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Dec. 21st, 2008 | 06:37 am
mood: okayIs Christmas over yet?
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Or, Back That Thang Up, Judi Dench.

Milk: John and I went to see this at the Carolina Theater on Wednesday, with a respectable pre-Christmas movie-going crowd. I was impressed with the frank telling of Harvey Milk's story here, though I did feel a bit like I was being clubbed over the head with exact chronological order. Yeesh. Anyway, San Francisco is also one of my very favorite places and I was so glad to see this part of its history retold, with Sean Penn and lots of very tight clothing to help us out. I hope that the timeliness of this release will also spur folks to realize that although a lot about the struggle for gay rights is different thirty years later, a lot of it actually isn't, and that's not okay. Finally, there needed to be more Dianne Feinstein in that movie. Just sayin'.

Notes on a Scandal was my most recent Netflix, and I curled up in bed on Thursday with it, only to be jolted into flailing and screaming like a girl (in good ways) at the madness of 1) Cate Blanchett's character (Sheba) sleeping with her 15-year old student in various sketchy outdoor locations and 2) Judi Dench's character (Barbara) using her knowledge of #1 to her own advantage in ways I could never have predicted. I liked the use of Barbara's very teacherly diary as a narrative for the story (it even had gold stars in it!), as well as how Sheba flipped out and went Rock Star once she discovered them. And can someone tell me why Brits wear colorful paper crowns while eating Christmas dinner?

Burn After Reading, which John and I watched at his house Saturday night, was a completely zany Coen Brothers movie, set in DC to use the CIA and other assorted g-men as a sinister backdrop, but just nutty otherwise. I applaud the casting director because every role, from Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt all the way down to the boss that demoted John Malkovich at the CIA, every actor made sense where they were. And Tilda Swinton was a ferocious bitch! If you have expectations from the Coens based on the fact that their last film before this was No Country for Old Men, leave them at the door before watching.
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from: kishenehn
date: Dec. 21st, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Memo to self: add Burn After Reading to my movie list.

It doesn't look like Milk is going to make it to the theaters here ... so I'm going the Bittorrent route. Maybe I'll watch it today ...

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 21st, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Def post your thoughts on Milk, I'm anxious to hear what others think of it.

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thoughts and feels and thoughts and feels

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from: lucypevensie
date: Dec. 21st, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Brits wear paper crowns to Christmas dinner because (1) they come in Christmas crackers, and (2) Brits have a much better sense of whimsy than Americans.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 21st, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Amazing and even more amazing! :D I knew someone on my friends list would know.

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all these flavors & you chose to be salty

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from: cheesecaketart
date: Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
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Pre-Christmas 2 years ago (in Japan, before I came home for Christmas) was spent with an Aussie friend popping open christmas crackers, eating tim tams and wearing the hats. One cracker sploded and there was nothing in it; we found the paper hat about 4 months later across the room. Fun times.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
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Wow, I think we need more exploding Christmas traditions on this side of the pond. :]

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Urban Rebel

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from: urbanrebel
date: Dec. 21st, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Sean Penn's first boyfriend (NOT the Spanish queen) in tight clothes helped even more. :-P It was weird, but having just gone through all the Prop 8 stuff and taking part in a few of the protests here, it seemed almost spooky how close some parallels were especially when it came to the religious right.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 21st, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Yes, first boyfriend was pretty amazing, especially in the pool. :D

And I know what you mean, it felt a bit too familiar when they were arranging protests and the like ...

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Neil

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from: whitman22
date: Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Is it totally wrong that while I certainly didn't approve of Sheba messing around with that student, I can totally understand it? :)

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
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I think I know what you mean. :]


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thoughts and feels and thoughts and feels

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from: lucypevensie
date: Dec. 24th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
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WTF is that a witch hat?

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 28th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
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It's a wizard hat, for a play that the teacher's son was in.

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