Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Life, the Universe, and Not Much Going On

If you have not seen these flicks yet, and if you can stomach violence, go see Children of Men and Pan’s Labyrinth. Children of Men’s use of sound and color to convey the struggle for hope and survival made it the most remarkable futuristic film I’ve seen since Blade Runner. The nightmarish, yet strangely beautiful, fantasy of Pan’s Labyrinth, interwoven with a brutal tale of the end of the Spanish Civil War, is simply stunning in its originality. Neither film insults its audience by neatly filling in the story; instead they challenge the audience to find the meaning. Mexican directors are making beautiful films these days.

Aside from that, not a hell of a lot is going on with me. I had lunch with my parents on Sunday. I was able to keep my it’s-cold-out-leave-me-the-hell-alone prickliness from getting the best of me, and we had a decent time. We went into a British imports store, and I found this shelf of goodies. Let it not be said that American food is the only thing worthy of a bit of mockery.


British Goodies



Mmmm. Sauce. Fruity Sauce. Tasty. Gimme some Marmite. I’ve spared everyone the tinned Spotted Dick on the top shelf.

This morning I woke up to this beautiful sight out my living room window. Finally, a bit of the white stuff.



Snowy Day

27 comments:

Dear Prudence said...

Good Morning Sassy. Thanks for the info on the movies. I actually bought the Directors Cut of Blade Runner for myself for Christmas.
"So many memories, lost like tears in rain". One of the best lines ever! Besides Rutger is such eye candy!

Before Girl said...

You beat me out of the "spotted dick" joke.

Sassy Sundry said...

I can't wait for the new director's cut to come out. The line I always hear is, "It's a pity she won't live. But then again, who does?"

Before Girl, I'm quick like that.

Dear Prudence said...

Sean Young was so pretty in that scence where she was playing the piano, I would have slept with her and I don't swing that way!

dive said...

Great movies, Sassy.

Nice shelf! It amazes me that expat Brits really hunger for all that crappy stuff. Other than the very occasional jar of Marmite (for when I've got company who've outstayed their welcome), none of that would be allowed in my kitchen. Eww!

And Roy Batty? Would.

Dear Prudence said...

Ps. the Directors Cut -Limited edition was released on 9/5/06. It is really good. Especially on a 55" HD Tv, with surround!

james said...

Couldn't agree with you more on Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth. Great films. And I think Children of Men will probably list up there among my best films of last year.

Sassy Sundry said...

Prudence, there's supposed to be another "director's cut" coming out, I think, that's coming out. Sort-of the "final edition."

Dive, isn't that funny? Who wants anything like "fruity sauce"?

James, I concur completely on the top-ten of 2007.

Dear Prudence said...

You are correct Sass! I should have done a bit more googling!

Before Girl said...

Dive-there's a funny saying that kinda goes with yucky British food.

"In heaven, the British are the politicians, the French are the cooks and the Italians are the lovers. In hell, the British are the cooks, the French the lovers, and the Italians the politicians."

RICH said...

I like the winter shoot from your window. It really depicts new england in winter

Sassy Sundry said...

Before Girl, I saw that on a tee shirt in that shop. I laughed and laughed and laughed. Only they had the Germans and the Swiss in there too. When the Germans were the police, things went badly.

Thank you, Rich. I love my view from that window.

Robyn said...

Sassy, I always like that view from your window. Regardless of the weather, it's lovely.

And BG, that description of heaven and hell is great! I'll steal that, I think, and use it later.

I will take a picture of my SUPER MARKET'S British section. It's got quite a bit.

Sassy Sundry said...

Oh yeah, I could take some funny pictures there too.

I'm glad you like the view, Robyn.

Before Girl said...

And what about the Swiss? Don't leave me in suspense!

dive said...

That's a great rhyme, BG, except our politicians are even worse than our cooks!
If you made it "In Heaven, the British would do all the moaning …", it would work a lot better.

Sassy Sundry said...

Heaven is where:
The police are British
The mechanics are German
The cooks are French
The lovers are Italian
And the whole thing is organized by the Swiss;

Hell is where:
The police are German
The mechanics are French
The cooks are British
The lovers are Swiss
And the whole thing is organized by the Italians...

I don't know what anyone had against Swiss lovers, but the thought of it made me giggle.

Vic said...

I spy Vegemite on that lower shelf - that's more Aussie than British!

Sassy Sundry said...

True, true, Vic. I think they wanted to be inclusive.

Kav said...

Nice one sassy, I've heard great things about those movies. And please tell me that photo's from the store and it's not your cupboard at home...

Sassy Sundry said...

Kav, the photo is from the store. The thought of eating that stuff makes my stomach flip.

Kav said...

Some of those things are acceptable, in small quantities, combined with the right ingredients. Just about.

Sassy Sundry said...

I think I could live my entire life without tasting Fruity Sauce and die a happy woman.

Vic said...

Somewhat sadly, Kav, I've actually used Vegemite as a substitute for beef stock before...

Sassy Sundry said...

Ick.

Gaijin Girl said...

ha, fab pic, sassy.

gravy's not the same without vegemite in it. nor is toast or sangers (sandwiches) and a big spoon of it straight from the jar to yer mouth if you've come home half cut from the pub. good hangover cure.
hm, i could also go some hp sauce and some of that salad cream. you have no idea how cool it is to be able to read the labels.

that view is lovely. stay warm and cosy there now.

Sassy Sundry said...

Ooooh. I'm not sure I'd want to eat that with a sour stomach and a dry mouth.