#759

1:31 am, Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

I’m back in Pullman. Going back to the Tri-Cities this weekend though. The weather here has been pretty odd the past couple days… Today was constant bursts of hail. While walking to Biology 201, I got caught in a surprisingly vigorous flurry of stinging pea-sized chunks. Then, in the afternoon, the J-route bus was a half-hour late. Shorts might not have been the best idea.

The 2007 IMBC is officially open for registration. Tim and I are still changing a few things on the site (mostly cosmetic stuff), but the basic information is all there. The rules have undergone a major overhaul, mostly so we can avoid that ridiculous “vote as you go” system of amendment. One major change is that participants no longer have to post an image every other day — that rule never made sense to me anyway; any monkey can google up a picture. All it really did was weed out people that couldn’t (or didn’t know how to) upload images.

I saw Bridge to Terabithia last Friday. It wasn’t bad. It was aimed at a younger audience than I’d expected though. I’m can’t believe Roeper gave it a thumbs up — it was an okay film, but it contained so many of the clich├ęs that he usually vehemently condemns. One thing I thought was weird about the movie was that the ending can be interpreted two ways; ostenisbly, the film makers meant to deliver a message of hope and support. But in another light (and this interpretation doesn’t require a great leap of imagination), it’s easy to believe the main character is edging towards an unhealthy state of delusion, escaping into a fantasy world as a way to cope with his loss. Worse yet, he’s taking someone very impressionable with him. While watching this movie, I kept thinking that it felt like something older, something meant to be smaller-scale. Maybe that’s just because it has a some superficial similarities to Escape to Witch Mountain. But IMDB confirmed my hunch — the movie was originally a television feature that aired in 1985.

I have a major exam tomorrow, so I need to go study some more. I’ll leave you with this really cool Fiona Apple album title (yes, that whole thing’s the title) I stumbled across a couple days ago on some ad-riddled web site:

When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He’ll Win the Whole Thing ‘Fore He Enters the Ring There’s No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won’t Matter, Cuz You’ll Know That You’re Right

5 Responses to “#759”

  1. Chuk:

    Bridge to Terabithia was not originally a TV movie. It was originally (like, 1973 I think) a Newberry-award winning children’s novel.

  2. JediBear:

    Beat me to it. It was 1977 actually (ah, Wikipedia, what would I do without you?) I recall reading it when I was a young lad, and regretting it greatly. Of course it won awards. It was tragic.
    :P

    I couldn’t really grasp why Disney wanted to make a movie out of it, and I really didn’t want to see it, thus why I haven’t.

  3. Tim:

    I still want to see it. It looked really weird/cool, and that’s what I expect from a man with eyes on his palms.

  4. Chuk:

    I liked it, but I was a fan of the book — I knew about the TV movie (we have a VHS copy at the public library). I took my two daughters and they didn’t seem all that sad (they are 9 and 6).

    The commercials are about some other movie, though.

  5. hjo3:

    Ah, so it is. Thanks Chuk & Robert. Anyway, my point was that the 2007 version feels like a 1980s made-for-TV movie.

    Chuk’s totally right about the commercials being misleading.