Hey congratulations on your graduation! That's a great accomplishment and I'm sure lots of work!
We just watched "The Return of the King" a few nights ago. What a great movie. I wish we had a bigger screen. They did such an amazing job with the costumes and set decorating. I love the folk song that Merry sings.
Summer has flown by. My 14 year old son has been really busy with School of Rock rehearsals and is in Show Band and has done several performances over the summer. They have been really great. What an amazing experience for these teens to learn classic rock songs and perform them. I can tell everyone is having a great time.
Went to San Diego to visit my 20 year old son who goes to UCSD and didn't want to come home this summer. He found a house to move into with 2 really good friends, so we got to take him to Ikea and buy some furniture. And also hang out at Mission Beach and work on my tan/sunburn.
Just got back from camping last week in Washington State where it pretty much rained the whole time. I did a beautiful hike through the woods and thought about Twilight. It was incredibly lush with many shades of green and so much moss that there were no water puddles-everything just got absorbed. I saw an amazing deer that stood and watched me. Then it walked off and kept turning to look at me in the most poetic way. I thought of Edward grabbing the deer like in the movie- it was a big animal. I read "The Host" in the tent while it was raining. It's not as good as Twilight.
I've been playing my guitar a lot and trying to learn some new songs. It's a lot of work, but I'm loving it.
hey hey, what the hell are you doing so long for (BD, LOTR)...... and thanks for your reply....xxxxx your friend..... You are a big lair... Not telling that so many things are happening with Jake and Bella... I will hate Edward for life.... What a basterd... he doesn't even want the baby (nessie)... What the hell is wrong with him.... ps. I love Jake now even more more more!!!!! I can't believe you don't like Jake.... But we will be friends forever... Big love.. T.P.P
Oops, I forgot to continue this thread. So it was confusing, because she loves both in different ways. Definitely it's the phantom's rose at the end. It makes you realize, number one, that he survived the fire, and number two, that he never stopped loving her. It's interesting that both Raul and the lady from the opera house who come back to buy the monkey. I don't know what the monkey represents symbolically. I was listening to the group Evanescence recently. The girl Amy who sings for them has a really dramatic voice. It made me think of Phantom of the Opera. They have a lot of dark themes to their music.
Thanks for your reply. First off poison oak is a similiar plant to poison ivy except that poison oak grows on the west coast. We were in Virginia, so i guess it was poison ivy. In the winter there aren't any leaves, so he must have grabbed onto a twig. The oils cause a nasty, itchy rash that takes a while before it comes on. If you know you've been in it, you can wash it off. If not, the oils can spread to other places that you touch. He's not a jewelry kind of guy, so he was looking for a reason to stop wearing it.
Phantom of the Opera. When the Angel of Music takes her to his lair, it's kind of like Persephone's journey to the underworld. Of course the Phantom loves her and wants her to stay there with him. There's a lot of symbolism of light vs. dark, day and night. So Raul represents the light. I wanted her to be with Raul. It was very symbolic that the sword fight happens by her father's grave. I think the Phantom was more a father figure to her esp. since he shows up after her father dies.
Anyway, I've got to get my son off to school, so I can get back to this later.
OK, so The Phantom of the Opera was great. Watched it last night. We were joking this morning that he killed our tv because it was broken this morning. Turned out it was just a blown fuse in the plug strip. lol Amazing production, costumes, set design. I had no idea it was pretty much an opera with singing the whole time- but you can understand the words! I could go on and on about the symbolism and the connection to greek myths, but I won't bore you. Thanks for the recommendation.
By the way, I was thinking today how Orlando Bloom was such a good archer as Legolas. He was very authentic. He never ran out of arrows though. lol I also thought it was cute how he and Gimli had a competition going for how many orcs killed. Kind of a grisly competition, but the orcs were pretty hideous. I've taken to wearing my husband's wedding ring around my neck on a long black ribbon. It looks pretty cool and reminds me of Lord of the Rings. The Ring to Rule them all. He's never been a ring person and stopped wearing it after he got poison oak on his finger when cutting down a Xmas tree and the ring just spread it around. He's very allergic. Oh and we almost got skunked with the tree on top of the car. It was quite the adventure.
OK, so I got "Phantom of the Opera" from the library. Had the hardest time finding it because they put the musicals in a different area. I will watch it this weekend. My son has had too much homework this week,and I don't think it's fair for me to watch a movie while he's suffering with homework. LOL I will let you know how I like it.
I have been reading on the Twilight Saga that the Twilight DVD with running commentary is hilarious. I'm going to have to invite my friend Michelle over to watch it and have a good laugh. Actually, she's got a bigger TV, we'll have to make it her house so we can look for all the fun stuff in the background. Then our 14 year old sons can run it and out and tease us about it. My son is so funny, his words: "Peter actually admitted to reading Twilight and says that it's pretty good." I love the "actually admitted" part. Well, I told him so. I think my son should read it. Maybe over the summer.
The Coppola version of Dracula is good. It came out on my birthday in 1992, so I went with my husband. I was only disappointed because I imagine the story a little darker, black and white, psychologically creepy. The movie that scared the hell out of me as a kid was "The Innocents" with Debra Kerr. It's based on The Turning of the Screw by Henry James. The twist is that you don't know if the governess is crazy or if the ghost stuff is really happening. It's ambiguous. The Debra Kerr version interprets it one way. There's a newer Masterpiece Theater version that interprets it the other way.
I liked Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and The Matrix, but I don't think he's a particularly good actor.
I saw that movie with Keira Knightly too. It was good. I read the book years ago. Speaking of Jane Austen, I also like Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant, and I'm forgetting the actress from Titanic. I hate when my brain locks up like this, I'm totally picturing her face. Oh well.
I will check out the you tube of Viggo. It' probably time to rewatch those movies...
Hey, I didn't know that Viggo was a last minute addition to the cast. Glad that it worked out; he was perfect. I think other than the fact that Orlando looked so different in the POTC movie, he was different, a testament to his acting ability. I'm thrilled to hear that they are making a movie of The Hobbit. OK, I've turned 3 friends onto "Twilight" by lending out my copy and only one fell in love with the books. We went to see the movie 3 times together, one time bringing her 14 year old niece who's also a fan. We've been bonding over Twilight! That same friend just recommended to me "Phantom of the Opera" just 2 days ago. Now I know that I have to see it. Thanks for the recommendation. I netflixed "Dracula" recently, the 1979 version with, shoot, now I can't remember the actor's name. Anyway, I loved it back in 1979, but was so disappointed this time around. Even the Coppola version was over the top, but I might have to check it out again. Keanu Reeves could not do the English accent, and that really bugged me. Twilight makes up for it I guess.
well actually very well my book is going dood im on the 96th page on typing which came to be 50 pages so it great and i got the dvd hau? i can't stop watching it hehe i watched like three times the same night in got it hehe good luck on ur finals i hope you get good grades hehe
Hey thanks. I read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy back in high school and loved them. I reread them when the movies started coming out. I especially loved the Hobbit. I should put that down as one of my favorite books. I really like the character of Aragorn (Strider). I thought Viggo Mortensen was perfect and very cute especially with the messy hair. Lots of the characters in the movie were hot with all the long hair and amazing costumes. I liked Orlando Bloom as Legolas. I hardly recognized him in Pirates of the Caribbean with darker hair! My husband likes to tease me that I only like to watch movies from the "olden days." I don't know, I guess I like sword fights, horseback riding, and really cool costumes.