20 Jun 2005 - 12:54:04 AM
Hey, a post for June! A couple of movies and something particularly blog-worthy: I led my first 10c! Spent the day at Exit 38 in the ol' Deception Crags area. Did five routes I've done many times before, and three I hadn't. One surprising development is the right half of the great two-hand jug above the second bolt on Absolutely Nothing is now very loose -- I guess it's just a matter of time before it becomes a not-quite-as-great one-hand jug. The first two new routes I did were a 10a called Rhino Rave up a short side trail on Hall Creek rock. Pretty fun route, and it's best to stay right at the last bolt on up to the anchors. I then top-roped the new route just to its left -- it's not in the guidebook, so I didn't know how hard it would be -- the holds looked good but it was slightly overhanging. Anyway, it's a blast -- great holds all the way up. I'm guessing it's a 5.9. Last climb of the day was down in the Substation. There's a fun 10a called Lovey-Dovey, with an alternate 10c route branching off about half-way up called Namby-Pamby. That was my 10c lead, and I flashed it, too. I was a very happy boy after that.
Several weeks ago, I saw the new Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Shi-- er, I mean, Sith. It's better than Episodes I and II, which isn't saying much, but it's still not great. There were just too many things to cram into this film to bridge Episodes II and IV, and so the pacing felt kind of choppy. One very positive thing about the movie is Jar Jar appears in only two scenes, for a total of about four seconds, and he doesn't have any lines. One thing that didn't do it for me was Anakin's transition to the dark side, which, you know, is the big selling point of the movie. Oh well. And Darth Vader's outfit, after all the fancy special effects in Episodes I, II, and III, is particularly funny with the 70s electronics interface on his chest. But I gave Attack of the Clones three smileys -- I guess I'll have to give Revenge of the Sith at least that. So, it gets (out of 4), as well.
On Friday I saw Batman Begins, which kicked ass. The pacing in the beginning was kind of choppy (and don't get me started on the "ice axe arrest" scene), but when Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham, the movie really starts to click. It has a fairly dark, borderline psychotic feel to it that was pretty darn cool. Some of the dialogue was hokey, but the cast (Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman) managed to make it sound not quite so hokey. I may even see it again. Batman Begins gets (out of 4).
And now back to the regularly scheduled hiatus...