Saturday, October 30, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 100 (!)

"In democracy everyone has the right to be represented, even the jerks." (Chris Patten)

"The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated." (Oscar Wilde)

"Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything." (Frank Dane)

(Wow, this is posting number 100 in this series...)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's



This movie has the most wonderful beginning - the first notes of "Moon River" flowing out of the speakers as Audrey Hepburn is admiring the wares at Tiffany's.

I didn't know much about "Breakfast at Tiffany's" before I saw it, except that it's written by Truman Capote. It has plenty of good one-liners, and Audrey Hepburn's performance is good. On the other hand, I sit there feeling that the script is better than the movie. In particular, I'm not too happy about George Peppard as the male lead.

A little more about the movie: Hepburn is playing Holly Golightly, a girl who is constantly taking advantage of men's generousity and trying to find a sufficiently rich man to marry. However, unlike with Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman", there's no rich man who'll take responsibility here. And all the time, Paul Varjak (Peppard) is in love but in no position to intervene...

It's nice finally to have seen the movie. It has memorable elements. Sadly, the most memorable of all lasts only for the first two or three minutes...

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Movie: Plan B



If you search for "Plan B" at imdb, you find 17 movies with that title. What I have seen is the Argentinian one. It's about Bruno, who is dumped by his girlfriend. When she doesn't want to take him back (which is, of course, his plan B), he instead embarks on Plan B. The plan involves becoming a friend of Laura's new boyfriend, Pablo. And then... Well, did I mention that I saw the movie at Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival?

The movie is cute. But it also has its flaws. For one, what Bruno's plan really is, is very unclear. Just becoming a friend of your ex-girlfriend's boyfriend doesn't really solve any problem, does it? His behaviour and laughable excuses to be with Bruno is also a problem. And the sound is not very good. But it's always nice to see queer movies from different parts of the world.

Plan B (2009)

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 99

"Don't have sex man. It leads to kissing and pretty soon you have to start talking to them." (Steve Martin)

"The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for." (Oscar Wilde)

"FUTURE, n. The period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true, and our happiness is assured." (Ambrose Bierce, "The Cynic's Word Book")

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Movie: Do Começo ao Fim



Do Começo ao Fim (From beginning to end) is an unusual movie. It tells the story of two brothers who develops a very close relationship that does not get less close as they get older.

There is a striking contrast between the tabu of brotherly love in society and the total lack of inhibitions in the movie, which makes me believe that the movie is not meant to be realistic, but rather to portray some kind of Utopia - for someone.

My main problem with the movie is not that. The bigger problem for me is that the actors are not very convincing. And the string music that is all around in a bit too many of the scenes, is quite disturbing. Other than this, the whole thing is romantic enough.

Do Começo ao Fim (2010)

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Movie: Sasha



Gay movies used to be about one single issue. Coming out. Having HIV. Being bullied. Suicide. It is a clear sign of progress that movies nowadays may have gay issues as one of several story lines.

Sasha is the son of two parents from former Yugoslavia. His mother has given up her own career in pursuit of her sons' - she wants Sasha to become a world-class pianist and Boki (his brother) to become an athlete. The father wants to go back to Montenegro. Sasha and Boki, however, would like to make decisions on their lives on their own.

The mother's story is the more touching one for me. Her struggle to find meaning in life is universal. Zeljka Preksavec does a great portrayal of this mother. But Sasha's story is also important, as he is trying to figure out how to deal with his sexuality in a situation where what is acceptable is very different in the German society where they live than indoors in the ex-Yugoslav household.

Saša Kekez is great in the role of Sasha (although he is at times looking a lot like Didrik Solli-Tangen this year's Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest heartthrob, especially when smiling). He's a believable Sasha.

The movie was shown in the DVD format at Oslo's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, sadly. It may have been a tad better on film.

Sasha (2010)

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Funny Quotes of the Week 98

"Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable." (John Galbraith)

"The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional." (Oscar Wilde)

"ALLIANCE, n. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pocket that they cannot separately plunder a third." (Ambrose Bierce, "The Cynic's Word Book")

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Movie: Miss Kicki



Sweden's perhaps very best actress, Pernilla August, plays the main role in this Swedish film which mostly takes place in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a woman who has left her son, Viktor (who is now 15 or 16 or something), in Sweden to pursue her own career in the US, but who has now returned and is trying to get things back on track. But she also has other motives for going to Taiwan.

Of course, there is an inherent spoiler in screeing this movie at Oslo Gay and Lesbian film festival, but that's okay. Victor (Ludwig Palmell) is quite believeable as the son who is trying to get to know his mother again, at the same time that he's trying to get to know himself.

I liked the movie a lot - both for the portrayal of the mother-child-relationship and for the gay relationship which is almost just hinted at. But also for its portrayal of Taipei - at the Q&A with the director at the festival, someone said that Taiwan almost became a character on its own. For me, who have been to Taipei many times, it was a treat to travel through it with these great actors.

A very convincing debut from Norwegian/Taiwanese director Håkon Liu.

Miss Kicki (2009)

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 97

"An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination." (Voltaire)

"When the authorities warn you of the dangers of having sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities." (Matt Groening)

"ACQUAINTANCE, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous." (Ambrose Bierce, "The Cynic's Word Book")

Friday, October 08, 2010

Movie: Forever Young



Light entertainment. Captain Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson) was frozen down as part of an experiment in 1939, and has now been defrozen. He will try to find the love of his life, even though there will be quite an age difference now...

I don't know what to say to make this movie sound okay, it's just that for some reason it was funny enough and charming enough to make me forget about the silliness of the story and to accept it and just sit back.

And it was funny to see a young Elijah Wood...

Forever Young (1992)

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Movie: Wit



Emma Thompson carries this movie on its shoulders. For much of the movie, she is the only person in the frame. She is diagnosed with and treated for cancer, but although her approaching death is an important theme of the movie, it is as much about her life, which we see in flash-backs.

So - life and death. But it's perhaps mostly about the problematic area between the two, in which the patient and the doctors have to navigate. And it all is told with great wit - although faltering at times, when death comes too close.

Wit (2001)

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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 96

"I believe that sex is a beautiful thing between two people. Between five, it's fantastic." (Woody Allen)

"Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons." (Oscar Wilde)

"On the ostrich: "The absence of a good working pair of wings is no defect, for, as has been ingeniously pointed out, the ostrich does not fly."" (Ambrose Bierce, "Devil's Dictionary")