On The Anniversary of Star Wars
I realized too late last week I'd neglected to mention an all-important anniversary in crazed fandom: on May 25th, the 30th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars (followed by, technically speaking now, "Chapter 4: A New Hope"), the space-opera/epic that raised the bar and set the tone (would that be "bars and tone" then?) for every filmed space adventure that would follow in its wake.
Thanks to Mike Smith for mentioning it last week in The Rant.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Finally had a chance to see it Tuesday afternoon. I see what many critics are saying about its ponderous plotting (2 hours, 45 minutes worth), but I had a good time anyway, although I hadn't expected Geoffrey Rush (Barbosa) to steal the show from Johnny Depp! Very exciting visual effects and very action-packed, but the movie isn't as light-hearted and fun as the previous two. Strangely, Capt. Jack Sparrow (Depp) seems relegated to comic relief, whereas previously, the films seemed to rotate around his character exclusively. The CGI is incredible (coming to expect no less these days, we're so spoiled), as is the musical soundtrack. Look for a resolution to the many plotlines started over Parts 1 & 2, the much-publicized cameo by Keith Richards (cool, but too brief and disappointingly under-delivered), and a very sweet micro-epilogue after the closing credits.
One other thing I should've addressed last week but didn't (sorry everybody, but my schedule IS slowly coming under control again) is the website outage that occured a week ago Sunday from noon through Monday around lunch-time, roughly 24 hours. I was never told exactly what the problem was, but I suspect an errant firewall issue that took hours to track down. In any event, I apologize for any inconvenience this caused. Don't even get me started on the recent file-upload problem I experienced over the Memorial Day weekend, when tech support was on vacation! That, too, has since been resolved.
And Speaking of Outages...
READERS, PLEASE NOTE: Due to conditions in Tampa surrounding the landfall of Tropical Storm Barry this weekend, I was without power for 30 hours, the most time I've experienced without electricity since the '60s!! And I'm including all previous hurricane seasons. Power has been restored, but much production time was lost while equipment was down, and Mike's Rant could not be updated until Sunday. Due to the power situation, I regret to inform that I have to postpone the return of It Came From The PO Box until next week's PCR issue! I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.