“Film is one if three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.”

The house is always colder than outside this time of the year. I had to put my sweatshirt on as soon as I woke up. The cats, of course, ran to the sun streaming through the front door as soon as I opened it. I went outside while the coffee was brewing. Gracie was investigating the yard. The air felt a bit chillier today than it had yesterday. I watched the birds for a while, and it seems one of the chickadees is checking out my flamingo bird house. I hope she nests there. My other bird house fell, and I don’t have a ladder to put it up high enough, and my tree climbing days are long over so I’ll have to see if I can get a bit of help. The deck looks great. All it needs is some warm weather.

The Star Trek movie was excellent. The two hours went by quickly, and it was easy to get into the characters again and fun to recognize bits from the other Star Trek movies, the ones with the original cast. Roles were reversed in this version. Spock did a Kirk and Kirk did a Spock.

Reviews are funny. The Globe gave the movie 3 and a half stars. Today in the Cape Times it got 2 and was called humdrum.

When I walked into the theater, I could hear two people chatting. They were sitting a row apart so they weren’t with one another. I missed the beginning of the conversation, but I did hear the man say he had to go through his 8 thousand stamps. The woman asked him if he was a stamp collector. I laughed and tried to imagine other reasons to have 8 thousand stamps. Lots of pen pals maybe? A wall in his house looking for a different treatment? A bit of hoarding? I wished they’d have chatted a bit more but my walking in stopped their conversation. I guessed they figured they’d lost their privacy. A fourth person joined us, the couple and I, in watching the movie. A weekday afternoon is a great time to see a movie.

I have one event on my dance card today. A speaker at the library at 2 o’clock talking about the dune shacks. It’s my turn to bring the cookies.

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17 Comments on ““Film is one if three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    CBS reviewer this morning gave Star Trek a ho hum review, too. He was an original Star Trek fan so perhaps he was biased. Anyway, his assessment was that no one was boldly going anywhere in this film. I think you’re supposed to just go and enjoy the visuals in these kinds of films. Story line is really secondary to SFX. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
    Maybe the stamp man was a rabid scrapbooker. Stamps are a major scrapbooking tool. Scrapbookers tend to acquire a large stamp stash in much the same way that knitters acquire yarn and needles. It’s called SABLE; Stash acquisition beyond life expectancy. You won’t live long enough to use most of it but it’s good to know that you have it should there be a stamp or yarn famine in the future. 🙂
    It’s lovely here. Sunny with some puffy clouds. Comfortable temperature with a light breeze. Perfect horseback riding day. Or bike riding or dog walking. It’s the monthly knit group get together today so that’s where I’ll be all afternoon. Rocky will be outside playing with all his friends. We’ll both be happy and tired when we get home.
    Enjoy the rest of your day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I liked it regardless of any reviews. The movie is before they boldly went. The reviewer didn’t pay attention. At the end the crew was assigned a new mission, then the old music played and we heard, “Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

      Okay, I’ll add scrapbooking to the possibilities, but I think it must have been collecting because he also mentioned coins.

      The sun is now in and out of the clouds, but it is still a nice day. I know because Gracie has been out a long time.

      Have a great Saturday!

  2. Bob Says:

    The new Star Trek movie is on my list to see this summer. I am what you might call a Trekie without portfolio. I still love to catch one of the old TV episodes re run for the thousand time on some obscure UHF station at midnight. The franchise has held up very well. I still enjoy the 1960s cheesy special effects.

    My dog has Spring Fever. He does everything to get out of our yard to chase the squirrels. We have placed boards, old tiles and other stuff at the bottom of the fence and he still figures out how to knock them over and escape. He doesn’t go very far but we find him either barking at the garage door or the front door to come into the house. He hasn’t figured out how to crawl back under the fence into the backyard the same way he escaped. That may be why dogs haven’t invented any weapons of mass destruction 🙂

    Today will be humid with temperatures reaching the lower 90s. Spring weather doesn’t last too long in Texas, it’s just sometimes violent.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I enjoyed the movie. I’m with you in enjoying the cheesy effects and the original though I am also a fan of all the different Star Treks. I didn’t miss a series.

      That’s a smart dog to find where your fence is vulnerable. You’ll have to dig along the fence and attach a wire fence to it then bury part of the wire fence in the holes you dug. That usually works.

      I couldn’t stand weather like that this early. That is our August weather and a month of that is enough.

      • Bob Says:

        That’s a good idea, but a lot of work. I would put an invisible fence but my wife doesn’t like the idea. It’s easier to install.

  3. olof1 Says:

    The new Star Treck has gotten everything from one to four here in Sweden. There aren’t too many cinema’s around here so I’ll wait until it comes on DVD. I loved the last one and I’m pretty sure I’ll love this one too.

    Perhaps he was using the stamps as wall paper and realised he perhaps had a few doublets too close to each other 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Much the same temperature here today as we had yesterday but I’ve seen some thunder clouds pass beyond the mountain and I guess I can’t be lucky the whole day, sooner or later they might pass over my cottage.

    I was looking up what dune shacks are and the first photo I fopund was on a shack at Cape Cod 🙂 The link is so long that I really can’t post it here though 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I figure it depends on the background of the reviewer. If he liked Star Trek, he’ll like this. Sorry you’ll have such a long wait.

      I hope he is a collector and not a hoarder.

      It is cloudy right now and it has started doing that: sunny, cloudy then sunny again, but no rain is predicted.

      Some of the shacks were build in the 1800’s. They have no running water or electricity and have outhouses, but in the 1930’s artists like jackson Pollock and writers like Eugene O’Neill and Jack Kerouac lived in them. The shacks are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the National Park Service took over ownership of all but one. For $3000 you can rent one for a year.

      Have a great day!!

      • olof1 Says:

        Some movies comes a bit earlier over here, we’re only nine million people so most have seen the movie already after a couple of months. I’m hoping this is one ofb those 🙂

        I did like how they looked, but $3000! I didn’t like them that much 🙂 🙂 🙂
        Christer.

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        $3000 is a cheap rental: less than $300.00 a month. Houses here are expensive. The ocean is the reason.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Spock did a Kirk and Kirk did a Spock? I’m confused. Anyway, I like the title quote. This evening Europe speaks the universal language music. It’s time for the annual Eurovision Song Contest again. No Russian grannies this year, but a lot of silly pop music and a great show from Sweden. I will watch it on TV, it’s a duty 😉

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      In the television program it was Kirk who yelled Khan after something horrible happened but in the movie it was Spock. The movie has a similar switch but I don’t want to spoil the plot for Christer by talking about it.

      On his blog Christer mentioned the Eurovision Song Contest and said he didn’t think Sweden had a chance this year.

  5. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Never a Trekkie but know many who are. I have a friend who never reads reviews – – he wants to form his own opinion and does not listen much to what others will say regarding a play or movie. He claims most critics don’t know what they are talking about. I think he has a point, but for me I want to know as much as possible about a production before I walk through the door…

    Cloudy here today. Tomorrow I sing in my friends’ choir at a local senior center. I told my friends on Facebook what I lack in talent I will make up in volume. Methinks you will hear me all the way to the Cape…

    Waving from Jersey…

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      I read several, and if they all agree the movie is awful, I’ll pass it up. If the reviews are mixed, I’ll go and decide on my own. I do hate recommending movies to friends as they all have such different tastes. I sent a couple to Moonrise Kingdom, and they hated it.

      I’ll stand on the deck and listen!! May you have the voice of an angel!1

      Waving from Cape Cod,
      Kat

  6. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    It’s a lovely sunny day today. I just opened the window to let Simone “watch T.V.” I think she can see Rocky, the squirrel, and birds, trees, — for her it’s like going to the movies. Of course when she does this, and actually pushes herself up to the screen, to try to knock it out, she usually knocks out my computer.

    I rarely go to movies, a few a year. They are hard for me to physically sit thru, and I prefer plays and music. The only thing on my dance card today is a performance by Ragged Wing Ensemble. It is the last performance. You can find their site on Facebook.

    Waving,
    Lori

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      Cats do love the windows. My sister’s new babies stay there mesmerized. Lots to see! Wait, is yours a real window or your computer screen?

      I used to go all the time to the movies, but I haven’t in a while. This summer, though, there are a few I want to see.

      waving from here!


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