Wednesday, January 17, 2007

AI Talk, Movie Review & Other Stuff

The big American Idol 2007 season debut was last night! Whoohoo, I've been anxiously awaiting this for weeks. The hubby cooked steaks in celebration. I really enjoyed the opening. Simon was right on his humor but not as snarky as sometimes. I'm sure he'll warm up as the season goes on. Unfortunately, I didn't really connect with any of the contestants last night, so I don't have a favorite from the batch selected. Oh well, more tonight!

In misc. news, All About Romance has selected RUMBLE for their list of Buried Treasure Books for 2006. Check it out!

And now, on to the movie review.

Movie seen: Primevil

Okay, the critics hated this movie, but I really liked it. It introduced me to something I didn't know before (as it is based on a true story) and I found it all so interesting I did further research when I got home.

The movie is about a man-eating Crocodile named Gustave, who inhabits a river island near Burundi (Africa) and apparently snacks on the natives. Gustave is estimated to be over twenty foot in length (per photos) and weighing in at 2000 pounds. Locals credit him with over 300 deaths along the riverbanks. The movie is based (loosely) on the true story of a reporter, photographer and some animal experts that went on a hunt for Gustave and tried to trap him. They met with no success and as to this day, Gustave is still seen on his river, easily recognizable due to his size and a scar on his head.

So if you're into the whole man-eating crocodile thing, it's really entertaining. And c'mon - it has Orlando Jones in it and he's always good for a couple of laughs. This movie was no exception.

I tried to post an actual picture of Gustave, but blogger sucks today and won't let me. So here's a link where you can check out some photos. The site is in French but it has the best collection of Gustave pics that I've been able to find. Note: Not all the photos are of Gustave - if you select the translate this page feature, you can get a better idea of what they're saying.

My final review: If you're into nature/animal things, you'll really enjoy it and want to learn more when you leave.


Kimber An said...

This sounds like a good one!

Kelly Parra said...

Wow, congrats on the nod from AAR! Very cool, Jana. Let's here it for this reviewer!

Liz Lipperman said...

Great review, Jana. I am halfway through Rumble. You so deserve the accolades. See you Saturday.

ORION said...

Too fun to read your blog!
I can get sucked into this so easily!

Jana DeLeon said...

hi kimber - I found it entertaining as well as it got me thinking enough to do research, which is rare. :)

kelly - thanks for the congrats! and definitely, let's hear it for the reviewer!

hi liz - I'm so glad you're enjoying RUMBLE and even MORE glad that you're going to make the meeting. :)

hi orion - Always glad to entertain folks. :) Please drop by and get sucked in any time!

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