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Sunday morning. Richmond Hill and Richmond Park...

On Saturday we wanted to talk a walk on Richmond Hill, but by afternoon it was cloudy and rainy so we ended up driving around neighborhoods to check out places to live. We made it to Roehampton before we were bored, so we stopped by a grocery store to pick up a few things. While in the store we came across the slightly surreal sight of three Indian girls performing a dance for Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.

That eve we watched Das Experiment, based on the true story of the Stanford Prison Experiment. I saw a documentary on the experiment 8 years ago so I was excited when I heard there was a new German film version. They stretched the truth towards the end for dramatic effect, but I was surprised at how relatively accurate it was. It was one of the better psychological thrillers I've seen.

Since it was sunny we decided to get out earlyish on Sunday morning and drove 10 minutes to Richmond Hill. We wandered around Richmond for several hours until the clouds rolled over so we drove back home through Richmond Park where the herds of deer were in full force. That evening for dinner we prepared serrano ham with melon, sundried tomato ciabatta, and mussels in herbs, white wine and cream, which we drank with a bottle of Portuguese white.

We watched the director's cut of The Wicker Man, which I had never seen before. That movie is hilariously cheesy, but I'm not sure if the dated 70s appearance detracts from or adds to the overall sinister creepiness of the film. It reminded me of mittenstein's scanned pages of the 70s Scientology book he found at the library.
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On October 29th, 2003 06:04 am (UTC), strrretch commented:
"Das Experiment" is a pretty creepy-ass disturbing movie. I agree that it was a very effective thriller.
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On October 30th, 2003 07:17 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It's interesting how all the main characters were based on real people, even the head professor who takes it too far (although not as far as in the film). You have to wonder if it would have escalated to the dramatic conclusion in the film if it continued.
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On October 29th, 2003 06:15 am (UTC), andyroyal commented:
The Wicker Man is really creepy. You can see the ending coming a mile off, but the way it's done it still maintains the suspense. Plus Christopher Lee is great in it. Though Britt Eckland's nude scene is a bit gratuitous.
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On October 30th, 2003 07:23 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Someone actually ruined the ending for me before I saw the film, but I might have guessed it anyway.. still didn't lessen the unpleasantness of it though.

Christopher Lee was really good, there's even more of his scenes in the uncut version. I think I laughed all the way through Britt Eckland's nude scene. Apparently they used a body double in a blonde wig for her rear-shot during the dance. Eckland was mad about it because the woman "had a big ass."
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On October 29th, 2003 06:16 am (UTC), asphalteden commented:
and what does the May Pole signify, children?
Oh, but I love The Wicker Man!

I do a fabulous Christopher Lee impression, or so my friends say. If I weren't an American I'd probably talk like him all the time.

I love strangely anachronistic 70s movies like that one. The bizarre, almost music video-like, scene with Britt Ekland is enough to classify that movie a classic. What sorts of drugs did they do back then?
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On October 30th, 2003 07:35 am (UTC), nomi replied:
A phallic symbol!
Is your voice as deep as Christopher Lee's? I love his voice! You should talk like him all the time anyway.

Britt Ekland's scene had me in stitches. I get the impression that kind of stuff seemed normal to people in the 70s. What kind of mental state do you have to be in for it to seem normal? It must have been the drugs.. must have been.

The film was very bizarre and it's stuck with me for the past few days. I can definitely see how it became a cult classic.

May Morrison: Can I do anything for you, Sergeant?
Sergeant Howie: No, I doubt it, seeing you're all raving mad!

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On October 31st, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC), asphalteden replied:
My friends tell me my voice is baritone, unless I am laughing like a little girl, or whining about something insignificant.
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On October 29th, 2003 07:28 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
1. Das Experiment was quite enjoyable, considering i'm not a psychological thrillers movie fan

2. I've never even heard of The Wicker Man until I watched the Coupling series 1, when the guys were going off about Britt Ekland
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On October 30th, 2003 07:46 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I don't know if you've ever seen the original Stanford Prison Experiment, but I recommend it if you can find a copy. It's interesting how the film takes it only slightly further to what could have been the natural conclusion, since even the head professor went batshit crazy.

I prefer psychological thrillers over horror films, most horror films really bore me. Although Channel 4 is playing Ringu later this week which I've been interested in seeing.

I can't remember if I've seen that Coupling episode. The film has been on my to-watch list for awhile because I heard about how bizarre it was.
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On October 30th, 2003 07:57 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag replied:
i read a website about the stanford prison experiment before the movie. crazy stuff. the ability for humans to degenerate down to a primal state when detached from civilization (a la lord of the flies)amazes me. how did we even get this far?

when the ring came out, all everyone can talk about is how it pales in comparison to the japanese original, and considering the ring did pretty well, i can only imagine how scary the japanese version is

i've see neither, but if it has naomi watts it has got to be pretty good. ahh...that girl is a hottie
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On October 30th, 2003 01:10 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
how did we even get this far?

This is a question I ask myself all the time.

The Ring was filmed in Port Townsend while I was living there, right in front of my work in fact. They had a rainmaking machine and the high winds kept blowing the rain away from where they were filming - the crew didn't seem too cheery. The production manager came into my work and bought a few hundred dollars worth of gifts for people in California and then proceeded to hit on me.. he was kind of a creep. Some friends of mine were extras and helped out, they said the most surreal moment during filming was when they filmed the sea full of dead horses. I saw Naomi Watts, but only from a distance. She is a hottie. :)

I just noticed they're filming The Ring 2.
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On October 30th, 2003 01:19 pm (UTC), heuteistmeintag replied:
i didn't know they filmed that in port townsend. neat. i guess yuppies that 'discovered' port townsend told their friends about. this is that clothing store you used to work at, yes? damn, how come the only thing i see being filmed are cheesy sci-fi such as "viper", "stargate sg1", and "the 6th day"? i need to move back to vancouver and stalk the smallville girls.

i'm a sucker for girls named naomi. except for the married ones. w00t!

ring 2? heh. when the japanese have the good sense to not film a sequel and just leave a good thing alone, you've gotta wonder just how greedy those hollywood types are...
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On October 30th, 2003 07:57 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I grew up in the Evergreen State, so I'm not used to so many autumn colors. They're especially bright this year because it was such a hot summer.

Congrats on your upcoming show, by the way. When are you having a show in London where I can see it? ;)
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On October 29th, 2003 01:18 pm (UTC), scandal commented:
oh, i used to live around the corner frm those benches, that pub and that river view... across from the entrance to Richmond Park. One of the things i miss the most is that view... :)
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On October 30th, 2003 08:02 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Beautiful place to live (& that view.. wow) We were looking for flats in the Richmond Hill area, but everything in Richmond is snatched up so quickly. Where are you now?
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On October 31st, 2003 01:13 am (UTC), scandal replied:
I'm in West Kensington, which is urban and not as lovely as Richmond, but is closer to central london.
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