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06:20 am: a media-rich weekend
also known as an activity-poor weekend, but I like to put a positive spin on things.

Teddy's croup continued through Saturday, though it's now morphed into a regular old cold (which I'm also getting, joy oh joy), so we stayed inside. Teddy saw more movies this weekend than he's ever seen in such a short period.

Having finished Half-Blood Prince Thursday (I skipped sectumsempra), we watched that Friday. Reading aloud has slowed me way down and made me appreciate new aspects of the books. Watching the movies (most of which I haven't seen) with Teddy has sped me way up. We have to skip the scary bits, y'see. I'll have to watch them again on my own, or when he's older.

In any case, I always like the books better (I can't recall off-hand any movies I've ever preferred, though I have a dim recollection that there was one, long ago). I was surprised at what they added to Half-Blood Prince. I understand some of the changes (Neville and Luna taking on bigger roles; Dobby smaller - I'm sure the CGI expense for Dobby accounts for those slight changes), but why add anything? When there's so much content in the books to choose from?

:grump:

Saturday was Teddy's first viewing of The Princess Bride, which was a blast (of course). Teddy was exactly like the Fred Savage character - always wanting to skip the kissing (even the last one) and move on to the fighting.

Sunday was Ghostbusters (very short indeed when you skip the scary bits)*, then Batman Returns, which is much darker and nastier than I remembered. The more recent Batman movies were so dark than I remembered the earlier ones as being relatively light-hearted. The "relatively" became significant when Teddy watched with us.

Well, he didn't actually watch much. He thought it was boring. Thank goodness. There's a lot of very nasty stuff there about kids.

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We started Deathly Hallows too, a great deal of which I expect to read to myself and summarize for Teddy.

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Oh, and I went dancing for the first time in about a year. More on that later.


* Bill Murray is certainly irreverant, isn't he?

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From:derbyhat
Date:April 26th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
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It's been a bit. What did they add?
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From:katehaney
Date:April 27th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)

additions

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The most egregious example was the Death Eaters' burning down the Burrow.

It also seemed very weird to have Ginny go with Harry to hide his potions book, though I guess they had to kiss someplace and staging quidditch matches is very expensive.

I thought it was very weird to have Bellatrix speaking the unbreakable vow. WTF?

All in all, Bellatrix took a bigger role than she needed, IMHO.
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From:bookbat1
Date:April 27th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
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Oh, thank you for introducing Teddy to Ghostbusters. Most of the kids I'm teaching right now don't get Ghostbusters references, and it makes me really sad for the future.
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From:katehaney
Date:April 27th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)

very sad!

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:shaking head: What is the world coming to?

tsk, tsk.

You may be happy to learn that Teddy will be getting the Ghostbusters logo on his bento cheese this Thursday (he got Batman today).
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