March 18, 2005

Some Days, Less is More

After trying and failing to get The Boy to go to sleep before TEN O'CLOCK last night, I finally was able to adjourn to the den with some decaf and channel surf. Before I finally settled on some old Spider-Man cartoons, I was briefly stunned into immobility by a movie on the Sci-Fi channel titled, MANSQUITO. Yes, Mansquito, about a scientist who, in an attempt to find a cure for the West Nile virus, accidentally turns herself and her assistant into giant mosquitos.

I stared at the screen in dumbfounded amazement as the Mansquito in question brutally murdered a whole bunch of folks in the hospital in an attempt to spirit away some woman who I assume was the scientist--best part of the five minutes? Young guy bursts in on Mansquito, yells, "Get away from her!" in the typically leaden way bad young actors do, is stabbed by Mansquito's giant proboscis (nothing phallic to see here, folks), does a fake blood spit take, attempts to shoot Mansquito with a tiny, tiny gun, and accidentally blows a hole in his foot. Which the director makes a point of showing. Why? I mean, it was kinda funny, and I liked the dude's shoes, but the floppy haired actor was already dead, so...

Okay, I'm analyzing Mansquito. I'll stop.

In slightly more highbrow news, Hublet and I are off to Davidson to see the Royal Shakespeare Company do Two Gentlemen of Verona this weekend. I wish they'd done the Shakespeare in Residence stuff when I was there--Dr. Lewis, the resident Shakespearean, was my advisor, and I think I took every class and seminar she offered. As a professor she was fairly scary, but I learned more about scholarly writing from her than from anyone else I ever worked with--with the possible exception of my MA thesis advisor.

And now for something slightly useful. Given my somewhat (ahem) obsessive qualities concerning pop culture, I think I might really enjoy this book.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at March 18, 2005 08:51 AM
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I caught the last twenty minutes of that on the Sci Fi channel on Sunday. I think the Mansquito is after the girl, because she's turning into a Womanquito(?). And he wants to mate with her.

Anyway the ending is a lot of fun.

Posted by: Chris Martin at March 18, 2005 10:14 AM

Try the SciFi original movie "Webs".
I was trapped by it late one night.
It came out in 2003 I think and it stars Richard Grieco.

I always tried to explain to my friends why I watch those movies and I will now use "stunned into immobility"
Thank you.

Posted by: Sam at March 18, 2005 11:21 AM

For a decent excerpt from the Lethem book, pick up the Feb. 28 edition of The New Yorker.

Posted by: Lex at March 18, 2005 02:34 PM

Of course the classic Man__(fill in the rest) movie is "The Manster." I enthusiastically offer it up as one of the funniest, crummiest movies to watch when disabled with insomnia.

Posted by: Webfoot at March 19, 2005 03:19 PM

Of course the classic Man__(fill in the rest) movie is "The Manster." I enthusiastically offer it up as one of the funniest, crummiest movies to watch when disabled with insomnia.

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Posted by: JennyD at March 21, 2005 02:44 AM

The cheesy sci-fi movie that I like is Swamp Thing, because it was filmed at Magnolia Plantation outside Charleston, SC, maybe thirty years ago and is still featured on their promotional literature as a Major Event.

Posted by: Christina at March 21, 2005 03:52 AM