We’re back from spending two weeks on the soggy Monterey Bay coast. Our house is right on the dunes and even though we had some nasty weather with a couple big rainstorms, high tides, flooding and mud slides, we luckily had no problem. We didn’t even lose our electricity. The first week was a private and cozy week for just E and I. (see previous entry) The second week was all family. Three of our six kids, one set of parents and an aunt and uncle stayed for a week. E said it seemed like all he did was go the grocery store, cook meals and play board games with the kids. One set of kids was with an ex-wife.
We only saw four new movies the second week. We had seen six the previous. We took the kids to see “Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Producers”. “Narnia” was entertaining in a “Lord of the Rings” type of way despite the heavy-handed Christian allegory. I thought “The Producers” started kind of shaky but by the end I was falling out of my seat laughing. “Memoirs of a Geisha” was a pretty movie with some hammy acting. Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” was a strange film. It is a very compelling and suspenseful historical story with an excellent performance by the sexy Eric Bana. The strange part is a psycho-sexual over lay on Eric Bana’s character. For example, every time he is having sex with his wife, it is implied he is having angry visions of the horrible massacre of the Israeli Olympic athletes. This doesn’t make sense. He didn’t witness the murders and it doesn’t relate smoothly with his own demons regarding the assassination and violence he saw and committed. It left me with the impression of bad editing.