June 21st, 2009

20111112, Marilee

The Man Who Copied

I actually watched this Friday and forgot to post about it. It's a Brazilian film that I watched with the English subtitles. Andre, who is 19, is a photocopier operator at a little office shop. He lives with his mother and has a very strict budget. He saved a year to get binoculars, which he uses to watch Silvia, a girl who lives across some streets from his high-rise apartment. He casually tries to get to know her by "running into" her and so forth. He decides the only way to get to marry her is to be rich and he starts thinking of stupid illegal things to do to be rich, including making copies of bills on his work copier. Things start getting complicated here and I was sure there would be a bad ending, but there was a twist that surprised me, had me laughing, and there was a good ending. I think most people would like it.
20111112, Marilee

The Day of Laundry and TV

Yes, washing and changing sheets as usual, re-ripping some of the CDs, and I think I'll need a nap. I had to lie down a couple times last night because I'd sat up straight too long yesterday and today I'd like to just have the nap first.

I've had three watchings of The Listener, which I won't be watching again. I can't sustain disbelief. Also three watchings of Royal Pains, which I will be watching again because it has good plots and actors. I watched the premiere of HawtoRNe, a nurse-centered hospital drama, and it reminded me too much of the later, worse episodes of Strong Medicine. It gets another try, though.

Tonight NBC starts their Merlin series, which is a British import, and I figure I'll tape that and see if I like it. Also tonight, two of our PBS stations are showing a new Poirot mystery, so more taping, since I'll be watching L&O: CI and In Plain Sight.
20111112, Marilee

Lifelode by Jo Walton

This is Jo's NESFA book from Boskone this year and it's sufficiently different to need a FAQ on the book at the end. I recommend reading the FAQ first, although once I was through the first chapter, I was reading without problems.

The book is set in a series of lands where the East has a lot of yeya (essentially magic) and the West has almost none with the Marches in the middle having some. The book is set in the Applekirk Manor in the Marches and our protagonist can see different-aged selves of the people around her as well as has a lot of household yeya. The household is her lifelode -- the work that is right for her, for her life.

The household gets guests from the West and the East near-simultaneously and they both have large effects on the Manor and the village, including the current polyamorous relationships. There's an interesting version of gods that show up, and people we like, die. I enjoyed this a lot, but I suspect we can't get Jo to write more about it.