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Archive for July, 2011

Dr Freud, Dr Jung, I have a problem. I’ve just seen your trailer and I can’t stop thinking about it.

July 31, 2011 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Movies 6 Comments →

Off the tops of our heads, Reasons to see A Dangerous Method
1. Director David Cronenberg
2. Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud
3. Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung (Pretend this is not reason #1)
4. Writer Christopher Hampton
5. Vincent Cassel as patient
6. Keira Knightley as patient (She’s excellent at playing neurotics)

While you wait, consider reading Freud and Jung. We’ll read Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams. We’ve tried Jung, it gets weird.

The Talented MS Ripley

July 31, 2011 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies 2 Comments →

Someone rephrased this in the last Harry Potter movie. Ellen Ripley could’ve taken down no-nose with far less fuss.

Of course they don’t believe her. A salvage team finds her drifting through space in a shuttle, in hypersleep, along with a large ginger cat. They have been drifting through space for 57 years.

The woman and the cat show no ill effects from having been in stasis for so long, although the woman still has nightmares about what happened on the freighter Nostromo. She discovers that her 11-year-old daughter had died two years earlier, aged 66.

Appearing before a panel of inquiry from the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, the owners of the Nostromo, she testifies that the Nostromo had received a transmission from a planet they thought was uninhabited…

The Talented Ms Ripley in Emotional Weather Report, today in the Philippine Star. It’s the 25 anniversary of James Cameron’s Aliens.

P.S. This piece refers to the special edition Aliens dvd. I’m not sure Ripley’s daughter was mentioned in the original theatrical release.

Literary trivia: Sigourney Weaver got her screen name from The Great Gatsby.

F or non-F: Books about cats

July 30, 2011 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Cats 4 Comments →

Koosi recommends these books for Fs.

Click on image to read.

Dwarves dwarves dwarves

July 29, 2011 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Movies 3 Comments →

Filming of the much-delayed The Hobbit is well and truly underway in New Zealand. Above, a composite of the dwarves by Peter Jackson in

Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones, and now these. Dwarves: the new hotties.

Auntie Janey is on vacation.

July 29, 2011 By: jessicazafra Category: Re-lay-shun-ships 3 Comments →

Ooh, Wanton Parlor. Binondo, July 2011.

For the second week in a row we can’t get our fix of other people’s problems. If this goes on much longer we might start paying attention to our own problems. That would be depressing.

Does anyone have a problem we can all discuss?

Here’s an actual text message from a friend.

Dear Auntie Janey,

The dream is over for the Azkals hu hu hu. I am despondent. I know it’s only a game, but I’m a wreck. What should I do?

Arrested Development

Kamote kayo riyan. Binondo, July 2011.

Whit Stillman has a new movie.

July 29, 2011 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies 3 Comments →

It’s been 13 years since The Last Days of Disco, but it’s finally (almost) here. Damsels In Distress starring Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody will be the closing film at the Venice Film Festival. Good, because we’re tired of quoting Metropolitan-Barcelona-The Last Days of Disco.

Greta Gerwig starred in Greenberg by Noah Baumbach who cribs openly from the Stillman oeuvre and borrowed Christopher Eigeman so it’s only fair.

Read Why the world still needs Whit Stillman in The Atlantic.

Need to sound clever? Memorize Whit Stillman’s Barcelona.