II. While idly waiting for the Weather Channel local report to cycle around, I caught a cool video on MTV Español. (Normally we don't have that programmed in, but the cable company had just switched around the channels.) It was sort of like Flash Gordon, except Flash was more of a beautiful red-haired woman wearing something like that “slave girl” outfit that Carrie Fisher wore in Star Wars, and this outfit covered about 20% of the surface area that Leia's did. Of course the singer had a monkey mascot and her band looked like robot zombies. Funny enough, the music was OK guitar-based pop – so that's what happened to it when Britney and Bizkit were ruling the airwaves: it hightailed to Latin America !
III. We rented a Hello Kitty video for S1. Here's her running commentary on the action:
Kitty ! [two minute interval]… Kitty ! [one minute interval]… Kitty ! [three minute interval]… &c.…I hate to break this to all you Sanrio acolytes out there, but once you attach Hello Kitty to anything approaching a normal kid's cartoon context, the magic is lost. For one thing, HK can talk, and didn't people remember what it did to Tom and Jerry when they could talk ? The animated mouth is tiny, but it should just not be there !
IV. O and I watched Brotherhood of the Wolf on DVD – not bad, some good atmospherics like Hammer Horror, and cool action à la Hong Kong. Of course, being French, it had to be About Something, but still, not bad for your entertainment dollar.