May 28th, 2005

film

Premiere of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

The film was brilliant, I'm still singing the music "So long and thanks for all the fish, so sad that it should come to this .."

The Kinoimhb festival was packed! Part of the huge railway hall in Zurich gets turned into a cinema for 10 days, complete with bar and box office. There was a great atmosphere, and several towels being waved! I released 4 Hitchhiker Books in honour. Got to my seat, and released that the cinema screen was showing the bar area. So, found I could 'watch' 2 of the books, and then saw with horror as the Barman cleared them away :-( Maybe a member of staff rescued them!

The film itself was brilliant. There were changes to the plot, and a whole new middle section, but I thought it made the narrative a lot clearer. The first radio series and HHGG book are brilliant, but they lack a credible middle section. The film sorted this out, and even managed to create a believable ending to the film. A lot of the dialogue was identical to the book, albeit in a different order, but this didn't matter and in some cases, made a lot more sense!

Lots of things were handled brilliantly in this film. The sense that Arthur's house is knocked down by lots of bulldozers is reflected in the fact that the world is destroyed by a "fleet" of vogon shifts - the earth is encircled by them! The Vogon puppets were brilliant. The music fitted the film perfectly, and overall it was a very funny film. The new version Marvin was just as good and depressed as the old version. The Zaphod character was much more what I thought Zaphod should have been in the radio and TV series. He had exactly the right blend of spaced out, stupid, egoistic nonchalance! Ford and his towel were spot on. Tim from the office was fantastic as Arthur, but has a much more active 'hero' role here, which sort of worked :-) Plus, he was still obsessed about tea...

There were several clever touches. Watch out for 'old' marvin's appearance, and several references to the wonderful Douglas himself. Apparently his wife and daughter appear in the London scenes! Overall, I can't fault a thing about the movie: shall be waiting with bated breath for the DVD to come out now!
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2 catches, 2 members and a new pair of wings!

This week was momentous for my two catches and 2 new members! A book I released in Manchester in April as part of the BookAid International Challenge was picked up by brainey-rainey who read it, journalled it and then joined! The second catch was from one of the Teddy Summer 2005 releases! I'd hardly got home from releasing, when the alert email told me that ngriis had found and journalled the book! Finally, I got to see the premiere of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was FAB! Read my review here.
I have a new bookring open --> Therapy: David Lodge If you want to join, just PM me!

Thank you to many UK bookcrossers for my new wings. Netstation had 50 pairs to donate, and Weebly, Acanthium32, Katie1980, Laura0141 & Kittynic all nominated me. Thanks :-) *blushes*
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Bookcrossing Update!

Currently Reading: Ich habe alles gelebt: Peggy Guggenheim
Mount TBR Status: 49 books
Books read since 03/2005: 77 books
I am a hoarder of two things: documents and trusted friends. (Muriel Spark)

Latest News May 28 2005: 2 catches, 2 members and a new pair of wings!
This week was momentous for my two catches and 2 new members! A book I released in Manchester in April as part of the BookAid International Challenge was picked up by brainey-rainey who read it, journalled it and then joined! The second catch was from one of the Teddy Summer 2005 releases! I'd hardly got home from releasing, when the alert email told me that ngriis had found and journalled the book! Finally, I got to see the premiere of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was FAB! Read my review below.

I have a new bookring open --> Therapy: David Lodge. If you wish to join, please PM me!

"Nice Cup of Tea" Award... May 21 2005 (for the bookcrossers who make my week special!)
Thank you to many UK bookcrossers for my new wings. Netstation had 200 pairs to donate, and Weebly, Acanthium32, Katie1980, Laura0141 & Kittynic all nominated me. Thanks :-) *blushes*