Monday, March 06, 2006

the wonderful weekend

this past weekend was gorgeous.

i was completely by myself (well, of course, the pooka was there, but he's my baby) which got a bit strange after awhile.

but i got everything done i wanted to, went to church on sunday (i hadn't been in a month) so i got to see many of my friends, took a nap, and made lots of food. it was so relaxing, and peaceful which was what i needed. it was also delightful because spring was in the air.

and i made some medical decisions for myself that i feel good with right now.

and i watched the oscars a bit last night. i was really hoping for a "brokeback" win. granted, i haven't seen the movie, but i have read the short story it is based on and i have seen "crash". which, imo, was less than stellar.

it wasn't that it wasn't well acted--i thought everyone involved did a great job; it was beautiful and smooth in looks. and i loved the scene where the little girl protected her dad from getting shot.

but it was so....well, trite. cliche. unsatisfactory.

wow: good people can be asses. bad people can do good things. i never knew! thank you, hollywood.

but really, do i think matt dilon's character was truly redeemed because he saved the black women whom he had already raped from a burning car? no. esp because i don't think he did it as an act of redemption versus his: this is what cops do.

do i think sandra bullock accepting her latina housecleaner as a 'friend' (because she has NO ONE else) means the next time a latino comes to change the locks on the door she won't think he'll sell her keys to his gang buddies?

do i think snow blanketing the city of los angelos after the "good" white cop kills his black hitch hiker is anything at all meaninful?

no, i guess i don't.

and it seems like i'm not the only one

so, there you go.


At 3:22 PM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

"Yay!" for good weekends!

At 9:25 AM GMT-5, Blogger dlamming said...

I liked the comment in the la times article about Crash: It is, in some ways, a feel-good film about racism, a film you could see and feel like a better person.

I thought that was a very insightful comment. Unlike so many movies on racism (that might focus on really "big" evils like slavery, or on nazis or the klan), the audience can actually identify with the characters in Crash.

But then the audience can go on to to think - "Oh, at least I'm not _that_ bad", and they feel good about themselves. After all, if they were a cop, they would never pull over a driver just because of skin color. Then the audience can leave, not having changed at all, but be self-satisfied. Which is a terrible reason to vote for a movie.

the acting was really great though, as was the little girl/dad scence. very tender and realistic.

At 10:26 AM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

"Oh, at least I'm not _that_ bad"

I aggree with you. I dislike that attitude. That's why our culture lost its understanding of sin, because we've made everything relative. Sin isn't sin if you can find someone who is worse than you. A lie isn't a lie if you know someone who tells worse lies. After all, my lies are "little white lies" and your lies are what? Big black lies??? My fornication isn't bad because I don't sleep around as much as my neighbor. I'm not nearly as proud as those guys in marketing. Etc...

At 10:27 AM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

Kettle was not impressed with Crash,


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