Chatham IL

24 01 2009

We made it.

Not that I am suprised, the focus with which this family approaches road trips is almost frightening.

On Thursday morning I helped Timothy load the van and trailer with our assorted instruments, suitcases, canvases and foodstuffs. With a trailer it’s almost an easy deal. The girls took over the back seat of the van and I ensconced myself window-side in one of the captain’s chairs. A trip to Starbucks served the additional purpose of a meeting-place so that we could say goodbye to Pastor Tim. He informed me that his secretary has absconded the painting and placed it over her desk until a ‘better’ place can be found. I hope it rocks her world! Read the rest of this entry »





Carol Burnett, Gone with the Wind

15 08 2008

Part two!





Summer Reading, Had Me a Blast!

12 07 2008

I think that there is nothing in this world so wonderful as a library. The bigger the better. I had a morning to do just exactly what I wanted and (being me) I went to the Bellevue Regional Library.

I went armed with my cutest black first-grade-teacher sweater, a giant canvas bag for the books and a desire to do something constructive with my summer. The late-night Lord of the Rings marathon can’t last forever. Read the rest of this entry »





Ironman: The Review

26 06 2008

I like superhero movies. A lot.

I like special effects, plots that are so comic book-ie you can practically smell the ink and heroesthat really make you want to believe. That means that whenever I go into any kind of superhero movie, I am predisposed to like it. It’s my genre.

But even with that, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of relying on a quick tranformation and long emotional adjustment (ie Spiderman, X-men) this story was more about the man behind the mask than it was about blowing people up. The story was not as predictable as most, excepting the ever-present “I’m in love with a moody vigilanty who doesn’t treat me right” romantic subplot, that is. Read the rest of this entry »





Bella

17 06 2008

Brilliant.

 

Oh God, I want to make movies!





Prince Caspian, A Review

24 05 2008

 

I went into Prince Caspian with high expectations. They might have been unrealistic, but movies are something I take very seriously. Movies based on books are taken even more seriously than other films. If you are planning on retelling a beloved tale on film, you’d better be careful. Accuracy, emotional integrity and loyalty to the original storyteller are vital. The only exception I make to this rule is Clive Cussler who freaks out at the slightest alterations to his stories. He hasn’t grasped the fact that you cannot just transfer every word straight from paper to celluloid.

 

Prince Caspian is the second movie based on the Chronicles of Narnia books. Produced by Disney in concert with Walden Media and directed by Andrew Adamson, this movie tells the story of the Pevensie children’s return to Narnia. Thirteen hundred years have elapsed since Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy were kings and queens over Narnia and things are no longer as they once were. NArnia is ruled by the Telmarines, a people descended from pirates and bent on destroying every Narnian. Prince Caspian is next in line to the throne and is forced to escape his uncle Miraz in order to survive. While escaping he stumbles across a remnant group of Narnians. After blowing the horn and calling the Pevensie children back into Narnia, Prince Caspian and the Pevensies are forced to fight for the very survival of their people. Read the rest of this entry »





“Jumper”

17 02 2008

Last night I had a novel experience. I went to a movie on a Saturday night of opening weekend. Obviously there were other movies playing and not everyone was there to see Jumper, but there were heaps of people there.  Familys, couples, gaggles of teenagers; all doing the same thing on a Saturday night.

I think I need to move.

I had mixed feelings about Jumper and shall elaborate further in the following review.

Good Stuff:
     –Hayden “I’m so pretty” Christensen did much better than I expected. I believed him when he cried and liked the boyish awkwardness that his character never seemed to leave behind.
    -I love Jamie Bell and would gladly pay $10 to see him in anything. 
    -The special effects were impressive, and the thought-processes behind what ‘jumping’ does to the surrounding world showed creativity.
    – The ever-present blockbuster chick was less irritating than I expected. I would have liked her better if she hadn’t been so obviously malnourished. I find it morally objectionable to continually place stick-thin girls in front of the teenage population of America. We hold them up as idols and wonder why no-one under 18 has any self-esteem. 

Bad Stuff:
   – The plot had way more potential than was actually developed.
   – There was a [brief] sex scene that was not only completely unnecessary but felt really contrived.
   – Jamie Bell’s character could have been developed to a much greater extent. In fact, all of them could have been. By the end of the movie I still didn’t KNOW anything about them. ie, there was a great lack of subtext. You may not need subtext if your text is Shakespeare but when your script is as shallow as this one, you need all the subtext you can get!

Conclusion:
  I genuinely liked this movie. It was entertaining and fun, and for the most part I was pleasantly suprised. My inclination is to say that you should wait and rent it.

    Good company makes up for great ills and I had lots of fun. Anything that the movie lacked was compensated for by the very twitchy Jason, the best-laugh-I’ve-ever-heard Brian, the ever-so-silent Amy and my dear friend Rebecca. 

   Good times…