August 22nd, 2005

little review

Poem for Monday

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It was a very hot and muggy day, so we took the kids to an early show of March of the Penguins, which we all loved. It's a beautiful movie, with gorgeous cinematography and warm, witty narration from Morgan Freeman; the birds are somewhat anthropomorphized and the "storyline" follows a fairly typical National Geographic format, covering a yearly cycle in their lives through the seasons, but there are extraordinary shots of the penguins mating (the film suggests making love), producing eggs, dealing with various tragedies that prevent a few of the young ones from reaching maturity and making the unbelievable journey to do all of this. It sounds even more complex than what salmon go through to spawn, and it is hard not to believe in the characterization of parents attached to their children on an emotional level give what they go through to have them. I would love to know from an evolutionary standpoint more about how this journey developed!

After the movie, we went to Staples to get padded backpacks, oversized notebooks and other school supplies that we couldn't find in Target etc. Then my father took the kids swimming for a couple of hours while I wrote TrekToday articles and we all had dinner together at my parents'. I'm rather behind on mail and stuff after running around over the weekend, and this week will be bad -- it's my kids' last week home before school starts -- but once we are back in the fall rhythm, hopefully I will be better!

Oh, and I am behind on knowing everything, but from mrkinch, Variety confirms that there is going to be a Sharpe miniseries starring Sean Bean! Sharpe's Challenge is set and will be filmed in northern India and concerns a maharajah, and that's all I know. And in HP commentary, marilla82 linked me to this essay on Tonks in HBP by shaggydogstail that had so many neat points in it. For anyone else who pined and wailed miserably about Tonks' characterization in book six, this is a must-read.

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