Archive for January, 2006

 King Kong

This movie was as good as any interspecial love story can be, I suppose. I didn’t feel that it lived up to the hype I had been hearing from friends and colleagues who had seen it, and I had a hard time suspending my disbelief where Fay Wray’s reciprocal feelings for the ape were concerned.

It did make me curious to see the original 1933 film, to which this is reportedly Peter Jackson’s homage, but I probably wouldn’t be able to tolerate the special effects of the day. Jack Black turns in a respectable performance, but few comics have the talent to make the leap to drama and still keep their careers. We’ll see if he has what it takes.

 Olympus EVOLT E500 Digital SLR

After a great deal of research into the most recent crop of digital SLRs, my wife settled on this Olympus model when it was time to upgrade our digital camera. She has always wanted a digital SLR and this is a fine camera, in my opinion.

I’m impressed not only with the quality of the pictures it takes, but the manufacturing as well. I’ve seen a number of cameras out there that despite a hefty price tag still feel like you bought them out of a vending machine — cheap plastic construction, etc. — but this camera seems durable and has a good feel in your hands. The picture quality speaks for itself. Click the photo of our little boy to see more examples: