Warner Brothers' announcement over the weekend that they are exclusively supporting Blu-Ray over HD-DVD pretty much settles the next-gen format war; less than 24 hours after WB's announcement, New Line said they were going Blu-Ray exclusive as well (and you'd better believe that the LOTR movies in 1080p will be at the top of everybody's wishlist, including my own).
This means, among other things, that now I have to get a goddamned PS3, which I really didn't want to have to buy. Alas, I am a slave to 1080p content.
Speaking of which, I am such a slave that I ended up DVRing last night's HD premiere of American Gladiators. Fortunately, I didn't actually have to watch any of it; when we got home yesterday I was on the computer and Kath's groans of disgust were enough for me to know that I wasn't missing anything, and I'm at least proud to know that I've retained whatever brain cells I would have otherwise lost had I accidentally watched. (The AV Club's commentary says it all.)
I did say that I wanted to talk about Juno earlier; I guess now is as good at time as any. First thing's first: I loved it. It might be one of the most perfectly cast ensembles I've ever seen in a film. Ellen Page is quite deserving of any Oscar buzz she gets, but a lot of kudos need to be thrown towards JK Simmons and Allison Janney as her parents, as well as Michael "I try really hard, actually" Cera as her boyfriend, and, of course, Jennifer Gardner and Jason Bateman as the adoptive parents-to-be. The first 15 minutes were a bit too heavy on the teenage lingo, which was a little off-putting and made me feel 100 years old, but it got to where it was going very quickly thereafter. It's charming, it's very moving, it's frequently hilarious and we couldn't stop smiling.
If I had any problem with the movie, it's simply that I wasn't quite sure what the movie - well, really, the screenwriter - was trying to achieve. The movie is focused around a teenage pregnancy, except it isn't - while the pregnancy is the event that the characters respond to, it's actually the least complicated part of everybody's life. I guess another way to say it is that while there's a lot going on, and there's a lot of big decisions to be made, there wasn't really any sense of urgency to the story. And I will absolutely admit that that could very well be my own problem - I guess I was looking for something that was never supposed to be there in the first place.
I'm pretty sure that I did not in any way accurately articulate what I'm trying to say. So feel free to ignore that last paragraph. It's a great movie regardless, and since Kath and I are only too aware of anything that even remotely deals with pregnancy these days, I'm very glad we saw it.