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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Some films. A Cock and Bull Story sees Steve Coogan back to his best. It's an adaptation of Laurence Sterne's 18th century non-novel The life and times of Tristram Shandy, Gentelman and rather appropriately it's a sort of non-film. Coogan and co-lead Rob Brydon work very well together, ably supported by a star-studded mainly British cast. It's very, very funny. It also has a great website: http://www.tristramshandymovie.com/.

The other films were more serious. Proof is in the same mould as A Beautiful Mind, in that it explores mental illness in smart people. This time, maths genius Anthony Hopkins goes nuts and is looked after by his daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow. Gwyneth is also a maths genius, it turns out, and as well as inheriting her father's skills with numbers, she finds after his death that he also passed on his more wacko tendencies to her. An uncomfortable sort of film. The third film I couldn't watch. Shooting dogs covers the incredibly painful events that took place in Rwanda in 1994. The little I could watch of this suggest that it is a brilliantly done film, full of integrity and honesty.


At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see Tristram Shandy - on at our international film festival right now, but wine commitments mean that I can not get to it.
I guess that means having to wait for months until the distributor deigns to put it on for a week at some backstreet arthouse movie complex (hopefully it will do better than that...)
Thanks for the link to the website.
Unfortunately I double majored in English and French for my first Uni stint, which meant I had to do all all the "boring" (i.e compulsory) papers for those three years. Shakespeare was never boring of course - but some of the other stuff we studied... One Year 2 paper on early "novels" and satire was particularly wrist slashing - except we got to study Laurence Sterne. Kept me sane, did this book!!!
Paul Tudor
Auckland, New Zealand.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger wholetthedrogout said...

I visited a place called Stoney Stratford near Milton Keynes last week and found Two pubs on the High street called 'The Cock' and 'The Bull'.

I think it was on an old coaching route and we popped in for a few pints of the local Amber Nectar.

initially the locals didn't appreciate my winning 11 frames of
pool in a row however they soon warmed to me when I mentioned that
I was quite closely related to Samuel Pepys.


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