Fortunately my eyes were not beyond appreciating the latest technological acquisition the Wizard surprised me with. I am not an early adopter (and may or may not jump on the iPhone bandwagon by Christmas) so it will seem dull that I am impressed with the Blu-ray player that arrived. The Wizard bought it just to watch Robert Downey Jr.'s latest Sherlock Holmes film. (Industrial Age London looks even grittier in high definition.) And it was impressive, although the movie left me a little cold. (Though the Wizard, a Holmes aficionado, says it was true to the spirit, if not the letter.) I am too prejudiced by my wuxia preferences, though Holmes certainly had some MA background, and Downey's moves weren't too bad. Still, now I crave seeing Vincent Zhao and Song Il-guk in such perfection.
I quickly switched my Netflix account to accommodate the new player (which sits alongside my all-region player for Asian releases meant mainly for Malaysia and Taiwan.) My first netflix Blu-ray DVD: Puss In Boots, a peculiar conflation of nursery rhymes and fairy tales, in animation that makes Studio Ghibli seem a little primitive. (I must find Totoro in Blu-ray!) But why did I think Puss In Boots was Johnny Depp? (It's Antonio Banderas.) The pirate boots and flair for haberdashery, especially the products of hatters, I guess. And a strange leftover sensation from last fall when the Peeping Tom kept me up half the night in a hotel room at LAX.
|View out the window from my hotel bed. LA. is a truly strange place.|