These last few days had everything you could want in a weekend in which all you are trying to accomplish is lay low, recharge the batteries, whatever you want to say.
It was quite the bizarro mirror image of last weekend, in which I went on a flurry of a trip to Tucson, saw less friends than I would of liked, but got to see the family and watch a few Braves games with dear ol' dad, which quite simply cannot be surpassed.
However in contrast, this weekend was a relaxed affair, beginning with a lovely friday night dinner at El Chavo, which is some of Los Feliz's finest Mexican fare. Tiki Ti's afterwards was not as devestating as I feared, so Sat. I spent the day pretty active, and acquired a new (old) couch.
Fouton, your reign is over.
And watching Willow.
Wow I love Willow. It really has been too long to forget phrases like "kill the beast, find the baby," and "you're pigs, you're all pigs." General Kale, what would we do without you?
Please never let me go as long as I did again without watching this gem. Its just too good.
Maybe it was inspiration from Willow (thats my guess), but after the movie two of us hammered out the idea for a horror short that was laid out beat by painstaking beat. I wasn't expecting to stay that late, but by the time I checked the time and realized it was 4am, I realized what we had accomplished, and how early in the morning it took us to get there.
I can't wait to write it, in fact, I should be working on it right now, so I'll cut this short and mention that the second episode of the best show on TV, entitled "The Kingsroad" was rock solid yet again. I also had a lovely time sipping on hot spiced wine from the north, accompanied by a honeyed Dornish vintage of excellent quality. Next time I'll sample the Arbor Gold, I promise Greg.
No, this crew does not mess around.
A few quick things I'll mention that intrude into the realm of nitpicky, so be forwarned. Number one, why does everything look so fake in HD on a 1080p TV? My TV is 720p and I don't own a lot of Blu-Rays, so I'm not accustomed to this, but watching it at my friend's place last night, it actually did bother me. If this is what real high-def looks like, then I will gladly stick to standard dvds that actually look like they were shot on film. I know this is probably not a popular opinion, but I was actually taken out of the experience by the level of clarity. Everything is just too clean, too sharp, too clear (things you wouldn't consider a problem, but taken together, form a result that can only be described as "fake looking").
Sorry, thats just how it looks.
Next, as far a adaptations go, this one is basically as good as any SOIAF fan could hope for considering the constraints of TV. However, right now the events are skewing fairly close to the plotlines of the books, which isn't a problem in the least, especially for those watching the show for the first time, but for me its a bit different. As mentioned previously, I'm re-reading the series to be fresh when the 5th book hits and so the events are very immediate in my mind. This makes me compare how I read a part in the books with what was onscreen, and although it wasn't a huge issue, unfortunately there was a little bit of a "wow that line had a lot more power in my mind as I read it" effect. That is not something the people making the show can or should address, as the fault lies entirely with me in this case, but what I am hoping for as now the tone and feel of the show has been established, but get a little more flash with whats happening, and we can really see how the medium of television can give fans of the book a different experience than what we know from reading.
I'm not saying blow up the story, but utilize the format to show the plot and characters in ways only the visual medium of Television can.
Oh cruel world.