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Dinner and a Movie

Wednesday is out "night out" night. So, after work we went down to "Fat Ernie's". Every night of the week Ernie has an all-you-can-eat special. On Wednesday it is Chicken (Yard Bird). Wrecks had been to the dentist so he was in the mood for "soft" food. I had the special and Wrecks had the meatloaf.
After getting back to the house, I sat down at the computer to watch 2 movies that I had borrowed from Brian and Scotty. I had not heard of them before and the covers looked pretty good.
The first was Gabriel your classic good(light) vs. evil(dark) Angel story.
This one is for the dominance the Earth. It was going along fine until we met Raphael played by Jack Campbell, WOOF! He had a very short part and was killed only 15min or so after introducing him to us. What a shame. It was a very dark movie, but somewhat entertaining.
After Gabriel, I was a watched a much less adult version of Light vs. dark in The Seeker:The Dark is Rising. It ran like a typical kids fantasy movie. Middle kid that is overlooked finds out that he is the "chosen" one and goes on to same the world from the forces of evil. I liked that it had Christopher Eccleston from Dr. Who and Heros as the Dark Rider. The movie became much more interesting to watch when we met Dawson played by James Cosmo. A burly Scottish bear there to help protect the Chosen one.

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robearal
Apr. 24th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
I urge you to read the actual book The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper. It is actually the 2nd book in a 5-book series, but you can start with this book without missing anything. The books are replete with Celtic and Arthurian legend, and are among my most favorite.

I have yet to see the movie, but just (reluctantly) put it on my Netflix queue to find out how dreadful it is. The first time I saw the trailer for the movie in the theater, all I could do was moan out loud "They ruined it!" Susan Cooper herself has put a comment in Netflix thanking another user for eloquently denouncing the movie.

Edited at 2008-04-24 11:23 pm (UTC)
blockade_boy
Apr. 24th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Damn, Cosmo is FINE...!
deafguy
Apr. 25th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
I *LOVE* "The Dark is Rising" series. The first book ("Over Sea, Under Stone") is not that great, but the second one, "The Dark is Rising" which the movie is based on, is really good.

I haven't seen "The Dark is Rising" movie, but I heard it butchered the book, so I'm not sure if I want to see it.
popebuck1
Apr. 25th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
I agree with everyone above - the books are SO SO SO SO SO much better!

And the movie was, as is generally agreed, a butcher job. Largely because the books are as British as British can be, and taking them out of their original setting made them essentially meaningless. Imagine if the Harry Potter movies had started off with a Warner Brothers executive saying "Yeah, but does he have to be British? Let's make him an American kid, and instead of Scotland, the school can be in the Rockies and have a big wild-west theme!" And then things would have deteriorated from there...
pierced_20
Apr. 28th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
crap - I just put The Seeker at the top of my netflix queue. I'm a big fan of the books - I started reading "The Dark is Rising" back in 5th grade and never finished it. I just bought and read the whole series a couple years ago...really good! I was really looking forward to the movie and i still kind of am...we'll see.

you should read the books though -
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