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Up Front: Girls Can Do Anything. You Just Can't Watch.

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  • Sacha,

    You did mention it, Danielle..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Ashby,

    I have seen women's cricket on the TV here in the UK, but then Sky have at least 4 sports channels to fill and the 4 terrestrial channels all show various sports, sometimes on their digital channels. We have for eg seen the White Ferns play England (and beat them) on the TV. I don't think British Eurosport show cricket, but I wouldn't put it past them though it would probably be Netherlands vs Portugal.

    We don't get much netball but, which I think is a shame. Netball games are wonderful drama, especially games between NZ and Oz. I miss those.

    Dundee, Scotland • Since May 2007 • 425 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Not to veer teh conversation away from romance novels, it looks like the game yesterday was a cracker:

    The White Ferns are one win away from a rare women's one-day cricket series success against Australia after edging their rivals by four runs in Whangarei today.

    The White Ferns defended their 218 for seven by holding the world champions to 214 for nine in the second match of the Rose Bowl series at Cobham Oval.

    That gave New Zealand a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, which they can now wrap up with another victory in the third outing, in Hamilton on Friday.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Not to veer teh conversation away from romance novels, it looks like the game yesterday was a cracker:

    Yeah, it was. The Aussies ended up needing six off the last ball - a familiar-sounding scenario.

    I'm almost but not quite more excited about Friday's game than I am about Friday's other game.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Such a promising blog post title, so gutted to discover it was about cricket.

    Perhaps they need to sex it up a bit.

    That wouldn't be cricket.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10633 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    to veer teh conversation away from romance novels

    Well, since I'm now reading the 1920 novel The Story of a New Zealand River (discussed in the holiday reads thread), I'd just like to note two things.

    1. Jane Campion should be ashamed of herself.
    2. On one page, there is a distinct suggestion of... frottage. Oo-er.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    1. Jane Campion should be ashamed of herself.

    Eh. I am 'the person who hated The Piano'. So much I may have already mentioned it a couple of times. But then I don't understand why Wuthering Heights is supposed to be a romance either.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I haven't seen it since it first came out, and I'm wondering if it's aged that well. But in any case, I can't believe she got away with winning a 'best original screenplay' Oscar...

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    1. Jane Campion should be ashamed of herself.

    Please let me count the ways... 1) Nobody needs to see Harvey Keitel's penis -- let alone twice. 2) Nobody needs to see Kate Winslett wee on herself to lubricate the road to... whatever. (__Holy Smoke__) 3) Nobody need to see Nicole Kidman confuse film acting with a Vogue shoot, again; or find themselves wondering who the frig finds John Malkovich sexy. (__Portrait of a Lady__) 4) And nobody needs to see Meg Ryan attempting career suicide, yet again. (__In The Cut__)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Please let me count the ways...

    I hate her so much I watch every single one of her films!

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Still, Jane Campion really does prove Grils Can Do Anything -- including taking genuine talent (and early well-deserved success) only to squander it on a string of increasingly ill-conceived, and maladroit, projects. She's just got to figure out how to turn it into a lucrative career like Steven Soderbergh's.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I hate her so much I watch every single one of her films!

    Well, Gio, I do like her early short and 'An Angel at My Table'; not seen 'Sweetie', so have no opinion of it. Blame 'The Paino' on youth and Oscar hype. Was willing to give 'The Portrait of a Lady' a chance, because I'm a huge Henry James fan, and someone other than William Wyler is going to produce a good James adaptation. Even if by accident. Saw 'Holy Smoke!' at a fundraiser for the Embassy Restoration Trust -- and bad as it was, it wasn't the most excruciating evening I've ever endured for a good cause.

    Spending my own money to hire 'In The Cut' was an inexcusable failure of taste and good judgement, though.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    not seen 'Sweetie', so have no opinion of it.

    I thought Sweetie quite exceptional at the time. I wonder if and how it might have dated though.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    On sports coverage, it seemed to me that as sky took all the live men's rubgy TVNZ spun it's wheels until discovering that this here netball was actually quite popular and could attract more viewers and sponsorship. And I am very grateful. The Black Ferns also had an increase of coverage, although I assume they've disappearred from free to air to fill some awkward Rugby Channel slot (consistantly winning the World Cup obviously being too predictable). So for the White Ferns... could someone please convince Sky to take all that Sunday afternoon motor racing to where it's appreciated? Please?

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Re Jane Campion - do I hear secateurs snipping in the poppy patch? Who knows where anyone gets inspiration for their work - probably all over the place. She has done some memorable stuff in film, in both the Janet Frame work and her other movies. They don't have to work as popular hits every time.

    What's more she's a Wellington girl and was at university at the same time as me. It wasn't her fault that she was beautiful, blonde, talented, wealthy, clever, and had the best parties.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    do I hear secateurs snipping in the poppy patch? Who knows where anyone gets inspiration for their work - probably all over the place

    I really don't have a problem with her filmmaking (apart from that 80s short where all the girls sing about how cold they are with that hilarious electro-drum sound. It was like a film-school version of 'Send Me An Angel'). No, I have a problem with her using a really significant number of elements from that novel, but not acknowledging said use. I feel like it's too much to just be an 'inspiration'. Although IANAL...

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    No, I have a problem with her using a really significant number of elements from that novel, but not acknowledging said use.

    That does sound like a perfectly genuined reasoned criticism. We're still allowed to do that, right?

    I feel that Your Views thread is indulging in some serious Mission Creep.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Your Views thread is indulging in some serious Mission Creep

    Sure is. But it's so much fun .

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Perhaps they need to sex it up a bit.

    That wouldn't be cricket.

    That reminds me of an exchange between Peter O'Toole (patient) and Peter Sellers (mad psychologist) from the film 'What's New Pussycat?'

    O'Toole: In Britain, we have a national therapy, we call it cricket. Unlike other sports, it doesn't involve anxieties or pressures. It's leisurely and lyrical. It's the song of willow on leather.

    Sellers: Is there any sex in it?

    O'Toole: Oh, no. This is a game for gentlemen, played by gentlemen.

    Sellers: Then it is sick, SICK!!.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Leather on Willow?

    Damn, I bow before your superior powers of geeky You Tube manipulation. Shame you couldn't find a clip of the best ironic foreshadowing ever: "That's me as a vampire? I mean, I'm so evil, and skanky — and I think I'm kind of gay." Well, as Meatloaf sez two out of three ain't bad.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Leather on Willow?

    Mmmm, evil Willow...

    But yes, whether it's *thwack* or *squeak squeak* is open to interpretation.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    @ Craig I didn't really look very hard to be honest, I just wanted her in the jumpsuit.

    @ Emma On some very bored day, I read a whole lot of non-cannon fan fiction that featured both twacks AND squeak squeaks.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Shame you couldn't find a clip of the best ironic foreshadowing ever: "That's me as a vampire? I mean, I'm so evil, and skanky — and I think I'm kind of gay." Well, as Meatloaf sez two out of three ain't bad.

    There's a ton of foreshadowing for Gay Xander too - Joss hadn't made up his mind which one was going which way before about season 4.

    Joanna, for shame! Girls don't read porn!

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

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