Welcome, Foolish Mortals!
Okay, okay...I did see The Haunted Mansion this weekend. Twice. And, I liked it!!! The first time was on Wednesday the 26th. My boss let us go early so I met with Clark at Downtown Disney to see the film. I saw it again -- with Sean this time -- on Friday the 28th. Same place. The story moves along fairly well, plus all the little details from the ride at Disneyland make it worthwhile. Eddie Murphy's comedy takes a bit to warm up, but once it does, the movie becomes one good ride. And, if you do decide to see it, stick around for a little tag ending after the credits....
On Saturday, I saw Looney Tunes: Back in Action and am glad that I did. Definitely a fun film to watch, full of references to other Warner Bros. cartoons and films, and tons of the cartoonish action we've come to rely on from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the gang. Brendan Fraser is quite funny as DJ Drake, a studio security guard who is fired and then must rescue his secret agent father. Steve Martin was a bit over-the-top, more so than usual.
Today, I used my free movie voucher to see Les Triplettes de Belleville, a French animated film. A so-so movie. Un peu comme-çi, comme-ça. I enjoyed the change from Disney and Pixar animation and liked the story of a young man who is kidnapped during the Tour de France only to be rescued by his Grandmother and a trio of singling ladies, the Triplettes of Belleville. But, I can't help but feel slighted by the film. I admit that I'm not the most patriotic person in the USA, but when Belleville appears on the screen, via a huge ship entering a harbor with an obese statue the would almost be a dead ringer for the Statue of Liberty (except for its enormous rotundity), it seemed to me to be an obvious swipe at the U.S. The streets are far from resembling anything European and skyscrapers abound -- it all just looked too American to me. Also, the residents of Belleville are all grossly obese, which seems to be a prevalent French belief that Americans don't excercise enough and constitute a country of fat people. The obvious swipes at Mickey Mouse and Disney left me in an unpleasant mood. as well. (In one scene, the grandmother climbs the stairs to the Triplettes apartment, past a clogged toilet with a very distinctive pile of excrement blocking the drain.) Maybe I read to much into what I saw on the screen, but it definitely tainted my perception of the film.
Difficult to believe I have a degree in French, huh?
As for books.... I finished three over the long holiday weekend. Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge, A Door into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski, and "We Never Make Mistakes" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Instead of writing reviews here, which would take up far too much space, I wrote them for Amazon, and if you are interested in reading them, my reviewer name is gac1003.
Yes, I am very much into the entertainment pursuits in life: reading, music, movies, etc. My stack of too-read books must be well over 40 titles, plus Sean sells books for a living so one room is covered with obscure and current titles. My updated reading list, though, is as follows:
The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson (still have about 550 pages to go)
Cabal by Michael Dibdin
An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis
I'll write a bit later about the events of Thanksgiving Day itself. I still need to sort through a minor bit of what happened. Until then!!
P.S. I could never be an editor. Nothing EVER looks good the first, second or third time. I'm sure that I've re-edited this blog entry at least 8 times now. -GC