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Monday, May 17, 2010

MY DATE WITH PRINCESS K, JULIET AND THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO

I  use the singular, because I saw Princess Kaiulani, Letters to Juliet and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo on the same date.  The first is historical, the second that ideal chick flick and the third, well, was brutal.

As I reported on PK in my recent blog on Remarkable Women, let me just say that while I think Q'Orianka Pilcher was a tad too headstrong to play the fragile and delicate beauty that was Kaiulani, there is no one else that has the box office credibility (Pocahontus on The New World) and ethnic looking traits.  Pilcher's mother was Swiss and her father Peruvian, a good hapa quality.  More so, Q'Orianka lived in Hawaii during her early formative years and began hula lessons at the age of 5.  No doubt at least one Hawaiian activist played a role in editing the script, for the story was well-balanced.

The one question that came to mind was:  What happened to Kaiulani's British boyfriend, Clive?  Theophilus Harris Davies co-founded what became one of the Hawaii Big Five, Theo H. Davies, in 1884, and his son, T. Clive Davies, joined the board in 1898, about right, as Kaiulani returned to Hawaii in 1897 and passed away two years later.  His son, Geoffrey Clive Davies (photo on right), became CEO.  The company picked up the franchise for Pizza Hut and Tacos Bell, plus Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, but Geoffrey sold the firm to Jardine Matheson of Hong Kong in 1973 and passed away in 2005.  Geoffrey was father to Susan, Cynthia, Alison and Peter.  I wonder if any of them lives in Hawaii?

Letters to Julia featured a nice tour of Tuscany, and I probably enjoyed it for the wines and food.  Reviews were not flattering, except everyone raved over Vanessa Redgrave.  See the trailer in HD, for it says that this is "THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD."

The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo is a gripping, sexually charged, high tech, detective-like, sub-titled movie from Sweden, which was a huge hit in Scandinavia (most viewed Swedish film of all time in Norway and Denmark), opening early in 2009 as Men Who Hate Women and this spring in the U.S. as TGWTDT.  It is the first of a trilogy from books by Stieg Larsson, who passed away in 2004.  TGWTDT is the first of three, with The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest already showing in Europe, and yet to arrive in this country.  You never heard of Larrson, but he was the second best selling author in the world in 2008 and has sold 20 million copies of his trilogy.  All are supposedly riveting with happy endings.  In TGWTDT, Lisbeth Salander, the disturbed heroine with that gigantic tatoo (and you will see all of it...in graphic detail), makes out like a bandit at the end.  Noomi Rapace and MIchael Nyqvist play the odd couple in all three films.  This could well have been the next best movie I've seen since The Hurt Locker.

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The Dow Jones Industrials snuck up 6 to 10,626, while world markets were mostly down.  Gold fell $6/toz to $1226 and crude oil sunk below $71/barrel.

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There is a mild disturbance at 40 MPH east of India, which could strengthen into a cyclone in a couple of days and make landfall...or not.

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