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August 14th, 2010
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A World of Pain
Emma Thompson is such a bitch.

"I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee. Twee is whimsy without wit," she said. "It's mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that's not for me. She can't sing and she can't really act, I'm afraid. I'm sure she was a delightful woman – and perhaps if I had known her I would have enjoyed her acting more, but I don't and I didn't, so that's all there is to it, really."

And she's stupid.

She didn't realize that the actress was playing a role, and she intentionally had her boob sticking out.

Emma Thompson is like the worst thing in the world.  She takes everything that is good and destroys it with her snooty British stick-up-the-butt ways.

Ironically, she wants Carey Mulligan to star in her My Fair Lady remake.  Talk about twee!

The good news is that I finally solved a 21-year-old puzzle.  In 1989, Siskel and Ebert did a special episode of their show in front of a live audience, in which they reminisced about their careers and showed clips from various movies that influenced them.  One of these clips in particular really stuck with me.  Well, not entirely.  All I remembered was that it was from a black-and-white British movie from the '60s, and that it showed a group of young Beatnik-types having a picnic in a convertible parked in the middle of the street.  A police officer approaches them and asks, "What is this?"  The guy in the driver's seat says it's "an island in a world of despair."

I loved that line so much that I stole it twice for two separate English essays in high school (but substituting different words for "despair").  But I never knew what movie it was from.  I originally thought it was from Blow-Up, simply because the clip immediately followed a clip from that film, but then I actually saw Blow-Up and it contained no such scene (and anyway, Blow-Up was in color).  But I also figured that since Siskel and Ebert were showing a clip from it, it must have been a famous, classic film that I was sure to stumble upon in the course of my movie watching.

Well, 20 years went by and I still had not encountered it.  And no amount of Googling ever turned up anything, not with the limited information I had.  I suppose I could have just asked someone on a message board, or simply asked Ebert himself, he being perhaps the world's most accessible celebrity, but that would have been like admitting defeat.  Then, finally, someone quoted the "island" line on their blog, thus allowing me to Google it and ascertain the movie title.  It turns out that I never, ever would have stumbled upon this movie by chance, as it's a movie that I still have never heard of: Morgan! So then I was able to find the actual Siskel & Ebert episode on YouTube.  It further turns out that it wasn't a convertible, but a regular car; it wasn't a group of people, but simply the one guy; he wasn't having a picnic, he was shaving; and it wasn't "an island in a world of despair," but "an island in a world of pain".  It's funny how memory works.

Oh, and apparently it's a really crappy movie.

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Date:August 15th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
You're right!! It's really funny how memory works. The other day I convinced myself I was remembering an incident that actually happened, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that that whole entire scene didn't even actually occur but was just some vivid dream I had recalled as a real-life past event. Kinda scary!

But, I love memory. I almost always remember things being better than they actually were, and that's just fine with me. =)
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Date:August 18th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
how dare you talk about nanny mcphee that way! preposterous.
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Date:August 18th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
How dare she talk about Holly Golightly that way?
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Date:August 18th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
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