Operation Empire

This is obviously my personal site but my online content arsenal is vast. It includes Greater Gotham: Going Global, a blog about being out and about in New York City and what happens when you turn Gotham Girl lose on the UK; Fabulous Foodie, where food and food culture are served up a la carte. Last but not least, there is Modern Parlance -- home to my hard-working writer alter ego and headquarters in my nefarious plan to take over the world. It is also home to my work blog - Personal Parlance, where I hold forth on publishing, books, social media, communication, indexing, writing, education and anything else content-wise that catches my eye. 

I had wanted to call the whole thing Operation Empire but several of my friends suggested that might put people off. Upon consideration I decided that a) they were right (so went with Modern Parlance) and b) to effectively take over the world, I would need fewer friends and more minions. Applications being accepted now.

Scribbles & Notes

Of course, the word-smithing started long before the plan for world domination. At one time or another, my personal writing projects have included:

Take 2 Movie Reviews which proved indirectly that I once had a social life where as TV Rants & Raves suggested perhaps that I didn't. (I take comfort in the fact that I haven't updated it lately - which suggests that things are looking up.)

The only thing my ongoing Bibliomania ever suggested was that I needed more shelves and the patience to wait for  paperbacks. Publishing Grunt's Bible came about because working with books isn't the thrill ride that reading or buying them is. 

There were pure flights of fancy like Staving off Ennui, the Server Sees the Sights; there were answers to hypothetical questions like "what should go in a toy hall of fame and then there were the snarkathons - first site website I ever did - Alias Smith & Jones Site and the Dark Shadows Snarkathon.

Much older material is kept in the Ephemera Archives - moved to the backburner but not completely forgotten. Who knows what'll end up catching my attention next...

Batman and Robin

Oh, the pain. Oh, the humanity. Holy Cinematic Catastrophe, Batdude!

I was coerced into seeing this movie (someone offered to pay for my ticket as since tickets here in Gotham are now $8.75!!!!, I agreed). I really had a different preference -- Men in Black (which I gather broke all sorts of new records for non-sequel releases), but I gave way before the pleading of my friend Anne.

But as I said, Batman..."urgh". That pretty much sums it up. How brave Joel Schumacher is -- to undertake a movie like this and throw away all those tedious cinematic traditions like -- light, direction, plot and/or story, and acting. Blech!

I refuse to lay the blame for the whole mess on Clooney. I am *not* a huge George fan but he has his strong points. He is an ensemble actor. He's a re-active actor, not a pro-active actor. You can't ask him to carry a film. He hasn't got the umph! He does, however have a pet pig and that alone is reason to elevate him to saint status for me.

Alicia Silverstone must have been miserable on the set because it shows. I understand that there was some question of her weight going up and down, but she looked OK to me. They ought to leave her alone. Of course, she's going to eat the wrong foods. That is what youth is for. Her weight is bound to go up if people are keeping at her about it and telling her that she's ruining a multimillion dollar film if she eats the next Twinkie. Here, Alicia, have a tootsie roll.

*WHAT* Arnold was doing, I haven't a clue. The only one who seemed to be having fun was Uma (who joins that elite group of people who can go way over the top and not look ridiculous) and even she could have used better dialogue. The script was even more ludicrous than the last Batman film (and that's saying something).

I have complete non interest in Chris O'Donnell. Never cared, never will. He's very ho-hum. I will say this -- Schumacher wants him. How unfortunate that Joel seems not to be director enough to keep his little pecadillos to himself. Or, not so little pecadillos if we are talking those costumes. (Is that a bat-belt in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?) The whole episode was so traumatic for me that I had to come home and watch Val as Batman. Now, much as I love Val (Have I mentioned that this week?), Michael Keaton was a superb Batman and I shall miss him in every one he isn't in. Pity is, I own none of the Keaton ones. I only own the Val and that only because it was a gift. Still, Val is a good Batman and probably would have been a great Batman is he'd been challenged to do anything but play straight man for Jim Carrey. I do hope that someone in charge will pull the plug on this series and soon. There are so many other things that can be done with the money...for instance, give it to me and I'll find *something* to do with it.

Jurassic Park: Lost World

So, could someone explain to me all the fuss about the daughter? Why are there reviewers on national television demanding explanations regarding how Jeff Goldblum's character ended up with this girl as his daughter. Well far be it from me to suggest a refresher course in the birds and the bees...but uh, guys, he probably had sex with her mother. Oh, were you all referring to the fact that the actress playing the daughter was black and that Jeff isn't? Again, not to point out the obvious but I guess that means her mother was black and that Jeff may or may not have noticed or cared about this fact while having aforementioned sex with her. Why did we need this to be spelled out? Most of us figured that out all by ourselves (if we noticed), registered it and went on to watch the movie. Enough already.

I liked Julianne Moore. I generally do but I can't say that I cared much for her character. From what I could tell, she sought out Jeff's character after the events of the first movie to pick his brain, fell into a relationship with him and then...ran off to this adventure with nary a word? Not very nice. I mean, I don't imply that she owed him an accounting of her movements and certainly I don't mean to imply he is in a position to keep her form going ...but a note would have been nice.

Loved Arliss Howard. I was sorry he got munched but of course, he had to become dino-food. It's in the movie rules.

A quick note to the sound guys -- guys, you want to keep it down. Some of us would actually have liked to hear the dialogue during the "wacky dino chase". All I heard was the shifting of vehicle gears.  

Jurassic Park III

I would write a review if I could remember the film! 

I recall Sam Neil, Laura Dern and her oddly winged bangs and something about Barney...

Oh and once again, an endangered youngster. Well, OK, the girl in Jurassic Park II brought it upon herself. She stowed away where she shouldn't have been. The kids in Jurassic Park were endangered by loopy grandpa who's whole idea this was in the first place. I recall much eating of ice cream though - in the first one, not the second. What I mostly recall from the second one was the noise level.

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