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Frosty Night.

We're supposed to have patchy frost tonight, so I clipped "Julia"'s flower and put it in a cordial glass. I'm covering all my roses in plastic for the night. Even though they're all hardy to at least Zone 5, we're supposed to have record warm temperatures over the weekend into next week. I figured that if I protect the roses from the cold for a night or two they should get at least a week and a half of growing time afterwards.It's hard to say which one has been doing best so far. I do think that even if all hell breaks loose this winter "James Mason" will at least do well next year. It just has that look to it right now. XD


Since I've been watching and enjoying a lot of silent films lately, I thought I'd give that definitive vampire film Nosferatu another try. And...I fell asleep while watching it. Crap. I guess that I should stop second-guessing myself. I know that a lot of film buffs consider it to be one of the finest German silent films of all time, but to someone who has read Bram Stoker's Dracula in the past year it just seems like a bootleg version of the novel. As far as German silent films go, I thought that The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was better. Metropolis was much, much better. I wish I could have seen it through the eyes of someone who knew nothing of the Dracula novel and could consider Nosferatu to be a unique film...but even with my second viewing, I thought the film was quite boring.


I felt the same way when I watched the 1931 film version of Frankenstein. The novel is still fresh in my mind, and I can't say that the changes that were made for the film created a better story.


On a more positive note, I thought the 1931 film version Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a pretty good movie. Fredric March was crazy-hot with his guy-liner and epic under-eye bags! I even forgave him for playing the character with an American accent. XD I haven't read the novel, but the Wikipedia summary makes it seem more convoluted than the movie. I hear that there was a later movie with Spencer Tracy in the titular role. I'd like to see that one for comparison's sake. I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of Spencer Tracy. Okay, I don't like him at all! Call me a Philistine if you like...