Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Random Assortment

~ At least it's spring somewhere.

~ My family members from Lancaster are the only people I know with a Philadelphia accent (besides random people on the street I meet here now)--my grandparents, my great aunts and uncles, some aunts and uncles and cousins, and my father. I hope this accent sticks around, cause it's a great one.

~ Judith Butler's theory in practice.

~ The Oscars reminded me: I forgot to tell you that I watched Gravity and Captain Phillips (along with some really terrible movies that I've blacked out of my memory) on my recent flight from Vienna (which is to say, there was a lot of time to watch a lot of movies). Captain Phillips: I just thought Tom Hanks' character was too perfect--there was nothing wrong with him and so he was just this changeless plank of a character who really wasn't sympathetic. Gravity: It was amazing that there could be a film with one and a half characters that was so gripping. The scene where Sandra Bullock strips off her space-wear and stretches, floating, happy to be alive, in a tank top and short, tight shorts made me laugh so hard--the director obviously wanted to sneak in an opportunity for the viewers to enjoy Bullock in something less than a space uniform.

~ The Philly Potholes are that bad

~ I'm not much of a boots person, but I would totally wear these.

~ Arundhati Roy on political fiction:

“I’m not a person who likes to use fiction as a means. I think it’s an irreducible thing, fiction. It’s itself. It’s not a movie, it’s not a political tract, it’s not a slogan. The ways in which I have thought politically, the proteins of that have to be broken down and forgotten about, until it comes out as the sweat on your skin.”

1 comment:

Sonetka said...

I absolutely loved Gravity (I thought the subplot was a bit pat -- I'm sure you can guess which one -- but it didn't spoil it). The Bullock-in-skivvies shot is also on the DVD cover, not surprisingly. Naturally, there's no disclaimer along the lines of "Sandra Bullock's body only visible for approximately 15% of the film."