What we’re losing in this whole Todd Akin debate is that his ultimate point is that abortion would be excusable if the woman wasn’t wanting/enjoying/asking for sex. If these anti-choice assholes really thought that abortion was equal to murder, they wouldn’t be placing value on what kind of women deserve abortions and what kinds of women are slutty slut sluts who deserve to be punished. If anything, his ridiculous comments just highlight that for these guys this really isn’t a fight for “babies,” it’s a fight against women.
Just Popping in to Brag…
Dudes, I saw a press screening of the Hunger Games last week. I know a lot of people have issues with the casting, but the movie is AWESOME!
Is this thing on?
Hey friends. Sorry for the extended absence. I moved and my man got laid off, so I’ve been trying to write words for money, which leaves me too exhausted and over-lap-topped to tumblr (or, even more sadly, Persephone) at the end of the day. It’s a drag. What’s been up in these parts?
First attempt at dying away my gray hair myself. Husband got laid off a couple of weeks ago (hence my silence in these parts) and we’re trying to save $$$. So far I’ve succeeded in dying parts of my ears and face a deep shit brown.
Rick Perry looks like a cartoon version of what people in other countries think a stereotypical American looks like.
Watched: Blue Valentine (2010)
Okay, I’m going to get something out of the way first: I know a lot of you ladies (and men) out there get all hot and bothered thinking about Ryan Gosling. I don’t get it. Obviously I don’t think he’s hideous or creepy or anything, and I do get all giddy over The Notebook, but he doesn’t make me feel all breathless and tingly. I think he’s a fine actor, but not overwhelmingly dreamy. I don’t know if that affected my enjoyment of this movie or not, but it may have, so I thought I’d put it on the table.
Back to Blue Valentine: Also, I don’t really get it. I know a lot of people really felt that this movie hit hard, but I was left feeling cold. I usually don’t have a problem with reflections of mundane life in the cinema — in fact I kind of like it. Blue Valentine doesn’t completely mirror my own life — I’m pretty sure my marriage isn’t on the rocks — but nothing about the relationship between Gosling and Michelle Williams seems that special. Including the scenes that depict their early courtship, which I think is the major problem in this movie.
Blue Valentine would have been so much stronger if the romance factor in the earlier scenes had been steamier and more intense. But you never get the feeling that these two had intense love for each other in the first place, which makes their break-up less painful to the viewer. So as the couple begins to fall apart, there’s not really that much to mourn.
One other thing: if their kid is five or six, how is it that Gosling ages so much during the time that passes. In less than a decade he goes from a cute young carefree dude in a leather jacket to an almost-bald guy with a penchant for indoor-outdoor sunglasses. The transformation doesn’t seem plausible. Nit-picky, sure, but for a film that seemed so hell-bent on presenting reality, a bit of a flaw.
Watched: Burlesque (2010)
Yeah, I actually watched this. The whole sparkly, glittery, Aguilera-filled thing. And you know what? It wasn’t the total disaster that I expected.
Here’s what I didn’t like about Burlesque: it was so utterly predictable and cookie-cutter Hollywood. I disliked it in the same way that I dislike action movies and mainstream biopics: nothing feels natural or real and you know what’s going to happen before it actually does. The story is so painfully by-the-book that I could barely stand it, but not in a way that is any worse than most unimaginative (and sometimes even Oscar nominated) Hollywood films.
Here’s what I did like: Christina Aguilera is not a terrible actress. While her character is utterly cliche, she’s pretty genuine and believable. Also Kristen Bell is pretty fabulous. And there are lots of pretty costumes and dancing. And really, that’s all I expected, so I’m considering that a win.
Why am I watching the Tea Party debate? I don’t want to get sucked into this drama so far before the election. It makes me lose sleep. I’ve been yelling at the TV for the last hour. While I’m looking forward to Obama tearing one of these fools a new one once the general campaign is underway, I can’t stomach the lies and the overuse of the term “Obamacare” (it’s just called health care, you assholes).
I should mention that I’m not even an American. I need to turn this off and switch to Miss Universe or Hoarders.