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Weekend of drinking and talking: electronica on the thames (thanks mzdt, nice night), sporadically productive overbooked creative date, too much beer, wine, etc. Tolkien windfall at the shop, party with greyhounds, sheer white terror of handing over a commission (she liked it, phew) and then (ah, taking a rest in other peoples' stories) films:

Pleasantville was on this weekend. What a fantastic film it is. Once again failed to find a good point to watch the Big Gay Cowboy film, but never mind, Kong fitted into the space I had.

Maybe it was as well we saw it during childrens' hour; otherwise you don't really get the full impact of the dinosaur smack-down and extreme insect terror. A little while since I've peered through my fingers at the screen; and such a heroine! It took me a moment to identify her (Naomi Watts) as the astonishing blonde woman from Mulholland Drive. What a scream she has, too -- the poetry of terror. Unfortunately, other aspects of the film worked less well for me; the persistent and horribly bloodless carnage, Jack Black, repitition, the overuse of significant!!! shots, reaction shots, atmosphere shots, emote!!! shots and generally a lot of gubbins superfluous to story ...

Following getting annoyed with Tilda Swinton's costumier in the film, I re-read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, to check the descriptions. Bloody C.S. Lewis, eh? He pissed me off when I was seven and he's still pissing me off now. What set that off? Aslan's opinion that "wars are ugly when women fight in them". How horrible, and dismissive, too of the suffering and pain of men in wartime. What is he saying? That a war isn't really a real, bloody, struggle for survival against aggression until women start fighting? That prior to that it's just some glorious game, all red-and-shiny honour in pursuit of abstracts like honour, glory and truth? Wars are just ugly, Mr Lewis.

I must be missing dropandgiveme50's daily vocabulary stretch; I found myself absurdly pleased by the Grandiloquent Dictionary ... but it contains such useful words! Consider, deipnophobia - A fear of dinner conversation, pernoctator - A person who studies through the night. These are words we live alongside, without noticing.

End of the month is the Big Garden Birdwatch 2006! Yay! Contribute information! Watch birds!

In other news; on the grounds that I've been a bit for heavens sake book yourself a massage recently, I've done so.

Visual notes over on Flickr include the primrose, socks, Alex's fringe and tulips:

lambent tulips

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cleanskies
17th Jan, 2006 10:43 (UTC)
mostly,
I felt there weren't enough of them, especially at the outset, where she's supposed to be this amazing queen, soft, glittering and seductive, like fresh snow -- it annoyed me that she kept on coming back onscreen in that same, vase-shaped off-white dress ...
(Anonymous)
16th Jan, 2006 18:31 (UTC)
The Watts one was in two of my fave films of '05: We Don't Live Here Anymore, and The Assassination Of Richard Nixon. (She was also in I Heart Huckabees and Ring 2 reasonbly recently.)
Nope, didn't like Kong either.
John
cleanskies
17th Jan, 2006 10:47 (UTC)
don't get me wrong
there was a lot of fun in Kong, I just thought it was a bit long, and needed less ehn in places
crunchcandy
16th Jan, 2006 18:35 (UTC)
I want to do the birdwatch, but as I don't really have a garden I need to figure out if using the edge of the train tracks will count (I see them out my window).
cleanskies
17th Jan, 2006 10:55 (UTC)
I think that would be fine -- you can go to a local park, after all.
crazycrone
16th Jan, 2006 19:38 (UTC)
"wars are ugly when women fight in them".
Arf, that made me irate about 300 years ago and still does. Didn't he also say that anger /fighting makes women ugly or something, like it doesn't do the same to men?. Pervy old Xtian eejit...don't suppose he ever had to go to war.
cleanskies
17th Jan, 2006 11:21 (UTC)
yeah, he did
-- Like most people of his generation, Lewis fought in the WW1, as did Tolkien. I've even been to a panel discussion -- "Where would modern fantasy literature be if Lewis and Tolkien had died in the trenches?". Tolkien was a bit older than Lewis, though (who was a 19-yr-old gung-ho volunteer), and it's generally felt that though he was out there half the time (4 months as opposed to Lewis's 8) Tolkien may have had the worse experience.
crazycrone
17th Jan, 2006 14:09 (UTC)
Re: yeah, he did
Interesting...Maybe the whole trenches thing sent him all crazy and pious, then. (It must have been incredible. I expect there were a whole lot of mad guys walking around after WWI, if they survived it.) No 'counselling' or anything back then, either. Whew...
cleanskies
17th Jan, 2006 15:44 (UTC)
perhaps
-- bit if so it was a delayed effect. He converted from atheism when he was 30-something, probably why he spent so much time writing books about it.
sparkymark
17th Jan, 2006 11:25 (UTC)
He volunteered in 1917 and went to the Somme, but I think all the shooting has stopped by then.
sparkymark
17th Jan, 2006 11:26 (UTC)
Crunch!
ingaborg
17th Jan, 2006 22:56 (UTC)
Note that in "The Horse and His Boy", Lucy *does* fight in the battle (as an archer) and it's taken completely for granted. Lewis seems to have changed his mind about that.
cleanskies
18th Jan, 2006 10:21 (UTC)
hmmm
that makes the Narnia books pretty much the uber-example of correcting/refining yourself repeatedly in later books in the same series ...
darkpigeon
16th Jan, 2006 20:42 (UTC)
naomi watts is a really actress, both in looks and ability
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