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Tablet Search and Movie Review (No Real Spoilers)

Saturday was one of those days that one just writes off, methinks. I suspect that it was a let-down due to last weekend's experience at CanGames, but that's another matter.

In other news, I spent part of yesterday afternoon out with spross looking at tablets over at FutureShop. (I still don't have my car, so it was good of him too take me over there.) While I was relieved somewhat about the issues I had with getting an iPad, in some ways I'm just a little more confused over what I want in a tablet, though I did discover that my fingers can handle the functionality of the tablets. I'm thinking now of either an iPad 2 or 3, an ASUS Transformer Prime, or a Samsung Galaxy. Anyone want to offer thoughts on these?

I spent a relaxing Saturday evening for the most part, and watched a movie off my To Watch Queue (TWQ) called La Princesse de Montpensier (2010). This movie is a 2010 French period romance film directed by Bertrand Tavernier, inspired by a short story anonymously published by Madame de La Fayette. It stars Mélanie Thierry in the title role, alongside Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Lambert Wilson and Raphaël Personnaz. The story takes place in the French aristocracy during the Wars of Religion, and focuses on a young woman who is forced into marriage while passionately in love with another man.

I'm not going to spoil the movie for anyone here, but I will say that I thought the film was excellent. The costumes, the scenes, the film-making in this movie are superb, and the cast of actors (notably Mélanie Thierry) does a wonderful job in the movie, vividly portraying Marie de Montpensier as a woman trapped in a situation that she cannot control due to her own feelings. Court intrigues, duels, secret meetings, and the power of nobility push the story to a surprising but well designed end, and shows that in the end, passion of the heart can be destructive. I would definitely recommend the movie, which clocks in at 140 minutes in length, and is quite entertaining, although a couple of parts in the middle seemed to drag a bit.
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