June 6th, 2009

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

D-Day Thought

"If history teaches us anything,
it teaches that simple minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, and the squandering of our freedom."

Ronald Reagan, March 1983

Thanks to Redd Slyker and Greg Budell for jogging my memory with this quote.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"China The Panda Adventure" stars Maria Bello in an IMAX adventure.

While **A Night at The Museum 2 Battle at the Smithsonian** concludes it's to make way for **Transformers 2 Rise of the Fallen** on June 30, the fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery will be screening **China The Panda Adventure** until December. This 50 minute non fiction film was filmed eight years ago at location in the Yangtze River. The cinematography is gorgeous and best seen on the biggest screen availiable.

Based on the autobiography of Ruth Harkness **The Lady and the Panda,** **China the Panda Adventure** details a widower's struggle to find meaning in her husband's death. Played by the always reliable Maria Bello, Ruth Harkness is an attractive adventurer who runs afoul of a game hunter who would like to sell Panda skin rugs. Harkness learns much from the Chinese Culture (pre World War II) and becomes the first person to bring a panda baby to the United States of America.

**China the Panda Adventure** could have been a clunky narrative wrapped around documentary footage of pandas in the wilds of the Asia jungle. Fortunately the World Wildlife Fund, the San Diego Zoo and Trane did not shortchange the narrative elements of **The Lady and the Panda.***

There is much cuteness to the movie and the children reacted sweetly to the appearences of the pandas, **China the Panda Aventure** contains a serious message about extinction. Maria Bello is a great actress because she channels both the agony and ecstacy of her quest.

Maria Bello is so likeable. She is even more likeable when she cradles a panda in this IMAX epic.