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A few overdue reviews... 
9th-Mar-2009 08:48 pm
Cats and books
Before I post about hwy I'm convince God must be mad at me, I figured I'd post a few movie and book reviews.

We'll start with The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror. I forget how NetFlix even recommended this one, but I have to admit I found it amusing to no end whatsoever. The set up is kind of silly: 5 couples and a flame dame arrive at a supposedly gay-friendly B&B in the middle of nowhere. We have: The Drag Queen and Mr. Leather (headed to "The Blue Party", the sweater queens who've been dating 9 years and their flame dame (visiting a sick relative), The sugar daddy and his club kid baby (also headed to the blue party), the lesbian couple who are selling edible body paint (one of whom has a panic disorder), and the lesbian folk singer and her girlfriend who's mildly put off by the perkiness.

The B&B is run by Helen and her daughter Luella. We find out early on that Helen is all about redeeming gay folks for Christ, usually by murder. Luella, a sort of closet lesbian, makes minced meat muffins. Complete with jewelry from previous guests baked in.

As all 5 couples start showing signs of relationship strain, we also find out about Manfred. By far the best revelation about Manfred is that he's "the bastard son of 100 Republican convention delegates". We also get the absolutely hysterical pairing of the drag queen (in full drag by the halfway point) with the lesbian folk singer (a rather naive girl who's in a Deitrich in Morocco tuxedo for the second half.)

While the acting is pretty bad and the gore is kind of low (lots of blood, but no really graphic stuff), the movie remains cheaply amusing. booboobob would love it.

I just finished re-reading Maskerade by Terry Pratchett. This remains probably my favorite of his Discworld series. Agnes Nitt (AKA Perdita X. Dream) goes to Ankh-Morpork to sing in the opera. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg end up following her and getting involved in the search for the ghost of the opera.

Also finished Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips. The premise revolves around the Olympian pantheon living in London rather anonymously. Aphrodite plays a prank on Apollo similar to the story of Daphne (makes him fall in love with someone nonreciprocating) which winds up with an Orphic adventure in the underworld to save the overworld. while much of the plot is a re-hash of other books about gods in the modern world, it remains fun, easy reading.

Am now in the middle of Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout. while I'm enjoying it so far, the narrative is kind of confusing since it keeps witching from first person (Joaquin), first person (Alondra), and third person omniscient. Joaquin is the host of a Mexican/Hispanic radio show along the lines of Coast to Coast. (More focused on the supernatural and ghosts than UFOs and Bigfoot though.) However, as the book progesses, he's getting drawn more and more into his own paranormal issues. Based on the foreshadowing, I ssume our antagonist will end up being one of the Aztec gods. Still fun to read.

Any rate, I allegedly get Milk tomorrow, which should be interesting, since I generally hate Sean Penn.
11th-Mar-2009 09:24 am (UTC)
You hate Sean Penn? Good heavens, this could be grounds for terminating our love affair! I think he's a Great Actor.
11th-Mar-2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
He's a gold actor, but I've really hated him since he dated Madonna.

Don't know why. Probably jealousy or some such;)
12th-Mar-2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Oh, say no more. That makes perfect sense. :)
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