Pirates III

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

When my sister and her husband raved about Pirates I, I went to see it and thought, 'wow'. I really enjoyed the movie. So I eagerly looked forward to No. 2 and was disappointed. There was neither story nor character arcs; just a bunch of action scenes thrown together. But I thought, okay. Spielberg didn't do so hot with Indiana Jones 2 and that could have been Bruckheimer's [spelling] problem.

I saw Pirates III over the weekend and but for the special effects, I would have hated this movie. Once more, no character/story arcs and I could have thrown my popcorn at the screen over the ending for the so-called romance. Ick! Clearly, Bruckheimer is no storyteller on the level of a George Lucas or Peter Jackson. The first three Star War movies all had a completed story; they each could stand alone. Yes, there were bridges/links between them, but there was a character arc and resolution. Although Peter Jackson dealt with a known series of books, again, each Lord of the Ring movie could stand alone. While threads led to the next movie, there was a resolution in each movie that left the viewer satisfied.

Pirates I-III ultimately derailed into a hodge-podge of action scenes. Mind you, I live, breath and eat action movies, but this series was so disappointing. There was a story to be told but it failed to recognize it. I won't be buying the DVD when it comes out.


The May calendar photo

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Okay, it's only getting posted with two days left in May, but here's the photo from my calendar:

Long absence

Yeah, I know. I haven't posted for almost a month. My laptop went on the fritz...no power at all, and for whatever reason, I couldn't access the blog via my desk top. I would try to log on and the little icon went on and on and on...

I now have my laptop back and happiness is being able to move around the house, writing wherever I want to. During my hiatus, I had the good news that SHADOW LINES is a finalist in both the National Readers' Choice Awards and Golden Quill contests in the romantic suspense category.

We've been in major drought conditions here in South Florida and are on Phase III restrictions...that means watering the lawn, washing the car, etc. only one time a week. Considering we're in the sub-tropical to tropical zone, brown, crunchy lawns are not the norm. Maddie doesn't like the stuff much so she happily does her part against water violators by nailing their yards.

I was thrilled that Jordin and Apollo won in respectively AI and Dancing with the Stars. I was rooting/voting for them all the way.

Boy, I'm away a month and look at me chatter. :) Carol