Shay and I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean this afternoon, and I just loved it. Johnny Depp's inspiration for his character was Keith Richards, and you can really see it in his swagger/stagger and manner of speaking. In an interview, he said that pirates were the rock stars of their day, and Keith Richards was the ultimate rock star so he chose him to model the character on. Johnny and Orlando Bloom (Legolas from "our" movie) are nice eye candy. The costumes were great - the 1700s are my favorite period - lots of corsets and tricorn hats and puffy shirts. I just ate it up. Arrrrrr!
We went to see it at the Studio Movie Grill, one of those places that serve you food while you're watching the movie. I hadn't been to one before. I enjoyed it. They have a decent menu. I had a burger, fries, and raspberry iced tea. If we'd gone at night we could have had some Captain Morgan's rum - Arrrr!
Throughout the movie, I kept thinking of a friend of mine in Houston who would just love the movie. She's a big Rolling Stones fan, and I bet she'd love Johnny Depp's "Keith Richards". She also used to do costumes for plays in college and would have loved the costumes in this movie.
So when I got home I sat down to email her about it, only to find an email from her in my box. She's directing a community theatre production of The Hobbit down in Houston in August and September. It's her first directing gig, and she's nervous but excited about it. She's just about to start auditioning the kiddies for roles. She emailed me a couple of months ago, asking for suggestions of how to somehow include the character of Legolas in the play. She wanted to know more about links between The Hobbit and LOTR and also the Dwarves' names because apparently in the play they're referred to as stuff like Dwarf #3 or something. So I gave her the names and told her about later happenings in the lives of Balin in Moria and Gloin and how Gloin's treatment at the hands of the Wood Elves in The Hobbit came up at the Council of Elrond in the book and that Gimli was Gloin's son. I also suggested to her that she email news about her play to [email protected]
and that if she did I'd get on the TORN boards and talk up her play a little.
Mom and Dad got a car with one of them newfangled CD players in it recently. My parents only have a few CDs that a friend burned for them on his computer so I bought some CDs for Dad's upcoming birthday today. He's of the big band era so I got him a CD with various artists of that time. But I figured he might want to hear something new. I bet he'd like Harry Connick so I got Dad one of his recordings, and then I got him something really "wild" (for him), my favorite Lyle Lovett CD, Pontiac. I hope he likes them.
We've been busy today, and it's not even evening yet!