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Saturday and Sunday

Saturday evening OH and I watched Rashomon on DVD. Yes, I suppose we were the only people left on the planet who hadn't already seen it. It's visually stunning. The DVD had a short including interviews with the cinematographer and the director Kurosawa, and because it was taken from Japanese TV, it had subtitles so OH could watch it. The cinematographer said that they had dyed the "rain" to make it show up against the sky, and that they had faked the leaf-shadows against the actors' faces, and all that faking made it look much more real. It really did, too.

On Sunday OH and I had a talk in which I bitched about the various grr-inducing things that had happened earlier in the week, which was helpful to me.

I actually got some work done on my tutorial.

My sweetie Oc came over in the evening. OH and she and I had dinner at Kabul, then she and I took a walk, then I dragged out my beading supplies and my earring collection. I weeded my earring collection (some for giving away, some for cannibalizing into new stuff) and made a new pair of earrings (I'll post a photo later).

Now I'm off to the animal shelter to do "Cat TLC."


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Jun. 17th, 2002 10:31 am (UTC)
I've never seen Rashomon.
Jun. 17th, 2002 10:44 am (UTC)
Me either, but I probably don't count. (I strenuously avoid movies.)
Jun. 17th, 2002 02:14 pm (UTC)
How come you strenuously avoid them?
Jun. 17th, 2002 02:32 pm (UTC)
I find very few of them enjoyable and many actively toxic. Forms of toxicity range from the mildly annoying (very very loud and I forgot my earplugs, or I just waste two hours watching a bunch of characters do sh*tty things to each other) to the truly bothersome (nightmares for weeks, or worse, yet another reminder of What Women Are For). It's hard to tell what category a movie will fall into before I watch it, and the odds are not good, so I stay away.
Jun. 17th, 2002 02:46 pm (UTC)
Have you heard of what some people call the Bechdel Rule for movies? (From Dykes to Watch Out For) In one of the strips, one of the characters says to another something like -- I only watch movies that have (a) two women, who (b) talk to each other about (c) something other than a man. The last movie I was able to see was Alien: the two women in it talked to each other about the monster.

Rashomon does not qualify under the Bechdel Rule.
Jun. 17th, 2002 02:57 pm (UTC)
Indeed I have. I was just reading DTWOF (first book) last week :-). I usually quote that rule when casual acquaintances ask me why I don't see movies. Since so few movies pass that test, I usually avoid getting harassed on the subject for quite some time. First the person scrambles to come up with something. After a while, maybe zie does come up with a movie to pass that test, but the fact that it took so long shows zir something zie hadn't really ever thought of before, and zie usually begins to understand a little. So this tactic works well, but the reason it works so well is something I find depressing from time to time.
Jun. 17th, 2002 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yep, it is pretty depressing to think about.

Have you seen I've Heard the Mermaids Singing?
Jun. 17th, 2002 05:00 pm (UTC)
No... is it good?
Jun. 17th, 2002 11:01 am (UTC)
me neither. i don't strenuously avoid movies, but if you look at the number of movies i've seen in the past three years, it looks like i do ;-) (four movies in three years in a theatre, plus maybe two on video?).
Jun. 17th, 2002 11:08 am (UTC)
Nor have I.
Jun. 17th, 2002 11:17 am (UTC)
Me neither, too. (or is that "Me too, neither"?)

Jun. 17th, 2002 02:19 pm (UTC)
I guess I don't feel so out of it after all...
Jun. 17th, 2002 11:01 pm (UTC)
You're in it, baby.
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