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3 February 2006

Went to the kino last night, to see Memoirs of a Geisha, which was pretty but ever so boring. Anyways, while there I noticed a startling amount of posters for really terrible looking films. I was so busy pointing out the horrible looking adverts that I walked straight past the screen that we were going to. Not that NM noticed, but then again, I did have na ticéadaí, so we’ll let her away with it this once.

But the prize for worst idea ever must go to The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby.

For those of you who don’t know, Greyfriars Bobby was a little Skye Terrier who was so faithful to his master that he sat on his grave for 14 years. So not a life packed with adventures. And although there has been a film made before, possibly more, I don’t think this recent effort is really in the spirit of the true story.

Course, if you even look at the poster, which you can see by visiting the official site you will see they obviously don’t care about the real story. Because instead of a Skye Terrier they have a West Highland terrier. Now, all credit to the westies of the world, but, at the end of the day, they aren’t Skyes are they? But like remaking lassie and using a border collie instead of a rough collie. And I haven’t even mentioned the kids. I’d have to say I’m rather a little bemused by it all.

There was however a trailer for the new Tristian and Isolde film. Now despite looking more like Roar[1] than anything else I’ll still be going to see it[2] But the trailer VO man did make NM wonder about the pronunciation of Isolde. Personally I don’t know the “real” way. I think I’d say it something like Isuelt? Anyone know.


  1. and not just for Rufus Sewell, although I do have to say that Tristian himself looks very unpretty

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22 Responses

  1. anne says:

    Nope, sorry…

  2. Alan says:

    Well Isolde's Tower (that wonderful Temple Bar pub that you wouldn't be seen dead in… except when drunk at three in the morning when nowhere else is open) always gets referred to as "Izz-oll-dees". But then that may have something to do with the whole drunk, three o'clock in the morning thing.

  3. Alan says:

    Oh, and, regarding the Greyfriars Bobby website….
    Ardal O'Hanlon with a big bushy beard is scaring me.

  4. gerry says:

    I tried reading Greyfriars Bobby but there was far too much description.

  5. Kelly says:

    I always think of it like this: "I's old." But then, I'm usually just thinking about me at the time. I've noticed that people who've read Memoirs of a Geisha hated the movie, but people who haven't, loved it. I read it, so I'm in no hurry to see it, although I have heard it's beautiful. But I already own Hero, Crouching Tiger, et al. I'm kind of not in the mood for another one that looks the same… Especially if it doesn't do justice to an incredible story. xo

  6. Fence says:

    I think I'd pronounce it most like Kelly's, but is old, instead of I.

    The whole idea of the film scares me Alan.

    Gerry, I've never read the book. But I say a previous version of the film, and know the story.

  7. NineMoons says:

    I was thinking about it and remembering Isolde's Tower and when it opened (sober) people called it Iss-oll-deh's Tower. So that's mebbe where my pronuncification came from.
    Love the "all credit to…" thang. Excellent!

  8. NineMoons says:

    Heya, what's the thingy I need to download so's I can get sound? Gmail me…

    Also did you have to pay any import duties on stuff gotten off Playusa? And how long does delivery take? It's a VM thing.

  9. Carl V. says:

    I cast my vote for the 'I sold' pronunciation. As much as I think Ziya Zhang is beautiful I just couldn't bring myself to watch this as it just didn't sound interesting. I'm sure it is beautiful, the trailers themselves are, but I prefer a bit of story in there with the beauty.

  10. NineMoons says:

    Have done some research (heh) and this is a question that is on many bloggers uh, blogs at the mo. 'Parently there are different pronunciations partly because of the fact that the story has been retold in various languages and notably in Wagner's opera. However, it seems that the 'e' at the end is pronounced (as 'uh') more often than not.
    But the film is going for the other one. So that's gonna bug me. A lot.

  11. Kelly says:

    I say we all stop worrying about Isolde, and just stare at James Franco's chest.

  12. Fence says:

    You mean this thing? Yerch! It is unpretty. Unpretty I tells you

  13. Kelly says:

    Apparently, my server is saving me from a fate worse than death, because it tells me the link you gave me is "Not Found." So, I'll take your word for it. Thank God I'm not attracted to James Franco's chest anyway. Or any other part of him. Honest. I was just trying to be funny, pathetically.

  14. Fence says:

    Thats a pity Kelly, because it is a great pic ;)

    Maybe we should start a Jame Franco Unpretty Society?

  15. Kelly says:

    Tomosexuals and Francophiles not allowed.

  16. NineMoons says:

    HA HA HA!!!

    Kelly should start her own dictionary. Really. This has actually distracted me from reading the Veronica Mars recaps on TWoP. It takes a lot to do that.

    I couldn't get the pic either. Fence, word picture. NOW!

  17. Kelly says:

    I'm just trying to curry favor. But okay, I'll write a dictionary for you. I could probably have it done around, say, 2025, if the earth hasn't been destroyed by a comet yet.

  18. Kelly says:

    Nines, tell me you were doing Mike Myers from So I Married An Axe Murder. If so, I just want to say: Ooh, I hate the Colonel, with his weee beady eyes…

  19. Fence says:

    I really have to share the wonder of Franco's chest, so try this: go here, scroll down, and guess which pic I was linking to. Go on, imaginary prizes for the first correct guess.

  20. NineMoons says:

    Well, one of the ones where he's tied to a bed. ICK. With a side order of yuck.

    Kelly, sorry to disappoint but have no idea what you're typing about. Be more specific! Also, have only seen about half an hour of So I Married… The last half hour as I recall. So I doubt I was channelling MM at any point. Sorry.

  21. Fence says:

    Yup. My yerch was entirely correct don't you think :)

  22. NineMoons says:

    He's no Logan Echolls, that's for sure.

    Ain't it funny how EVERYTHING can be related back to Veronica Mars? And ain't it funny how it never EVER gets even a little old?

    I think that all male actors should be notified three months in advance of any upcoming semi-nude scenes, so they can decide which way they want to go – unbuffed, buffed to an extent that's appropriate for the character or totally Mr. Universe bleccccch.