Some photos of the Isle of Monte Cristo in the Mediterranean:
Schloss Gruntenburg on the Isle. (Under construction… kinda)
Thank you so much for the beautiful home tour! You keep a tidy isle. 😉
And thank you, Puddy, for the first comment ever on the Grunt’s new site. Come by anytime. There will be actual content soon, and there’s always lobster on the grill down at the beach cove, and always ice for the bourbons and cokes. Make sure you let me know what brand of bourbon the Kitty and the DH drink so I can have it on hand. Don’t be shy. The Grunt family used to have farmland in Bourbon County Kentucky, so we knows a thing ‘er two about the corn liquor! Woodford Reserve is the default, just so you know.
Don’t know what’s up with Sundance today….he’s been like this all day:
Just a little grouchy. I don’t know how he gets by with so little sleep as it is! I would be a basket case.
Hey there Grunt. How can I be of service?
Emailing shortly… Thanks for stopping by, Finch! Sorry about being so unspecific about your beautiful black-tongued gravatar!
Hi, Grunt! I was wondering where everyone was hangin’ out! 😀
I have a technical question – I’m doing a post on Col. Tillman for Sharon’s post today, what caliber of fighter jets would he have had in 2001? I LIKE the looks of F-15, but he’s old, like me, sigh. Anyway, I’m looking for pics!! ???? Expertise????
WeeWeed, good question. No problem! I’ll find out, but F-15s have been one of our air defense fighters for a long time. I’ll get you pics, but I need to know exactly what you’re looking for. You want to know what jets from the Texan ANG intercepted Angel while he was loitering over the Gulf? Or the ones that excorted into DC?
The ones that joined him, when Angel was leaving Florida on the way to BAFB – because ‘she’ had been threatened – I don’t need the real live guys, just the model, ya know? My mom lives outside of BAFB, we see the fighters all the time but I have no idea what was in use in 2001. See??? I kniew you’d know!! 😀
Sorry Wee. You’re right. AF1-Angel’s a female!
Leaving Sarasota, Angel hit the Gulf fast without protection, seeking escorts from the various services doing exercises over the water. First to intercept were 3 F-16s from Ellington Field, Bush’s old base near Houston. At Tillman’s request, those 3 continued to Barksdale and then on to Andrews so they would have the honor of escorting the Pres home. After leaving BAFB, in addition to the 3 TXANG F-16s, Angel was met by 4 F-16s from Andrews and 4 F-15s from Langley AFB. All 11 escorted into Andrews. The famous thumbs up to the Pres came from Mark Sasich (Spelling unsure), F-16 driver from Andrews.
These are F-16 Fighting Falcons like the ones from Ellington that first intercepted Angel.
If you’re looking for images of those planes, there are gazillions of google images under F-16 Fighting Falcon, or F-15 Eagle. Let me know if you have any trouble.
This is an F-15, like the ones from Langley AFB (except without the Japanese Rising Sun).
Thanks, Grunt! I appreciate it muchly!! 😀
So Grunt, re “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Do you prefer the (1) book, or (2) one of the move/mini series versions of the story? If the latter, which one?
Hey Finch. Great find on the NYT article today about Palin, BTW.
I’ve been a fan of the book for a long time, as well as Dumas’ other works about the Musketeers who served the Bourbons in 17th century France. “tous pour un, un pour tous!” But I was very much impressed by Kevin Reynold’s adaptation a few years ago on film. How could I not like it with Jim Caviezel playing the Count and Richard Harris as the Abbe Faria! And Dagmara was awesome! But the screenwriter just did the right thing in re-writing it to make it a better 2-hour movie. Very well done, I thought. Not exactly the same story, but better in some ways. Are you a fan?
I am a fan of that version of the movie–it’s the only version I’ve seen. I think Caviezel is an excellent actor. I read the book for the first time just last year and actually preferred the movie to the book–first time that’s ever happened for me. I probably need to re-read it to fully appreciate it. I’ll also look into Dumas’ other stuff.
RE the NYT article, I found it via the comments at C4P–I didn’t sniff it out on my own. But, thanks anyway.
So you didn’t go for the entire chapters on vegetable poisons and pistol shooting and lesbian intrigue and vampire mania? Can’t argue with you there. I agree that the movie was much more lovable and satisfying, even though there are aspects of the book that I value as well. You are the only one I’ve ever quasi-met who’s actually read the book. Almost no one has. Probably because it’s so long. You’re a brave woman! I like the story that the French-to-English translator of one edition tells of working with a Russian woman and telling her what book he was translating. Her response, with a disgusted sniff: “Oh, a children’s book.” In the Soviet era, any book that contained religious themes were dubbed that way, I guess.
Maybe you can help me explain why Kevin Reynold’s movie is so good. I don’t think he’s necessarily the best director on the planet. The same could be said of Mel Gibson, but his “Passion” was genius. Do you suppose that Jim Caviezel is such a devout and holy actor that his prayers enlighten more than just his own performances? That’s my theory. The guy brings the Holy Spirit with him onto the set. I even liked “Madison,” which was a great Hoosier movie of his that nobody saw.
Oh, never heard of Madison. Will try to check it out.
I read the book because I loved the movie so much. You know how usually books are so much more satisfying than movies? I guess I was hoping for/expecting that.
How to explain what is so appealing about that movie? To start, I think the costumes/set/scenery are beautiful–as are the “good” characters. Perhaps it’s unsophisticated, but I love when the heros are beautiful and the villans are not. I confess I had no idea who Jim Caviezel was when I first saw the movie (I’ve never seen The Passion) , but yes, the character’s palpable struggle with faith and the underlying religious tones were part of what caused me to watch it repeatedly. What first struck me most about his performance was that I had to look closely to confirm that the same actor was both the young and old Dantes. It was more than just change in hair style and costume. There was a hardening and closing off of his features and voice that I imagine lesser actors would have trouble executing convincingly.
You’re absolutely right about movies rarely living up to the books, and this is the only exception that I’m aware of. I love this movie. The location filming in Malta and Ireland was outstanding. Reynolds thought that Malta was the only way to capture the essence of 1802 Marseille, and he was right, even if it was a little sparser in vegetation.
I thought the same thing about Caviezel, and I wondered how the critics could hate his performance so much. Honestly, how many other actors could do a better job of showing the subtle changing frames of mind that his character goes through? I also had to double check the first time to see if it was really the same guy playing the young and old Dantes. I have to think that JC is one of the most underrated actors, and one of the most blacklisted, in Hollywood. I’m glad to see that J.J. Abrams hired him recently for one of his new dramas.
Hey Finch! I didn’t realize until now that emerson’s character in “Person of Interest” is named “Finch!” Awesome! And on that note, I’ve meant to ask you if Gregory Peck was your favorite Atticus, but I guess that goes without saying… I’m not even aware of anyone else in the same league.
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Madona performs on stage at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)