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19 October 2009 @ 09:46 am
Whip It!  
How about those Phils last night?

It was cold and rainy, but still a good weekend. Watched the ballgame friday night at a bar in Old City with my buddy Michael, then saw a couple Festival films (which I'll review later in the week). Saturday I did the Festival again, then joined K. for dinner and drinks with some friends we hadn't spent time with in a while.

On Sunday, we headed out to the wilds of New Jersey, where I introduced K. to the magic that is Five Guys and we saw Whip It. Based on a novel by former roller derby competitor Shauna "Maggie Mayhem" Cross, it's the story of a small town teenager who rebels against her mother's beauty pageant dreams for her to become a star of the Austin derby scene. Juno's Ellen Page does a great job playing Bliss Cavendish, proving once again that she has no trouble carrying a film, and Alia Shawkat (Maebe from Arrested Development) is equally compelling as the best friend watching Bliss disappear into her new life. Drew Barrymore did a fine job with her directorial debut, blending a realistic coming of age story with a fun losers-to-winner sports story. I think the film did a great job of teaching the audience what roller derby was all about without losing any of the fun and wildness. Although the pacing sometimes felt a bit off, my only real concern was placing when the story was meant to be taking place. It felt completely like the 1980s right up until the main character hopped on Google, and yet no one seemed to have a cell phone. My confusion was compounded by the otherwise excellent soundtrack, which spanned songs from the last three decades. Still that's a fairly small complaint about an otherwise very enjoyable little film. The other derby girls included Drew, Juliette Lewis, SNL's Kristen Wiig, rapper Eve, and Zoe Bell (Death Proof).

 
 
Listening to: XTC - "Dear God"
 
 
 
micah: red wingslaerm on October 19th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
i had five guys for the first time last night. some points:
- tasty burger, but nothing better than what i get in local burger places (we have a good burger culture here).
- five guys does win on the free grilled onions/mushrooms angle, though, as well as the sack of fries.
- i did not know the "standard" burger was a double. i paid for it later. i was a little scared.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue poolsideassmonkeydiary on October 20th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
Don't forget the free roasted peanuts while you wait!

Philly's burger culture is still in its infancy, so Five Guys was like a revelation to me. And yeah, the amount of fries they give you is madness. I always want to offer my leftovers to people in line.
micahlaerm on October 20th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
peanuts? i didn't see any, but i was there 15 minutes before close. i got the end-of-the-night fries special, too: one sack for the burger, another sack full of fries.

rochester has two chains that have been around for decades and have a handful of locations here, and they're quite pleasing as burgers go. funnily, the burgers are pretty samey, but one has good onion rings and the other has good fries, so that's how you decide where to go.

intriguingly, one of my commonly-read food blog posts from today: the burger at standard tap. i miss that place.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: drooling monkeyassmonkeydiary on October 20th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, she should really join Philly's burger club. We'll set her straight.
micah: sweeeee-dennnlaerm on October 20th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
i dunno, she doesn't drink beer. no reason to get burgers with somebody like that. that's like half of the reason to go to standard tap (which is really a massive compliment to the quality of their food).
gods_lament on October 20th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Perhaps the "time" it was set in was meant to be a kind of demimonde unto itself. An archetypal "Place where it's still Then and yet is Now" Everywhen.

Sort of like the old newspaper cartoon "Overboard" where the pirates had
tvs and cellphones.

Or something.

I haven't seen it. It's just i exist in my own little demimonde and that
sounds like a demimonde to me. Drew may be attempting to layer on some Tarantino of a sort.
gods_lament on October 20th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Also, Skylarking... great album.