I also got out and got pictures taken for both my passport renewal and the visa application for my trip to India. I'll fill out the renewal form and get that in the mail by the end of the week. Paying for expedited processing should get it back in time to send off with the visa application (crosses fingers).
It being about the right time, I swung by Har Mar mall to catch the first showing of The Incredibles. I was early, however, so I did a bit of poking around. I am in need of a new winter coat, the leather jacket I'd been using for several years reaching its last legs and being, really, too small for me anymore. So I hit the Lands' End Not Quite Perfect store. They were having, as it happened, a sale which included winter outerwear. I found a jacket, very much like this one. It was a return for some reason and had the monogrammed words, in a nice script on the right breast, "Sahib Story." Near as I can tell, that's meant to be something like "Mr. Story," which I kind of like and it means that this jacket that cost about $70 when new, I picked up for $26.
Flush from my deal-finding ways, I drifted by the Barnes and Noble, to see that Alton Brown (our hero from Good Eats) will be having a signing and discussion of his new book on January 22 at 7:00 p.m. at that location. Fun! I wandered in and grabbed a sandwich and some apple juice from their in-store cafe, browsed a magazine while eating and then headed back down to the theater.
Got there about five minutes before the movie was supposed to start. Forked over my $6 (on a Wednesday? at 1:30 p.m.? No wonder the theater was empty but for me.) and wandered into theater #8. The typical "before the show" advertising and movie trivia stuff was showing and "Movie Tunes" played over the sound system. I watched for a while and then checked my cell phone to make sure it was off and saw the time was about five minutes after the movie was supposed to start. I wandered back to the lobby and asked about it, only to find I was in the wrong theater! A quick walk over to theater #6 and I sat down just as the final preview was playing. (And Son of the Mask looks horrible.)
The Incredibles was quite good. I kind of saw the plot coming but I enjoyed the realization of the story none the less. I was particularly impressed at the intelligent ways that Elastigirl used her abilities in a variety of situations. Showed some good thinking about the super hero genre by the writers. I empathized with Mr. Incredible and his desire to do good deeds in a world that didn't seem to want him to. I was struck by similarities to the darker themes of Watchmen and Wild Cards, but the whole of the film was much more light-hearted. The animation looked dead-on for the genre and I thought the end credits, which used a much more polygon-y style of animation were a perfect way to show a different style while maintaining the overall feel of the film.