Welp, I saw ‘Samurai last night, and must say, I really liked it. Overall, it was actually better than I thought it would be, which was a welcome surprise. I mean, I knew parts of it would be cheesy, and that large parts of the plot had been ripped bleeding out of Dances With Wolves, but the majority of it was startlingly un-cheesy. Exemplia gratia, what I thought was building up to a pointless sex scene, was actually a very tender moment, expressing a growing connexion and focused upon the fear of loss.
In other news… someone mentioned the Clash to me twice recently, which is a dangerous thing to do when I have a little extra cash in hand from a recent gig. You see, there was one Clash album I still did not have on CD, and that is no longer true! Oh, yes, Sandinista! is now mine! In the nifty re-master, which includes a newspaper-style lyric sheet. Now I have all of the Clash’s official US albums, plus Story Of… and the boxed set. All I need is the UK version of the first, and Super Black Market Clash to have all my bases covered; ‘course, the digital re-masters of the albums I have would be nice… but I’ll live without ’em for a few more years! Good stuff from the “only band that matters.”
Final note for to-day- The Return of the King is out! I will be seeing it in a few hours! Isn’t that FANTASTIC?! I thought so. Bear’s comin’ in from Temecula (AKA Hell), and he & Robin & I will be seeing it at 1900. ‘Course, I saw the other two films three or four times in cinema, so I’ll have to find other folks to tag along with to see it again! Robin’ll safely wanna see it twice, but I don’t know beyond that. Y’know, normally I hate watching any film again, but there are a few great ones I’ll watch again and again (2001: A Space Odyssey, anyone?); these films, however, are just incredible eye-candy. The cinematography alone is enough to drag me back into the big screen a few times. I have quibbles, but overall, these have been excellent films, and I’m only sorry I missed the extended versions on the big screen.