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Dogues and Rogues
We weren't sure about our morning plans, since Friday's snow yielded to Saturday thawing and eventually rain that was frozen in place by the time Eleanor and I were up today.

She set out to a Buddhist meeting while I checked with the Dog Church congregation; by the time I was ready to leave, Eleanor had returned. The electric Smart was too light on its feet to even go straight on our back streets.

I decided to leave the new Smart where it was and take the heavier hybrid.  He, too, had trouble on the turns out of the subdivision, but by the time I hit a county-plowed road and then two state ones, they were salted and fine. So I loaded up Ebony and we PARP!ed as usual.

What a difference a week makes. Last Sunday, there were just some small ice floes in the creek. Today, it was all frozen over, with some buttholes showing:



That was from our first time around. The second time, Ebony had her first fight: another dog stopped the usual consensual sniffing and ran right at her in an aggressive barky tone. No teeth were bared, and the owner assured us that she (I think) just barks, but it was a little skeery.

We also saw a perfectly lovely Charlie Brown Christmas tree in a far corner of the PARP!



I wanted to decorate it next Sunday- which is, you know, the actual day- but Ann mentioned that the park members had tried putting a similar decorated tree by the front gate.... which all the dogs peed on.

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Then there was workout, and shopping and napping, and no football watching whatsoever. The street ice was sufficiently melted or salted, and I went out to break up the worst of it at the end of our driveway, when it was time to leave to go see Rogue One.

Which was, in a word or two, Rogue One-derful:)

Without spoilers: certainly darker than even ESB (I refuse to unreppress memories of the first trilogy), but the humor and hope in the story made it okay even for Eleanor, who is much more visually attuned to such things.  We inadvertently signed up for the 3D version, which was okay (other than a minor headache) but really didn't add anything to the experience for me; the trailers for Sing! and Spiderman Homecoming made better use of it in my opinion. And it really did a nice job of filling in the gap between where Hayden C left off and David P/ James Earl J picked up in the original.  And hey, Darth Vader in that black and evil mask - did he scare you as much as he scared me-e-e-e?

Well, that would be a spoiler, wouldn't it?



No crawl at the beginning. But that was okay. They needed to separate this one-off from the canonical nonology, and that was a way to do it.

Good mix of old and new, including a total CGI re-creation of Peter Cushing in an extended sense, plus cameos of Leia, Seethree and Artoo (not credited to Kenny Baker, sadly), plus a few really obscure previews that IMDB identified.

If there's a silver lining in the demise of Firefly/Serenity, it's that we get to enjoy Alan Tudyk's voice work practically every other film we watch. His K2 characterization was the perfect blend of Anthony Daniels and Marvin the Paranoid Android.

This film once again makes clear that imperial Stormtroopers can't hit the broad side of a fucking barn- and that if Vader had any brains, he should've just taken on the rebels himself in the second reel instead of waiting to Cuisinart them in the second to last scene.

"I'm one with the Force, and the Force is with me."- Yeah, sounded like a Buddhist chant, and Eleanor thought so, too.

I totally missed that Director Krennic was the same actor as Danny Rayburn from Netflix's Bloodline- Ben Mendelsohn nails a perfect Brit accent here just as he nailed perfect Florida Keys in those two seasons.

Women in political power. Woman as the lead character. Women in cockpits (mostly, says IMDB, recycled from cut scenes from ROTJ). But, Eleanor noticed, none among the engineers who Danny Rayburn dispatches once Jyn's dad confesses to the treason. I mansplained: the women engineers were likely too busy doing actual engineering to attend a bullshit take-credit meeting.

The aforementioned Darth doesn't get much screen time,  but he finds your lack of fright for him disturbing.


So, yeah. Go. See. And may the Force be with you.
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captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: December 21st, 2016 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
The reviews question why he was so wussier, in hindsight, throughout "Episode IV."

I'll go with my mother's universal answer to such things: "Camera tricks."

And happy birthday, Virginia:) I still get the reminders here but don't respond to them nearly enough.
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