Thursday, September 07, 2006

Everybody's a critic!

Or maybe just I am! I finished "Out of Africa" and "The DaVinci Code" and also saw "Sideways" last night. Here's my two cents (and then we'll be on to fiber-related activities): "Out of Africa" was gorgeous, elegaic, wonderful. There was some correlation with the movie, but it was more a series of shorthand sketches than a full-blown novel. Highly recommended.

"The DaVinci Code" was a rip-snorting intellectual page-turner for about three-quarters of it, and then completely went kerbluey, like air out of a balloon. Talk about anti-climactic! It was thought-provoking, however, and I can see why there was such a kerfluffle about it. Recommended with reservations.

I rented "Sideways" from Netflix and it arrived yesterday. Matthew and my dad went to the Phillies game last night, so after Gus and I had our First-Day-Of-School (see photo below) Celebratory Fried-Food-Fest and he went to bed, I sat down to watch the movie. It was like the opposite of "The DaVinci Code". I kept thinking, "This is the most boring movie ever. Why did everyone love this movie so much? Should I keep watching this boring movie?" I thought that it was going to be rowdier - more of a laff riot. But then there came the moment when Paul Giamatti describes the pinot noir grape to Virginia Madsen, which is just a wrenchingly beautiful moment, and I began to love him and the movie. It's too complicated to explain if you haven't seen the movie, but those of you who have seen it probably know what I'm talking about. As the movie wound down, I was thinking, "Oh my God, this is the saddest movie ever made!" But then it kind of pulls out of its tailspin right at the end. It had a beautiful quiet hopeful wry ending which redeemed the rest of the movie. This isn't a goofy "Wedding Crashers" feel-good movie, but I highly recommend it. And of course, Paul Giamatti (who was mind-blowingly amazing) is the son of Bart Giamatti, the best baseball commissioner we ever had. Coincidence? I don't think so!

What's new in fiber-land? Well, after I re-got the hang of spinning I was thumbing through some spinning books I have and realized that I had spun my yarn in the wrong direction. Huh. No wonder it felt so awkward! There's technically no "right" or "wrong" direction, but like 99.9999% of yarn is spun counter-clockwise and then plied clockwise. I had spun it clockwise. DOH! I took that yarn off the spindle and spun up some in the other direction, and it was fine.

I am also progressing nicely on the Braided Cable Pullover (henceforth to be known catchily as, ah, BCP). Here is a (pretty awful) shot, which kind of shows the beauteous mossy green better. I think I'm going to try Gus's digital camera for a while.

In MMNNP news, I bought this this morning, hoping perhaps the hummingbird I saw a couple of weeks ago will return. I had a hummingbird feeder a couple of years ago, but it got no play. Hope springs eternal:

And I made nectar!!!

(It's actually just sugar and water, but hummingbirds call it nectar!)

Here is a newly-minted first grader, who later reported that his first day was "the greatest day of my life!" (though you wouldn't suspect that from his HI-lariously sour expression here):


Blogger CurlyGirl said...

I love that first grader (and his sour expression!)! We waved at each other twice today.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Marfa's Mewsings said...

The Divine One,
So lovely to see you today at the Tangled Web!
And so lovely to see this photo of Gus - what a cutie-pa-tootie! Don't you love that little punim?!
Yes, "Sideways" is incredible & Paul G. is the son of the late, great commiss & wasn't Bart a poet as well as a fab commissioner?

6:18 PM  
Blogger Liberty Fan said...

I thought his expression was "I have to get up early, go to school AND you want to take my picture???"
I ran throught peaks and valleys of Sideways in exactly the same way, although it redeemed itself while "The Ballad of Jack and Rose" did not (see my Netflix note to you). Who are the delightful models always included with the knittery and spinartistry updates?

7:00 PM  
Blogger DMJ said...

Good-lookin' young fellow. Must have good genes.

10:18 PM  

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