Monday, October 29, 2012
in the rama lama ding dong.
And Cloud Atlas.Let me make clear that I am talking about the movie here, not the book. I have not read the book. I have not even seen all the movie, because there came a point where I could not take any more.
Some would say that one should not hold forth about something they have not seen in the whole. I say, that the fact that I had to leave is significant to my point. Besides, I lasted two thirds.
I don't know it if it was a time traveling situation or if there was a bunch of flashbacks and fast forwards. Like I said, not smart enough. But I do know this: it was one big old mess--not unlike a collage of stories on a wheel spinning at warp speed.
There was a composer and his helper in the 1930's, a lawyer on a tall ship with a Peruvian worm, and somebody digging up teeth on a cannibal island. There was an Oriental clone woman, who had been created for the purpose of being a waitress. Oh, and let's not forget the post-apocalyptic goatherd and Halle Berry, wearing some sort of white jumpsuit, being chased by tattooed savages.
This was a three hour movie. After two hours, I turned to The Guy and said, "I cannot stand another single minute of this. Have fun. I'll be in the bookstore." I went there promptly. Because I didn't have my Kindle with me, I found the Vicki Lewis Thompson werewolf book I am reading and parked myself in a comfortable chair.
I later found out The Guy, who is smart enough to understand it, didn't like it any better than I did. Well, I guess he did have to like it a little better. He stayed. Either that, or he is just tenacious.
CANDY CORN SHOT UPDATE: I promised Friday that I would let you know how the candy corn shots worked out. Not. Staying through Cloud Atlas was not the only thing I failed at this weekend. I failed to make these little gems because, though I had everything else, I found that my ABC store does not carry vanilla schnapps Normally, I am not scared to mess with a recipe, but I was afraid they might not jell if I used, say, vanilla vodka. Also schnapps is sweet. So I bought a bottle of Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum and a gallon of apple cider to take to the party. The next time I go to what I think of as God's Own Liquor Store in Nashville I will procure vanilla schnapps and make these--even if it's Christmas.
Back to Cloud Atlas. Have yo ever left a movie? Ever wish you had?