an elegant misfortune

February 22, 2008

after rolling my ankle last monday night playing soccer i’ve needed to rest it, giving me a chance to get my dvd watching on.

Boondock Saints was a movie i’d been meaning to see for quite a while, after hearing good things about on the net and then tricky recommended it, so i knew i’d definitely have to see it. it’s quite enjoyable, similar (as the blurb is proud to announce) to pulp fiction in terms of violence and cool kids. probably a more far fetched storyline than pf, but everyone likes a bit of vigilante justice so we’ll let it slide.

I also hired This Is England, a film set in 1983 about a young kid (ie 12 years old) who joins a skinhead gang. another film i’d been meaning to see for a while, but somehow everyone else had managed to see it without me. oh well, i’ve seen it now, and although it perhaps wasn’t quite what i expected, i still enjoyed it. the end of the film made me feel bad for the characters, but i guess it was supposed to show the error in their ways or something.

Then, having seen both of the movies i hired, i moved onto erin’s movie, Take The Lead. Another one of those movies where some guy from the right side of the tracks tries to make a difference in the lives of black ghetto poor “victims of circumstance” kids, this time through ballroom dancing. kids are reluctant at first, then they have that “why, despite our differences in money and background, really we’re all the same and we can all teach each other things we didn’t know” moment and they all live happily ever after, presumably dancing while they’re at it.
don’t get me wrong, as far as those types of films go it’s one of the better ones, and i dare say i didn’t mind watching it, but basically it’s porn for middle class white teenage girls who think that they can dance and that they too would share such humility and compassion for “those poor under priveliged black children”.
the movie’s best feature, though, was the protagonist pierre dulaine, played by antonio banderas, who is super sauve and fulfills one of my life’s dreams of having enough stylish suits to wear one all the time.

also, throughout watching these movies i watched the bbc mini series of Pride and Prejudice. i’d seen bits and pieces of it over the years from my female relatives watching it, but i’d never sat down and watched the whole thing with continuity. and i must say, although i was expecting to enjoy it, i was slightly surprised at how rad it was. austen has quite the sense of humour and gives (some of) her characters an awesome wit, making for some very interseting conversing. i also quite like listening to the old english manner of speaking and the fact that (bringing it back to my life ambition again) all the blokes get to wear suits all the time. and sweet as jackets and coats.
the love story bit probably wasn’t quite as enjoyable as it should have been because i’d already seen the important bits and so it lost some of the thrills a virgin viewing would have had. but still a recommendable series.

:: By mizzle 5 Comments


  1. Pride and Prejudice. You’re the man Josh. Kicky on.

    Comment by H — February 24, 2008 #

  2. Yay! While I know you are not quite up to my level of enthusiasm (giving friends a heart attack in the newsagent when you find said DVD), I knew you’d like Pride and Prejudice.
    Mr Bennet’s humor reminds me of yours :)
    And you know I would so make you a regency coat if I had the pattern. Now if I could only convince you of the great joy of a country dance . . .

    Comment by Ez — February 24, 2008 #

  3. lol
    sorry im not aloud to laugh coz i hav watched it a few times.
    its just so much easier to stay sitting on the couch that to go away when someone starts watching it

    Comment by daniel — February 25, 2008 #

  4. Awww Dan. I’m sure you love it.

    Comment by H — February 26, 2008 #

  5. what are men coming too? why are you watching Jane Austen and NOT the new Rambo?


    Comment by Josh Rayson — March 10, 2008 #

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