Thursday, March 26, 2009

Music: Mama Mia Soundtrack

After enjoying the movie, Mamma Mia!, we decided to pick up the soundtrack, which we haven't regretted. It's great to sing-a-long to, great to take a nap to, and great to run after cats to. If you liked the movie or if you enjoy ABBA music, this is a pretty fun album. It includes such classic ABBA songs as: Super Trouper, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, SOS, etc...

Quick vote: This is pretty fun for that select musical/ABBA loving subset of people. So yeah.

Aunt Izzy's Wizz-ord: Yo Yo YO! I have no idea who this ABBA peep is, but she is WHACK! I had a giant dogpile party and played this the whole time, it was aweSOME!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Movie: Mamma Mia!

We had heard both good and bad things about the movie Mamma Mia, so we were excited to finally see the movie based on the Broadway musical based on the best of ABBA hits. Everyone we talked to was right; the movie was incredibly cheesy, and yet we really liked it. So we guess it's just dependent on your tolerance for lameness.

Sophie is about to get married on a little Greek island, and she wants her father to be there to give her away. So she invites the three men that could have been her father to her wedding without telling her mother. As the father candidates show up she realizes that each of them have their own great qualities, and maybe she doesn't want to have to choose between them. We would have chosen a few less songs and cut the time some, but it was still pretty great.

Quick vote: It's a love story, a musical, a great location, good cinematography... As long as you can stomach the cheesy plot and don't mind incessant singing, it's great!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Books: Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

Boomsday refers to the era in American history when the majority of the Baby Boomers begin retiring thus bankrupting the Social Security Program. This book is a witty satire from the author of Thank You For Smoking about this serious problem our nation is facing.

Cassandra Devine works for a PR firm and blogs on the side. One night, angered by the millions of Baby Boomers retiring and draining the Social Security fund, she wrote some inflammatory comments on her blog, inspiring young people to riot against retirement communities and golf courses all over the country. The situation devolves from there as she comes up with the idea of Voluntary Transitioning.

Quick vote: This is a great book, very caustic and funny. We enjoyed reading it and getting upset at our governmental system.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Books: 2009 Tournament of Books

We followed the Morning News' 2008 Tournament of Books last year, so we were really excited to hear that they were repeating the tournament this year.

The Tournament of Books is an annual tradition wherein books go up head to head, March Madness style. Ultimately, one book leads all the others as the best by whatever abstract criteria that the individual judges choose. Basically, it's a great place to find new and great books!

Quick vote: We love this tournament, and we'll be reading the best books on the list!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Blogs: FAIL Blog

This blog shows daily events where people, products, etc. have failed in their jobs. It's pretty funny, showing people in their hypocrisy, stupidity, and overall lack of sense. The FAIL blog is classic, and we think it's a pretty funny one.

Quick vote: We love this blog, it's pretty funny. Check it out!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

We're Still Around!

Hello loyal readers! We've had a crazy couple of weeks. Our parents went to Peru for a while and we were shuffled from Cousin Echo's to Aunt Annie's house and then we've been trying to get back into our regular routine.

Sorry for the unadvertised hiatus! Regular posting will restart tomorrow!