October 20th, 2007

little review

Poem for Saturday

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You can thank ribby for this...she sent me Rumi: Bridge to the Soul, from which this poem is taken. And here's my review of "Elementary, Dear Data" -- if it sounds like a rush job, that's because it was, along with the latest on the Shatner Star Trek yo-yo. My children had no school due to a state-wide teachers' conference, so after lunch we went to the Countryside Artisans' open house tour. First we went to the glassblowing studio Art of Fire, which is also where the artisans at the Maryland Renaissance Faire work. There were only a few glassmakers there, working on glass birds, while there were many works on display -- we bought one of the little glass cats that had sold out at the RenFaire and played with the dog and two cats that were remarkably well-behaved in the studio (Daisy would have been batting all the little glass pieces around).

Then we went to Dancing Leaf Farm, which spins and dyes beautiful wool, but our primary interest, I must admit, is the variety of sheep they have there, including Cotswold and Jacob sheep which we don't see many of here outside agricultural fairs. There are also dogs and for the tour there were homemade cookies and chocolate covered pretzels. Next door is the Sugarloaf Studio, with sculpture, prints and paintings, where one of the artists has cut a labyrinth in the grass in the front yard. We had cider and organic chocolate.

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It was drizzling hard by late afternoon, so we went to see Elizabeth: Warrior Princess...excuse me, Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Which I completely and totally loved, even though it takes even more liberties with history than the first Elizabeth and there are some really over-the-top costuming and cinematography choices. Elizabeth gets to be Eowyn, Theoden and Aragorn! Raleigh gets to be Leicester, Essex and Drake! And Walsingham now has a bit of Barbossa in him, and Cutler Becket is guarding Mary Queen of Scots' closets, with a surprise guest role for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Philip of Spain! (Perfect casting, really, because the moral of the story is that God doesn't like people who use Him as an excuse to kill other people, but especially if they're swarthy.)

I know that the first Elizabeth is from several years before The Lord of the Rings, and it's a good thing, because if I didn't know for a fact that certain types of imagery and crescendos were already a trademark of Shekhar Kapur, I'd think he was taking cues from Peter Jackson. apaulled and I were elbowing each other whispering things like, "The beacons of Gondor are lit!" at various moments -- more Two Towers than Return of the King, really. And I could draw direct comparisons because when we got home from dinner with my parents, we put on the first Elizabeth which was on Showtime...somehow I had not remembered that Christopher Eccleston was in it, probably because I didn't know who he was when I saw it (Geoffrey Rush is the one who did it for me). I know the new one is getting accused by critics of absurdities, and all I can say is that I love them both, but they are equally guilty of that!

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  • 12:36 Driving to the Countryside Artisans' open house to see animals and crafts! #
  • 18:11 Just saw 'Elizabeth, Warrior Princess.' WHOOOOO! #
  • 21:13 Back from dinner with parents. Need to catch up on Trek news bleeeech... #
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