July 15th, 2009

green little review

Poem for Wednesday

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I have nothing exciting to report from my day (laundry, kids, finally finished reorganizing post-trip), but I had a lovely evening because apaulled decided we needed to celebrate Bastille Day properly and made French onion soup and cassoulet, then put on a DVD he'd made from a torrent someone had posted of the 2006 Les Miserables revival (undoubtedly recorded illegally, and with a terrible Fantine, but hey, it's been so many years since I saw the original cast in the pre-Broadway run at the Kennedy Center that I'll take what I can get). I suppose The Scarlet Pimpernel would have been appropriate but I don't have a DVD of any of the Broadway incarnations, though I'm sure I saw a concert performance with Linda Eder on public television at some point.

It's not France, but here are some photos of the French Quarter. Like so many here, I am getting up early to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (with birthday girl gblvr, plus perkypaduan, and apaulled and my kids are coming too, though the older does not want to be seen with me and my friends and may sit elsewhere), so I am off to bed!

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I really liked Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince -- I didn't love it the way I loved Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but that's the result of having read the later books, particularly the last one, not because I think the filmmakers did anything terribly wrong. The younger actors have all improved a lot since the earlier films; it's most obvious with Rupert Grint and Tom Felton because they have more specific things to do (physical comedy and brooding melancholy respectively), but Emma Watson's become much more subtle and relies less on a handful of facial expressions, and Daniel Radcliffe carries authority more convincingly, even if he's still terrible at crying on command. Kloves et al cut out a few plot points that made me boggle, but this time, since I know that DH is being split into two films, I am counting on them bringing some of those into DH Part One rather than tossing them out (actually, I'll probably be wrong and they'll never explain them the way they never explained Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs, but it's not like Rowling didn't completely drop the ball on a lot of things in the books themselves). Collapse )