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"Sora," and yet more DVD-watching.

When poking around in a Latin dictionary trying to discover what "sora" (Japanese for "sky," let it be known, when with a short o) could be said to mean in that language, I found an actual case of a city Sora (with a long o) that was a Volscian city. (Since I wanted to use the Volscians, this was perfect.) A little more poking around discovered that it was probably related to "serenus" and more distantly to "sol," and therefore a cousin with similar meaning of Sanskrit "svar," meaning --

-- "sky."

Go figure.

As to DVDs, I have finally begun watching again.

Julius CaesarCollapse )

Patlabor Original OVA: Volume OneCollapse )

Loveless: Volume OneCollapse )

Dungeons and Dragons, Vol. 1Collapse )

Movie thoughts and reviews, once more.

Last week we went to see Prince Caspian. I knew pretty quickly that I didn't like it as much as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, although I wasn't sure whether it was because they did a worse job of adapting it or a consequence of my liking the book Prince Caspian better than its predecessor. Come to think of it, I'm still not sure, although I think they did make more (or at least more noticeable) changes in this movie.

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I've also been doing more Netflixing.

Fullmetal Alchemist, v.1Collapse )

The Thief of Bagdad - 1940Collapse )

Anna BolenaCollapse )


movies, again

Today we went to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I don't know what the reviewers who complain it lacks energy are thinking; as far as I was concerned, it had plenty of energy, plenty of everything, at least two moments that had me wishing for a sofa to hide behind (although the first was sort of delayed behind "oh holy shit they are not actually going there" and "holy shit, refrigerator"), and in short was very nearly everything I could possibly have hoped for out of a fourth Indiana Jones movie. spoilerishCollapse )

The Snow QueenCollapse )


more movie mini-reviews


Adopted Sons-in-law

The other day, someone was reading a Rurouni Kenshin story of mine and wanted to know "Was it usual in the Meiji era to refer to a husband by the wife's family name?"

I suppose it's not as well known that it was, if not usual, not outlandish -- not in Meiji, not in the Tokugawa Era and before, not even these days.

From medieval times up through modern times, husbands have on occasion been taken into the bride's family, although the reverse was always more common. Often a family with no sons would either adopt one or take one of their sons-in-law into the household to carry on the family name. In many cases not involving the question of carrying on a name, the couple took on the family name of the party who brought more to the marriage.

As Kenshin is bringing in one somewhat shopworn rurouni and a new sakabatou, and Kaoru is bringing in a rundown doujou in good standing, a name as an instructor, an inherited name and style, one apprentice and the occasional student, several kimono, a few bokken, probably her dad's sword around somewhere, and some actual money, I have always assumed that he would take HER name. ^_^

baseball and movies

Yesterday I went to a baseball game as part of my church group. I'd never been to one before.

I enjoyed it. It was fun. I will have to go again sometime. Preferably with more layers -- I only had my t-shirt and a jacket lined with polar fleece, and I wound up lending the latter to the lady from Nicaragua who was freezing the whole time, poor thing.

Also, I watched the second disc of "Advent Children."

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So, given that gas prices have gone past disgusting and soared all the way into obscenity, my sister convinced me that it would be cheaper to just get a Netflix account.

So I did. Day before yesterday.

Today, my first three discs arrived.

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book meme thing

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

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Chattering about Movies: Labyrinth

I was reading through a movie review page, trying to determine how closely the reviewer's taste paralleled mine, and noticed that his (2.5 star) review of Labyrinth began by stating that there appears to be such a thing as "male" and "female" movies.

Which I would agree with -- for whatever reason, very possibly cultural, men and women tend to have different buttons and look on things with somewhat different worldviews, and one can definitely make a movie intending it to appeal to a certain worldview. (Whether it does or not depends largely on the movie-making process. Whether or not the movie also/instead looks good to people who look at the world differently depends on a whole host of things, in which luck plays a large part.)

And Labyrinth is, as he said, a 'female movie.'Collapse )