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Ad Majorem Annae Gloriam

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Yesterday I finally got around to watching the new, 2005 version of the movie. I must say, I like the old, 70s movie much better. Johnny Depp's Wonka was just creepy. Charlie's family is shown to be in such abject poverty... I always thought of them as the dignified poor - yes, desperately poor, but meticulously clean and still with some pride in them. This portrayal left me feeling like raising my skirts squeamishly, rather than reaching out to help - I doubt that was the intent. Absolutely unsympathetic. The lack of emotion showed by child actors spoiled the impression of the movie. Oompa Loompas being played by a single actor was also weird, and I couldn't make out what they were sining at all - and apparently it wasn't just me, every review had the same complaint. Wonka's backstory didn't add anything, and was also kind of creepy. On the upside, the visuals were stunning and the movie was, after all, entertaining.

This, however, made me think back to PJ's Lord of the Rings movies. After all, the feel, the aftertaste of the movies was not too different from the books (though second and third movies are worse in that aspect than the first, still the overall theme is not too mangled). Kind of similar to the 1970s Wonka movie departing from the book in details, but keeping up the atmosphere. Same way, the LotR movies could have been truer to the book, but just as empty and devoid of atmosphere - which would have been worse. I guess, that's the old adage of "it could have been worse" strikes again.

Vancouver Olympics
Затянутая в реальный мир и заснеженная, я совсем не думала о том что сегодня - открытие Олимпиады. А через пять дней я сама буду стоять там. Кажется, маленькая Анечка внутри уже начинает пищать и прыгать в предвкушении. Еду я ненадолго (тем более что целый день тратится только на долететь туда-обратно) - в среду прилечу, в воскресенье - обратно.

Вот где я буду присутствовать (и обещаю стараться попасть в камеру):

Четверг 18 февраля - Биатлон. Женщины 15 км и Мужчины 20 км; Хоккей Словакия-Россия
Пятница 19 февраля - Слалом-супергигант. Мужчины.
Суббота 20 февраля - Бобслей-двойки (первый и второй заезды)

В общем-то, на то чего больше всего хотелось - на биатлон, на хоккей, и на бобслей - я попадаю. Только на конькобежцев и на шорт-трек не получилось, ну так не все же сразу...

И да, очень жаль что Игры еще даже не начались, а уже погиб грузинский саночник. Будем надеяться, что больше смертей и тяжелых травм на этой Олимпиаде не будет...

А еще у меня будет вечер среды, вечер пятницы и утро субботы свободного времени на изучение Ванкувера (в том числе и с гастрономической точки зрения). Может, еще в музей этнографический или краеведческий схожу, я это дело всегда люблю.

The Olympics always seemed so far away, and yet the Opening Ceremony is due to start in a couple hours! And in just five days I myself will be standing there. My little inner Anna is already starting to jump up and down and squeal. I am leaving Wednesday and coming back Sunday.

This is what I will be attending (and I will do my best to try and get caught by TV cameras):
Thursday February 18 - Biathlon. Men's 15K and Women's 20K Individuals. Ice Hockey Slovakia-Russia
Friday February 19 - Men's Super-G
Saturday February 20 - Bobsleigh Two-Men Runs 1 & 2

I was quite lucky to get the events I wanted the most - the biathlon, the hockey and the bobsleigh. Pity I didn't get the speedskating or short-track, but there is only so much you can fit into three days, considering the distances and the traffic jams...

It saddens me, though, that we have the first death even before the Games have started. RIP to the Georgian athlete, and I hope there will be no more death or serious trauma during these Olympics.

Besides Olympics, I will have a bit of free time - the evenings of Wednesday and Friday and Saturday morning. Some time to wander around Vancouver, enjoy the atmosphere, and maybe visit a local museum - I love history and anthropology museums.