Wednesday 19 November 2008

i've gone and let them talk me into getting foxtel. oh well. I caught the end of an episode of The Tudors from last year. I see this production is not afraid to embrace the bogus. Wolsey supposedly committing suicide is problematic but outside of my little floor tile of expertise. But this sex scene is a worry:
Actress Natalie Dormer, 24, played Anne Boleyn in the recent BBC bodice-ripping drama, The Tudors, where she faced several sex scenes with co-star Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Were the sex scenes embarrassing for you?
Taking your clothes off in front of a film crew, even on a closed set, is completely harrowing. Anyone can sympathise with that situation. You find the motivation for it in your head. With Henry and Anne, you’re talking about an intense love affair. In my experience, intense love affairs result in taking your clothes off. It’s about justifying it through characterisation.
Hell, it embarrassed ME. I found it very cringeworthy. Pornographic even. Not because sex is pornographic but because that position they adopted (out in the English woods for heavens sake) with her astride, arching back over him reclining, only exists on account of pornography's camera. The position allowing one's lover a view is quite different from that which allows the screen viewer ocular access. Still, I can't imagine it would be bad for her career. They do the same shit in ALL the movies.
The part of me that enjoys mocking other people's innocent pleasures finds this hilarious:
"For your satisfaction, we assure that the CDs offered on this site are Genuine Mantovani And His Orchestra recordings before listing them here. Please see the report on the Bogus Mantovani CDs being offered around the world. For the most part they are absolutely awful in quality, sound nothing like Mantovani, and Mantovani Fans will recognize this within a few bars of the first track. I believe this is just as serious and fraudulent as selling bogus Rolex watches."
For the immortally young among you, they're talking about what used to be called 'elevator music'. There's a note at that link about a latter day reversal of the principal, first tried at the central railway station in Amsterdam, where they play loud classical music to chase away the drug pushers.
Now here's something we haven't done in a while. This is just a little sketch on typing paper. I'll sign it and send it to the first who claims it in comments.

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Blogger CRYPTORAMA said...

I'd love the sketch, please.

19 November 2008 at 21:12:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A McDonald's in downtown Seattle adopted a similar approach to the Amsterdam train station you mention. But instead of classical music, they blasted country music at the loiterers on the corner.

19 November 2008 at 22:14:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

How cute. I am glad you are starting to do this again.

20 November 2008 at 01:33:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that why you always have loud classical music playing when I telephone?

20 November 2008 at 04:57:00 GMT-5  
Blogger MarkSullivan said...

Crappity crap crap! That's what I get for not checking in more often.

20 November 2008 at 12:09:00 GMT-5  
Blogger kate said...

Bah! Too late :(

20 November 2008 at 13:09:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Jeremy said...

what about the first person to ask for a PHOTOCOPY of it? heh?

i figured it was worth a shot.

20 November 2008 at 14:50:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Bobby.N said...

I claim it.
(There I said it.)


20 November 2008 at 16:44:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Daniel Best said...

Damn. Quick off the trigger, slow on the draw.

21 November 2008 at 16:23:00 GMT-5  

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