Cool and cloudy on The Mountain. We may get some rain.
On our last vacation we carried a bag full of DVD’s to watch during the hottest part of the day. On Edisto, in August, the heat and the humidity makes it uncomfortable enough to be outside from noon til about five that we planned some time each day for reading and watching movies. The unit had a decent flat-screened TV and a DVD player so we took some good movies to watch. We carried a lot more movies than we would have time to watch because it’s nice to have a choice depending on what mood we may be in.
I’m lucky that Miz Bubba loves action movies in addition to the romantic comedies she enjoys so we had lots to choose from.
We took all three Bourne movies and watched them in order. I love those movies.
We took Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou, and Raising Arizona. We watched a couple of those. We also carried Open Range and enjoyed watching it very much. I love that movie too.
Another movie that I really like and that not a lot of people have seen is The Duelists. Directed by Ridley Scott. It is based on a short story by Joseph Conrad who based his story loosely on a pair of actual duelists in the army of Napoleon. It is beautifully filmed and reportedly very accurate in its depiction of the dueling techniques of the time...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_DuellistsSet during the Napoleonic Wars, it features two French Hussar officers, Armand d'Hubert (Keith Carradine) and Gabriel Féraud (Harvey Keitel). A misunderstanding between them over an initially minor incident becomes a quarrel that turns into a bitter, long-drawn out feud over the following fifteen years, interwoven with the larger conflict that provides its backdrop. At the beginning, Féraud is the one who jealously guards his honor and repeatedly demands satisfaction anew when a duelling encounter ends inconclusively; he aggressively pursues every opportunity to locate and duel with his foe.
As the story progresses, d'Hubert also finds himself caught up in the contest. He is unable to refuse Féraud's repeated challenges to duel or to walk away because of the rigid code of honour. The feud persists through the different campaigns of the Napoleonic war, and on into the period of the Bourbon restoration which follows. When the story begins, both men are lieutenants, and over time both rise through the ranks to reach the rank of General….
The action is gritty and realistic. The movie is really well done. I’ve recommended it before but I like to mention it from time to time.
TOTD: Recommend a movie that you like.
I read The Family by Jeff Sharlet and a sci/fi novel Lord of Light by Roger Zelazney. Both these books were very good.
AlternateTOTD; Recommend a book that you like.