Here's a bunch of completely useless comments about current pop culture things.
1) Frequently, I can honestly say that I don't watch any television regularly. And it remains true that we are one of the very odd households in the nation that has never had cable. However, I have been watching Dancing with the Stars this season and have seen about 2/3rds of the episodes. It seems to me that for the most part the better dancers have progressed, but
a) is it just me or is Christian de la Fuenté not really all that good as a dancer. The judges all praised him up and down about his salsa this week, but it didn't seem all that amazing to ignorant me. He keeps dancing with his shirt unbuttoned, but he's not all that amazing under the shirt. I get that he's hot in general, but scores of 28 and 29 lately? He's at least as stiff as Jason Taylor at times. What do you think?
b) Judges keep criticizing Kristi for not showing enough emotion. I've yet to see any lack of emotion from her on the dance floor. Sure, when you get her backstage and force her to talk off the cuff, she's not half as charming and bubbly as the now gone Marissa, but on stage, she's never lacked for any feeling that I can see. Sometimes, I wonder if people are subconsciously buying into the stereotype of Asian people as precise but lacking passion. Skilled but boring. Cause I never seen boring with her, but people keep saying it's there.
In short, while I like Jason Taylor personally (do you remember some episode of Seinfeld where George gets a man crush on some other guy he just thinks is so cool and wants to hang out with him all the time and do whatever he says?; I could imagine that being me), there's no question that Kristi's the better dancer. What do you think? Of course, it's pretty hysterical when Jason stands next to Kristi; he must be a foot and a half taller than her; so he's got a lot more to move around.
2) The next Narnia movie comes out this weekend: Prince Caspian. As I've said before here, I was a big fan of the books as a kid and we've been reading them all to B over the last few months. We've got a hard cover version of Prince Caspian; a soft cover version; a picture book version; and even read the movie storybook version that's already in bookstores virtually every time we drop by in the last month. (I'm actually beginning to get a little tired of Prince Caspian....) Anyway, I keep wondering how this movie series is going to go. Unlike Potter, there is neither a single plotline that the books develop nor a progression in age. The stories don't become edgier or more adult as they go. (Though the last book which literally is the end of the world is quite dark depending on your religious perspective.) They start as little fantasies/allegories pitched at 9-10 year-olds, and they end as fantasies/allegories pitched at 9-10 year olds.
But with Prince Caspian being a sequel to a movie that made $200 million and some, I can see they are already trying to ramp up the action and suspense with movie 2 in the standard movie sequel way, adding battle scenes and subplots foreign to the book. It will probably work for movie 2, but can they keep it up without destroying the books? We will see. Book 3, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is already in production.
Just watch: I'm now going to get hammered now by someone who's got a Google Alert on Christian de la Fuenté who will take me to task for knocking the man. I did say at the beginning that pretty much all the best dancers got through, didn't I?