Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Yet more blu-rays, and Vegas baby!

The latest round of blu-ray rentals are in, and I have to say I've pretty much worked my through the 8' section at this point. Except for some elusive titles that I've only seen in stock once (21), or others that I've never seen (What Happens in Vegas) there's not much left I want to see. I thought the 'Cheap Shot, Cheap Date' promo would end 9/1/08, but it's still alive and kicking. I took a day or two off as I knew the selection that was there, and the last couple times was scrounging to find a movie (I know I've been there too often when one of the clerks that usually works evenings commented she was surprised I found something I hadn't seen...)

I went back this afternoon thinking maybe there would be some of the new releases left from today, and fell for the hype on the cover of Then She Found Me. "Smart, engaging, and funny!" or "A fine, unpredictable comedy!" the box proclaimed, and starring Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, and Bette Midler it had to be good. Ummm... Not so much, skip it.

Stranger than Fiction on the other hand was the easy stand out in this group a funny, touching, romantic drama-dy starring Will Ferrell, and Emma Thompson. Harold Crick wakes up one day hearing someone narrating his live he sets off searching for the narrator getting help from a college literary professor (Dustin Hoffman), and falling for a baker (Maggie Gyllenhaal) that he's auditing for the IRS. It's my new favorite Will Ferrell movie bumping Elf from the top spot.

I have a work conference next week and I'm getting a little pumped for it, did I mention it's in Las Vegas? A friend and me used to go once a year back in the mid-late 90's when they used to offer $200 flight/hotel packages from here. It's easily been 10 years though since I've been, so I'm excited, although it doesn't sound like I'll have a lot of free time for myself. I did have a *geek* moment when I found out tonight that there is a Fry's in Vegas (see some earlier post if you don't know my fondness of Fry's) just about an 8 minute bus ride from my hotel so part of my time will be spent there. Some of the stores have been running $9.99 clearance on HD DVD's, and some decent blu-ray deals so hopefully I'll be able to pick up some stuff. This one has a 'theme' like some of the others I've been to, at least from the outside it looks like a giant slot-machine. :)

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