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Nov. 19th, 2009

12:20 am - In Chicago! Also, movies!

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The drive from Springfield to Chicago was shortish and uneventful. Finally I got to the Westin, where I checked in. There were a few furries here already! After I got my stuff moved up, for lack of anything else to do, I went to the movies a day early.

I got to the Lincolnshire 20 theater 15 minutes too late for Pirate Radio and 3 hours early for the next showing. So, to kill time, I saw A Christmas Carol.

I find I was right in my assessment of it as "Storybook: The Videogame". And the characters do look a bit like puppets with rubber masks. Oh, and Bob Cratchit has a round boyish face that doesn't really work well with muttonchops if you ask me; he looks like a shaggy chipmunk. But I was able to overlook all that, and I was engaged by the story (which I've, um, never actually read, I've just picked up bits and pieces here and there). And as far as I can tell, the movie stayed true to the plot and the look of the original book (though the "horse carriage from Hell chasing tiny shrunken Scrooge" scene did go on a bit long).

When that was over, I went and bought a ticket for "Pirate Radio". It was rockin'! In fact, the original UK title was "The Boat That Rocked". Wonder why they changed it. The ads are slightly misleading; the Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the only American on board. Also I don't recall seeing the scene with a bunch of guys walking along and one running into a pole. Other than that, it was fun!

Now to figure out what to do tomorrow.

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From:doodlesthegreat
Date:November 19th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Greet all the people coming to the hotel? ٩๏̯͡๏)۶
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 19th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
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I think they changed the title because they thought "The Boat That Rocked" sounded boring to Americans. Whereas Brits would think "Pirate Radio" was an actual radio show, or maybe they were afraid of baiting movie pirates.
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From:wolflahti
Date:November 19th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)

Hmmm...

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This is the first remotely positive review of A Christmas Carol that I've seen. Every other critic I've read has panned it, and the previews certainly don't make it look appealing.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 20th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)

Re: Hmmm...

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Owen Gleiberman in "Entertainment Weekly" also liked it, despite initially not expecting to.
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From:akktri
Date:December 30th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
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"Review of A Christmas Carol; possible spoilers."
LOL
What's next? Spoilers for Macbeth?
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