In Chicago! Also, movies! - The online computery journal thingy of a turtle
Nov. 19th, 2009
12:20 am - In Chicago! Also, movies!
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.