Saturday, January 12, 2008

Photo Friday

I submitted this:
Lonely Tree Photo Mosaic
for the theme, 'Passage of Time' last week, but didn't feature it here because it wasn't that long ago that I used that same mosaic for the theme, 'Alone.'

Anyway, this week's Photo Friday theme is: 'Mountain'

As most of you know -- I've lived in Indiana my entire life and Indiana doesn't have what most people would call mountains. We do, however, occasionally have more snow than we know what to do with which results in 'mountains' of snow.

I found this 'mountain' piled up around the sign that you can see and it struck me as mildly funny.


Films Recently Watched:

Finishing up 2007 movies here. I managed to get a few in over the Christmas holiday:

3 Godfathers (1948) dir. by John Ford
A totally different kind of Western. I know my Dad loves this movie. I was hoping for more from it. It was OK, but that's about it. Why do I always get Mildred Natwick and Beulah Bondi confused??

Beulah BondiMildred Natwick

300 (2006) dir. by Zack Snyder
As soon as I saw another Frank Miller graphic novel was being made into a movie (a la Sin City), I knew I would want to see it eventually. Early trailers confirmed that Miller's highly stylized visuals would be used as a model again. Is it realistic? Hardly. Is it ridiculously-over-the-top? Yeah, but I knew that going in and it did not disappoint. I didn't realize until afterwards that Gerry Butler, who plays the protagonist, Leonidas here was also the Phantom in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. review:

Beulah BondiMildred NatwickGerry Butler (Phantom)Gerry Butler (Leonidas)Gary Coleman
(from left to right: Beulah/Mildred/ Gerry as Phantom/Gerry as Leonidas/Gary Coleman)

Got it so far? Ok - moving on.

Dreamgirls (2006) dir. by Bill Condon
This was pretty good. I didn't care for the switch halfway through from 'movie about music' to 'full-out musical,' but other than that it was decent.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) dir. by Tim Burton
Possibly a stretch as a 'Christmas Movie,' but I always enjoy it around that time of year.

The Good Shepherd (2006) dir. by Robert De Niro
Eh -- so, so. Too long and the torture scene nearly made me physically ill. Yikes.

The Jungle Book (1967) dir. by Wolfgang Reitherman
Wow -- it had been a long time since I'd seen this one. Pretty classic Disney.

Match Point (2005) dir. by Woody Allen
A clever thriller disguised as a romantic drama. I enjoyed it.

United 93 (2006) dir. by Paul Greengrass
The documentary, United 93: the Families and the Film, which is on the DVD is nearly as riveting as the film itself. Both really well done. What I found most disturbing had nothing to do with the film, but rather it's listing on IMDb. Under the heading 'If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends,' I found a link to Die Hard 2. Come on.

I've started watching the TV show (on DVD, of course), 'Heroes' and I'm really enjoying it. The mixed blessing of watching exciting serial TV on DVD is that there's no obligation to wait a whole week for the next episode. You can watch as many as you like. Yes, a blessing and a curse.

No comments: