Tulips in my front yard:
Tulips in my front yard:
Daffodils in my parents’ front yard:
I saw Sia see-saw on the seashore.
Now that’s something that should be in her next music video.
So, on Monday the 26th I saw Sia live in concert in Detroit. ‘Twas wonderful. If only I could have seen her previous tours. Alas. At least I have the DVD of one of her concerts from 2007, T.V. Is My Parent. Please, Sia, release a concert video from this tour as well. And add the following cities to your next tour, please: Toledo, Ohio; Columbus Ohio; Ann Arbor, Michigan.
For those who are still unaware, Sia’s newest CD, We Are Born, will be released on June the 22nd in the States. She also has a new song on David Byrne’s new collaborative concept album, Here Lies Love, and she wrote and/or co-wrote several songs for Christine Aguilera’s new album, Bionic, which will be released on June the 8th.
Hyacinth in my front yard:
It is the dawn of the golden age of piracy, when Spain was claiming dominion over the oceans and plundering the wealth of the New World — and England was plundering Spanish treasure ships. The Sea Hawk served a dual purpose in 1940 as both a rollicking, swashbuckling adventure starring the most popular swashbuckler of his time, Errol Flynn (as privateer Geoffrey Thorpe), and as a thoughtful allegory of the most pressing concern of the time, England’s resistance to Germany’s ambitions of global domination. As a testament to how seriously it was taken, thespian Flora Robson was enlisted to play the part of Queen Elizabeth and reportedly inspired Flynn to unprecedented heights of professional behavior out of his admiration for her (Robson).
The Sea Hawk was a considerable improvement over its nautical forebearer, Captain Blood. The sea battles were more convincing (and made at far greater expense), the plot was more cohesive, the performances had more solidity, and the fight choreography was much more carefully planned. The climactic duel between Errol Flynn’s Captain Thorpe and Henry Daniell’s Lord Wolfingham (although a stunt double stood in for Daniell) remains one of the great examples of swordplay in the genre.
It has been claimed that The Sea Hawk was the logical next step in the path that began with Captain Blood and was followed by The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex in terms of what the public wanted and what the studio had readily available in sets and costumes, but it is more than that. There is far greater unity in the quality of the script, acting, and directing than in its predecessors. Whether it is the result of a convergence of talent tempered by experience, or the greater devotion that was dedicated to the project by virtue of its message, The Sea Hawk is one of the best adventure films of its kind.
Overall Rating: Great
Swashbuckling Rank: Great
My mother rescued a puppy from a shelter last week. Here are two photographs of my new baby sister: