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And so it begins...

...but not in the doomy, ominous Vorlon sorta way.

The semester.

Fourteen kids (which will change, but not as big a percentage as Fall/Spring semesters. Two students from previous classes--both really great people, and BTA (better than average) students. Yay.

A few (four I think) second language folks--Burmese, Vietnamese, and two former Soviet block, if names and features are anything to go by. Two students (at least) not regularly enrolled at MV (either making up an F from their institution or trying to get a gut course out of the way). Interesting mix. Should be fun, if they embrace the whole "you apply the literary concepts we go over together to the stories and share your results with the class" approach that I use. Some do, some don't. We'll see.

Since class gets out at 10, I've scheduled busman's holidays for myself all summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays--I'm free, and the before noon shows Monday through Thursday have a discounted price. Today I went and saw the 11:15 showing of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Without spoilers, I can say: A) 2D was fine. I was able to see the shots that were included to really take advantage of 3D, but, really, not necessary; B)Penelope Cruz is very acceptable as the Kiera Knightly substitute [sorry, Kiera--she wins]; C)the Orlando Bloom substitute was also acceptable [sorry, Sam--Orlando wins]; D) Barbarosa needs a better writer; E) Ian McShane was wasted as Blackbeard--I'll blame the script, because I refuse to blame Ian. And a note: "Dear Makers of Pirates Movies: Please, can I have some more of the arrogant Spanish commander? And in Tortuga would be lovely. Thank you. Me"

If there was an Easter Egg, I didn't stay for it. Decided home had charms I couldn't ignore--like a fully stocked refrigerator.

So now it's read the essays from today, maybe put something in the DVD player (maybe season 3 or 4 of B5 to remember those who've gone beyond the rim), or some oldies but goodies--still haven't cracked open The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh.

Thursday will probably be Rio since Kung Fu Panda: 2 (in 2D) will probably be there next week.

For the record--I miss my air conditioner. :-(



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May. 31st, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the AC. It's hot as blazes (92) down here in BMDL; I hope it's cooler up your way.

I saw Rio with my kids a few weeks back and it was very cute. Nice animation and artwork. Feminist points and likeable main characters. Predictable, as many kid-oriented movies are, especially with regard to the villains.
May. 31st, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
It was 88 when I left town at 2, and it usually continues up until about 4, especially with the sun and humidity we have. It's a bit better at the house (85 when I got home), but upstairs (my room) tends to bake, and my room is a full southern exposure, so...toasty. Plus the AC had a filter, which my allergist wanted for the room I sleep in.

C'est la vie.

As for Rio I'm going because friends recommended it. The one I really wanted to see is Rango, but I couldn't fit it in.

Edited at 2011-05-31 07:56 pm (UTC)
May. 31st, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wanted to see Rango too, but it had already left town by the time I had a free evening. Damn movies hardly stick around a week any more, it seems.
May. 31st, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
...I forget, is there something wrong with the AC, or is it just that we couldn't get to the window? ('Cuz I can make a path! and prolly put things back where they were after, if desired!)

Love you, want you to be comfy & healthy!
May. 31st, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
I stayed through about half of the credits and didn't see any easter eggs. I agree with your verdicts on the actors. I felt vaguely unsatisfied at the end, as if some piece -- maybe a moral center -- was missing. Or maybe I'll find it on a second viewing. There were a couple of things I wish had been better set up in terms of character but oh, well.

2D worked just fine for me, too. Fie on 3D!
Jun. 1st, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
If not Vorlon...
"...but not in the doomy, ominous Vorlon sorta way.", then is it the "Resistance is Futile!" Volgon sorta way?
Jun. 1st, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
IMDB.com says there is an Easter Egg at the end of the credits. A very short sequence with Penelope Cruz. -- Dagonell
Jun. 1st, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
Yup. There was an Easter Egg. If folks request, I will reveal here.....
Jun. 1st, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Please don't, hun. I like to keep my blog a "spoiler-free zone" as much as possible. I try to do that for my book reviews, too. I try on FB, but some of my friends just can't seem to keep a bright clear line between enthusiasm and ruining things for others, and I hate deleting people's comments unless they're vile towards another human, so those often stay.

Thank you for the offer, though!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hence the "if folks request".........

No problem, though. You can catch it on video, I'm sure.
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