Archive for June, 2004

Midsummer…

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Good things today:

England through to the second round of Euro 2004.
Wimbledon started. Henman through to 2nd round.
Holiday over – back at home.

Bad things today:

Not feeling well. Tonsils swollen. Too many flights lately, cooped up in noxious breathings and recirculatings.
Holiday over – back at work.

Also, I am missing rain. It hasn't rained here since the beginning of March. Not that rain in Los Angeles is good – it tends to come down hard and the whole city goes mental and starts crashing cars. I miss the drizzly mornings of March and the rain-before-7, fine-before-11 of England. It didn't even rain on my trips to Montreal and Minneapolis. Well, here's to another 3-4 months without rain.

Harry Potter: film 3

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

Again, I went to a late showing to avoid the kids.

What a difference a director makes – this is a much better film than the other two. It's a pity that Daniel Radcliffe's acting isn't improving at the same rate. But the rest of the cast reads like a Who's Who of British acting talent. I thought the Knight Bus was very well portrayed.

The film made a lot of cuts from the book, including some plot elements which it really would have done better to keep. It was never mentioned that Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs were Lupin, Pettigrew, Black and (James) Potter; nor that they were school friends who taught themselves to become animaguses in order to keep Lupin company once a month; nor that Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban after recognising Peter Pettigrew (Scabbers) in the newspaper photo of the Weasleys. The omission of these major plot elements left a couple of friends of mine wondering who slashed the Fat Lady's painting (it must have been Sirius Black; but isn't he a good guy?).