Posts tagged ‘Waltz with Bashir’

February 23, 2009

My dream almost came true

Well Slumdog Millionaire won all the important awards so I am really happy. I am amazed Waltz with Bashir lost to Okuribito ( which I also saw) and I am deeply saddened. I guess you lose some and you win some.

Happily I am ignoring Carnival which is happening only a kilometer away.

Congrats to Slumdog Millionaire.

February 10, 2009

Hail Caesar


I make a mean caesar salad as seen above and I am not ashamed to say it. Caesars also happen to be one of my favourite salads as they manage to combine the healthy goodness of lettuce with the artery clogging goodness of cholesterol. Really, what could be a better combination? Courageous folks such as myself use raw egg yolk for the base of the dressing but in the interest of avoiding law suits I use a different binder when I make it for friends. I really don’t see what the big deal is with a bit of salmonella but I bow to general opinion on this matter. People who use store bought caesar dressings are guilty of a serious offence and I shall continue to petition the relevant authorities to get it into the law books.

Since finishing my writing my life has been a lot more calm and I when not at work I have managed to catch up with a number of films that i had been meaning to see. I especially like the disturbing animated documentary Waltz with Bashir which is an Israeli film in Hebrew about exploring the massacres at Sabra and Shatila when Lebanon was invaded. The basic premise is that some of the men in the IDF who took part in the invasion of Lebanon have blocked memories of the massacres and trace back the events in order to remember. They realise that the trauma of the IDF being present and either not being fully aware or simply casting a blind eye on the atrocities committed by the Christian Militia in Lebanon makes for a fascinating movie. I wasn’t sure about the use of semi-rotoscopic animation until I saw the film and I really don’t think they could have made the film as effective in any other way. This is one film well worth a viewing and, though I recognise it is but one perspective on the tragic events, it is still an interesting one.

I also saw Frozen River which is a gripping look at smuggling people over the Canada/US border by driving them over a frozen river. The true beauty and depth of the story is in the interactions of the two women involved in it. It is a bleak film but somehow the insight into what motivates us as humans to do certain things made it worthwhile for me. I empathised with the characters and not every film can get me to do that.

Other than that all is quiet on the work front with the crew up to their usual antics but still getting the job done. I have managed to get this weekend off so I will be heading off to Toco to be a guest at Mark’s place for a beach bonfire on Valentine’s night ( must remember to pack my Rachel Ray effigy) . The usual suspects will be there for a “couple’s night” so I suspect there will  be much cooking and drinking smart cocktails in the pool.

Further to follow.