Hark how life doth fly through its light of lyme,
Its perfect time being now, its future gone,
As a gentle wind, it is but a brief smear in time.

With gewgaws and trinkets our lives we do line,
Trying to make some use of that we do not understand.
Hark how life doth fly through its light of lyme.

The head, the drop, our life in its light of lyme,
it ends and the smudge disappears, and we are gone.
As a gentle wind, it is but a brief smear it time.

Eschew the trinkets, the life without sense of time.
Build on work, let none say: “There goes a useless man”
Hark how life doth fly through its light of lyme.

Then the trail, the smear will linger through time,
Beyond the drop, through history, telling its own story.
As a gentle wind, it is but a brief smear in time.

And that life well lived will say to surrounding time,
“my smear has surpassed your quest to quell it potent bite.”
Hark how life doth fly through its light of lyme,
as a gentle wind, it is but a brief smear in time.

I Hated Will Ferrell

Yes, I did, not for lack of trying to find something redeeming in his movies. He’s just soooo Will Ferrell. I couldn’t see his characters because he’s just sooo Will Ferrell. I couldn’t enjoy his humor because it was sooo Will Ferrell. I know he’s a smart guy and if he decided to act like someone besides Will Ferrell, which by the way for all you groupies out there is kinda the whole reason for acting, he’d do one heck of a job. His last fare that I saw, Talladega Nights was supposed to be funny for the fun it made of all things southern and NASCAR, but it wasn’t. I felt kinda dirty after that movie, for forcing myself to chortle a little at that dumb humor. It wasn’t even that dirty, just dumb. If you want smart humor that makes fun of something, see Team America, but then again, I can’t in good conscience recommend that one either for the things they make puppets do. So don’t go see Team America, but just know that they show how you make fun of things without being dumb, like Will Ferrell.

That disclaimer aside, I wanted to like Will Ferrell, and so when I saw previews for his new movie Stranger Than Fiction retained hope that he’d not butcher what looked to be a very interesting and intriguing film. And so, with some misgivings I settled in at the local cinemark to view what could have been another Ferrell Flub. And I loved him. Well, not totally, don’t ask me why but his eyes always seemed kinda dead to me, and while in this film they’re not so dead, there were just a few too many close ups of Ferrell’s Eyes. Anyway, Ferrell was not Ferrell in this movie, he was Harold, this complete nerd of a Tax Man who leads a pointless life of quiet desperation. And then someone or something (is it the toothbrush that’s narrating my every action, he asks himself?) steps into his life and through series of events plausible only because Ferrell, who you can believe as Harold, makes himself seem so normal and every-guy, breaks from his shell.

I’m not giving anything away, all that’s in the preview. I enjoyed this film. It’s relatively clean, but children will just not find it interesting in the way adults will and the other adults in the theatre will be very upset at you for bringing the writhing wiggle worm who insists on asking you what’s so funny. The audience at my showing laughed out loud several times, but it’s far from a comedy. So yes, I can now say I enjoyed a Harold, I mean, Ferrell movie.

Quite A Splash

Flushed Away, the newest in the Aardman stable of fine sights, is refreshing, funny, hilarious, and the slugs have it (elaborating would give it away). With humor that children can get and adults can appreciate, and plenty of flashy eye-candy for those who disdain those lesser things such as plot and narrative, both of which this show does have as well. It’s definitely light fare, but you won’t consider it a waste if you’ve spent a precious $9.50 (plus popcorn tax) on it as an evenings entertainment.

Note, Aardman has moved beyond strict clay-mation with this flick, but they’ve worked hard to retain the charm that clay brought. The work that went behind this show is incredible. Hip Hooray to Aardman and here’s to many more.