Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Don't fuck with the classics

Sometimes it's better just to say no to the freebies. In my line of work I'm required to go to a number of film screenings. It's no bad thing, in fact it's a very good thing. Except when it's a bad thing. Like 'Rumour Has It'.

This was billed as an update of the true story that led to the making of the film 'The Graduate'. If you haven't seen it, 'The Graduate' is one of the great films, Dustin Hoffman's finest moment and doesn't Katharine Ross look purty? Anyway, 'Rumour Has It'.

Jennifer Aniston reckons her granny's the real Mrs Robinson, and that her late mother was the Katharine Ross figure. She tracks down Kevin Costner's Beau Burroughs (Dustin Hoffman's Ben Braddock) to see if he's really her da or something, and then they sleep together.

These not-so-subtle nods towards incest notwithstanding (it later transpires that he's not her aul fella - so that's OK then!), this truly is a horrible little film. Julie thought I was asleep half way through, but the truth of it is that the film was so bad I was wide awake and transfixed. Mark Ruffalo should know better.

Much more to my taste is 'Munich', my happy side of the media screenings coin. It's a little gratuitous at times, but it's still a fine document of something I knew very little about - the massacre of 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympics by a group of Palestinians from the militant Black September group - so is well worth catching. Spielberg should have ended it sooner, but that's a minor quibble.

So here I am anyway, at the tail end of my two days off for the week and feeling the better for it. Bit of raucousness to come this weekend. Tomorrow sees me hook up with Gill and Una, not before time, while Friday takes me to MacTurcaills for Davros' birthday. Expect nudity, excitement and not a little lager beer.

Then Saturday is an Ethiopian banquet. I think. Can Julie confirm this? Ethiopian banquet. There's a paradox in there somewhere. I think it's Ethiopian anyway. Whatever happened to bacon and cabbage?

Meh. Never liked bacon much anyway. Too salty. Bring on the banquet.


Ju said...

Indonesian Radge. Indonesian. I don't think they have banquets (or much food for that matter) in Ethiopia. Although there is an extremely popular series of Ethipoian Idol on their one channel at the mo, if today's mirror speaks the truth. Simon Cowell is truly taking over the world.

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Fuck that Park Ranger. And Munich ain't a great movie. It's like an average episode of Bergerac.