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Marilee J. Layman

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September 1st, 2007

06:11 pm: Rocket Man
I'm sure half a dozen people in my flist have the Hugo winners, so I'm cribbing a picture of the award:



I don't think we've ever had a giant man (robot?) on one before, and I think that's Mt. Fuji in the background.

No Verizon tech showed up yesterday so I called and once again, my ticket was closed. I finessed my way to another tech who at least didn't make me do anything. The ticket once again said they'd called me and I wasn't home. The cellphone was either in my pocket or on the end table next to the recliner the entire time. They're either still too stupid to call the right number, or they're lying. So now I have my fifth ticket and someone will call me in 24-48 hours. We're at 22 right now.

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06:23 pm: High School Musical 2
I've had this on tape for a while and watched it last night. I happened to watch the original High School Musical when it premiered on a night with nothing else to watch and I had handwork to do, and I liked it. Singing when appropriate, appropriate backgrounds, reasonable plot. Well, forget that for the second one.

This one had a moral coming a mile away; it was painful to watch. It had a secondary plot and moral that was not only unrealistic, but has to be reversed if there's to be another sequel. Almost all the music was overproduced -- not just choreography, but the voices were so lost in the music that they could have been generic. In fact, in one piece where there were two duets (four kids) right after the other in the same song, I couldn't have told one from the other. Maybe that's what they wanted -- processed teenypop -- but it wasn't good. There was too much singing, too. Lots and lots of production numbers, not enough dialogue. I think I'd have to be desperate to watch another sequel

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