Random Thursday: Treats and Trailers

Random Thursday (ˈrandəm ˈTHərzdā): the day on which Sarah plunks down all the odd bits and pieces she’s been sent by friends or has otherwise stumbled upon this week in an effort to avoid writing a real post, the assembly of which usually ends up taking twice as much time as sitting down and creating actual content.

Anyone else caught off guard by October?

Anyone else’s kids start Halloween costume negotiations, yet?

Anyone else pondering the validity of eating their weight in candy corn as a coping strategy?


If Kansas was Candyland . . . 

The Wizard of Oz, as written by Roald Dahl:


Or, alternatively,  Hansel & Gretel’s Revenge.

Your choice.

(Watson—we need to try these!)


Feistypants at 1:50

Over the years, I’ve forked over a significant percentage of my net worth to Disney.

And I’m gonna do it again at Thanksgiving.

And probably thank them for it.

(even if the city looks a lot like the one in Tangled)

Yeah.  They had me at Olaf . . .


Dude.  Do the Helicarrier Next!

Jeff Wright’s kids must rule Halloween Costume Parades . . .


Do a Google Roll

Barrel Roll

Did everyone know about this, already?

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go tell Google to do a barrel roll

Cool, huh?

(thanks, Downith!)



The next installment of The Hobbit—complete with gratuitous elven side story, which I shall accept because Orlando Bloom is breathtakingly pretty, and a set of royal elven eyebrows which I shall mock starting now because they are breathtakingly weird—will arrive in theaters on December 13th.

The trailer is terrific, eyebrows notwithstanding, and includes Martin Freeman being awesome, Richard Armitage being insular and broody, and a listen at Smaug, finally. You can hear some of Benedict Cumberbatch’s gorgeous timbre through the distortion, but I’m assuming they’re saving his natural voice for the Necromancer.*

*Thus avoiding a repeat of the LOTR debate over why a film trilogy with a budget of $430 million budget couldn’t afford a separate voice actor for the Ent. I adore John Rhys-Davies and would gladly listen to him recite the phone book, if I couldn’t find my copy of The Canterbury Tales, but hearing Gimli’s voice out of Treebeard knocked me right out of the movie.


10 thoughts on “Random Thursday: Treats and Trailers

  1. I have never heard Orlando Bloom referred to as ‘breathtakingly pretty,’ but it’s a remarkably apt description, even for his name. I have to admit, though, that I was bored beyond tears by The Hobbit and all of the LOTR movies, so I think I’ll save my shekels. (Have you noticed that Benedict Cumberbatch is suddenly EVERYWHERE?)

    • He’s pretty in this trailer like a highly polished stiletto rather than a flower, but still. 🙂

      More popcorn for us, Averil—though I’ll bet the dragon scenes might be worth a rental for you, just for the visuals.

      ANd Benedict Cumberbatch has been everywhere for years, but we’re finally starting to notice. 😉

  2. That Disney film does look good – even if the horse is TOTALLY the same horse as in Sleeping Beauty.

    Benedict Cumberbatch is everywhere over here. EVERYWHERE.

  3. I haven’t decided if I’m willing to pay for Frozen. On the one hand, it’s Disney. On the other, it’s a bit on the flippant side. I assume that, like Tangled, and unlike Shrek, it’s not chock full of references that will make no sense in 10 years (see: Looney Tunes), but it has a very distinct personality.

    Google has many Easter eggs throughout their products. On Google itself, besides the barrel roll, there’s asking for the answer to life, the universe, and everything, and what is the loneliest number. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the 8-bit magnificence that was the Atari 2600, do an image search for Atari Breakout. Searching for binary will give you this message: “About 0b110110010111000000010000000 results (0.24 seconds)” Depending on the season or event, certain searches will cause different things to happen seasonally. You can explore the Tardis on Google maps (search for Police Telephone Box). And who can forget the Google Doodles and the annual April Fool’s joke that goes across all their products? There is much fun to be had on Google.

    I thought everyone knew there can be no more than 12 British actors working at once.

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