Monday, December 13, 2004

I wrote a long entry about shopping here and then realized it would go perfectly into CraftyTown. So if you want to read some stuff about my weekend, I suggest you use the link over on your right.

An unfortunate event happened yesterday morning, one that I will not dwell on, except to reiterate the big rule of gift-giving time: After you disseminate your wish list to family and friends, you are not allowed to buy yourself anything off of that list until after the gift-opening date has passed. Get that, everyone? NOT ALLOWED.

Yesterday I also went to Quaker Meeting for the first time in at least two years. It was nice; the meeting has swelled in size, with newcomers now outnumbering the old-timers (who were members back when the meeting met in a classroom in the science building at Smith). During coffee hour I spoke with a couple of the old-school folks, who seemed a bit bewildered but pleased about the influx of new blood, though they also hinted that it had been a bit rough at first as the new people settled in. I can only imagine the crazy (and probably super-political) messages people were saying during meeting. Everything seemed very normal to me yesterday, though, besides the fact that when the young people came in ten minutes before the rise of meeting, more than half of them were teenagers. Apparently they're really into it, and the majority of them are boys, which is super-unusual (and totally great).

And I finally watched City of God, after almost returning it to Netflix unwatched because I was worried it would get me even more depressed. I'm glad I didn't, because it was wonderful. Bloody and tragic, but amazing. An extra on the DVD, a one-hour documentary, is incredible too, and shows how true-to-life the film is.

I am still thinking about returning Dancer in the Dark without watching it first, though. Should I?


Anonymous said...

City of God is one of my all time favorite Netflix discoveries (In America, Igby goes Down, and In the Bedroom are all up at the top of the list too). I missed the documentary. Damn.

Dancer in the Dark was the last Lars Von Trier movie I ever watched - I've since sworn off his movies - too much of an emotional meat grinder for me.

I'm so addicted to Netflix.


Anonymous said...

Okay, I cry really really easily, but I will tell you that I cried so hard during Dancer in the Dark that my eyes were puffy for days afterward.

This may not be the time to watch it, is what I'm saying. I don't know if there ever is a time. It's a bit much. In a "I want to kill myself too much" kind of way.


debl said...

These comments settled it. I put it back into the mail today. Next on my list: Broadcast News.

av said...

I've never seen DitD and don't ever plan to. I resent directors who create fiction that disturbs people for days. It's ridiculous. Plus, they get rewarded for it with all the acclaim, cause of something the cinematographer and the actor did. Keep your messed up stories in the closet. That's what I say. Gag the artists!

rws said...

The song sequences in Dancer In The Dark are worth fast-forwarding to. Don't bother with the rest. The director set the story (of a woman who winds up getting hanged) in Washington State. While Washington has capital punishment, it is by lethal injection -- hanging is an option that can only be requested by the prisoner (how weird is that?). Mr. Von Trier couldn't even be bothered to do basic research.

Broadcast News: a better choice.

Lori said...

I watched DitD because the Danish exchange student we hosted arrived with it as his gift to us. It was a rather frightening introduction to the boy, I have to say.

It was troubling but well done. The interesting thing that you missed by not seeing it is that the woman could have avoided being arrested (and ultimately hanged) if she had been willing to spill the secret she promised to keep. She wouldn't break her promise to the guy who actually did the killing!

For another heavy, thought-provoking movie, check out Monster. I found that one more difficult than DitD. Also very thought provoking though.