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B2 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, June 2, 2005 Smith "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" Running time: 146 minutes MPAA rating: PG-13 Whether you'll like "Revenge of the Sith" depends on your point of view. If you're one of the generation who came of age when the original trilogy was released, you will prob- ably fall into one of two groups: Either you will be so filled with nostalgia that you'll forgive just about every flaw in this film, or you will walk out of the theater with head hung low, crushed by the realization that you've been hoodwinked :for three "decades by George Lucas' promise of a grand epic mythology -- a prom- ise unfulfilled. Guess which camp I'm in? If you're willing to sit through all two-and-a-half hours, you'll find a few golden moments: a great fight scene between Yoda and the Emperor, the placing of the mask on Darth Vader's face, and the duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan. This accounts for maybe 20 minutes of the film. Which means you'll be stucl with more than two hours of clunky dialogue and wooden acting on the part of Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) and Nata- lie Portrnan (Padme Amidala), whose onscreen chemistry is about as steamy as Christmas on Pluto. Christensen's line deliveries are so leaden, you can feel a THUD after he speaks each sentence. This isn't simply nitpicking on my part. The love story between Anakin and Padme is crucial to the entire plot of the movie, which is about Anakin's fall to the Dark Side of the Force. If their passion isn't believable, then when Anakin does fall prey to the Emperor's machinations, it makes the whole scene unbe- lievable. Needless to say, the special effects are first-rate -- as they should be since George Lucas has his own special-effects company John Williams does his best to bridge the musical themes from the original trilogy and the prequel travesties, with mixed results. Why he chose "Duel of the Fates" from Episode One as the theme to the Yoda/Emperor showdown is a mystery to me. Of course, what I write really won't matter. "Sith" will make a gajillion dollars. So go. See it for yourself. And I hope you fall into the Overcome With Nostal- gia camp, instead of the George Lucas Robbed Me Blind crew. GRADE: C- (c) 2005 King Features Synd Inc. U A vacation trip along the old Route 66 can be lots of fun and very educational. One can still travel to Chicago on the same road but it is more fun to take a few detours. Leaving Tulsa, one can drive up to Joplin on the Will Rogers Turnpike, which is a nice town which includes interesting places to eat and (Mark Christian College The chocolate factory there is worth the visit. My Friday and Saturday was spent making a Dulcimer by hand. The teacher is a well known Ozark singer and dul- cimer player. For many years he performed with a local band. Art also preaches on Sundays and has a great sense of humor. Columbia, Missouri is a wonder- ful city of about 85,000 people. It was recently featured on "Destina- tions" as a good place to visit. It is the home of Sophia's, an upscale restaurant which attracts customers from a broad area of Missouri. My favorite hang out during my four months at the University was the Flat Branch which is known for their micro brewery but even better for their hamburgers and their special desert, the stout brownie sundae. It is best shared with at least two other people. We had lunch here many times and it was never boring. We get off road to drive to historic H.ermann, the home of the several wineries. My personal favorite is: Stone Hill as it has the best restaurant in my opinion along with a marvelous hostess named JOan. Their specialty is German food and I strongly recommend iti The winery has tours and a won- d~rful gift shop for purchasing not ohly wine but local foods. At one tim' e, this was the second largest w Hery in America. annibal is a town which every reader of Mark Twain knows well. The area along the Missis- sippi River where Tom went rafting is well preserved and one can see Mark Twain's boyhood home. A special museum is the Mark Twain Museum & Gallery which has 15 original Normal Rockwell paintings depicting the adventures of Tom Sawyer and the adventures of Huck Finn. Across the Mississippi and up the road is Springfield, the capital of Illinois The downtown area has both an old and a new capitol building. However, the Governor does not want to live in Spring- field so he resides in Chicago. An underground parking garage is convenient to those who want to see the Lincoln Library and brand new Museum. I must compliment David Blanchette who provided me with a media kit of the new museum. He was very kind even though we arrived just before closing. He is a true professional. The Abraham Lincoln Presiden- tial museum is an absolute must for every Child in America to enjoy. It is the largest museum associated with a presidential library and cer- tainly the most advanced in media presentation. It takes about four hours to absorb the entire museum but it goes very fast. My favorite part of the museum was the Ghosts of the Library A state-of-the-art Holavision (Trademark) special effects create ghost-like, misty visions of historical figures which share the stage with a live actor as viewers are transported on a detec- live's journey into the past. Two other galleries are important also to see: The Treasures Gallery, which show cases many of the actual items that were a part of Lincoln's life and Lincoln's Eyes which is a pecial effects program on understanding Lincoln's eyes: sorrows, hope, vision and forgive- ness among others. It has special effects where the chairs vibrate and the sounds are compelling. This is definitely worth a visit We continued to Lincoln, Illi- nois where we attended the local First Presbyterian Church. Philip Blackburn is the young minister and invited us foi" lunch at his home. His lovely wife is also a minister and soon to be a new mom. They told us some interest- ing stories about Lincoln. When Lincoln was a lawyer, he would come to Lincoln to meet his clients The town wanted t0be incorporated and Lincoln drew up the papers. When it came time to give the town a name, the locals all wanted to name it after Lincoln since he helped them so much. On the day of the naming, Lincoln came and the folks wanted to christen the town. The only thing available for this purpose was a watermelon. So Lincoln squeezed some juice of the melon and said, I christen you Lincoln, Illinois. This was the first time that his name was used for that purpose. Many schools, towns, buildings, etc. have been subsequently named for him. The city of Chicago is a great place to visit. Fommately, we were able to get front row tickets to see the Cubs play baseball against the New York Mets. Our seats were just behind the dug out and a short brick wall was in front. We had to try their famous hot dogs which were great. Unfommately, it rained several times during the game, but it always resumed play until it finally ended at 12:05 a,m. The best part of the game was catching a fly ball. Yes, glad we had a mitt. This made it even more special. We also visited the Aquarium and dined at a wonderful Italian restaurant. Our road to Chicago was a wonderful vacation You might want to try it tOO. F ~ I Roger Stevens 405.612.4522 Home or Office Sales Networking Repair Hardware/Software Viruses/Spyware We Make Housecalls! By Sofia Tucker Journal Book Reviews Hannah Gray begins her story with "Somebody said 'true love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.' I've seen both and I don't know how to tell you which is worse." In the twilight of her years, Hannah decides to return to the Maine coastal town of Dundee and to record the story of the fateful summer she spent in the tiny hamlet. It is a story she has carried deep in her soul and does not wish to carry to her grave. She knows she must face her ghosts She was able to leave the memory of that summer untouched as her adult life grew busy but now her life has come full circle and she finds herself remembering the beginnings more than the end- ings. Remembering her first love, the one she never got over and never forgot. Hannah Gray was seventeen the summer her stepmother rented a renovated schoolhouse on the edge of town for the summer. It was a dif- ficult time between Hannah and her stepmother and Hannah sought refuge in newfound friend- ships with the townspeople. It was from them that she began to hear the story of Claris Osgood and the murder on Beal Island that occurred in the Spring of 1886. Hannah was unaware of how her life and Claris' life were about to become dramatically intertwined. For the schoolhouse the Gray's were residing in that summer previ- ously had been the schoolhouse on Beal Island where Claris occasionally had taught music and was rumored to be haunted. Driven from her room by a strange crying sound, Hannah was in town the afternoon she met Conary Crocker. That meeting turned into a summer romance in,which Hannah found friendship and a soul matetl would never forget and began an would forever shape her life. "More Than You Know" is both a ghost story beautifully twisted tragic tales of both Hannah and together in a fine tapestry nail biting suspense. The author fearlessly delves into the best and passions and leaves us can survive death. Is true love really and are either one real? "More Than is a great summer read, perfect and suspense lovers alike. Sofia Tucker is a Journal subs County resident. Sanders Family rass The Sanders Family is host- such as fiddles, guitars, modern bathrooms, ingtheir29'h annual Bluegrass banjos, mandolins, dobros,showers, cc Festival, June 8, 9, 10 & 11 on and upright bass. The music first aid station. the family homestead, located -has become very popular the Some of the 5 miles west of McAlester, OK past few years, as it is heard will be there to greet'. on State Highway 270. and enjoyed by all ages. This you arrive with your The festival starts Wednes- is a family oriented festival will assist you in day,dune 8 at 12 p.m. with with no beer, alcohol, or place to park and opening eeremonies and will drugs allowed, must be prop- you get set up. Tt start at' F p.m. Thursday, erly dressed and violators will designated area for Friday and Saturday. The lea- be removed from the park. The camping and tured bands are: The Lewis camp ground is clean and will be jam sessionS S Family, Marry Raybon, Blue security patrolled, throughout the Ridge, Eddie Sanders, Billie Admission is $12.00 per before the festival Joe Foster, Don McAfee, The day or four day ticket forwell as during the FarisFamily, Southern Strang- $40.00, children under 12 Come on over for a ers, Salt Grass, Bill Grant and years are free. There is a lot Bluegrass Music. Delia Bell, Southern Gentle- of free camper space, unlim- For more men, Boggy River, Martin ited electric hook-ups at $10 may contact Freddie Family, Louisiana Grass, Born per day with ticket, plenty of Rt. 6 Box 15 McAleS Again, and Solid Ground. water scattered throughout the 74501, 918 Bluegrass music is noted park, RVdump available, seat- phone 918-423-0450 for its acoustical sound made ing available, lawn chairs wel- our website, with non-electric instruments come, numerous shade trees, uegrass.com. News Articles . " & Ads . 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