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February 2011


Oscars, Kings and Facebook PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rondi   
Monday, 28 February 2011 11:52

I did not watch as I was out cat-feeding and then at my boyfriend's. I am thrilled The King's Speech won so much, though I would have also liked Geoffrey Rush to win in his category. I've blogged many times before about how much I love this movie -- a film that is above all about fear and allowing it to cripple you, but also about history and how lucky we are to have dodged the bullet of a King Edward VIII. His Nazi sympathies were shown quite clearly in the movie, and yet it also did a nice job of bringing in the relationship between the bullying older brother and his younger siblings. (I have to say, Edward VIII -- personally cruel, snide, self-absorbed and possessed of questionable and nutty political leanings -- reminded me a lot of at least one of my older brothers!)

Now, as for The Social Network, it didn't do as well. I thought it quite a good movie, though not great. I enjoyed its misandry and its evisceration of Gen Y. And I felt it gave an extremely accurate portrayal of a certain kind of young male. As a woman, I especially appreciated that. I also liked that the two best people in the movie -- really, the only likeable ones -- were women. It was --  like Gen Y -- fast and loud and fun and lacking in empathy and not that deep and without a message of any kind.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 February 2011 19:04
 
R. I .P. Sammi PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rondi   
Sunday, 27 February 2011 16:32
One of our ferals died this weekend. It looks like it was quick and that she may even have died in her sleep. That is a blessing. Sammi was probably over ten, which for a street cat is exceptional. For the last two years of her life she had NO TEETH! But she loved wet food and would gamely gum kibble. I took this picture two Sundays ago. I love it because usually when cats are eating they simply won't look up at you. And I really wanted a shot of her lovely face, so I was doing everything but tap-dancing to get her to look at me and finally...she gave me this odd sideways squinty glance which I managed to capture.
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Last Updated on Monday, 28 February 2011 11:58
 
Shirtless Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rondi   
Saturday, 26 February 2011 19:39
Oh Andrea, so ahead of the fashion curve. Here he is in 2007 wearing a snood, for heaven's sake. Mind you, he's wearing it during the wrong season, but maybe summer snoods will be all the rage in North America in 2013 or so. Currently, I am enjoying my winter snood. And I'm also enjoying this photo. (Hello hip cleavage!)
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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 February 2011 19:47
 
Maria Schneider, R. I. P. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rondi   
Saturday, 26 February 2011 19:20

I guess I'm a bit late with this -- she died three weeks ago. But I wanted to comment because I think the greatness of Last Tango in Paris is misunderestimated...or perhaps misunderstood. I mean, whenever anyone talks about the movie, they just talk about the dirty parts and giggle. But I think it was a movie that, very astutely, showed how f*cked up men are in regards romantic relationships, and how men and women experience and view relationships differently. Ultimately, it was the story of a man who figured things out too late. He figured out what he wanted, but way too late. Like SO MANY MEN.

Argh. Men.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 February 2011 19:57
 
Happy Birthday, George Harrison PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rondi   
Friday, 25 February 2011 16:39

My fellow Pisces would have been 68 today. And damn, this is a fine song.

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