It was an incredibly windy weekend in Okieland. Dirt, trash and shingles were blowing everywhere. Unfortunately, the wind didn’t blow in any much-needed rain.
Saturday Kim took Alex and his friend to see the new Harry Potter movie. Sara and I went on Sunday. I loved it. I think it was the best in the series to date, not only because it was so much darker but also because of the interaction of the kids as teenagers. It’s been fun watching them grow up on the screen and now seeing possible romantic involvements develop.
No … I haven’t read the books yet. We have most of them around the house. I just haven’t gotten to them yet.
One thing I thought of from the movies is how Hogwart’s can’t seem to get and keep a reliable defense against the dark arts professor. It’s almost as though anybody with an interest in the dark arts is himself corrupted by that exposure. You’d think the Christian zealots who love to protest Harry Potter would have pointed that out. Maybe they have and I just didn’t listen. Anyway, I just found it an interesting observation.
The preview for Peter Jackson’s King Kong looked incredible. I think he’s going to do it justice. The scope of the scenery was incredible, much like the settings of The Lord of the Rings. The CGI appears to be top-notch, too.
I was disappointed there was no trailer for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as the Harry Potter audience has to be the target for that film. C.S. Lewis, the man and his work, had a profound influence on me, so I’m really looking forward to this new version of his book. They’re doing all the Narnia books, right? The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite in the series.
Maybe someday somebody will film Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, Patricia A.McKillip’s Riddlemaster series and do a decent version of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea books. The Tombs of Atuan … damn, I loved that book.