Archive for May, 2005

 Make Room for Baby

We’ve reached the half-way point. At twenty weeks our baby is starting to look less like a blob and more like a baby. There’s a lot of work left to be done on the nursery, but we still have time to get it all done. Hang in there, baby! Mommy and daddy can’t wait to meet you.

 Star Wars: Episode III

Overall, this movie was better than Episodes I & II. I think George Lucas has redeemed himself to some extent. With all six movies now entered into our collective consciousness, it becomes obvious that Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader is actually the central character to the story — and not Luke Skywalker as was previously apparent from the original trilogy. Within that context, I’m a little disappointed that the source of his torment is something as mundane as a boy’s yearning for his mother. It seems a figure as enigmatic as Vader would be substantially more complex. But I guess not. I also have to take issue with Obi-Wan’s behavior in the final moments of this film. It was in no way consistent with his character. I understand why it had to be that way, but it seems that with a little more effort the story could have been constructed in such a way that Obi-Wan was forced to make the choice that he did, rather than in the awkward and contrived fashion that it was presented.

 The Producers

Besides being very funny, The Producers musical (now playing at the Fabulous Fox theater in St. Louis) is visually stunning thanks to some very innovative sets and lighting — far more sophisticated than anything one would expect from the man who also brought you Robin Hood: Men in Tights. The costumes are fabulous too, flaunted by an enormous cast adept at the quick-change. The story is vintage Mel Brooks, showcasing his life-long preoccupation with all things Nazi (Springtime for Hitler is comedy gold), jewish, big-breasted and homosexual. Go see this show if you have the chance!