Lawyers who blog… (and I guess we of triscribe.com are no better…)
The marathon was fun tv (yeah, I actually watched; wasn’t in the mood to watch the political stuff) – on the men’s side, the American was so darn close; then the South African and the Kenyan had their head-to-head match, with the Kenyan winning by a .1 second margin. Yikes. Meanwhile, the women’s side was no less exciting, insofar as one wouldn’t think that Latvia would suddenly be a marathon power.
The live debate on “West Wing” (I missed half of it, because I watched the Simpsons’ latest Treehouse of Horrors episode – not great; too many movie parodies – and those weren’t even movies I liked or cared for) – fun! Alan Alda (a known real-life liberal) playing a moderate Republican Senator Vinick who believes in the free market and smaller, more efficient government (but not believe in global warming). Jimmy Smits plays Latino TX Congressman Santos, who isn’t the most liberal of liberals, but did a rousing argument that he is proud to be liberal because liberals are the ones who actually did things in this country (like fought for voting rights for every citizen of every gender and race; ended slavery (well, a liberal Republican anyway), and stuff like that). Loved that defense of liberalism! (I may not be a liberal, but I despise how Right Wingers use the word “liberal” like it’s profanity). Both actors acted very well. Forrest Sawyer (ex-ABC journalist) played the moderator on NBC News. Umm, sure, Forrest. You might have an acting career! The fake campaign has been intruiging (well, I haven’t watched enough “West Wing” to say much more).
A profile of the making of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” – hmm. So they are already planning making the film version of Book 2, “Prince Caspian”?
Personally, I’ve the theory that one could make the books into four movies:
– “The Magician’s Nephew” was the prequel to “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (arguably, it can be made into the prologue to LWW; the story there was pretty negligible, unless you really wanted to know how Narnia was created and how the Pevensie kids’ Professor came to be who he was – and really, the story never did explain how he got the wardrobe!)
– “The Horse and His Boy” was more of a contemporaneous tale within LWW (wherein this kid meets up with the four Pevensie kids during their reign of Narnia; the talking horses were lovely characters, but I personally felt it was the weakest of the seven books). You could just insert it into LWW, or not have it at all.
– “Prince Caspian” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and “The Silver Chair” were pretty much The Life of Caspian (although the Pevensie kids’ cousin, Eustace, is a real annoying British kid, who somehow learned to redeem himself – if Edmund was annoying in LWW, Eustace was a heck of a lot worse, since his parents were apparently the strange atheists of the unseen parents in the series – maybe the Christian C.S. Lewis was trying to hint at something).
– “The Last Battle” – well, the title sums it up. I came out of that one feeling sad; I can easily imagine the movie looking a lot like Lord of the Rings’ “Return of the King” (a movie that really didn’t know when to end).
But, this is starting to feel quite exciting, I must say, when they make a movie of a book I really enjoyed as a kid.