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Who makes this rubbish? [Nov. 5th, 2007|10:18 am]
Miss M
Monday again, this week went along normally, nothing much to report. Friday night I went to a Dabkeh practice and then joined Dave and a few Oxford people whom I haven't seen in a while with the occasion of one of the prodigal's return visits. Was nice to have a drink in All Bar One and a nice chat with Rosie, Dave and Rob mostly. I passed on the Cellar and just went home for a well deserved sleep. Woke up around 10 and went to work for a graduation lunch, entertained a Japanese Old Member and his family during lunch, gave a speech and went home. Got all my books and material in order and set off to NW London. Got to the parental home, settled down for the evening watching Saturday Night TV par excellence, Stricly Come Dancing, missed the fireworks, much at Iri's displeaure, and watched a famous Mike Leigh play, filmed for screening, Abigail's Party (1977). At first I was a bit unsure about watching a filmed play but it was absolutely engrossing, you could not take your eyes off the screen and in particular of the main character, Beverley played by Alison Steadman who I've watched in an actual play in the West End and also in the semi-amusing series "The worst day/week/ of my life". Great observation of awakard suburban/middle-class social situations that can be applied anywhere. Most of the dialogue reminded me of staff conversations at lunch and at the various "birthday treats." I would highly recommend it for viewing.

On the complete reversal of that, I hired a comedy last week Sleeping Dogs (2007) on the basis of a quote from Time Out on the front about it being quite good. I never read the back of dvds or books, but maybe in this occasion I should have done. The premise of the movie is that the main character once in college gave a blow job to her dog. Then she feels guilty, dirty etc and decides to tell her fiance. While she does that, her cracked-up brother (revolting character) overhears her and then tells her parents (disturbing chatacters, especially the mother) over Sunday lunch. I would just like to point that it wasn't the premise of the movie which upset me, in fact I couldn't see why everybody made an absolute issue of it when it was made clear that it was a foolish gesture, what sickened me was the movie itself, the execution, the filming, the ugliness, the seadiness, the repugnat characters (the main character rather ironically was the only decent/normal/sweet character), the indie vulgarity of it all. Although I was watching it alone, I had to stop because I could feel myself becoming increasingly revolted and sick. I can't believe when I've now googled it to read the overall positive reviews. "The jet-black comedy has a surprising sweetness that counter-balances the profoundly disgusting plot" Sweetness? If you don't like plain ugliness, stay clear from this one. Back to the weekend.

Yesterday I've started looking in more detail at my law work, also the moot problem regarding a contract problem and how I and my partner can argue and win next Wednesday. I'm pretty excited but also terrified! We then had dinner, watched the Stephen Poliakov drama on BBC 1, another let-down and then off to Oxford this morning. New week, hope you all have a good one.

[User Picture]From: sbp
2007-11-05 11:55 am (UTC)
I dunno, I quite liked it, but I saw it at the London Film Festival last year and haven't seen it since, so maybe I remember it differently. "indie vulgarity" :-)
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[User Picture]From: martinv
2007-11-05 12:20 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing from your description that this is another one of those films that you're never going to like in a million years - like Happiness and Me, You and Everyone We Know - am I wrong?

Although admittedly the main 'incident' is sufficient to put me off ever watching it anyway...
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[User Picture]From: embitteredpoet
2007-11-05 12:54 pm (UTC)
First and only time I've been described as prodigal.. Thanking you.
Also, Me, You and Everyone We Know is a very average film. Bad, even.
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[User Picture]From: misteryguest
2007-11-05 01:22 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on the Me, You etc. I can't believe I'm just agreeing with you on a topic but this time you are right. Happiness is not so bad from what i remember but thank you for pointing out a trend amongst these indie movies. They are much harder to stomach then gross-out mainstream comedies.
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[User Picture]From: martinv
2007-11-05 01:24 pm (UTC)
I thought it had moments of very good and moments of pretty weak. Overall I enjoyed it. This was a while ago though, might have to give it another look at some point.
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