Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Bye Bye Septembre Blues: Tuesday, September 30th!

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928) 

Regarding Susan Sontag

On Photography, "Notes on Camp," Illness as Metaphor, Against Interpretation—Susan Sontag’s contributions to the intellectual zeitgeist of the 1960s, 70s and 80s is beyond reproach for its seriousness of purpose and wide-ranging influence. And while it might seem that that very seriousness would make Sontag less than happy with Nancy Kates’ intimate portrait of the writer—a portrait that delves into Sontag’s personal life as much as it surveys her critical and literary accomplishments—even the famously analytical intellectual would be hard-pressed not to see the value in transforming an icon into a human being, made of flesh and blood, dealing with the same quotidian concerns and problems as the rest of us. Kates does this marvellously well, with the result being that Sontag comes into sharp focus, perhaps for the first time.

"Documentaries about well-known public figures can often feel like glorified infomercials. But this portrait of the influential writer and public intellectual somehow manages to do justice to both the breadth of her work (with passages from her writing read by Patricia Clarkson) as well as the ins and outs of her personal life, including her long-term lesbian relationships at a time when homosexuality was still seen as problematic even among the liberal intelligentsia. That director Nancy Kates manages to hit so many important pivot points in Sontag’s life and career in a cinematically engaging way feels like a small miracle."—Bilge Ebiri, Vulture.com

Deadpan, tragicomic, hypnotizing… The Owners is one of those films that gives your brain a workout as you search for the best adjectives with which to describe it. Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov brings us a truly original vision with this lyrical revenge drama about three siblings who plan to move into their late mother’s cottage outside of the city of Almaty. But things aren’t so simple; the house turns out to be occupied by the threatening Zhuba, a stubborn, alcoholic squatter. What ensues is an absurd, increasingly violent ownership dispute. Shooting in a diorama style akin to the work of Wes Anderson, Yerzhanov creates a fully lived-in world. It’s an immersive comic universe you will not want to leave, even if it can get a little unpleasant…

Contributing to The Owners’ odd tone is the juxtaposition of dry humour with the lush landscapes, shot with gorgeous, painterly cinematography. Peel away the stylish surface and you just might find a scathing critique of a struggling bureaucratic society where possession is no laughing matter. Regardless of the adjective one settles on, one thing is certain: this marks the arrival of an exciting new filmmaking talent.

"Kafka meets Kaurismäki… [This] is a caustic critique of small-town corruption and croneyism in contemporary Kazakhstan. It is also poetic, surreal and visually arresting."—Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Hi Pat, Thanks for your entertaining message and the good news about Sarge's improvement. The trivia night sounds fun. What's entailed (besides an encyclopaedic knowledge of everything ? Dermot is your man on ANYTHING sports related - it's amazing how many details he remembers. The painted silos are fantastic!! I haven't had a close look yet but will soon.

I'm glad that you wintering plans for fitness are working out - looks like you are growing your beard for added warmth - don't you have heating down there in False Creek? Nice arm band. Is Sarge still wearing his from the hospital? They really are testaments to fortitude and strength. See you soon. Thanks. Hi to the lovely Corinne. Sara

Hi Sara! Great that you and Dermot can join us for Trivia Night! We've bought a table so all we need is your encyclopaedic knowledge. There will be a cash bar during the evening and some light snacks, I believe. Also a Silent Auction, as the event is a fund raiser, so if you want to bid on anything, you can certainly do so. Other than that, we just want to have an enjoyable evening, made even more fun by defeating Clan Sutherland!

Evening will be at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson. Not sure what time everything begins but I'll let you know as soon as I've confirmed with Chloë. I assume around 7:00 pm +/-. Before I forget, will Jake be joining us?  Just let me know.

With respect to my beard, the "Lovely" Corinne calls me "Mountain Man"! No Sarge, isn't wearing his wrist band. He could hardly hardly wait to snip it off as soon as he was discharged! I continue to wear mine as a badge of honour!!!

Silos are grand! Glad you liked snap. Saw them again today as I walked back over Granville Bridge after my VIFF shift today. Saw
Regarding Susan Sontag as it was the first first screened this morning. Simply fabulous documentary which provided quite amazing insights, both positive and negative, into her life, both emotional and intellectual, as well as the times she lived though and influenced. Next was The Owners', a rather dark tale of "small-town corruption and croneyism in contemporary Kazakhstan." Most interesting to me as this is a part of the world that I know next to nothing about so culturally it was a truly fascinating film to watch.

Once home I changed into my cycling gear. It was such a glorious day, albeit incredibly windy, (Walking over the bridge was like being in a wind tunnel!), that I wanted to take advantage of sun and dry weather before rain returns. Had not been to Stanley Park since the Whistler GranFondo, so was happy to do my regular three loop circuit, on the road, before heading back home. English Bay was a sea of whitecaps on way to park but not quite as angry by the time I returned. Stats for ride:


Not sure what your plans are for Saturday but weather allowing, perhaps we could try to arrange a ride. Anyway, let me know what you think. Cheers, Patrizzio!
Pics: More of silos from Sunday!
P, As you might have guessed I was invited to stay with Jane and we had a wonderful evening. I appreciate your willingness to accommodate my tentative - speculative Tom cat ways. Also, as always, the generous hospitality of the Islay Inn.

I am on the ferry home now and realize I am packing your key. I return Sunday and will return it with outstanding fees. Hope your final shifts at VIFF are fun and I look forward to hearing about the films. W

P, we are good to stay at the Beavers. They are away. So unless you want to stay with Mike we have a place. I assume we should take sleeping bags
Hi Purloiner of Keys and Prowler of Alleys! Glad things worked out for you with Jane. Be pleased to meet her at some point. Cora Lee can hardly wait!!! Will you be bunking with Jane, again, on Sunday, or at The Islay Inn? Just let me know.

Great about Portland. I will send a message to Marilyn/Michaelo to see what might work best for them and then we can decide. Hope to have time for more messaging tomorrow
. Not sure what your plans are for Sunday but let me know if bridge is of interest or a possibility. Cheers, Patrizzio!

Pics: TC before heading out to prowl! Guess his sense of smell is so acute that 

he doesn't need to open his eyes!

Greetings from the Eurostar on my way from Brussels (where I have been working) to London, Currently Andre is driving back alone to London so we should both arrive there sometime this evening. He has "stuff" he wants to bring back to Chabeuil from Canada, London and Paris so it was his choice!

Frank has confirmed that he will join us all on the 15th. We can call to discuss timing once we arrive in Vancouver next week. Getting excited about the trip - a break from the day to day chores of running both my homes and work will be really nice. Also very much looking forward to seeing you both on the 15th and catching up with all your news. Cheers, Rosemary XXX  

Very much enjoyed my twins and family in Arizona and am very happy to be home. I missed my friends here and look forward to a catch up lv. Joanne. 

My dear friend Bionicus, what will ye ever do if there are no more bottles for ye to score? Yours truly, SCUAWAS P.S. I hope you have a high enough handicap on all those bikes to offset your non-natural parts...

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