Monday, August 22, 2011

Scotland the Brave

Right now I am sitting on the couch as my lady is upstairs taking a nap. I really should be waking her up but I know she needs the rest. I will get her when I am done with this post if she doesn't wake up before that.

I am in Scotland and the weather is absolutely AMAZING! I do NOT miss the 100 degree weather of Louisiana, nor do I miss the stagnant ideologies of the south. I feel so much more free in the UK than anywhere I have ever felt in the US.

Yesterday, we all went to the Crief Highland Gathering. Chrissy had never been to it since she has lived here and we were all very glad we did. It was quite fun and even though we were all really worn out 4 hours later after walking home, we were happy and had enjoyed every bit of it.

Somehow we managed to find some free stuff there as well. Free cupcakes, crisps, keychains, and even some wine for Chrissy! It was one of the local realestate firm's tents. In fact, I wish I had the money to buy one of the properties in their listings right now! The company is Irving Geddes.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - USA Style!

Original Lisbeth, Noomi Rapace 2009
USA Remake 2011
Seriously? The US is trying to redo the already insanely awesome movie adaptation from Stieg Larsson's first book in his Millennium Series The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? I have to say that I was not impressed at hearing this. I have not only read the book and am working on book 3, but I have watched all three of the movies that have been made from the books already, in Swedish.

Yes, this movie has been made before back in 2009, and with amazingly well done cinematic performances by Michael Nyqvist (Mikael Blomkvist) and Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander), and easy to follow subtitles. I fell deep into the twists and folds of the dramatically thrilling tale of Lisbeth's life. Her character became someone I wanted to know more about. After watching the first movie, I was drawn in so much that I bought the first two books.

Larsson portrays women as strong and independent in a world dominated by men and their ego. He gives women, namely his lead character Lisbeth, guts, courage, perseverance, elegance, intellect, and raw emotional strength. In fact, the book's title in his native language is actually Men Who Hate Women. I think the full title should be 'Men Who Hate Women - And The Women Who Kick Their Asses!'

A movie can never wholly tell the story that a book can. Also, a book inspires one's own imagination and surely an actor cannot compete with what happens in someone's  mind for a character's likeness. Well, I was wrong on that. Noomi helped round out the character of Lisbeth for me and when I read the book, I could see her face and her actions. Although, in the book she seemed a bit more talkative than in the movies. Maybe it was because we could get inside her head a little more as a reader than just an observer.

Either way, I was not impressed, like I said, when I heard the US was going to get in on a remake of the book as well. There was so much in the visual grit of the Swedish version of this story that I didn't think would make it to a US film. I thought somehow they would play down the violence and rape that the story hinges on. Apparently this will not be so. They are endeavoring to make this as gruesome as the story tells it.

"That’s just not right, ... Lisbeth Salander is not about suffering! She is not Jesus! She is about vengeance!” David Fincher, the director of the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo said on set after seeing that the blood on the hands of the actress playing Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) looked more like a stigmata than a messy reflection of the atrocity that the blood came from. Wmagazine's  Lynn Hirschberg was on set to take a behind the scenes look at the making of what MGM Studio is calling "The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas." And I am preparing to be blown away!

Fincher, who has directed other coarse and abrasive films such as Fight Club, The Panic Room, Se7en, and Zodiac, has also done The Social Network, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button that weren't so gritty but beautifully done works. With the preview trailer the studio has put out, I am really looking forward to the texture and grit of what I feel is the true atmosphere that the books and the original Swedish films portray. See for yourself:

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Submissive Wife and Faithful Hypocrite - Michelle Bachman

Oh how politicians do fascinate me. I live in a world of wonder with them. Not only are they amazingly photogenic as in Michelle Bachman's recent Newsweek cover, but also in their words, or meanings of words, or turns of phrases or... well hell, you be the judge of this one:

Yes, the amazing Political work around: not EXACTLY answering the question.

Michelle, do you simply use bible statements when they are appropriate for you? Do you pick and choose things that make you look better for the public? Oh yes, of Course you DO! So, if you are a submissive wife when you succumb to the requests or suggestions of your husband about what you do with your personal career whether that was a path you sincerely wanted or not, then why did this question in the debate get the flip when it is essentially the same thing? Isn't respecting your husbands wishes in essence succumbing to them? That is submission as you so aptly put it previously. So, now we are to specifically pull this question out of biblical context and say, "Oh what I MEANT to say was... that I RESPECT my husbands wishes as he respects mine."

Isn't that the same thing? He respects you as his wife. And you respect him as your husband. But, if you were president, are you going to be asking yourself on those late night emergency meetings when something catastrophic happens, "What Would Marcus Do?" A submissive wife would do that.

Listen, I don't want to know about what you two do behind your closed bedroom doors, just like you don't want to know when I am going down on my wife (well you might as much as you hate the homosexuals in this world). However, submissive behavior is never good in a leadership role. Don't pull your "wifely duties" into this political mess that we have in our country right now. You only shame the strong wives and women out there and set the feminist movement back a hundred years.

I have created a photo that is just BEGGING to be put in the right context. I have added a caption but would LOVE to hear what you have to say. Apparently, Michelle Bachman loves to make that Newsweek Face! Here is what I thought she was thinking when posed with "What Would Marcus Do? or W.W.M.D?:
What Would Marcus Do? And, why does he get all the fun?

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