Last weekend, I was back in Virginia playing the Scott Pilgrim game with a bunch of folks, and something occurred to me. In my brain, there have always been activities I've considered "multi-player," and those I've thought of as "single-player." Books are single-player. Movies, multi-player. Since moving here, however, I do most things single-player. Partially because my tastes are odd and I don't share them with really anyone I've met here, and partially because, as I've mentioned before, I'm kind of a recluse.
With that in mind, I'm going to start a little segment on this blog I've resisted doing because when I moved here I decided the blog was going to be about the amazing new life I was living. And it has been! But just because I'm in a new place does not mean that I am not the same person, deep down in my squishy little soul. I am. And that person is a nerdy recluse who geeks out over movies and video games and books. So "Single-Player" is basically me talking about things I've watched, read, played, and loved recently. Sometimes it will be a proper review, other times a more straightforward geeking out. Today's is a little of both.
The Book of Kells was created by Celtic monks and is arguably the most magnificent illuminated manuscript history has to offer us. It has a fascinating history (which is presented very well by Katie and Sarah of Stuff You Missed In History Class in their March 22nd podcast), and it's basically a miracle that the book survived at all, much less in a fine enough condition to still be on view in Dublin. Knowing the history of the book, I was curious about how the film would fit into it. While the book may have survived, many, many of its creators and protectors did not.
Cartoon Saloon. The Secret of Kells is available on DVD or streaming on Netflix (which means you can watch it RIGHT NOW, yo). Here's a trailer, just in case you require more than my words and pretty pictures: