gears

For mozzila firefox users, who blog with wordpress…

…I recommend installing the ‘Google Gears‘ plug-in (click ‘Turbo’ in your WordPress dashboard – sorry not available for wordpress.com users!), which (when enabled) stores all the little images and things that you otherwise have to download each time you change pages.  This not only saves bandwith, but should considerably speed up your ‘dashboard time’ (even if you have a pretty fast internet connection?).

While I’m at it, I also recommend the AdBlock Plus (blocks many/most advertisements) plug-in and the Zotero (bibliography/referencing tool) plug-in.

one of these hoods is not like the other

Just received Robin Hood in the post today and watched it tonight with my wife.

No, not the well-known one where the ‘prince of thieves‘ has a modern haircut and a glaringly obvious American accent (sorry Kevin, loved you in Field of Dreams…)…

This one is the version that was produced the same year, but got demoted to a TV-movie.

Two main reasons why I think this one far out-does the Costner version:

  1. This one makes special effort to be historically accurate, including elements like sleepy kings riding horses, garment-dye being splashed around during a fight and the jester in the baron’s castle.
  2. Patrick Bergin is a far-better Hood.  He’s playful, witty, slim and just more convincing than Costner – case closed – hands down – deal sealed.

(If you’re in Auckland, I’m willing to loan this one out, as it’s hard to get at video-stores – not even ‘Videon’ on Dominion Road had it.)

the dark night

Great movie.

I was skeptical that the popular raving over Ledger’s Joker had more to do with his untimely subsequent death than with his actual acting.  Having this as my expectation – and with the awareness that editing, music, make-up, camera-angle, etc. can help an average actor/actress look far-more-than-average – I must say: Ledger has pulled off a Joker that will be long remembered.  It’s intense.

Also, I particularly love the themes in the movie.  Good v. Evil.  Chaos (personified in the Joker).  Chance (personified in Two-Face).  Choices.  Need v. Want.

This is not a movie you’ll want to wait for the DVD…

:)

I’ve seen in twice and counting…  :)