koralleen (koralleen) wrote,
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Movie Nights

I have seen 2.1 movies recently and I am going to tell you about them. Brian was home Tuesday night and we all started to watch The Magic Christian. It quickly became too weird and boring for Victoria so we all gave up on it. It's a sixties freak-out commentary on greed and I kinda like the opening sequences but not enough to soldier through the thing again.

I chose it instead of the other movie I had picked up at the same time because it was unrated while Ma Vie en Rose was rated R. Phooey! I watched Ma Vie en Rose while Victoria was at her sleepover and it was adorable. The R must have been for language, but even that wasn't particularly objectionable--especially since V doesn't speak French or read quickly enough for subtitles to be a worry. It's a story about a 7yo boy who dresses like a girl, which causes some problems in his family and neighborhood. The colors are comic-book bright, the characters are not subtly defined, and the scenes jolt along with an awkward feel to the transitions. All of this works perfectly with the sweet story. A winner.

And then, surprise! Another good movie tonight: Brother Bear. I had never heard of this movie, Victoria picked it out and I thought it was another one of the direct-to-video cartoons she adores (we have borrowed Cinderella II: Dreams Come True at least three times) but this was clearly a big ole Disney film that managed to escape my not-exactly-vigilant attention. It's good! The art is lovely, the story is interesting, fun characters (excellent moose brothers), I was impressed. More Phil Collins music--it sounded familiar and I was thinking, "this seems like something I've heard before" when V mentioned that it was the song they played from the Lion King float in the parade at Disneyland. Dang, that was it! Girl's a Disney savant.

Remember my dishwasher? It's washing fine, but it does not drain completely at the end of a cyle. I have to press a "cancel/drain" button that runs a two-minute drain routine. Then I press it again and again. Sometimes five times. The drain tube that runs to the disposal is clear. Yesterday I took out everything above the sump and cleared out some furry things, a little rock, half a hard bean. Not a lot of junk there. Then I put it all back together and was thrilled to see that the thing still works. But it won't drain automatically. The problem with the rest of the moving parts is that they are under the tub. I took off the kickplate and poked around but I fear I am not dexterous enough to unhook everything with the machine in place. I am gathering up the courage to drag it out of its little nook and turn it on its side. Is that what one is supposed to do? Any tips? I found some good clues as to what could be wrong on some appliance repair sites, but no advice so basic as to answer this stupid question.
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