Sunday, June 08, 2008

Victories Galore: Box Office and the Culmination of a First Draft

My psychic waves were in tune with this weekend's box office returns, as I nailed the top three and in the right order. This week's Top 10:
  1. Kung Fu Panda ($60 million)
  2. You Don’t Mess With the Zohan ($40 million)
  3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($22.8 million)
  4. Sex and the City ($21.3 million)
  5. The Strangers ($9.3 million)
  6. Iron Man (7.5 million)
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (5.5 million)
  8. What Happens in Vegas (3.4 million)
  9. Baby Mama (780,000)
  10. Made Of Honor (775,000)
I did happen to catch Kung Fu Panda and found it humorous, sweet, and not nearly as annoying as I thought it would be. It gets a solid three stars from me. The rundown on what else I watched this week:
  1. The Birds (3 stars)
  2. The Savages (3 stars)
  3. For Your Consideration (3 stars)
Kind of a slow movie week for me, but I've spent more time reading instead. I finished The Picture of Dorian Gray. It's now on my list of favorite books, and I am very excited about the adaptation coming out next year.

I'm planning on starting some pre-writing for my 2008 National Novel Writing Month effort, so I've dived into Neil Gaiman's Stardust to give me some guidelines on writing an adult fairytale. It's proving to be a quick read, which is good, because I know someone who might maim me if I don't get back to Jitterbug Perfume very quickly. In my defense, I've been itching to delve into something rather fantastical and whimsical in both reading and writing as of late. Psychoanalyze that at will, but that's where I've been tending as of late. Luckily, I can categorize it under productive research rather than some sort of escapism.