Present getting day!!

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I have a new editor!!!  Since Daddy Bear has been so sick and it’s been hard for him to do too much, Mama Bear decided she would help me with my dragon speak translations.  Sometimes my fuzzy lips create very odd sentences…hence the need for an editor.  Daddy Bear may also be editing occasionally, but SOMEONE needed to animate me again and give me a purpose and reason to keep a going! I just hope she isn’t too expensive.

I LOVE Present Getting Day!  This year was very special.  Daddy Bear and Mama Bear both worked hard to make it extra special.  Look at all my treasure!  Not only did they give me a bunch of videos like Due South (the entire series), and the Sherlock episode with Benedict Cumberbatch  which was actually filmed as if it was in the old days, but Black Beard the pirate actually sent me presents!

I didn’t even know he knew about Black Bear (me of course) but he must have.  First I found a box that had a treasure map inside!  Coolest treasure map ever! That led me to another box that had a me sized pirate monoscope in it so I could survey the surroundings for treasure. That helped me find a box that had a bajillion (that is a lot by the way) silver keys in it.  Once I had that I used the treasure map again to find my TREASURE!!!  So there “Treasure Quest.”  Look at all those gold doubloons and pieces of eight. I am rich, RICH I tell you!

Daddy Bear helped me make a necklace of all the rest of the keys. I figure each of those keys must open a lock to a treasure, so I should have years of happy treasure hunting ahead of me. How long until the next Present Getting Day?

 

Slowing down…

ffbsleepySince Daddy Bear’s been spending so much time being sick lately, we haven’t gone to any movies, gone out to eat, gone shopping for new toys for me, or done anything that’s very much fun.  Everything seems to be all about him these days.  Adults can be so selfish!

Maybe Momma Bear will help me do stuff.  Surely she doesn’t have anything more important to do these days…

Well, that was strange…

 

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of those actors of whom I can’t get enough.  Also Chiwetel Ejiofor.  I’ve loved him ever since “Serenity” came out.

And then we get to see more of Rachel Anne McAdams (and who wouldn’t want to see more of HER?), as well as Tilda Swinton (what, you don’t remember the White Witch in the “Chronicles of Narnia”?) who can make shivers run up your spine and make your tongue hang out at the same time.  Oh, and Mads Mikkelsen is even a better villain than he was in “Quantum of Solace”.

In this movie, their superb acting ability was enhanced by a Matrix-like computer-graphic set-up that is incredible.  Or maybe unbelievable is more accurate.  In any case, I defy you to even attempt to figure out what was done in a blue-room, and what was done on location.  And before you smugly say “Obviously the scene on Mount Everest was faked,” you should know that they did go to the Himalayas to shoot some scenes.  (So there — smarty pants!)

I really, really, really loved this movie from start to finish.  It starts, right out of the box, with a battle between good and evil that will remind you of the Matrix (well, it did me).  Then it backtracks a little bit and shows you how an arrogant, smart aleck, asshole brain surgeon (Strange) becomes pretty much the only thing standing between good and evil for all life on this planet.

To break up the seriousness of the plot-line, there’s plenty of humor as well.  However, the best funny stuff comes from “the magical cape” that adopts Doctor Strange and watches his back. (If you ever watched the Disney cartoon series “Aladdin” you’ll know what I mean).  There was so much happening that I found myself trying to press the rewind button on my remote — only they don’t give you one of those at a movie theater.  So guess who’ll be going back to see it again?

It should come as no surprise that Doctor Strange wins over evil at the end — although how he wins may, indeed, surprise the heck out of you.  And, if you keep up with the Marvel Universe, you’ll know that this won’t be last we’ll see of Dormammu, the ultimate evil from another dimension.  Boy howdy, I can’t wait for the sequel!!!

For what I hope is the last time I’m going to remind you not to leave the theater until after ALL the credits are done.  Not most, all.  Because even after you’ve seen the little “surprise” at what seems to be the end of the credits, there are more credits to follow — as well as another surprise.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

P.S. You know, I’m re-thinking my wish to become the next Harry Potter.  I just might want to be Doctor Strange instead!

Inferno…

Okay, right up front I’ll admit that this is not my kind of movie — too few running gun battles and too few explosions.  Plus I couldn’t follow the plot because I hadn’t read the book.

Daddy and Mommy had read the book, and they said that, except for the ending, the movie followed pretty close to Dan Brown’s idea of an intellectual, fast-paced, action story.  All I can say is, Ron Howard managed to create so much tension in the movie that I almost clawed off the armrests.  Every time I thought I’d figured out who were the good guys and who were the bad guys, the story changed — all the way to the end.

So, in short, if you liked the book, you’ll probably like the movie (except for the ending — I’m not saying anything more).  If you haven’t read the book, you will probably be lost most of the way through the movie.  At least, that’s what happened to me…