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When I came home late last Friday, I found that bogwitch's package had arrived. Yippee! Tired as I was, I wasted no time in inserting the video in the slot, sat back to watch Winding Roads...and had a hard time not falling asleep before 2 minutes had elapsed.

The word "dire" does not even begin to describe this film. Rarely have I watched anything as unashamedly soporific as this flick, and this despite the best efforts of one of the best actors around at the moment. Although, best efforts? JM's clearly trying, but this performance isn't his best by a long shot.

What's wrong with this movie? Well, it rambles. The storyline's simple enough (woman who makes table tops agrees to marry a guy, then falls pregnant; her moody cow of a friend dies and woman decides to leave town and have baby on her own) but the characters are flat, the dialogue is far from brilliant, deep, or even mildly amusing, and the camera's trained on people far too bloody long. And the soundtrack! The soundtrack is both the longest (check out the end credits!) and the most annoying in the history of motion pictures!

Luckily, the next night was db2305's and my not so regularly scheduled Angel-night, in which she shares with me her DVD-downloads. This time, we watched the episode in which Lindsey (so that's Lindsey! I thought he only had one hand?) puts Spike up in an apartment with a single bed, and says it's not as if he's going to be sharing it with anyone any time soon (??) and Angel's lying about with a jellyfish stuck to his chest; followed by Damage (how lovely to see Tom Lenk again!) and the final Cordy ep. Wonderful viewing. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I love Spike. Have I mentioned how much I love Spike, this year? Because I do: I love Spike.

I love Andrew, too. Especially when he launches into the retelling of his epic Slayer of the Vampyre-speech. And chokes on his pipe. The scenes between Spike and Andrew were the best I've seen so far.

And it's not true that DB can only do one facial expression (constipated): I swear I saw him do panic -fleetingly- when he looked down to find a whopping big blue jellyfish attaching itself to his chest! In another scene, he also managed to convey 'clueless' quite well. And I think I actually saw him smile at the resurrected Cordy.

BTW, I loved that Cordy episode. A worthy send-off for a beloved character. Very well done.

Then yesterday night, it was time for the BAFTAs. I couldn't stay awake to see all of it, but one thing I feel I must say: what was Emma Thompson wearing? It looked like a soft pink satin sheet held together with safety pins at strategic points, which is fine if you're still sophomoric enough to go to toga parties -- but someone should have told her that a) that colour did nothing for her and b) she really is past the age where she can go braless and get away with it. Very, very unflattering!

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bogwitch
Feb. 16th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the Package! Hee.
gamiila
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, I did. Very. I think I'm going to watch it a couple of times more, because I'm sure I must have missed some deeper meaning and hidden truths in my first viewing...or just some degree (or smidgen even) of talent in any of the people involved in the making of this movie, whose last name doesn't end in "arsters".

And while we're on the subject of films, have you perhaps heard anything re: "Venetian Heat", whether it's still back on? No? Neither have I...
bogwitch
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:26 pm (UTC)
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No. I haven't. Although it's bad for JM, I'm actually quite glad it didn't come off. I rather see him in something bigger than that and something I might actually be interested in watching.
gamiila
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh well, fingers crossed that something bigger and better is just waiting around the corner for him. With the cancellation of Angel he's probably got a lot more time on hands than previously envisaged.
bogwitch
Feb. 17th, 2004 12:35 am (UTC)
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I'm hoping for a London stage appearance.
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2004 12:42 am (UTC)
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Oooooooh, now that would be good! I would definitely be up for that!
bogwitch
Feb. 17th, 2004 12:51 am (UTC)
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What would we want to see him in? Nothing musical. Shakespeare would be nice.
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2004 01:30 am (UTC)
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Oh, I don't mind -- he could be reading the telephone directory and I'd still go see him.

As to anything Shakespearean: yes, he'd be fantastic in that (Richard the Third, maybe? I know he likes the Scottish play, but why should we let him choose?)...but perhaps something a bit more modern? And something that'd last 2-3 hours at least? And gives him plenty of time on the stage and in the spotlights (so no big cast production, please!).
bogwitch
Feb. 17th, 2004 01:45 am (UTC)
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A one man show then!
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2004 01:48 am (UTC)
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...and so we're back to the telephone directory again! ;-)
bogwitch
Feb. 17th, 2004 01:50 am (UTC)
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Well yes, but I think I think I'd like a little more plot than Aadvaark Cleaners!
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2004 02:16 am (UTC)
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Way back in the eighties, I once saw an adaptation of the Mahabharata - just a handful of actors on a virtually empty stage, talking...and it held me spellbound for almost 7 hours. Something like that would be perfect for our James.
bogwitch
Feb. 17th, 2004 02:23 am (UTC)
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Even in the company of JM, I think seven hours equals a very sore bottom! I hope the seats are comfy. (that rules out the National theatre).
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2004 02:50 am (UTC)
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It was standing room only, open air, hot summer day...bloody brilliant it was!
bogwitch
Feb. 17th, 2004 02:58 am (UTC)
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I that might have killed me! I don't take to the sun well. I do hope you could sit down occasionally.

Other than that, it sounds great.
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2004 04:22 am (UTC)
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Oh, it was. I don't remember sitting down at all, or wandering off or anything (I supposed I must have had something to drink at least), but as I said, I was completely spellbound. I've never seen anything like it again.
fenchurche
Feb. 16th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Winding Roads
I always tell people, if they're going to subject themselves to that movie, to do so with one finger on the fast forward button... JM is the only tolerable thing in it.
gamiila
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Winding Roads
LOL! I had been warned to keep my fingers on the FF- and the mute buttons, but I just had to be stubborn, didn't I?

JM is the only tolerable thing in it

And even he seems to be a bit clueless at times. Must be the director's fault.

I liked Chance a lot better than this!
julchek
Feb. 23rd, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
Re: Winding Roads
Wasn't I one of the ones that warned you about this movie? ;-)

I liked Chance a lot better than this!

Oh yeah, Chance was so much better than WR.
julchek
Feb. 23rd, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
The word "dire" does not even begin to describe this film. Rarely have I watched anything as unashamedly soporific as this flick, and this despite the best efforts of one of the best actors around at the moment.
Oh, thank God, G! I thought maybe you had thought the movie was decent - this is the way I felt after watching it (and I actually paid money for the stupid video, dopey me!) Now you know why I am willing to part with it for the auction at MR in June lol!

Glad you enjoyed the AtS episodes - those three were good ones, for sure. I thought Damage was one of the best episodes they've done, and Ron thought You're Welcome was the best. It was a great send-off for Cordelia.
gamiila
Feb. 24th, 2004 03:54 am (UTC)
this is the way I felt after watching it (and I actually paid money for the stupid video, dopey me!)

I can understand you wanting to get rid of it, but since you got a conversation with JM out of having watched it that one time, I'd say it was money well-spent!
julchek
Feb. 24th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
I can understand you wanting to get rid of it, but since you got a conversation with JM out of having watched it that one time, I'd say it was money well-spent!

Yes, that's a really good point you raise. If I hadn't watched that drek, I wouldn't have had that to talk to him about - that kind of kept me in his presence for a bit longer than just not saying anything, didn't it? Okay, money well spent indeed!
gamiila
Feb. 24th, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
Yes, that's a really good point you raise

Just call me Silver Lining Girl! ;-)
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