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London film festival

Could be what gets me back blogging?

Taglinr Game

Taglinr – really annoying addictive game – you have been warned.

On set

Live stream from Robert Luketic’s (Legally Blonde, Monster-in-Law)  iPhone on the set of his new film – Five Killers. [via]  Making me feel nostalgic.


Just had a lovely day.

Saw Agnes Varda’s Plages d’Agnes – a very eccentric, poetic and funny documentary about her life (if a little too long).  The only film I’ve seen at the festival this year.

Then this evening went to hear Toni Morrison talk about her new book A Mercy and American politics – how could she not.  She was warm, generous and funny.

I’m feeling privileged to have access to the thoughts and views of two wonderful, inspiring women.

Really, why bother?

Just watched the Oscars.  Only a small glimpse of Jack in his seat.  Maybe two jokes from John Stewart.  No Best Foreign Film, Cinematography, Special Effects, Make-up, Short, Documentary…  Sky, please, please, if you can’t be bothered to show it, let another channel have the rights.  Please! For next year. It’s a small thing to ask.

All change

S and I said goodbye to the car today. Clearing it out we found a bag of change that must have been there all this time, so we saw Charlie Wilson’s War on my Dad. And amazing how things work out… there was this car I thought I’d bought just after the holidays and then there was a big mix up and they, well a salesman, his manager, and the regional sales buyer, have been trying to sort it out, I think it became a principle thing for them and today the salesman called to say I can have the car… So fingers crossed I’ll have a car with heating next week.

A helping hand

A lovely party at C’s on Saturday evening, although if I’d have been in New York, I could have been watching a film on a rooftop – thanks to the other C, not that I was going to be in NY – she was just saying.

These flowers were lovely, but they were falling down and C went and sat on them – sort of – so J found a prop.

L and I discussed teeth and Ortho’s – she’s the only other person in London I know with braces and we are going to the same Ortho – completely by chance.

Follow the arrows

A website for Miranda July’s, forthcoming book of short stories No One Belongs Here More Than You – I like her sense of humour. July is an artist and filmmaker – she directed Me & You and Everyone We Know, which is a lovely indie film I’d recommend if you haven’t seen it yet. [via]


Quite fancy seeing The Namesake. It’s got mixed reviews, but just heard Mira Nair on the Radio and it sounds interesting.

Talking of films, I saw Amazing Grace – a bit disappointing. What I’d really like to watch again is Roots. I’ve realized hearing about it again this week, that I must have watched it when I was very young and that it had quite an impact. Just hearing the name Kunta Kinte takes me right back; I remember it as an event and it must still form the basis of my knowledge of the slave trade, I don’t remember covering it at school – A do you remember? I’m wondering as well how much it would have informed my sense of moral justice, I’m thinking it must have done.

Art and understanding

At the last minute I got to a couple of films at the Jewish Film Festival, both really interesting; Another Road Home and Knowledge is the Beginning – I’d recommend both. The latter is about Daniel Barenboim’s and Edward Said’s [this only seems to be in Spanish?] wonderful Middle Eastern Youth Orchestra project , a really heartwarming endeavour. [This is the official site.]

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