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You must acquire the trick of ignoring those who do not like you. In my experience, those who do not like you fall into two categories: The stupid and the envious. The stupid will like you in five years, the envious, never.

Excellent quote from an excelllent film, although I found the cinematography a little hamhanded at times. The final quarter, when Rochester plummets downhill through a combination of syphilis and alcoholism is also gruelling, and quite a trigger for anyone who's known an alcoholic.

The cast were dedicated, and it was an interesting and well played film. I'm not sure how genuinely shocking Rochester would have been in his time, or whether we're more liberal these days, or whether I just don't find that sort of behaviour all that boundary-pushing.

Mostly he seemed like Andy Warhol - an equal mix of genius and self-serving bitch.
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Well, one of the unexpected advantages of giving up smoking is that it seems to have made me very susceptible to the effects of other drugs. One cup of coffee sends me hyper, one glass of wine and I'm pretty drunk.

I was fairly assertive in my business group this morning, and took the time out of small group discussions on our business plans. Instead I actually wrote my business plan, which is pretty near finished.

Last night I watched Mirrormask. It was great. Completely trippy, and therefore what I'd expect from Neil Gaiman. The only negative point was that the main actor was a bit "stage school".

Scarface

Jan. 9th, 2006 02:13 pm
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He rises, he falls. On the way, he shoots a lot of people, and snorts a bunch of coke. The women all snort too much coke too, as can be seen in their dire need for chocolate and pies. Certainly a period piece, and an influence on GTA - Vice City.

Enjoyable, but I don't really get its iconic status.
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I went to see this on Friday night, in a sold-out arts theatre showing. I was absolutely blown away by it - the acting was spot on, the cinematography was breathtaking, and it was one of the most sympathetic and touching love stories I've seen.

I thought Heath Ledger was a bit of a bozo, so I was pleasantly impressed by his performance. I was expecting Jake Gyllenhal to be good, but he managed to shake off Donnie Darko much better than I expected. The women playing their wives were amazing actors - they could have got left out of the running entirely, but ended up being three dimensional characters that you could actually feel for.

I liked the way it was shot, too. The landscapes were amazing, but the shooting of the actors emotions and faces had a quality to it that I'd normally ascribe to a Jim Jarmusch or Sergio Leone film. I'm still haunted by the whole thing a good 48 hours later!

And I cried like a baby at the end. It's good - go and see it :)
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I love Tim Burton films, and particularly the cartoons.

This was no exception. Very Burton-esque. The animation was great, better than Nightmare Before Christmas, and I think the songs were also more subtle.

The characters were well voiced, from very soppy Victor to slightly stroppy Emily, and including all the bit parts. There were some very strong voice actors in there. Just about the right length, and a good story that kept a reasonable amount of suspense.

The end made me blub like a girl. Which I am, but you get what I'm saying.

If you don't like Tim Burton, this isn't going to convert you as it's a well turned out classic Burton animation. If that's what you DO like, then you'll be enchanted.
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I just cleared out my in-tray. It's now a separate and complete entity, free of paper and programming manuals.

Yesterday, I went to London. And had a very good day:

  1. The megabus was only three pounds each. More organisation is required to tie in with the lousy public tranport system this end, but a good deal.
  2. I had great curry at the special secret Indian Veg buffet in Islington. Excellent vegetarian curry at only £2.95 can't be sniffed at. Well, it can (*drool*), but you know what I mean.
  3. I finally got into Highgate Cemetery, and took some great pictures.
  4. The Frida Kahlo exhibition was good - interesting and moving, especially as I didn't know huge amounts about her before I went.


You know what, despite sleeping loads last night, I feel absolutely crap. I think I'm coming down with something :(
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/critic/feature/0,1169,1459226,00.html

I went to see this production, but at the Bristol Old Vic. It was really good - I only had the vaguest outline of the stroy, but it was told from the perspective of the unloved, and really filled in the gaps. The production was entertaining and energetic, and the actors really relished their roles. I loved the way they used live music and acrobatic dance scenes to bring the story to life, and gave it a really modern twist.

OK, it was the closing night, so you can't go and see it, but on the basis of this, I think I'd go and see any other show that this company put on.

edit - it's on at other places! - http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/ty2005.html

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