Invictus.

14 12 2009

What is Invictus? Well, there are two answers. If you are a smarty-pants, you may know it’s a short poem by William Ernest Henley.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

But if you’re more like me, and not a smarty pants, and you play rugby, you know it’s a new movie that came out about Nelson Mandela and South Africa winning the Rugby World Cup in 1995.

The ruggers went to see it this past Friday. I did not go. Because ever since UncleCrappy saw the ads during this past World Series, he and I and our friend ClumberKim and a few others, have planned to see it.

But it seems I’ll be seeing it with my online friends for a SECOND time…

You see, FM and I set out Sunday to go to the drive in. It’s what we do. We like it. We weren’t very interested in ANY movies they were showing, but we were going anyway. (I’ll watch nearly anything, FM is more picky and I definitely give him the option to cancel or do something else when he hates the movie options!)

Now the Dependable Drive In puts out show times each week. And this week’s said they were for Friday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 13.

When I awoke Sunday morning to find Yinzburgh in the deep-freeze, locked-down state it was in, and eneded up watching the “Jim Lokay Traffic From His Couch” show for an hour, I should have realized I should call the Drive In to see if they were open. But I didn’t. And the weather wasn’t bad for the rest of the day.

Heck, Father Spoon was very worried about his making the KISS concert Sunday night, but he made it and he and his lovely wife seem to have had a great time!

By the time we made it out to the drive in, nearly 8pm, I was shocked to see that it was closed. Granted, I thought we’d be one of maybe 5 cars there, but still. There wasn’t even a sign outside saying it was closed.

I suggested we drive back into Robinson and see what was playing at the new theater there.  I left the movie choice up to FM, he’s picky.

He suggested The Road. It was 8pm. The Road started at like 10:15pm or something. When I offered suggestions that we go shopping or wander the mall to waste the time, he immediately turned back to the screen to see what else was coming up SOON.

And he chose Invictus. Which started at 8:45pm.

FM and I have discussed seeing Invictus in the past. He’s still reading the book it’s based on (along with like 10 other books, but that’s another story for another day.) and we said we’d see it when he was done reading. I was hoping that date and when I saw the movie with UncleCrappy & ClumberKim would somehow be the same.

The other options were the new Disney kids movie. I couldn’t have forced him to see that if I begged & pleaded. And well, none of the others were really options for us. So we saw Invictus.

It is a wonderful movie. So much rugby was shown. And even for those of us who knew what happens, it was pretty sweet.

So now I’ll be seeing it a second time. And it’s good enough to see a second time.

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4 responses

15 12 2009
doogle

I had the doppler and every weather outlet on my screen until we left to see KISS. We were more worried about if our babysitter would bail because of the weather.

btw, it was hands down the most entertaining concert I’ve EVER been to!

15 12 2009
PghRugbyRef

I read The Road; enjoyed it and hope the movie can live up to my expectations.

Forgot Kiss was that night until I was in the drivethrough line at BK and some guy got out of the car behind us with the Paul Stanley makeup. The Dog didn’t want to quit barking at him.

I figure Invictus would be worth seeing. Morgan Freeman is one of my favorite actors (and it’s a feel-good story!).

15 12 2009
annoyedangelrants

FM enjoyed The Road in book form as well. He feels the same way as you re: expectations.

Where is there a BK near you? I thought they were all closed but Cranberry and Rt 8?

Invictus is worth seeing. I have some criticisms, but overall I really enjoyed it. I’ll be seeing it again with the Twitter peeps, I’ll let you know when!

16 12 2009
PghRugbyRef

Thanks!

I was at the BK by Sewickely, I think it’s really in Edgeworth, or Leetsdale, it’s on 65. (I returning home after picking the boys up).

There is one on 19 in Wexford too.

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