Spiderwick Chronicles…maybe just rent it.

Last night, Katy and I went to see Spiderwick Chronicles at the Opry Mills IMAX. It wasn’t a waste of 2 hours of my life, but I can’t help but feel as though it had a certain…soullessness.

See, all of the fairies and goblins are CGI. Yeah, yeah, they look realistic and they can swing on ropes, but in a movie so rich in texture and dust-covered old stuff,  I would have liked to have seen Muppets instead of pixels. Muppets worked fine in Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, and I don’t recall hearing anyone say, “yeah, that was good, but it needed more rope-swinging.” Muppets probably would have been cheaper, and they have a realness that CGI just doesn’t have. Maybe I’m just old.

Another point of contention was some of the acting, particularly that of the girl playing the older sister. Unrealistic reactions, occasional overreactions…she messed up my suspension of disbelief a few times. Then there was this guy:

Is it Ben Kingsley? Is it Dustin Hoffman? Wrong! It’s David Strathairn, the unsettling, illegitimate spawn of the two!

Oh….and here’s this thing that arrived in my email…

Consumer Reports: P&G eSaver

Fo shizz!Housewives all over America swear that it’s possible to save a bundle by clipping coupons. Maybe, but do I really want to spend my life snipping things just to save a quarter on some damn toothpaste? Nein! It’s a lot more alluring when you make it easy for me by putting them on a web site.

“But Amy,” you say, “the toner that it takes to print one of those damn things costs more than a quarter! Besides, it’s such a pain in the ass when the coupon won’t scan and the checker freaks out.”

Nay, readers. What if you could click a little checkbox and load the coupon onto your KrogerPlus card? That’d be pretty darn easy, right? And you KNOW you’re gonna buy that alcohol-free Crest mouthwash, even though it costs more. You might as well save fifty cents.* Yeah, you have to enter the numbers on your Kroger card in order for the coupon to be loaded to your account, but Big Brother has already known you for years anyway. For 2 dollars off Pantene conditioner, Big Brother can study my tofu purchases all he wants. Now science just has to invent a way to deliver the coupons directly to my house via Depp.

Get you some coupons.

*If you’re not using alcohol-free mouthwash, you should start. The non-burning allows you to hold the wash in your stanky yap long enough for it to work like it’s supposed to. The lack of alcohol also keeps your moth from drying out and becoming more stanky than it was in the first place. Also, alcohol-free mouthwashes typically use cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) to kill germs, which helps the mouthwash fight plaque and gingivitis better than alcohol (thanks, google!).