Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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The Daniel Sanction

It is no secret to my friends that I pay an inordinate amount of attention to their pets, particularly their cats. Much of this is because I can not, at the moment, have one of my own, but it is also because for some reason I have always been intrigued by felines of all sizes.

aerolyndt's cat Daniel is certainly an interesting specimen. He is an indoor/outdoor cat, although he doesn't really wander off of the property too far (sometimes he ends up in the neighbor's yard, but apparently they're cool about it, so whatever), mostly lying around on the grass in sunbeams. He is also rather curious in a rather laid back way. I saw him jump into the car a few days ago and explore a bit.

Like most of his brethren, his main interest is sleeping, and that is where he is most unique. Most cats have a tendency to sleep in rather traditional feline ways. Daniel, on the other hand, sleeps like a human being. I'm serious. He looks and moves like a furry human with a tail when he's asleep. He even kind of sounds like one. I've never seen anything quite like it, and I have seen quite a lot of cats.

And he snores. Yes, he snores.

"Either of you friggin' vampires
ever touch this telescope, you're
gonna need surgery to get it
out of your ass!"

Because of a strange twist in the conversation, Aerolyndt pulled out her DVD of The Eiger Sanction, Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the Trevanian (Rod Whitaker) novel. This wildly entertaining intrigue thriller sports a nifty John Williams score from the period when he was combining light jazz with baroque idioms and some witty turns by Eastwood himself, George Kennedy, Jack Cassidy, Thayer David, Gregory Walcott and Repo Man's Vonetta McGee.

The main attraction of the film, however, is Frank Stanley's breathtaking Panavision photography of the climbing sequences in both Monument Valley (the last time anybody was ever allowed to climb the "Totem Pole") and the Eiger itself. No special effects, model work or process shots are used in the film, and the results are magnificent. Clint Eastwood did many of his own stunts, and the fact that there is no faking give the climbing sequences an air of authenticity that wouldn't have been there otherwise.

The DVD is a bit disappointing, however. While it sports a rather colorful letterboxed transfer, it is not 16x9 enhanced, and shows evidence of edge-enhancement. Furthermore, while the disc contains text panels of production notes, it would have been nice to see more about how the mountain-climbing sequences were filmed.

Interestingly while Eastwood does have some rather nice zingers in this film, the line above is not delivered by him but rather by Kennedy. It has a nice "gotcha" aspect to it similar to Eastwood's line from Escape from Alcatraz, "Excuse me, could I have another spoon? This one tastes like it's been up somebody's ass."
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