Monthly Archives: July 2011
Growing up in Toronto you couldn’t really get away from French class, even if you wanted to. I suppose it’s the same for some Americans and Spanish class.
Although I was never that adept at second languages — mind you, my French teacher once said I had a great ear — I liked the exposure to French Canada and, as a kid, imagining Montreal as some huge city (it used to be bigger than Toronto, I think).
One day, however, I fell from grace with my elementary school French teacher, who must have been good at French but not basic physics.
Well, we had an assembly in the gym and I was doing my best to belt out a French song that we’d learned. The French teacher was at the front end of the gym while I and a childhood pal were at the back end. And I guess because it takes a while for sound to travel across distances, there was a slight delay. So while my pal and I thought we were right on time and being good, enthusiastic boys, my French teacher heard us just behind herself and the kids singing close to her.
C’était terrible! And was she ever ticked off! “Michel, I know you are better dan dat…” she said disapprovingly.
Utterly perplexed and quite innocent.
Ceci a fini mon statut comme étoile lumineuse dans la classe française !
- We live in igloos! (triplytriple.wordpress.com)
- Air Canada to pay $12K for French service lapse (cbc.ca)
- The devil. In a bar. In Quebec. With Jesus. Scandal. (josahlin.wordpress.com)
- William & Kate Speak French, Charm The Pants Off Canadians [Video] (jezebel.com)
- Air Canada ordered to pay $12K to man who couldn’t order 7Up in French (news.nationalpost.com)
- I’m not French…but many would mistaken me so… (istealkisses.wordpress.com)
- Le petit Nicolas (alannapeebles.wordpress.com)
One of the nice things about getting older, aside from all the growing aches and pains, is that you can appreciate those things that, in your younger days, you might have only noticed fleetingly.
It seems in life, my life anyhow, there were in youth precursors to interests that took middle age to bloom. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, for instance, on the musical side. And in literature, Shakespeare.
I always respected Shakespeare and, even in high school, could appreciate some of his more accessible lines. But understanding a play back then seemed pretty tough. The antiquated talk was just too remote, unless I took the time to look up each term, which, in my youth, I hardly had patience for.
But now older and hopefully a bit wiser, I can actually sit and read Shakespeare, and yes, GET it!
I find that printing a play from this site as a PDF file enables me to read it better, than say, from a book. I like merging the old text with the latest technology. Nothing lost and everything gained!
- To be, or not to be…the question is: Is this Shakespeare? (backstory.blogs.cnn.com)
- What are the myths about william shakespeare (wiki.answers.com)
- What was the Shakespeare quote about the perfect prince? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Impressionist Jim Meskimen Performs Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices (laughingsquid.com)
- What was william shakespeare’s famous story (wiki.answers.com)
- What happened to Lady Viola at the end of Shakespeare in Love (wiki.answers.com)
- Jimpressions: Jim Meskimen Reads Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- In search of Shakespeare’s ghosts (guardian.co.uk)
- What is the controversy of Shakespeare (wiki.answers.com)
- Was Shakespeare a Fraud? (philipcarrgomm.wordpress.com)
Yes, I saw it. And although I’m glad I did, Super 8 turned out to be a bit boring and disappointing.
The young actors were good, sometimes great (except for one who really didn’t cut it). And come to think of it, most of the adult lead actors were above average too. But oh, what cinematic cliches and obvious lead-ins to the many impending disasters.
(I’m keeping it general to avoid a spoiler).
I loved the TV show Alias. And the new Star Trek film wasn’t that bad either. But super-producer J. J. Abrams, IMHO, didn’t really come up with anything too memorable here.
The 70s scenes were unbelievable. Not good unbelievable. Just unbelievable. Sure they got the cars, clothes and hairstyles right. And that old electronic football game — I had one — looked and sounded just like the real thing. But the lingo was almost all 2011. (Also, Willow Tree figures were in the film, which weren’t around back then).
If you think I’m just being picky, well maybe I am. Or maybe this film is for the younger gen. To its credit, Super 8‘s special effects were impressive. And its treatment of young love was, well, adequate. But I found a complete lack of credibility in the plot line. I wasn’t expecting a comic book story. Had I known beforehand that all reasonable attempts to make this a convincing movie would be lacking, I might have enjoyed it more.
2½ stars outta 5.
- Bruce Greenwood’s Super-Secret ‘Super 8′ Role (moviefone.com)
- Super 8 | Spielberg & Abrams (annemariedietz.wordpress.com)
- Ruminations on Super 8 (marieloughin.com)
- #Super8Secret CENTRAL – Read the Super 8 Review! Watch Clips! Dig on Interviews! (dreadcentral.com)
- Super 8 (27thstreet.wordpress.com)
- Motion Picture Purgatory: Super 8 (dreadcentral.com)
- Super 8 is Probably Not What You Expected. Is That a Good Thing? (thebrowntweedsociety.com)
- “Super 8″ (hoganreviews.wordpress.com)
- Review: Super 8 (brittanydarby.wordpress.com)
- Review of “Super 8″ Movie “فيلم “سوبر ٨ (buzfairy.com)
- Super 8 (2011) (splatteronfilm.wordpress.com)
- Super 8′s Weekend: Should J.J. Abrams Have Made Star Trek 2 First? (eonline.com)
- Greg Grunberg appears in pal JJ Abrams’ ‘Super 8′ (pbpulse.com)