Just a quick note on two movies I recently saw.
The first, Wall-E.
A friend suggested that the name might actually be Walter E, and given Lassetter's great admiration for Walt Disney, that is a distinct possibility.
This is more an experience movie than a story movie- like 2001, The Right Stuff, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly- just sit back and be there.
It is wonderful. In fact, for a few days after, I was thinking I am not going to the movies anymore, cause after this, anything else would only disappoint.
But I did return- yesterday, to see the new Batman flick, The Dark Knight. And again, great movie! They have really taken this very old story and imbued it with a whole new life. The depth of characterization is likened to that of great literature. And the character of the joker is so incredibly realized and portrayed that it even surpasses the magnificent job now being done with Batman/Bruce Wayne himself. They have done to this franchise what last year's Casino Royale did to Bond- created it anew and better than ever. But it is long! Very long! Virtually two or maybe even three movies in one. Given the depth and all there is to take in, maybe just too much. But magnificent performances by all, and the "sets"- well, fantastic! None of that oh so phony look of the earlier Batmans'. I mean, this one just might be real...
HOMOSASSA SPRINGS WILD LIFE STATE PARK
PUT YOUR HEAD BACK IN YOUR SHELL YOU TURTLE YOU!
I arose this morning, looked out the window at the head of my bed, and saw something very strange in my yard. Figured I gotta go see what it is- some kind of animal- at first glance looked like a duck sitting deep in the lawn... then it moved and I saw it was a turtle!
So I grabbed my camera (yes- always have camera ready) and raced out, and he cringed and put his head back in his shell, and I shot.
He wouldn’t move till I left, so I left, went back inside and watched from the window. He would take 8 steps- or sets of steps, one foot at a time, four feet, takes a while- then stop, bottom out, stick his head way up like a periscope, look all around for a long time, then pull his head back down and lift his body, and take another 8 steps.
After a while I saw he was heading to cross the road- not a real life-prolonging move for a creature that is going to stop every two feet on roads that are largely the venue of rednecks in pickup trucks who think they get points for hitting things and watching them go squish. So once again, I got up and raced outside, sans camera, and tried to encourage him to get moving.
But of course, now he wouldn't move. I tapped him in his backside to encourage him, but that only made him dig in harder against the direction of my urging- maybe he was a teenager? So, I backed off and waved and shouted at him to move it! He eventually took another 8 steps, while I watched for traffic. The edges of his shell were very soft, so not conducive to grabbing for lifting, and I am not familiar with this type, but I do know it has a very long neck and could get its jaws around at my hands if I grabbed it- and not sure what kind of bite it has. So that was a last resort as I watched for traffic versus progress to the other side. Well, he finally cleared the road without any vehicles having appeared and I returned inside.