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This was a movie that I tried unsuccessfully to shrug off.   A sci-fi themed movie about Depression.

Depression scares me.  I just ask myself – how can people be like that?  And I know that sometimes I am like that.  Luckily not the debilitating degree of the Kirsten Dunst character Julia, but to some extent this is a demon that mos of of face on, perhaps, a too regular basis.

What do you do when you are feeling down?  What about those closest to you?  How do you deal with these things?  At times I understood and at others I felt like the Kiefer Sutherland character, John.  the husband who married into a family of loonies.  He obviously doesn’t “get it” but you can easily sympathize with him.  This is something I find myself not wanting to “get”.  It’s similar to death, and in this movie it was much easier for me to contemplate my feelings on the destruction of the world then on that of a person close to me, or myself, suffering from depression.  It is what they say, the average person has a greater fear of public speaking (something that in my adult life doesn’t faze me) then they do of death.

Now I wonder if depression is something you have without even knowing?  Chatting to those close to me, they tell me I humph and haw and act listless.  Is depression something that one can have without even knowing?  Could it be a problem in my life effecting others the way that I am afraid of being effected?  Arghhgg – I don’t think of myself that way, but that no longer means that it is not true.

If I was to learn something from this film it is that depression is a reality, like death, that at somepoint I will have to confront.  I guess this is why there are shrinks (and xanex) to help you with these kind of qustions!

As for the construction of Melancholia, I thought it was excellent.  The opening was a wonderful decent into dreamy imagery.  I would have swapped my personal soundtrack including Pink Floyd’s Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun and Black Sabbaths’ Hand Of Doom.  The imagery was languid and enthralling.  The feelings were impressed into your cells, a few hours later I am still fealing a weight on my chest.

Justine basking in her Melancholia


There is another aspect to Justine, in her attitudes toward’s her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg).  It is selfishness.  Her sister shows almost nothing but patience and love, though she does express exasperation on occasion.  Then when the end draws near, and Claire has a simple request of ending it with a glass of wine and a song, Justine calls her plan out as ‘complete shit’.  After all the patience shown by those around her,  for her character to display no empathy or care for those who dote on her, in a way brings me back to my prior point – that perhaps it is difficult to know that you are suffering from depression?   If she was unaware of her actions, that might allow the subsequent thrashing  of those others. The other option is that she is just a selfish bitch?  It could be a fundamental character flaw of character of a symptom of the disease?  I have the disturbing feeling that I am both selfish and condescending and that I am more on both sides of this relationship then I may realize.

Monica Bellucci

April 24, 2012

Monica Bellucci really is the perfect woman.

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t adore her.

Last night we watched the new Muppet movie – and we did a bit of crying.  The following words of genius were uttered: “As long as there are Muppets in this world, there is hope.”

I agree and I hope you do too.

Watch the Muppet movie – it will do your soul good :)

“The Muppet Show Theme”



LOL! good analogy — however ….

However MY niece went to private high school at Exeter while her friend was from the bronx and went to P.S. 93.

Both girls were equally bright, tried very hard, diligently did their homework, studied every night and listened to their teachers wisdom.

My niece at Exeter had a lovely live-in facility, 10 kids to a class and a lovely campus to work in. She was not distracted by the state of her neighborhood, neighbors or family. Her brain and body were stimulated daily and she flowered into a 4.0 GPA student and went on to harvard.

Her friend had to travel through the NY subway to get to school, was constantly harangued by thugs, her techer was overworked/underpaid and she had to worry about getting home in time to feed her sister as her mother worked late and she had no father. The combined stresses of school, home & environment eventually broke her down until she could not be successful in all three arenas. Family came first and she took a job to help feed her sister. While she was bright enough to have gone onto a better position in life, she was stuck working at the (insert crappy job here) to help pay the bills; and though she climbed the ladder at work to manager, that ladder only goes so high for someone of her socio-economic-educational background.

Once you flesh out the story, the plot-line gets a little bumpier :-)

And who’s talking about wealth distribution anyways? Get ready for this analogy ok — it’s a doozy, barely works and relies on the fact that you know that whole milk has 3% cream, Low-Fat 1.5% and skim 0% :-)

I’m saying if you take 1oz of cream from the whole milk it still has 2ozs left — If you take it from the Low-Fat it’s got .5% and the skim doesn’t even have enough to give. Even if you cut the amount you ask across the board — all your doing is giving the Whole & Low-Fat more cream to enjoy — the skim still doesn’t have any to give!


Director: Anthony Horowitz

Starring: Michael Kitchen, Anthony Howell, Honeysuckle Weeks

Plot: It is 1940 and Britain stands alone against the might of Nazi Germany across the continent. The terrors of nightly bombing raids are only matched by the fear and hysteria of the population at the prospect of the seemingly inevitable German invasion. CI Foyle Denied a transfer to the war effort, Foyle is nonetheless forced to confront the darkest acts of humanity on a daily basis. With his official driver, Sam, and his subordinate, Paul Milner, Foyle investigates murders, looting and theft, crimes of opportunism, crimes of war, crimes of passion and crimes of greed–because crime isn’t stopped because of warfare.

The art direction and social details in the series are very accurate whith WW2 time.  the acting is flawless…  murs see

Samurai 7 (2004)

July 20, 2007 — Leave a comment
Director: Toshifumi TakizawaWriting : Akira Kurosawa , Atsuhiro Tomioka

Plot: Based on the Akira Kurosawa classic SEVEN SAMURAI, this anime series updates the action of the film to a bleak future overrun by bandits. These men are former samurais who have abandoned their code of honor and adapted technology to their bodies until they no longer resemble humans. When a small village can no longer stand against the nobuseri, they call on the skills of a group of samurais to save them.

better story then the original .

choose to see it whith the japanese original audio and subtitles the dubbing misses a lot

Directors: Andrew Grieve, Edward Bennett, Renny Rye, Brian Farnham, Ross Devenish, Richard Spence, Andrew Piddington
Peter Barber-Fleming, Andy Wilson

Starring: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Plot: This brilliant Belgian detective had a long and glorious career, starring in thirty-three novels and fifty-four short stories. Hercule appeared in Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920.

Hercule Poirot is one of the most famous detectives in literary history and the only fictional chatacter to get an obituary in the front pge of the New York Times whith the release of the last novel Curtain.

This TV production does an extraordinary job reproducing the ambience of the times in which the novels and short stories were whriten. Althoug some of the storie’s adaptations differ from the originals the character development is paralel with Christie’s writings.

Jericho (2006)

June 8, 2007 — Leave a comment
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence, Nicholas RentonTom  

Starring: Robert Lindsay, Jane Horrocks, David Troughton

Plot: Robert Lindsay stars in this four part series as 1950’s renegade Detective Inspector Michael Jericho of Scotland Yard. A wonderfully distinctive series, the CGI flourishes really help to create a sense of a sense of London in the ’50s, ‘Glamour Noir’.

IronWeed Films

June 4, 2007 — Leave a comment
This is a great documentary club .. for $15 a month they mail you a wonderful, timely documentary that you probably would never otherwise have known about. Definitely worth it!
This months doc is:The Human WarThis month Ironweed brings together three stories of soldiers in the Iraq war, with a compassionate look into their work, the choices they make, their changing worlds back home, and the internal war within.


June 4, 2007 — Leave a comment
Director: Tom Clegg

Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O’Malley

Plot: Adapted from Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling historical novels, Bean portrays maverick British officer Richard Sharpe who rises through the ranks of Wellington’s army by his own daring deeds and ambition. Fast-moving, hard-hitting adventure, Sharpe brings to the screen all the danger, romance and sheer spectacle of one of the bloodiest periods in English warfare.