Friday, July 13, 2007

Harry Potter, Part 5

DW and I saw the partly 3-D version of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" last night at the local IMAX theater. It and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban" are, IMHO, the best films of the lot thus far. Imelda Staunton was frighteningly good as Delores Umbridge, the Church Lady-like torturer of Hogwarts students. At one point, as her wall of cats meowed, I leaned over to DW and said, "she's catshit insane." Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and Emma Watson (Hermione) are coming into their own as actors, Radcliffe in particular. Harry's nightmare scenes, and his reactions to them, were convincing, and the actor was rather dashing in his attire throughout the film. When Harry discussed his dreams with Dumbledore and how he worried about going bonkers, I said, "well, I think Harry and I should have a conversation about our dreams." Alas, it was a very quiet moment, and other people in the theater could hear me. Big deal. The 20 minutes of 3-D worked very well in this film, particularly on the huge IMAX screen. It's well worth the extra few bucks to see it on IMAX, if possible.

Speaking of dreams, mine have been so intense and personal lately that I haven't wanted to post them here. I get the feeling my subconscious is shouting at me about a number of things; I just need to figure out what they are and whether I can do something about them or just let things play out in the dreams themselves.

Yesterday was a crazy day. It was my telework day, and I had a shitload to get done. Our power cut out around 9:30 a.m., so I drove to the nearest P.J.'s coffeehouse to get myself reconnected. When the power came back on (around 1:00), I went back home, and . . . the phone line was dead! This meant that I couldn't connect to my VPN, so I had to work in my c-drive the rest of the day and risk being asked why I wasn't logged-in. I didn't get any calls from the office, so I suppose I was okay. In any event, I managed to get a full days' work in; alas, the case I thought would be easy to write up turned out to be rather messed-up.


Don said...

I don't remember her wall of cats from the book but that seems so fitting.

That sounds like the worst, staying home to work only to end up having to drive to someplace with power and network access.

Good luck with your dreams, you sure have some vivid, intense episodes.

Ann said...

It's very frustrating to be a home based worker and to have infrastructure problems. I hesitate to say how things have been going, because bad things could happen.

I am depressed again (though better this week than last) so I'm finding it very hard to concentrate. I'm easily distracted anyway.

Ann said...

Oh, by the way, do you have Half-blood prince? I've never read it, (because I know how it ends) but I've remembered that the reading is worthwhile for it's own sake. Duh.

Randy said...

Ann, I've been under the weather myself the past few weeks, and that had me depressed. I had my first-ever ear infection, and it was an ordeal. Lots and lots of drugs finally got it under control, but, damn, it was painful.

Randy said...

Oh yeah, I did read the Half-Blood Prince. DW has the next one on order from Amazon; I'll read it after she does.