Was talking about this with Nebbish. Who'd be up for an LHusi trip to the legendary St John's restaurant? Possible parameters:
- Cost: about £40 per head
- Do it on a weeknight so people are more likely to be available
- Don't get totally bladdered there (save it for a pub afterwards maybe)
- Make it more gf/bf/real-life-friend/non-heavy-drinker friendly than usual?
- If enough people interested, go for the feast or whole roast suckling pig options
Finished In Cold Blood, Truman Capotes's account of a famous set of murders of the 1950s. Like the title, very cool and lucid recounting of the incident, taking all the different perspectives into account, from the killers to the friends of the dead family to the detectives who tracked them down and the court that sentenced them.
Very gripping stuff, though not particularly enlightening. The psychological stuff seems pretty dated by the standards of modern psychobabble, though probably no worse. Elegantly written, well worth a read.
Went to see the minimalist Cerith Wyn Evans exhibition at the ICA. Seemed pretty dire to me. Features one large empty room, some neon writing, and a large, impressive film project projecting blank film with just a few crackles.
Usefully though, I went along with an actual artist, who confirmed that it was all terribly unoriginal and boring. I'm sure there must be a German word meaning "the satisfying feeling of having ones prejudices confirmed."
What I'm Watching
Saw classic comedy Some Like it Hot as my dumb dumb-bell movie. Not bad, made me laugh a couple of times, mostly at throwaway lines. I'm not really cut out for screwball comedies though, and the sexual politics has dated it a bit, though it's still watchable.
Not actually very good is the answer. I think the critics actually got this one about right. At least it's not dumbed down though: has a convoluted plot with lots of characters: unfortunately the ending seems to hinge on characters who have been barely or never introduced. As a whodunnit, feels a bit spoiled since I can`t see any way anyone could have guessed based on the clues available.
Movie itself suffers from not being clearly either in a realistic mode or stylised mode: seems to veer wildly from attempts at gritty realism to ludicrously gothic ham.
Has a few nice touches like the old Hollywood setting, and some nice vamping. Period feel is let down by anachronisms in the dialogue. Verdict: either wait for the DVD or just give it a miss.
I notice his blog has been mostly silent on the Black Dahlia. Suggests to me that he's probably deeply unhappy about the script or what happened to it: otherwise he'd at least have been dishing out plugs for it. Hopefully we'll see a sordid story emerge eventually.
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