22 Jul 2007

Eep.

22 Jul 2007 09:58 am
vilakins: (oh noes)

I hear that the floods in the UK have got much worse overnight. I hope everyone here is all right and you haven't had to be evacuated.

And to those of you who apologised for complaining about the weather a couple of weeks ago--don't. You have every right, as I said back then. [virtual hugs and hot cups of tea to you all]

Eep.

22 Jul 2007 09:58 am
vilakins: (oh noes)

I hear that the floods in the UK have got much worse overnight. I hope everyone here is all right and you haven't had to be evacuated.

And to those of you who apologised for complaining about the weather a couple of weeks ago--don't. You have every right, as I said back then. [virtual hugs and hot cups of tea to you all]

vilakins: (screen)

Yesterday we went to see Tekkonkinkreet, a Japanese animation, and no, I have no idea why it's called that or what it means.

We had cocktails first in the Wintergarden under the magnificent Civic.

Pic of Wintergarden and me having a cocktail )



Film review )

vilakins: (screen)

Yesterday we went to see Tekkonkinkreet, a Japanese animation, and no, I have no idea why it's called that or what it means.

We had cocktails first in the Wintergarden under the magnificent Civic.

Pic of Wintergarden and me having a cocktail )



Film review )

vilakins: (nikau (NZ!))

This afternoon we went to see a ground-breaking and wordless NZ film, This is New Zealand, made in 1969 for the 1970 Expo in Japan. I saw it many years later in the UK, but till now it hasn't been shown that much because it needs three screens. I thought it might have dated, but damned if it didn't give me goosebumps all over again as we soared over the Alps to the intermezzo movement of Silbelius's Karelius suite. It's only 20 minutes long, but it is a magnificent, glorious, emotional experience. My Irish friend who came with us said it gave her chills up her spine too. We got to talk to the director, Hugh McDonald, afterwards too which was fascinating. The film is only being shown now because Peter Jackson's company remastered it to be shown digitally without the specialised equipment once needed. If it's out on DVD next year as they hope, I'm so buying it.

The film was preceded by two other films from the era: a doco about the 1980 Expo by the same director (domes! monorails! living in the future!) and a travel film from the 70s made for Australia and shown for laughs, I think (bad puns, mini skirts, female tourists in elaborate hairdos, glittery blue eye-shadow, enormous false eyelashes, and what looked like fake tans).

Oh and I bought a coffee from Stark's Bar.

For the Farscape fans )

vilakins: (nikau (NZ!))

This afternoon we went to see a ground-breaking and wordless NZ film, This is New Zealand, made in 1969 for the 1970 Expo in Japan. I saw it many years later in the UK, but till now it hasn't been shown that much because it needs three screens. I thought it might have dated, but damned if it didn't give me goosebumps all over again as we soared over the Alps to the intermezzo movement of Silbelius's Karelius suite. It's only 20 minutes long, but it is a magnificent, glorious, emotional experience. My Irish friend who came with us said it gave her chills up her spine too. We got to talk to the director, Hugh McDonald, afterwards too which was fascinating. The film is only being shown now because Peter Jackson's company remastered it to be shown digitally without the specialised equipment once needed. If it's out on DVD next year as they hope, I'm so buying it.

The film was preceded by two other films from the era: a doco about the 1980 Expo by the same director (domes! monorails! living in the future!) and a travel film from the 70s made for Australia and shown for laughs, I think (bad puns, mini skirts, female tourists in elaborate hairdos, glittery blue eye-shadow, enormous false eyelashes, and what looked like fake tans).

Oh and I bought a coffee from Stark's Bar.

For the Farscape fans )

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