The new Indiana Jones movie opened today. My son and I were first in line at the noon showing. A special treat for him after a couple of weeks of hard work in school. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is definitely worth the long wait since 1989's The Last Crusade. It has everything you could want in an adventure movie, including non-stop action, impossible stunts, extreme villains, and mysterious hidden ruins. We both give it a big thumbs up, and have already talked about seeing it again next week. One warning to parents: Although the violence is cartoonish, it is rather extreme in a few places. There are a couple of bloody fistfights that go on too long, and one scene involving an insect that was shocking even for me.
Speaking of shocking movies, I'm making room at the top of my Most Hated Movies Of All-Time list for No Country For Old Men. I can't even describe how much I loathe this film after watching it the other night. It's shocking because I'm a fan of the Coen brothers. Fargo and Raising Arizona are classics in my book. The problem with No Country For Old Men is that its exquisite direction, acting, and cinematography are overshadowed by an absolutely horrible plot. What a huge disappointment.
One more week of homeschooling for my son, and then his summer vacation begins. We're both happy to see the bright light at the end of the tunnel. He needs the break, while I need to get back to my basement project. Not to mention my deck, overhang, and storage shed projects.
My daughter is very brave, apparently. She fell down on the playground and badly scraped her knee, so a teacher took her to the office for first aid. She told me that five different people said to her, "You are very brave!" for not crying. So, then, why does she scream like a banshee when I brush her hair?
Two more weeks of public school for my daughter, and then her summer vacation begins. Come fall, she'll be home with us, enjoying the kind of freedom and fun that her brother has experienced over the past two years. I can't wait to watch her develop a passion for learning.
My first podcast is on its way. Many months ago, it was suggested to me that I should try my hand at one. It took me awhile to find the right software, music, and microphone, but it's finally done and will be ready for public consumption (and ridicule) on Monday.