Soul Music – I’d watched the animated version of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters some years ago, but for some reason Netflix didn’t get this one in stock until more recently. It was a pretty good adaptation, and while I thought the animation was a little too goofy at times, they were generally successful at bringing the characters to life (well, cartoon life, anyway).
The whole thing was rather long, being divided into seven parts, and it sometimes seemed like they were including everything from the book. This isn’t entirely true, as, for instance, they left out all of the other rock bands that formed in Ankh-Morpork, aside from some brief episodes with Jimbo’s band. Still, it included more than they likely would have in a feature film version. One interesting bit they did with the animation was to show the Band With Rocks In dressed in different classic rock outfits every time they performed.
Whip It – I was interested in seeing this thanks to images I saw on Tumblr, and the fact that it was Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut. The plot was pretty typical kid-goes-against-her-parents stuff, but it deserves points for good characters and eye candy. I’ve never actually seen a roller derby before, but I think I can see the appeal, although I might be a little too squeamish to watch it in person. And Ellen Page is pretty cute. It’s funny how her character saying she was twenty-two was supposed to be such a bold-faced lie when I think she actually WAS twenty-two when the movie was made. I wonder how much longer she’ll keep her youthful looks.