Last week I thought to myself that for once I haven't been sick this winter. I thought too soon. A few days ago I came down with the worst cold of my life. I'm weak and feverish and have slept for 2 days straight. I've had many interesting dreams, though. I've been in dream-reality more than physical-reality. I had bbc news on yesterday and I went in and out of consciousness watching the events unfold in Madrid, which gave me a few disturbing dreams. I have forced myself to eat a bit, but this cold is beyond self-medicating. All I can do is lay in bed comatose. Max came home last night and offered to carry me anywhere in the house I needed since I was so weak, but after a few hours sleeping I manage to get about 20 minutes of strength before I collapse again.
This morning I had my first really good dream for a long time. All of my friends and family were out on Sinclair Island and we were having an end of summer water fight. Everyone was having fun and I woke up as I was tickling Becca. My fever had broken.
Me in my favorite apple tree, Sinclair Island, Sept. 2003
We've made it though several of our ScreenSelect films: 28 Days Later (good, I'm particularly impressed they were able to clear major central London streets of people. Naomie Harris and Cillian Murphy are yum), Punch-Drunk Love (entertaining, which is a good quality for a movie to have), and The Matrix Reloaded (not very entertaining. What's with all the jibber-jabber, fool?) We have Dolls and Devdas waiting by the dvd player for us. Hopefully I'll have the strength to watch them this weekend.
I also finally caught Russian Ark on bbc4 last week. I thought it was beautifully done and it even made me cry at the end. Two other films we caught on bbc4 were Man Without a Past and Le Placard. I loved Man.., I've become a fan of Aki Kaurismäki's directing style. Le Placard was a harmless French comedy, nothing special but entertaining enough.
Max just told me (via irc) to go back to bed. He brought me healing chocolate and Turkish Delight last night, he looks after me well.
Yeah, definitely flu! Sounds awful -- I'm glad you're getting better =)
And hey, speaking of movie rentals -- we'd like to watch a great over-the-top Bollywood musical, and NetFlix has a number of Indian films, but we're not sure what to pick. Any suggestions? You seem like someone who'd be able to recommend something...
Wasn't it a beautiful movie! One of these days I'm going to rent it on DVD, too. I'm hoping they have special features which help explain some of the historical details. It's the kind of movie you probably have to see dozens of times in order to fully appreciate it.
I intend to buy the dvd so I can watch certain sections over and over again.. I really thought it was one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. It didn't feel `gimmicky' in the slightest which was my only concern when I first heard about it. It made me laugh too because the Stranger reminded me of a few eccentric intellectuals/artists that I have known. The last line and scene are what made me cry. :)
i read that in order to film 28DL, the crew had to say by early in the morning for first light, then they run out to film whatever was part was still empty. they had to do that a few times to get all the empty london shots.
i bet some pocky and music from america can cure your woes :-)
With 28 days later, they had the Metropolitan police blocking off streets for them, but they generally had 5 or 10 minutes for a single scene. Each one was mostly a single take, and you can, occasionally, see cars and people in the background.
those pictures... i can't even... i mean... *gapes like a fish*
thank you for transporting me to such a beautiful place. i'm making the first picture my background so i can go there again any time i want to. where exactly is this island, anyway?
and again, thank you thank you thank you.
oh, and I forgot to mention that the first image is a gorgeous shot, as well. the composition is spectacular, the color is perfect, and the clarity is amazing! do you ever try to get your photos published? if so, I'd think this one would be a prime candidate.