August 10th, 2008
|12:21 am - A good day + media old & new: The Mummy III + The Questor Tapes|
teaotter, xtricks, amberite, and I all went to see The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which delivered precisely what it promised. There was Jet Li looking gorgeous and doing various wuxia tricks, yeti, armies of the undead, and (especially compared to many of this summer's more actiony movies) a surprising lack of serious sexism. No, it wasn't perfect, or memorable, or excellent. However, it was exactly the sort of harmless fun that I'd hoped. Also, unlike several recent Chinese films, the founder of the Qin dynasty was protrayed as a villain and not a hero, which fits better with my own views (if not those of the current Chinese government). Definitely recommended.
After that, Aaron joined us and we had a large barbeque, with yakitori sticks, sausages, veggie skewers, a marinated portobello mushroom, and then some fruit all on the grill, as well as some lovely oven-roasted vegetables that amberite made, and for dessert we had coconut blueberry panna cotta. With dessert, and after much wonderful conversation, we also watched a DVD of The Questor Tapes that I recently managed to acquire. Made in 1974, and one of producer Gene Roddenberry's various attempts at another TV series, I vividly remember watching it in the mid 1970s, and loving it. It held up surprisingly well, and in watching it I realized that both my totally unironic idealism (and my general distrust of most irony) as well as my belief in peace, progress, and technology all owe a vast amount to Gene Roddenberry's various TV efforts. Star Trek made a strong impact, but more than that, his 1970s works, like this Genesis II changed how I viewed the world. If I had to give three of my most major influences, I'd have to say Gene Roddenberry, Arthur C. Clarke, and (of course) Andre Norton . I think in many ways, those three people had significantly more effect on my worldview than my parents or my schooling. I love the modern day and both the technological and (many of) the social changes of the last 30 years, but I'm also vividly a child of the 1970s.
In any case, definitely a day of good friends and good fun.
Current Mood: pleased
I thought about seeing the third Mummy movie since I liked the previous two. Unfortunately, my inner historian protests so much against the trailer (terracotta mummies??!) that I don't think that the actual movie would be a good experience for me.
|Date:||August 10th, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)|| |
They aren't terracotta mummies. Instead, you have the idea that the Qin emperor's terracotta army was actually a mortal army transformed into terracotta by a magical curse. I've studied China extensively, and while the film wasn't historically accurate, it was accurate to the vision of Chinese history found in the old HK wuxia films (including emperors being especially skilled in kung fu), which worked well enough for me.
Thanks for the clarification. I'll think about seeing it.