2008 has been kicked off with an expedition to Mexico and a review of Sinbad of the Seven Seas. It’s going to be a good year.

I can anticipate a lot of things that would potentially show up as the first shot in a Sinbad the Sailor (as opposed to Sinbad the Comedian, though I can also imagine the first shot in that movie as well, and it’s Sinbad making an exaggerated screaming face and running away in fast motion from a poopy baby diaper), but one thing I never expected was a still shot of Edgar Allen Poe. I didn’t know why Poe would be associated with the opening of a Sinbad the Sailor movie, though I could understand it in a Sinbad the Comedian movie, what with the macabre and all. Luckily, this film begins with a text crawl that explains to me that Edgar Allen Poe wrote a story called ” The Thousand and Second Tale of Scheherazade,” and it is upon that tale this movie is based.