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Putting movie theaters in malls is dangerous!

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Just a few things we picked up

My husband and I went to the theater on Friday night to see the new Harry Potter movie. That theater just happened to be right in the middle of a large mall. Whoops! We had some time to kill before the start of the movie….and afterwards. This particular mall happened to have both a Newbury Comics and a going out of business Borders. Cue the devilish grin. We didn’t go as crazy as we could have because, well, we have a mortgage and various other bills to pay. But I was pretty happy with our haul. Particularly with the Buffy lunchbox as seen above. That was made as part of a deal so that my husband could get a Magic: The Gathering 2012 Core Set Intro Pack (black/blue if you’re curious).

The Borders in this mall had much better deals. We think it’s because the rent that they’re paying is much higher and they’re going to close faster than the location we went to previously. 40% off blu-ray!!

So anyway, we saw HP7 part2. Do you really need my review? I mean I think everyone has pretty much summarized it and said it’s teh awesome. I need to reread the book. Maybe re-watch part 1 because they really just jump in there and I reaaaallly don’t remember much from the book or much how the first film left off.

I will say this: if you can (and I know it can be pricey) try and see it 3D on IMAX. It’s amazing! I saw Order of the Pheonix on IMAX as well and thought that was great. Only part of the film was 3D because the technology just wasn’t there yet, but seeing it in that size was so cool. So I knew that this film with it’s action and fight scenes would be even better.

*sniff* end of an era

Leverage Season 3

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This year I celebrated my country’s freedom with a DVD marathon of Leverage Season 3. What? That doesn’t scream patriotic to you? But seriously, what’s better than watching the Brains, Hitter, Hacker, Grifter, and Thief take on big corporations, crooks, and bad guys in a spectacular and often hilarious manner?

I remember when Leverage first came out I read a review (I want to say possibly in the NY Times) that asked if Leverage’s theme was still relevant now that Bush (and at the time the majority of Republicans) were pushed out of office. The “little guy” had won, right? I disagreed then, and I disagree now. Everyone has someone/something larger than themselves they feel powerless against that they wish they could see taken down. It could be a d-bag of a boss, an insurance company, or maybe a bank that calls incessantly about a loan you just can’t make the monthly payments on.  Watching the Leverage team take down bad guy after bad guy is pretty satisfying.

By Season 3 I can firmly say that this is one of my all time favorite shows. Not every episode is a winner, but this past season had a great plot that wove its way through the season yet wasn’t done with such a heavy hand that I grew bored with it. This was also the season that prompted my husband to declare Parker the American Moe.

Moe (?, pronounced [moe]) is a Japanese slang word.The word has come to be used to mean one particular kind of “adorable”, one specific type of “cute”, mainly as applied to fictional characters. (from Wikipedia)

Parker is often adorably clueless. Adult ideas seem to go right over her head and as she turns to  Elliot or Hardison to explain both characters usually end up saying something along the lines of “I’m not going there.” Parker also apparently looooves Christmas as seen in “The Ho Ho Ho Job.” This only adds to her childlike appeal.

Being so moe seems to go against everything that Parker is. She’s a thief. She had a tough life. She’s incredibly smart. But that’s just one of the ways that Leverage breaks the mold of the genre. It already seems to revolutionary to have Parker’s role of master thief filled by a female, and yet so natural to watch Beth Riesgraf in the role.

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