Archive for September, 2009

My favorite Roman Polanski films

For someone with a long and prolific career, Polanski has certainly pulled off the difficult feat of consistently creating great movies in many genres. While I have my favorites I can’t think of any Polanski film I didn’t like. My favorite is an easy pick and requires no thought on my part: Tess. It’s a fantastic adaptation of the novel with probably the best casting of any novel put to screen. Alec, Angel, Tess, and the Derbyfields seem to walk straight off the pages of the novel. The photography can’t be beat.

Second favorite is a little more difficult. I have to say that I loved Bitter Moon. What an odd little movie. Usually when directors cast their wives in the lead role it’s a bad thing, but Emmanuelle Seigner is always fantastic. I loved Peter Coyote’s performance. I love how he’s a writer and how he’s not a very good one. The film has a lot of very strange surprises including one that had me rolling on the floor.

Chinatown is a favorite. I enjoyed watching Knife in the Water. Probably my least favorite would be Death and the Maiden. I wasn’t too taken with Sigourney Weaver’s performance although the film is very good. What is your favorite Polanski movie?

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Gigantic Rabbit Feet

Is it just me or does Danton have the largest feet you’ve ever seen on a cat? He kind of reminds me of Bugs Bunny with his white belly and white paws.

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Camping this weekend

You would think that 2 weeks in France would leave me relaxed and ready for at least 6 months of continued labor. Well it wasn’t. I ended up coming back to work at probably the most busy time in my whole career, and if that weren’t enough everyone on my team took vacations after I came back. So I haven’t had much time to post.

This weekend I’m getting some desperately needed R&R in Southern Washington. I may manage a post or two today and tomorrow, but after that I’ll see you Monday.

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In case you’re interested, this is roughly the route we took on our 2 week trip along the Loire river. A very rough estimate is 410 miles all in over a 10 day period.

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Headline of the day


As long as we’re using a deadly pandemic disease to describe prostitutes, it might behoove us to acknowledge that the headline could also very well be “Aurora ‘plagued with johns'” or “Aurora ‘plagued’ with men wanting to pay for sex.” These women wouldn’t be there without paying customers.

As an aside, I think Seattlepi.com has been mostly a failure in a journalistic sense. I’m not reading anything nearly as interesting in their pages since they went online only. I do noticed that the Seattletimes has gotten a little worse too now that they don’t have any competition. Having said that the Times seems to have made a good choice to hook up with existing neighborhood blogs rather than doing what the PI did which is ask the community for volunteer bloggers.

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Truly bizarre.

Last month, an Azerbaijani man told the BBC he had been accused of being unpatriotic and a “potential security threat”, after he sent a text backing Armenia’s song, Jan Jan.

The country’s authorities said people had merely been invited to explain why they voted for Armenia.

The two states fought over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the 1990s.

Here’s winner Alexander Rybak of Norway.

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The best band name ever

That would be We were promised jet packs. We saw them last night as the opening band for Frightened Rabbit at Neumo’s. They were fun.

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