Monday, August 23, 2004

'Tis the end...

The last Olympic fencing event was yesterday, and to the best of my knowledge, the CBC has shown a total of 4.5 minutes of fencing, and one interview with Sherraine MacKay, on the Tuesday when she fenced Individual Epee. Little to no mention was made of the WE team's absolutely STELLAR performance, coming this close to a bronze medal, even with a legal little trick by the French team. I spent about half an hour Friday morning constantly hitting Refresh in my browser, which was tuned to the bout results page for the Bronze medal match. I was so twitchy, and not just from whatever was happening with the weather, that I couldn't really concentrate on anything else until the match was over. Alas, we lost the medal, but succeeded in placing higher than we ever have in any Olympic fencing match (team or individual, to the best of my knowledge). Wish I could have seen it.

And now, back to my regularly scheduled life.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Ness' Olympic Fencing Whine


But I can't find it on the broadcast schedule any more. Did the CBC drop WE (individual), which was the only one they were going to show? And I haven't been able to find any webcasts so far.

WAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! *sniff* I know it's not a popular sport, but HOW UNFAIR IS THAT????

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Errol, Classic Films, and Sabatini

It's sad, really. Here I am, lusting after someone who's been dead since '59, though if he were still alive, he would be my grandparents' age. I refrained from too much gushing in my movie review of Captain Blood, but yowza, where has he been all my life? :) Errol Flynn is attractive in a square-jawed, boyish, devil-may-care-but-if-he-does-here's-what-I-think-of-that way. And it sure looks like he knows what he's doing with a sword. I await the tounge-in-cheek comments I know some of you will want to make on that one. Refer to Edmond Rostand if you need some inspiration...

I indulged myself this weekend and watched a total of eight movies in four days (none on Sunday, though). Four of same were classics, the newest having been filmed in 1952, and three of those I'd never seen before. I had to drive all the way down to Marda Loop to rent them, but it was worth it. All four were wonderful. But most video stores seem to be weeding out their classics. Even if they're available on DVD, it's rare to find them. And yet they carry P.O.S. movies from the Eighties without question. Are my tastes too high-brow? Do most people think that good movies have to be in colour, or they aren't good at all? It's sad, so very sad.

Anyway, watching Captain Blood and Scaramouche made me want to read some Sabatini, but do you think the library carries very much? No. Grrr... But then I got to thinking, if I do an undergraduate thesis as one of my 500 level courses, wouldn't it be fun to do something with fencing literature? Maybe the University library has Sabatini!

The movies I watched this weekend:

  • Friday
    • Kiss of Death - Eh. David Caruso, Samuel L. Jackson, and Nicholas Cage. All of them over-the-top. If you don't think too much, it's a decent mystery.
    • Swing Kids - I want to take swing dance lessons. Very good.
  • Saturday
    • The Thin Man - Nick and Nora Charles solve a mystery, but are between half and completely tanked the entire time. I was shaking my head and laughing. Wonderful interaction.
    • Laura - Seen this one before, and it's still as good. I love noir.
    • Red Dawn - Missed the first ten minutes of this one, as it was on TV, but caught the rest. 1980s American paranoia. Fascinating from that perspective.
  • Sunday - none
  • Monday
    • Captain Blood - See above link to review. The movie was awesome!
    • Scaramouche - Review here. Very enjoyable.
    • The Man Who Wasn't There - The Coen brothers do noir. 'Nuff said.

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