So last night I spent a little of my birthday money and bought an "unlimited week" pass from Blockbuster for $18. Sort of like Netflix -- I can rent 2 movies at a time, and have unlimited rentals for the entire week. Which basically means we're gonna be watching a lot of movies this week to get my $$'s worth!! I figured with the kids still off for winter break, I could cycle through movies and let them see some stuff I'm not interested in watching too.
Last night I rented "9" and the new Star Trek movie (the latter I had seen previously). "9" is a computer animated movie which revisits the tired theme of the earth after humanity destroys itself. Animation was decent, interesting concept.. A little predictable. Ok for kids. Overall not unhappy to have seen it but don't need to see it again. I do find it ironic that the man who did the voice work for the scientist (Alan Oppenheimer) is 3rd cousin to J. Robert Oppenheimer, who helped develop the first nuclear weapons.
The new Star Trek movie -- well I will unashamedly admit to being a diehard Trekkie so I was a little leery of this movie at first. I'm happy to say it was a very satisfying movie experience with lots of little Trekkie tidbits thrown in. You get to meet all the original ST cast when they are young, and see how their relationships developed. Some language, brief sensuality, but nothing that made me cringe or squirm overly with the kids watching it with us. Lots of funny parts, I laughed, I cried (yes, I really did), thumbs up. Oh, and young Spock is yummy. 'Nuff said.