I’ve been nursing a sore throat and thereby being Smart and sitting on my ass watching several bits on Neftlix Instant View (and finishing up various knitting and hand-sewing projects). The films I’ve seen in the last two days are as follows: Doubt (2008), Deliver Us From Evil (2006), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Pan’s Labyrinth (2008), and Ninja Assassin (2008).* As well as this, often when Nels and I are snuggling late at night (while Sophie puts Ralph to bed) we watch “The Vicar of Dibley”, a British sitcom. Nels loves it as it concerns a beautiful, fat female vicar (that means pastor) who’s a nice person and a funny person and gets to all sorts of silliness in her little township. There’s also a bit of farm animal humor and bathroom humor and all-in-all, Nels and I are laughing and snuggling well into the wee hours.
You know, in all of this I’ve lucked out in that the viewing has all been very good except for perhaps one stand-out ( *cough, cough!* ). Today Sophie watched quite a bit of Pan’s Labyrinth (yes, I know it’s not appropriate for children) and there was this scene where a man grabs his pregnant wife’s very pregnant tummy, and I didn’t think much of it but my daughter said, “That is so rude to grab a woman’s tummy without asking!”
And I thought, Sophie, you are seriously fucking awesome and I’m glad I’ve got my Feminist Paranoia rants set to 11.
* Yes, I know that’s a weird selection.
Isn’t Pan’s Labyrinth a great movie? Okay, there are some particularly nasty bits but on the whole the story itself is pretty cool. Sophie’s comment is totally on point – it IS rude to grab someone’s tummy without asking. Glad to see that she gets it at such a young age.
I didn’t like it as much as so many others seemed to. First off, I’d seen a lot of the stylings of that director so it wasn’t as fresh to me. Secondly, everyone had an air of “I’m doomed to die a tragic/horrific death” and so many of them did. A little too grim.
The actor that played Captain Vidal (Sergi LÃ³pez i Ayats) was so realistic and scary that if I saw the man IRL I’d likely pee my pants and run across the street.
I also liked the character of Mercedes (as played by Maribel VerdÃº) altho’ I spent much of the film being VERY nervous as to her fate.
“The actor that played Captain Vidal (Sergi LÃ³pez i Ayats) was so realistic and scary that if I saw the man IRL Iâ€™d likely pee my pants and run across the street.”
I’m right there with you on that one but he was so scary that I couldn’t stop looking at him, so I might just stare at him instead of running away.
Well, he was SCARY but also criminally hunky. Very confusing and upsetting. This was also how I felt about the character of Stringer Bell in HBO’s “The Wire” (as played by Idris Elba). Dead-sexy but way too unappealingly and appallingly villainous.