I just watched The Woodsman. Kevin Bacon plays Walter, a guy who is out on parole after serving twelve years for sodomising young girls. Drama ensues. It’s written from Walter’s point of view, and shows his attempts to reintegrate into society. A repeating line from him when talking to his therapist is “When will I be normal?” It’s very well done and rather thought provoking, in that Walter is shown as an ultimately good guy who wants to put all this behind him, but has to battle with himself, his urges and his peers to make things work. I imagine if you have kids this could be a hard film to watch, as it ultimately wants you to feel that Walter deserves his second chance at life. Recommended.
Now that the pasting is done.. Last night I watched Takeshi Kitano’s Zatoichi. It’s rather excellent.. equal parts comedy, action, drama and just plain surreal. It’s a story about Zatoichi, the blind swordsman. Who is supremely awesome with a blade. Pretty much everything ensues. It’s too hard to explain without just talking through the film, so track it down and watch it. If only for the brilliant ending.
I think I dislike christmas more and more each year.. It’s not that I don’t like giving people things or seeing the family and having a huge lunch, that stuff is great. I just hate that we all have to do it at the same time.. shopping for presents is a huge pain in the arse, and when everyone is doing it it sucks even more. I think we should abolish christmas and just have a big family lunch every once in a while. Then when you see something that someone you know would like, just buy it for em. It’d make things so much easier, and I wouldn’t be so tired at the moment.
I have so many good ideas.. I should run for queen or something.
The saga of the pastry brush continues. The local woolies had some in last time I looked, but they were huge bloody things.. they looked like they’d soak up half an egg before I got any on the pastry. I went looking when out at the shops today, but all I could find were silly looking silicone ones.. and I’m not paying $14 for a brush. They had some other ones tucked away in the corner of another place I looked at that were small and had normal bristles.. but they were round. I want a little flat one.. the ones that used to be everywhere. Maybe I should just go to Bunnings and get a little paint brush.. I saw some in a craft store that were almost perfect actually…
The south-western tip of the Isle of Man is called The Calf of Man.
Not sure if that’s his small cow or part of his leg… but I reckon it’s his cow.