Archive for March, 2011

Was it worth the wait?

I finally got a chance to watch The King’s Speech last night. I’ve been wanting to see it since I first started reading reviews. Okay, maybe I’ve wanted to see it since I heard that Colin Firth was in it. That certainly didn’t dampen my desire to watch it!

I watched The King’s Speech win four awards at the Oscar. This only heightened my wish to see the movie. So the question is, was it worth the wait and did it deserve the awards? The simple answer? Yes, yes, and YES.

The story is simple, but that makes it more elegant. It is well-told and well-acted. The language is lovely, which enhances the main impetus–the King’s stammer. He has trouble speaking, but has opinions that deserve to be heard. It’s an honest and human story, and a part of history.

The role of King George, “Bertie,” is probably Colin Firth’s best to date. He has become a wonderful actor, and this movie is yet another rung on his climb upward. He certainly deserved the Best Actor Oscar. Geoffrey Rush was also superb as Lionel Logue, the King’s Australian speech therapist.

My suggestion is that you go out and watch this movie. Run, don’t walk, as they say. Watch it before it leaves the theater. It is well worth it.


I’m off to see The King’s Speech tonight.  Oh, happy day!  Soon I shall be able to say for sure if it deserved the awards it has won.

Have you fallen victim?

Many of the people I talk to seem to have fallen victim to the American Idol craze.  I watched one season of AI, and that was back in season five.  Taylor Hicks is the reason I watched that season.  Even then, I wasn’t obsessed to the point that I had to watch the show every week.  If I missed a show it wasn’t a big deal.
Support for (or obsession with) the show has expanded since then, at least for the true fans.  I’m rather tired of it myself.  What about you all? Any thoughts?

Quote Quiz! 3.11.11 – ANSWERS

Here we go again!

1.  “Oh, yes, I do see the skywriting there. Thank goodness the cloud blocked the last letter.” – Buck Cluck, Chicken Little

2.  “Logan, my tolerance for your smoking in the mansion notwithstanding, continue smoking that in here, and you’ll spend the rest of your days under the belief that you’re a six-year-old girl.” – Professor Xavier, X-Men 2

3.  “I stuck up for thee. He said thee weren’t fit to live with pigs. I said thee were.” –John Browdie, Nicholas Nickleby

4.  “It’s for Paris, I’m on this new diet. Well, I don’t eat anything and when I feel like I’m about to faint I eat a cube of cheese. I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.” – Emily, The Devil Wears Prada

5.  “The good do not always come to good ends. It is a truth universally acknowledged.” – Mr. Wisley, Becoming Jane

6.  “Negative, I am a meat popsicle.” – Korben Dallas, The Fifth Element

What the Dickens?

I started watching a BBC miniseries based on a Charles Dickens novel.  Or perhaps I should say another BBC miniseries based on a Dickens novel.  Bleak House and Little Dorrit are two of my favorite series, and they are adaptations of Dickens’ novels.

The series I’m watching now is Martin Chuzzlewit, which is is not one of Dickens’ best-known novels.  This series, however, has perhaps one of the better casts, including Paul Schofield, Tom Wilkinson, and Pete Postlethwaite.

It’s quite enjoyable so far

What say you?

I’ve been thinking about The Lord of the Rings trilogy, probably because I’ve been trying to play some of the music.  I’m thinking I’m going to have to set aside a day and have a LOTR extravaganza.  One has to do that occasionally, after all!

Any true fan knows that LOTR must be viewed in all its epic glory on a fairly regular basis.

Tom Selleck, contemplative

Some of you have probably heard of the author (died last year, alas) Robert B. Parker.  He wrote a number of books, including the ones with a semi-alcoholic detective, Jesse Stone, as the main character.

These books (at least some of them) have been made into movies starring Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone.  If you haven’t watched any of them yet, I would recommend them.

They are quieter and more contemplative than many cop dramas, which is a refreshing change.  The stories are more character-driven than plot-driven.  They also do a good job of showing what it would be like to work as a law enforcement officer in a small town.  They are worth checking out.

Sheen update

I am amending my opinion in a previous post about Charlie Sheen.  He is now clearly much worse than Lindsay Lohan.

To those of you who still watch Two & and Half Men I say, shame on you for supporting him!  He’s crazy.

For those of you who can’t tell, I’m being a little facetious.  I do think Sheen’s crazy, though.

1.  “I have listened to the word of Obadiah Slope. More important, I have listened to the music of his soul, and I found the melody somewhat tasteless.” – Rev. Septimus Harding, The Barchester Chronicles

2.  “Uh, no, no. Perhaps you misunderstood me. I wish to cancel my original order of the martini and two olives and go for just the plain cranberry juice, by itself, for the three dollars. And I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.” – Deuce, Deuce Bigelow

3.  “We’re gonna be here the entire morning with no maple syrup and no – no toothpicks, I’m definitely, definitely not gonna have my pancakes w-with..” – Raymond, Rain Man

4.  “Well the buzz from the bees is that the leopards are in a bit of a spot. And the baboons are going ape over this. Of course, the giraffes are acting like they’re above it all… The tick birds are pecking on the elephants. I told the elephants to forget it, but they can’t. The cheetahs are hard up, but I always say, cheetahs never prosper.” – Zazu, The Lion King

I haven’t had much free time recently, so I haven’t been able to watch a full-length movie.  I hope to be able to change that tomorrow evening.  TGIF, eh?

I’m also thinking I’ll have to check out what DVDs are out for rent.  I haven’t been in a rental store in quite a while either.