Entertaining the Wysz

Fetchez la vache!

Well this is certainly a busy summer. It seems like I'm in a different city every week, with graduations, weddings, vacations, and moving. This week, I'm on an entertainment spree. I started it off on Monday with a trip to the movies to see Pirates of the Caribbean 2: The Second Pirates of the Caribbean Movie, A.K.A. Dead Man's Chest with my sister. I really enjoyed it and so did the rest of the audience. It didn't seem long, and in fact I was waiting for more, although like the first movie it may seem a bit lengthy upon excessive repeat viewings. So don't O.D. on Johnny D., kids. The lighthearted comedy of the film was great as I expected, but I was most impressed by the incredible visuals. No offense to Nolan (who worked on the still entertaining Superman Returns), but it was a nice break from the mostly-CG films we're getting used to. They actually built a lot of the sets for Pirates, and it made a big difference. And the CG stuff blended in well, especially the Davy Jones character. The only visual that disappointed me was the obvious blue/green screen shot ("that Hollywood still thinks looks good") where Jack Sparrow has a close-up in front of the CG thing that you'll see in the movie. Besides that, awesome movie and I'm looking forward to the DVD release to keep me entertained until the next film.

Last night, my sisters took me up to NYC to see Monty Python's Spamalot: A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a graduation present. It was one of the funniest things I've seen in a while. Fans of the movie can enjoy it because the show recreates all of the funniest scenes from the film, even extending some of the jokes a bit further. And then just when you think you know what's going to happen next, a totally new plot twist turns up. Those who haven't seen the movie will enjoy it just as well, because hey, those scenes are funny! And in true Monty Python style, they break the "fourth wall" a few times, and even reference it directly as they recreate the movie while also parodying Broadway musicals.

Tonight, I'm set to see another live show, this one in Philadelphia. We have tickets to see Cirque du Soleil's Quidam thanks to a friend who works for my dad. We've seen their Mystère show in Vegas, and it was probably the best performance I've ever seen in my life, so I'm looking forward to see what they have prepared for Quidam. I'll blog about it next week if I remember, but I'll be pretty busy. Have a great weekend, folks!

Posted: Thursday - July 13, 2006 at 10:06 AM