Sunday, January 15, 2006

Our film week ended on a slightly unsettling note with the film “Innocence” at The Watershed. It was a French study of young girls seemingly kept against their will in strange and unsettling closed society. Featuring some wildly inappropriate scenes it left both of us feeling more than a little disconcerted, not pleasant viewing. Still we saw 8 films in a week, and apart from our last choice at least one of us enjoyed all the others.

After a night off on Friday, Saturday saw us returning to French cinema, this time with much more enjoyable results. We went to The Orpheus to see “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”. Interesting, thoughtful and occasionally funny it was a perfect antidote to the nasty feeling which “Innocence” left us with. It was directed by Jacques Audiard who previous film was the equally splendid “Read my Lips”. Of course it helped that the central figure in the film is called Tom.

Had an interesting character sitting next to me. Of course Orynthia is always interesting, but on this occasion I’m talking about the chap that was on the other side of me. I was impressed when He returned to his seat after just before the start of the film holding a mug of coffee, that’s a mug of coffee mind you, not the normal cardboard cup. So I assume that he must have taken his own mug to the cinema. Then when he sat down, he delved into a large bag of sweets and noisily unwrapped 7 or 8 of them, so that he would not disturb either himself or the rest of us whilst the film was in progress. He also took copious notes, whenever the film changed direction or mood. It all left me feeling very the amateur filmgoer.

He reminded me of those people that you see whilst you are plowing you way around an art gallery. Whilst I stand and gawp at the paintings you can’t help noticing those intellectual looking types – notebook in hand, recording, well recording what exactly? The name of the piece in question, their thoughts about work, notes on the composition? Maybe it’s just a shopping list, whatever it is, I always think that they are getting more out of the experience of me.

Managed to pick up a few CD’s on Friday whilst we out and about. Most were things that have been on my personal shopping list for a while. Such as the albums by The Cribs - “The New Fellas”, The Rakes – “Capture / Release”, the self titled album by Clor, the mini album by Au Revoir Simone – “Verses of Comfort, assurance & Salvation”, all of which I’m enjoying. Also picked up a copy of the new Strokes album and we managed to finally track down a couple of tickets for their upcoming gig at the Colston Hall, which I’m looking forward to a lot. Just a week after that Belle & Sebastian come to town, hooray!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are still providing information on your favorite music picks! I always enjoy hearing your musical advice.

I hope this sees you, Orynthia and the fam well. I have a busy week, but hope to e-mail soon and catch up on your fabulous lives! :-)

- Kelpie

2:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, there's a blog you need to check out, especially if you have friends looking at Chinese character tatoos.

I had one co-worker and two acquaintances ask me what their tatoo meant after the fact - (talk about a SCARY experience)! Fortunately for them, all was okay, but if you ever want to see what the ramifications are when they are not, check out:

Always encourage friends to consult a Chinese-English dictionary and Chinese friend before they decorate their bodies. ..atleast enjoy the read!

- Kelpie

8:47 pm  
Blogger Tom said...

Hi Kelpie, nice to hear from you. hope things are going well.

12:10 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am good - incredibly busy, but good! How are you these days?

10:01 pm  

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