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O, how fortune on the T changes. The trip home Thursday was one of the easiest I've had – even at peak hour, there were plenty of seats on the train and it just zipped right along. Last night was a different story: no train for ten minutes, then an express, then finally something to get me to the bus. I thought I was going to miss the bus, but luckily it was just seven minutes late – it showed up just as I was on the phone with S0 telling him that I was going to be late !

O and I watched Y tu mamá también last night, and loved it (and yeah, it's dead sexeh). I also liked how the ordinary people in Mexico weren't ignored; in one sequence the camera follows a waitress back into a restaurant kitchen, and the movie actually pays attention to non-pretty non-comic non-evil people and allows them to speak (referring to the fisherman's family especially). Yeah, movies are just entertainment, but a tiny concession to realism every now and then actually heightens interest, in my opinion.

Today is almost a perfect late summer day. But now there's definitely no more heat in the air, so the air conditioners and fans were retired for the season. The other item on the agenda was to shampoo the rugs, so I vacuumed and moved a lot of stuff out onto the deck so that O would have an unobstructed run.

Later in the morning I was idly surfing the tube:

  • On RTP (Portuguese television) there was a video for “Velha Infância” by the Tribalistas. It was interesting, almost like Neil Finn or Crowded House in their more rhythmic moments, but translated into Portuguese. I didn't recognize any of the performers in the video, but it turns out that two of them are Marisa Monte and Carlinhos Brown, who are at least somewhat known in the US. For an outstanding compilation of Lusitanian music, I heartily recommendOnda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon.
  • On TCM, I stumbled into the middle Killer's Kiss,which is Stanley Kubrick's earliest commercially available film. I really had no idea what was supposed to be going on (and most commentary makes it sound like I wasn't missing much), but the night street scenes are engaging almost like cinema vérité, and there's a cool scene that takes place in a room full of mannequins.Trailers here, a sympathetic review here.


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Sep. 6th, 2003 11:50 am (UTC)
I prefer his earlier, noirier work
Oh yeah, noir is definitely attuned with the nasty, brutish, and short view of life. Here we are lucky that the nearby Brattle Theatre has made a tradition of screening all kinds of hard-boiled double-crossing stories like that !
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