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22 responses to “Lazy Sunday”

  1. mindy

    Had an awesome night last night with the girls catching up. If you are ever in Cootamundra The Globe hotel does great pub food and if it isn’t bucketing with rain on a winter’s night the courtyard with open fire and huge TV on the wall to watch the Ashes on is pretty good too.

  2. paul burns

    Two very good movies:
    Zero Dark Thirty; While its a little patriotic – it can’t help that because it is essentially the story of the CIA hunt for Ben Laden, its not propagandistic. I can see how the opening sequences upset the US Republicans. It doesn’t hold back on US use of torture. Jessica Chastain is remarkable as the main CIA operative. Watch at night in the dark, otherwise some of the scenes on the raid on Ben Laden’s compound might be hard to follow. Infinitely superior to Argo.
    Cloud Atlas. What can I say? Just get it. It will blow your mind.

  3. Liz

    Paul, have you read ‘Cloud Atlas’ or any other Daviv Mitchell novel? I think he’s my favourite contemporary novelist?

  4. paul burns

    Liz,
    No. But going on the movie I really should check him out. I have heard of him, but would in no way consider myself knowledgeable on him.

  5. Liz

    I really liked the movie, btw. I recommend that you have a logo at the latest version of ‘Anna Katenina’. It works with stylisation in a very interesting way.

  6. Charlie

    Wife and daughter both ran their first half marathons this morning. Well done them. I cooked them brunch and continued to prepare for lectures & classes tomorrow. Not so well done me.

  7. philip travers

    [Comment content deleted because this is the politics-free thread. Please resubmit your comment to the Open Thread. ~ mods]

  8. Russell

    It was so freezing this morning at the beach that when I got home I had to sit for a long time hunched over a radiator. Thus I read a popular bestseller “The light between oceans” – from the library. In a lifetime of reading I’ve read only two or three books like this because I was taught that you were only allowed to read to improve yourself – no trash allowed!

    Every thing I’ve read or heard about this novel was bad, but for the audience it’s intended for, it’s probably quite a good book. I wouldn’t recommend it because I prefer more literary writing, but perhaps the reviewers are just trying to prove their intellectual superiority. The issues of the plot are interesting enough as they are worked out and it’s easy to read quickly (character stereotypes are quickly grasped). Wait for the TV drama, that could be quite good.

  9. paul burns

    Liz @ 5,
    Have been thinking about that. Anna Karenina is one of my favourite novels and Tolstoy is probably my favourite novelist. So I’ve been a bit hesitant.

  10. Liz

    Paul, I liked it because it wasn’t a faithful copying of book to film, which doesn’t work because it respects neither medium. It was a really intelligent re telling using cinema’s strengths. It’s very beautiful looking, but not in beauty for beauty’s sake way. The only problem I had was that I didn’t like Keira Knightley much.

  11. paul burns

    Keira Knightley – now there’s an interesting actor. Sometimes average, sometimes very good and occasionally brilliant like in that movie about Freud – its name escapes me.
    I suspect Anna Karenina is one of the most challenging roles of all for women, and so far, of the versions I’ve seen only Garbo does it superbly. Wasn’t impressed overmuch by the Anna in 1970s [?] BBC series, and if there’s a Russian version I haven’t seen it. (Just as to my great chagrin, I haven’t yet seen the Russian version of Doestesky’s Brother Karamazov.)
    Am in the processing of feeding my Russophile self, waiting for bios of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra and a general bio of the last of the Romanovs to arrive in the mail.

  12. Liz

    Garbo was a real star. They don’t make them like that anymore.

  13. mindy

    Keira was okay but I thought Jude Law was fantastic.

  14. Liz

    He was really good, Mindy. I liked the way he’s moved past being a pretty boy and he turned an unsympathetic character into one who was trapped by the society he lived in. That was one of the things I loved about the film; the way it used the theatre to talk about how they were all trapped.

  15. Terangeree

    PB @ 11:

    How could one possibly go past the all-singing, all-female, “Broadway Musical” stage production of The Brothers Karamazov? ;)

  16. alfred venison

    ms kiewa-venison just honed in on “orange is the new black” for us; i’m rapt. -a.v.

  17. paul burns

    Terangeree @ 15,
    Its at moments like that one just loves the Japanese.

  18. paul burns

    And have today just started Robert K Massie’s bio of Catherine the Great. Has the advantage of being in large print.

  19. Jumpy

    One day ( not this one or the last two or the next three ) every day will be a Lazy Sunday……… if I can afford it.

  20. TerjeP

    What to do on a Sunday if you are a political junky? Most of you here seem to loath Andrew Bolt. But maybe you’ll enjoy watching him tango with Kevin Rudd next Sunday at 10am on Ten.

    Bolt has been taking advice on what style to adopt:-

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/on_the_bolt_report_on_sunday_kevin_rudd/

  21. paul burns

    Not even Bolt on Rudd will tempt me to watch that show. I’ll read about it. (My feeling Bolt is going to come off looking an absolute idiot and Rudd’s going to come off looking like a smart-arse. It won’t do either of them any good.)

  22. alfred venison

    exquisite turn of the knife; barry cassidy must be furious. someone here will no doubt watch & comment about it. that’d be enough for me. -a.v.