1990s, just as I had remembered.

Nothing intense, nothing serious, just recharging the batteries. It felt like a Sunday, in that you've got that nagging feeling where know you've got to go back to work tomorrow, but are still enjoying the fact it's a day off. Even better than if it was just a Sunday, though, it means I've only got two days at work before the weekend. Perfect!

The film we watched was Dark Shadows, Tim Burton's version of some 60s American sitcom, about a Vampire from the 1700s living with a family in the 1970s. It was, unsurprisingly, very Tim Burton.

Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter were in it (as you'd expect) with many porcelain-faced characters with too much dark eye makeup to a score by Danny Elfman. The spidery black hand of Burton was all over this film, just like every single other film he's ever made. Seriously, Tim, we get it.

At least this had Michelle Pfeiffer (brought back to the Burton stable from Batman Returns) and Chloƫ Grace Moretz (of Hit Girl in Kick Ass fame) to mix things up a bit.

The problem was this film didn't really know what it was supposed to be. A comedy? Romance? Horror? Satire of the 70s? It seemed to be everything and nothing at once, never really grasping a single direction and going there. The one great line from the movie, however, is truly striking.

“A name like Victoria is so beautiful, I could not bear to part with a single syllable of it.”

 Wish I'd thought of that first**. Damn you, Burton! *shakes fist*

* When you girlfriend answers the question 'What shall we watch?' with the exclamation 'Let's watch some Star Trek!', you know you've got a keeper.

** And placed 'Katarzyna' in there instead.

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