March 28th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Windy and Rainy

We're back to cold and rain and wind. It might get to 70 by the end of the week, but the 50s before that.

Last night I managed to turn out the light at 4am and slept a bit but woke up at 6am, which is when I can take acetaminophen, so I did. My stomach was rumbling, too, so I came out and made toast with cheese. Spirit sat on my lap while I ate and I gave her a couple of narrow pieces I cut for her. I went back to bed and got up about 1:45pm, which is much better than yesterday.

The Virginia Board of Corrections is keeping their non-descrimination policy even though our AG is upset again.

Yesterday's WashPost had an article on modern vs. traditional homes and the illo has a very modern home. He talks about why people like traditional houses -- they's traditional. Well, when we transferred to NoVA, I was shocked. Those all-brick two-story flat-face houses and offices and so forth seemed scary, as if they were looming over us and didn't want us to be near them.

Back in the places we lived near Seattle, "traditional" was one-story, maybe some brick on the front, but mostly siding. It was much friendlier.
20111112, Marilee

March of the Penguins

This movie follows Emperor Penguins over a year of life (or not) in Antarctica. It was brilliantly filmed and Morgan Freeman was an excellent narrator, but I couldn't help feeling sorry for the penguins. They seem to have almost no happiness or time to play. All their life is spent trying to stay alive, and keep their chicks alive.

I thought a lot of the close-ups were just camera tricks, but the credits show them filming right by the penguins.

It was an intersting movie to watch, but very very sad.
20111112, Marilee

Allegro Non Proppo

This is from 1977 and not rated. The blurb on the packet says there's animation to six classic pieces of music and in between are comic live action.

First, the animation is fairly minimal, but usually does seem to follow the music. There's a fair amount of full frontal nudity, which is probably not such a big deal for animates.

But the "comic live action" was not. It was tape of a female orchestra in about the 1910s, by dress, and over that were four people acting for the movie. So most of the action wasn't live and it certainly wasn't funny. It was so unfunny that I fast-forwarded through those bits.

It was Italian, and while I was watching English subtitles, I assume that the real actors used Italian and that the orchestra members were dubbed in Italian.

I can't recommend this.