Continuing with the Amy Poehler blitz
, Jenny & I started off yesterday watching Saturday Night Live
, which she ended up crashing & totally dominating. Her "DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!"
during Weekend Update
is the best possible commentary on the whole "oh hey should the government treat women as second class citizens because a bunch of old oppressive religious figures think they should?" debate. Which, how is that a debate? How.
The sketch for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Laughs"
, the Maya Angelou prank show, was also solid gold. That wasn't all! Once I went to the gym-- an hour & a half again, & not too shabby, especially if & when I go today-- we got ready & headed to the theaters to see The Secret World of Arietty
. Studio Ghibli, but not Hayao Miyazaki, though he did do the screenplay & the storyboards. It is about the tiny little people called Borrowers who live in the walls of your house
& steal ("borrow") small objects from you, like sugar cubes & tape. Amy Poehler voices the Borrower mother, Homily, & Will Arnett plays the father, Pod. He's really great, actually-- Will Arnett as the gruff badass is a new facet of him as an actor, huh? I liked the movie, but not as much as a full Miyazaki Ghibli film. The best parts of it were the physics of being so small; droplets of water & all that. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
is my favorite of his movies, since I think it really reflects Miyazaki's internal mythology the best. It is the worldbuilding that reflects on him as a demiurge, you know? & I really feel like I have a connection with Porco Rosso
, since Jenny & I sort of made that our own. It is the more Gilmore Girls
of his movies, where nothing happens but everyone is just very dry & clever. My Neighbor Totoro
is obviously the Ghibli mascot for a reason; it is sort of emblematic of the studio. I really like Spirited Away
, as far as his fairytale stories go; better than Howl's Moving Castle
, for sure, & at least tied with Princess Mononoke
, which I haven't seen in forever. Ponyo
was fine, but not really anywhere in the running for best of anything, you know? Though I'll always remember Jenny yelling at Tina Fey for driving so crazy. After the movie we went over to Kira & Nino's to eat sushi & play with Olivia, who was being awfully cute all night. & today is vacation! I'm going to do absolutely nothing, that is my plan; to do nothing except go to the gym.