Archive for May, 2005

A Haiku

May 30, 2005
Others write a lot.
But here in my blog entries,
Brevity is king.

Revenge of the Sith Review

May 19, 2005

May 19, 12:05 a.m. The lights go down. The crowd goes silent. And we were off. Like a roller coaster, careening out of control, you know how it’s going to end up and you have a pretty good idea what it’s going to be like getting there. Let me start by saying the movie was awesome. In ranking the six movies, I would put it at number two, behind Empire Strikes Back. But let me also say that this part of the story almost didn’t need to be told. We all know the legendary story about the fall of Anakin Skywalker. But like a good Alfred Hitchcock movie, the scariest parts are better left to the imagination. It’s like when someone tells you about some guy who has done some really bad things. You say like what kind of things? And then he tells you what kind of things. And then you wish he hadn’t told you. We all know Darth Vader had issues, but after seeing this movie, you know, in graphic detail, what those issues were.

To be honest, the beginning of the movie had me very scared. Scared in terms of the poorly written dialogue and cardboard acting. But rest assured, the dialogue hits its stride partway through the movie. This movie has some of the best battle scenes ever put on film. (Yes, Return of the King had the best, but you can’t compare the two.) Yoda kicks even more major booty this time around. The wookiees make an appearance, but left me wanting to see more of their battle. One scene of note is during the purge of the Jedi, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the christening scene in the Godfather (another movie about one man’s turn to the dark side). R2-D2 shows off his awesome computer hacking skills (and fighting skills!).

I left the movie theather with a depressed feeling, not because of the movie, but because of what had happened to Anakin. The great thing about the movie, however, is that it does a great job at bridging the trilogies together and you know that everything gets resolved in the end.

My rating: ***1/2

By the way, there was a sweet trailer for Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe before the movie!

One BIG happy family

May 3, 2005

My fourth graders were watching the same Ancient Egypt video and it was talking about Ramesses the Great. The narrator noted that Ramesses had fathered more than 90 children, to which one boy replied “My mom can’t even stand the two of us!”

Huh?

May 2, 2005

So I’m standing in the copy room making some copies, and I notice the writing on the toner cartridge. Under the ingredients list is a box that says “contents partially unknown”. How safe is this? What could those unknown contents possibly be? I think this label should be used in the food industry as well (like on, say, every food item at McDonald’s!).

Mostly Harmless

May 2, 2005

I saw “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” this weekend. I’m fairly new to the Douglas Adams universe (I’ve read the first three books of the trilogy last year and re-read Hitchhiker’s last month). Reading Adams’ work has got me into reading more sci-fi and also led to my discovery of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series (probably some of the funniest stories ever written!). I went into the movie without any expectations – I just wanted to see how this book translated to the big screen. After seeing the movie, I realized that it is a very tough book to adapt into movie form. Many of the jokes that I found funny on the page were either not funny in the movie or were left out entirely. It would be similar to adapting a Terry Pratchett book for the screen. For some reason, Pratchett’s handling of the English language is incredibly funny on paper, but would probably be lost on mainstream audiences. Which brings me to my next point about the movie – who was the movie made for? If it was made strictly for the fans, with all its bits intact, it wouldn’t have recieved that wide of a release (and wouldn’t have had the funding – like a low budge BBC series). For some entertainment, after you see the movie, read uber fan MJ Simpson’s now legendary review. (I would hate to read this guy’s review of “The Ten Commandments” – “Moses wasn’t a white guy! And he certainly didn’t part the Red Sea with the end of a rifle!”) I think the movie was made for the in-between group – those of us who have only read the book twice, sci-fi fans, kids, Monty Python fans, clinically depressed androids, etc. It’s not that bad of a movie. Yes it’s awkward at times, but so was the book. The movie has some loose ends, but so did “Weekend at Bernie’s I”. Some of the funniest things in the movie turned out to be the new parts. My favorite part from the book, however, was also my favorite part in the movie. It has to do with a pot of petunias and a whale, miles above the surface of a planet. That’s all I’m going to say. And make sure you stay through the credits.

My rating: 38 (out of 42 stars)