Wednesday, February 24, 2010
willow wrote about Edith Head. I agree with her post. For a modern clothing designer watch this English woman's career:
The Young Victoria (2009)
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
The Departed (2006)
Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
The Aviator (2004)
Far from Heaven (2002)
Gangs of New York (2002)
The End of the Affair (1999)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
The Crying Game (1992)
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The Quelccaya Ice Cap in the heart of the Peruvian Andres,
is the largest tropical body of ice in the world.
The ice cap is at an average altitude of 5,470 meters (18,600 ft)
and spans an area of 44 square kilometers (17 miles).
As the ice cap is retreating,
it is exposing almost perfectly preserved plant specimens
dating back 5,200 years,
indicating that it has been more than 50 centuries
since the ice cap was smaller than it is today.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Picture of the minute, in case you missed it
When my oldest was born, I held him before his mother did. He was serenely calm until a nurse jabbed his head for some doubtfully useful inoculative purpose. I've written this here before, but I held him in my hands and showered him in my tears of joy. That was twenty five years ago. I would probably not tell him, but now he still fills me with the same love and happiness as he did then. Yesterday I saw a film about a man whose daughter dies and I cried at the thought of what I would feel if any of my precious progeny died before I do. Also, a subtext of the film is about how we feel about having children, or about not having children. I was forty before I met a woman who wanted to have my children and I had given up hope of having them. Not having them did not make me unhappy. In fact, at about that time I wrote that it was better to be un-married wishing I was than married wishing I wasn't. Well, now I am married and very glad I am. I would love my wife to see this on Valentine's day, but she won't. I will have to find some other way to express it to her.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Continuing with my latest project to see one film in a cinema every week, I just saw Edge Of Darkness. It wasn't half bad. A meditation on death and a good thriller. Very well staged action sequences, but, above all, a moving film about grief and vengeance. Some very good actors and crisp dialogue. Quite a complicated story line, which nevertheless becomes clear at the end and mercifully not before. So far, I have found no "holes" in the plot. I don't think that Mel Gibson is a particularly pleasant person, but he is a very good actor, absolutely convincing and, at times, very moving. Danny Huston has attracted my attention since"Birth", and there are two young women in the film who seem completely real and therefor attractive as whole characters. I thought I was just in for a thriller. I found that and much more as well.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I have a cold, but perhaps because I now take Cold FX every day it is not as bothersome as my regular colds used to be.
As often happens, when I am in a stressful situation, it is often because I am committed to perform and thus I do it and cannot be too ill while the demands continue. When they are over is when I break. Thus I have not been sleeping well. The play is over and I should have every reason to be more relaxed than usual, but it is now that I can afford to let the stress get to me. Some people who get headaches get them, I gather, on the weekend.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Matthew has been using our car to get to work. He could not get there by transit on time. Since he owes us, he picks Cathy up from work at 4.30 and came to get me at the theatre after every performance and most rehearsals. Now he also picks me up at Long Branch station, so that I have been taking the train again a few times of late. I want to go to the cinema at Yonge and Dundas every week and it is easy to drop down to Union station and betrain out to our suburb. About the car: it is now paid off and each time we spend a bomb on the repairs I say, "well we just got a good second hand car for 1600 dollars", or 1800, or 800. The car itself was originally modelled for Lancia, not used by them and sold to Chrysler. I love its sleek, organic styling. Its large enough for five, four of whom are over six feet and it rides very comfortably on the highway. As I am more and more conservative, I realise that I never want to have any other car.