February 29th, 2004

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Brief summary

I've had a fun week, in many ways. Dinner chez LC on Sunday evening, which was lovely. Chevruta with hatam_soferet made me very happy. I also had a lovely IM conversation with darcydodo, and a particularly friendly day at work. On the downside, I only got about 3 days work done last week, for various reasons, and I also managed to mix up dates in a particularly unfortunate way.

Then I had an even more fun weekend chez lethargic_man's parents in Newcastle. Lots of things were good about it, but getting to play in the snow was the highlight.

I also watched Délicatessen while I was there, so I will need to write a review of that soon.

This week is going to be manic, mainly due to preparing for purim, which we've decided is going to be huge, but without really making any concrete plans as to how a whole weekend of celebrations is going to happen. Apart from that I've a lot of experimental work to get through, plus a meeting with the Überboss, and I'm a bit behind generally. So I might not have much time to write about all these things I want to write about!
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Film: Delicatessen

Verdict: Delicatessen is very fun but also very dense and clever.

Circumstances of watching it: Various pressures have been stacking up for the past five years, all pointing towards the conclusion that I really needed to watch Delicatessen. Firstly, ID, the guy I went out with in 99, was completely obsessed with it. But his description of it made me think it was the kind of film I really wouldn't like, being as how I am on the squeamish side. So although he would have liked me to see it, I kept putting it off. Had the relationship lasted longer, I might well have been talked into it, but anyway.

The next thing that happened was that I saw Amélie in 2001 and fell utterly in love with it. However, because I am thick, I never understood why people kept talking about Delicatessen whenever I mentioned it. Until one day rysmiel pointed out to me that the two films have the same director, J-P Jeunet. Then there was still the issue of me expecting it to be too gory and horrific for my taste.

Of course, lethargic_man also loves Delicatessen. So, as well as being yet another reason why I absolutely had to see the film, he eventually talked me into it, on the grounds that although frightening and noir, it's not actually that gory. And it was lovely lethargic_man who got hold of a copy on DVD so that we could watch it when I was at his parents'.

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So yeah, I feel enriched for having seen Delicatessen.
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