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20 February 2007 @ 09:34 pm
Updates, updates everywhere but nary a drop to drink  
Okay everyone! Another update of unconnected events in my life for your reading pleasure.

First, a new and yet old film for the Films Challenge!

Film 2/20: Swiss Family Robinson, the original starring John Mills and Dorothy McGuire.

I know it seems completely ludicrous, but I had never seen this movie before. I realize that I should probably read the book but I haven't, so I will confine my comments to the movie alone.

First, I love Dorothy McGuire. I don't know why. I think it is the way she talks. But just because I like the actress doesn't mean I enjoyed the character. I found her too helpless, too delicate in the beginning. However, she did get better later in the movie.

Secondly, I loved that tree house. Can I have one? Please, please, please? Can I? I did, however, think it was extremely sexist that her husband and sons took Mrs. Robinson to see the kitchen first. "Look, honey! You can cook for us and clean up after us, just like before we were shipwrecked!" I realize that this is a book and a movie that are both products of their time, but damn, that bothered me.

Thirdly, and just as a scientific O_O, I don't care what kind of land bridge that island used to be, there is no way that tigers, bears, ostriches, zebras, monkeys, and elephants are all living in the same environment. The issue being the bears. Had they just said wildebeests or crocodiles, I would have bought it! Bears, no. Bears are not tropical animals. On account of all the fur, the damnable fur! Some seriously uncomfortable bears on that island, let me tell you!

Otherwise, a cute flick. Lots of bare chested men/boys for those of you who might like those things. And a cute, pixie-cut girl for those of you who might like those things. ;)

The moral of the story? "The family that annihilates pirates together, stays together."

And a new-to-me book for the Books Challenge!

Book 3/20: Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

Remember when I said that it wasn't likely that I would finish this one in time for it to be number 3? Yeah. Wrong. Got it done before the Emily Dickinson book and the Obama book.

Tiff got me hooked on the Wheel of Time series, as you are all aware. And I am well and truly hooked. That being said, however, Robert? Please, please, PLEASE get on with the story! Sometimes I feel not only that our protagonists have been chased up a tree and rocks have been thrown at them, but also they have had live piranhas thrown at them, there is a bomb strapped to their branch, and ninjas are approaching. Ninjas who have headaches and anger management issues. I like a nice, juicy long story as much as the next one but a little positivity for our protagonists won't make them weak, I promise you. ;)

Am I eagerly awaiting the next book, though? Hell yes! I'm a WoT junkie, I admit it. Egwene, Elayne, and Aviendha are my favorite characters. Oh, and Loial too, though we haven't seen much of him lately.

Okay, I had more to report but it is late and I have a date to read Terry Pratchett to my girl during our daily phone call. :D

You'll just have to wait for the rest. I will try not to make you wait too long, but, in all honesty, it's not all that and a bag of chips. ;)

But I do like to keep you updated.


My State of Mind: amusedamused
shayshaych_03 on February 21st, 2007 10:08 am (UTC)
:D where do you think i got the idea for the shelter in "message in a bottle" LOL

i remember seeing Swiss... when i was a tot... there used to be a drive in theater that only showed disney and disney like movies, and it was really cheap... so i saw a lot of films there as a kid :)

i read the first WoT book... so long ago now that i barely remember it, but what i do recall was the lack of anything resembling a positive outlook for the characters...

there are two other authors i can think of off the top of my head that ascribe to the "chase your characters up a tree and drop meteors on them" theory... Melanie Rawn and Tad Williams :)

oh, have you seen the trailer for the movie 300 yet? if you liked any of the recent historical fiction films (Troy, Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven, etc) you might give this one a look... it's based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller.
seftiri: Gonzo Coolseftiri on February 24th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
I've seen the trailer but it doesn't explain anything. I'm not familiar with the graphic novel. What is it about?
shay: heldwithinshaych_03 on February 24th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
it's based on the legend of 300 spartans defending their homeland against the (i think) persian invasion.

i haven't seen the graphic novel either, but i know frank miller (he's done batman -- i think his series was "dark knight returns" and he did sin city...)

anyway... it's cool fighting, done in a matrix-style with very hot colors (sharp, defined graphics... blazingly bigger than life) if nothing else, it's a great movie for getting out the "explosions, explosions, explosions" need that movies like Die Hard fulfill :D
rave_review on February 21st, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
I wanted that treehouse, too!
Ive never seen the movie, just read the book, but I'll have to look into that.
seftiri: Smileseftiri on February 24th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
That treehouse rocks the world. Everyone should have a house like that. LOL
Tiffany: wot blue ajahpiekid on February 21st, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
You know, I used to think that RJ was torturing our intrepid heroes too much also. But then I read the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by Geroge R. R. Martin (those books I hate) and compared to that series, RJ might as well have an orgy going on in his books. Seriously.

There are moments of both good and bad ahead. But I do agree that he could hurry the story along a bit.

Though there is only one thing I really care about.


seftiri: Blue Ajah Aniseftiri on February 24th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! I forgot to say Moiraine! I like her too.

I just want Egwene to show Elaida a thing or three and I want Elayne to find her mother and so on...

BTW, I miss you, sweetie! I can't wait to see you. 3 more days!
a_noni_muss on February 22nd, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
So I've never read and/or heard of WoT. I know...infidel.

I've never seen the original movie but I've seen the remake (with Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, I believe). And I'm glad I wasn't the only one wondering about how hot the furry animals were. PETA would love us.
seftiri: Blue Ajah Aniseftiri on February 24th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
You are not an infidel. Honestly. I didn't start reading them until last year and I am an old person. You're still young. You have time. ;)

LOL Did they have bears on theirs too? Poor tropical bears. All wanting to be shaved. LOL
Tiffany: lj nothing better to dopiekid on April 20th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
I know I commented above, but I just had to show you this, the coolest treehouse evar.