I have Virgil! I was afraid to read the Aeneid lest I be dissappointed again. I would have gotten to it eventually, but now it has moved up considerably on my list!
My latin teacher loved Virgil a lot.
Just saw 'Jarhead' and advise you all to save your money and rent on dvd or even wait till it comes to regular TV. altho I do foresee that TV would probably clean it up abit. The story isn't bad and will hold interest, but it may as well have been filmed in one place, a vacant construction lot with no construction on it yet. There was potential here that was blown off totally. Maybe it was the tone of the author [a marine wrote it]. And that did seem to be his main complaint, that he never got to kill anyone. But it is worth watching the story one time around because everyone has a tale to tell. He couldn't have been that stupid and boring if he wrote a book and actually got it published, could he? If that is so, then maybe I should write my family's story after all. It is at least as interesting as this movie was. [smiling at ya]
By the way Skeoke, Yes I didn't miss Achilles naked half the time and half naked the rest of the time!! [nice butt, too] but sarongs flapping in the breeze was just oh sooooo tempting!!! [grinning at ya]
Just saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire last night.
I enjoyed it, but it does veer away from the book rather sharply in places.
I am a dirty old woman, because there is one scene where Harry is getting into a bath, and I wolf whistled.
It was very good, but it seemed very rushed in places. I think it may have been better to break the movie into two because the book was so large. But Harry is always good fun to watch and read. I will definitely be seeing it again.
The Chronicles of Narnia is awesome.!! First of all, I don't know a kid on the planet that doesn't play 'hide and seek'. And what child wouldn't love to find a magic realm in the back of their closet. The movie follows the book very well and the scenery is so beautiful. The special effects are pretty awesome also, but I have to admit growing up on and being impressed by 'The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad' and it's special effects. Narnia is one movie I intend to see at the theater twice!! [smiling at ya]
Went to see King Kong yesterday. Did something we've not done in ages - actually walked out before the end. Peter Jackson was being a bit too 'look ma, see what I can make the big gorilla do!' and we just got, well, fed up of waiting for the end. Each of the set pieces was too long, he could have made it all much tighter, much more enjoyable.
I must say that I agree with you. I walked out too... to "go to the bathroom" during the interminable major bug sequence. That was a bit too much for me.
I left the movie, overall, wondering why I was so noncomittal over whether I liked it or not. I didn't feel any strong connection to any the characters (though I liked Brody's character), but for me the real issue was that all the scenes ran too long. I can deal with a long movie, if it's good. I could have sat through another other of any of the LotR movies. So aside from the length of the movie, all the sequences were too long. The action sequences were too long (the T. Rex scene was great fun, but it never stopped), the drama sequences were a tad too long, the plot set-up took too long, the climax built up too long, everything just seemed to plod along.
I will say that King Kong has the creepiest damn "natives" I've ever seen in a movie. EVAR. *shudder*
I was looking forward to this movie forever, but now that I've seen it, I really can't say that I liked it overmuch.
Tomorrow I'll finally get to go see Memoirs of a Geisha. I reread the book a month ago so I could remember the story. The movie can never capture the intricacies of Sayuri's stories and relationships, but hopefully it'll be a pretty ride to a more elegant and graceful place nonetheless.
Apparently King Kong has not made the numbers that were hoped for. During its second weekend and Narnia's third weekend it barely made more money (in the US/Canada market) than Narnia. It's projected than Narnia will win the upcoming weekend.
Numbers for Narnia (all numbers in USD):
Domestic: $183,116,192 69.9%
+ Overseas: $78,862,000 30.1%
= Worldwide: $261,978,192