Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Island Life: The World Is Full of Cu*ts,

    Well, it is damn good to have you back!

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  • Random Play: Welcome to this world,

    Hmm. Maybe I am turning into one of those film bods I used to-not-greatly-admire. Or it could be because I now teach a World Cinema course, with an agenda of introducing students to films they might never otherwise encounter (films from Finland, Iran, Israel, France etc). I do love film-as-immersion but I think my need is more now about floating in a thought bubble, rather than bodily experience. I liked Where the Wild Things Are, for example, because it is not a children's film, but an adult discourse about childhood. It is also rather sad, and without a pat resolution. On the other hand, going to Inglourious Basterds was a joyous occasion, largely because it was a shared experience with my 16 year old daughter--just when I thought our worlds were diverging. We both loved it.

    Still, it has been a mixed year in film. I keep a record of films I go to; last year it was 52 (what symmetry!), this year I have only just cracked 40. Not sure why, but we did miss out on the film festival (except for tor the trips I took to Auckland).

    I would be interested in how many films other folk get to in a year.

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  • Stories: Love,

    This one? Nothing more than this I'm afraid.

    Yes, it is that compilation--and a remarkably enjoyable set of music. For a good cause too!

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  • Random Play: Welcome to this world,

    Maybe if I had been sitting elsewhere (we were in the second row from the screen)? Still have a crick in my neck.

    I did love the foliage but will remain a dissenting voice in the general chorus of enthusiasm. So, I will say no more about Avatar.

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  • Stories: Love,

    here are the same two doing Five years

    Many thanks, Simon. Anyone who does anything with Arcade Fire displays extraordinary good taste, in my opinion. Incidentally, I have a track by AF called "Lenin" (...when Lenin was little...), from a rather good compilation "Dark Is The Night". Do you know anything about this?

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  • Stories: Love,

    . I had every Bowie album.

    I had this really, really great version of "Life on Mars", with Bowie twinned with Arcade Fire. I lost it in a iPod failure and I can't find it on iTunes again.

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  • Stories: Love,

    Speaking of love of things, I love small, intelligent films like Moon and Mary and Max and sleeping furiously and An Education. Just been to Avatar (in 3D) and I came away really angry, tired and sore after nearly three hours of banal bombardment (often visually beautiful banality). So many multi-millions spent on creating a thing that signifies nothing, other than a core message of kill or be killed.

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  • Stories: Love,

    I love the intense red on green of pohutukawa on a sunny blue day.

    If you are not near the coast, feijoas in flower are as good. Also the flower spike of my Poor Knight's Lily, which emerged for the first time in 8 years (they can take 10 years or more to first flower).

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  • Random Play: Welcome to this world,

    I saw Invictus last weekend. Liked it a lot. Morgan Freeman does very well as Mandela.

    There is an interesting discussion about this film on the NYT site. I am particularly interested in how they use rugby--as background, or mere punctuation to the plot? If more Americans get to know about the game, that is a bonus.

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  • Stories: Love,

    Lovely story, Jackie. You are a remarkable person.

    Come August 17 2010, I will have been married to Josephine Maplesden for 25 years. I have the date down in my new diary as we have a tendency to let such milestones (not 'millstones') slip by. Much longer than my first marriage, which is rather a tragic story, in a rather dusty file.

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