Saturday, December 14th, 2002
The Curious Little Monkey
Right now through February 2003 at the Toronto Reference Library is the Celebrating Sixty Years of Curious George: The Art of H.A. and Margret Rey exhibit. It’s a nice little exhibit showcasing a lot of the original artwork from the Curious George children’s books. I had no idea this was going on, I just happened across a poster advertising the exhibit at Vortex and stopped at the library on my way home.
The Curious George books were my very favorites from since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, so it was a real treat to be able to see the original drawings and artwork from the books, including this classic where George gets into the ether…
I got some more of my Christmas shopping done, found a used-but-pretty-much-mint copy of the original Bogart/Hepburn/Holden Sabrina on DVD for my dad. I’m also going to get him a copy of Casablanca. It’s a Bogart party! And for myself I found a copy of Sleater-Kinney’s All Hands On the Bad One.
Rented Brotherhood Of The Wolf last night – it had been recommended to me on the grounds of it being a crazy melange of kung-fu, fantasy, horror and mystery… and yeah, it was all those things but not in a particularly effective mix. The special effects seemed to have been done by a monkey with ADD, and not one of those clever monkeys that actually knows how to effectively use slow-motion and sped-up video editing techniques to enhance and action sequence, but the other kind. The plot was both cliched and incomprehensible, if that’s possible. Some of the action sequences were impressive, editing notwithstanding, but overall the payoff wasn’t sufficient, especially for a film as long as this one. Disappointing.
np – Sleater-Kinney / All Hands On the Bad One