Opinionated Lesbian : Reviewhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/category/14.aspxReviewen-USCommunityServer 1.1 (Build: am down with the young peoplehttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/06/22/4829.aspxThu, 22 Jun 2006 14:27:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4829eleanor1http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4829.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4829Can a 40-something lady wrap her degenerating neurons around them fancy video games? I'm flapping my thumb as fast as I can. But the truth is, the ole brain ain't what she used to be.<br><br> Not that I'm out of touch with the young people. Not I! A pop culture zealot and aficionado of the youth zeitgeist, I started hanging in arcades at the age of 30. There's nothing like watching a group of testosterone-charged teens whooping over a sound card to get a sense of what's important to a group I'd not normally connect with.<br><br> And if the youth love video games, I can love them, too. The first one I fell for was <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_51_(video_game)" target="_Blank">Area 51,</a> the shoot-em-up where you save the world from invading alien beings. Those faux bullets saved my sanity.<br><br> Hate your boss? Best pal eyeing your dream date? Corner store cashier crassly rude? Blow'em all away. Area 51 required only a trigger-happy finger and some semblance of aim. My path through the hallways of death was preprogrammed -- no need for fancy backflips or complex strategy. Just focus every brain cell on exploding the bad guys and feel the headache dissipate, the shoulders lower, the muscles calm. I traded in massages and acupuncture for the simple satisfaction of wanton destruction -- and the only consequence was the loss of a pocketful of quarters.<br><br> One pocketful led to 40, then to 102. So I adopted the fiscally responsible route and bought a portable game console, the <a href="http://www.playstation.com/" target="_blank">PlayStation 2.</a> And picked up one of the most popular franchises to go with it, <a href="http://ww2.capcom.com/ResidentEvil/" target="_blank">Resident Evil: Dead Aim.</a> It too, was a point-and-shoot, and I was looking forward to destroying a new generation of personal nemeses.<br><br> But darned if those new-fangled thingamajigs weren't all different! I had to navigate on my own, constantly worry about finding band aids and bigger guns, and pick up hidden pass keys to open locked doors. I had to keep a pen at my side to jot down an up-to-date map of the maze in which I was losing myself. This hi-tech program wasn't about the quiet satisfaction of wrecking things, it was about multitasking. I got enough of that at work.<br><br> Yes, ridding the world of evil murderous zombies bent on eating human flesh was just too hard.<br><br> So I downgraded. I went from rated M for Mature ("blood and gore, violence" and, not mentioned on the box, dagnabbed difficult), to something a bit less challenging. A kid's game, rated E for Everyone and starring a cute <a href="http://www.answers.com/topic/crash-bandicoot-character" target="_blank">furry creature.</a> After a month, I'd barely advanced at all. <br><br> Look, this stuff is hard. If the penguins touch you, you freeze up into an ice cube. Nasty! And there's a horrible dragon -- and jumping over that big hole is really tough. I then discovered that a bored eight-year-old boy at the tail-end of a baby shower could reach level 29-million in 12 minutes flat.<br><br> I downgraded again.<br><br> I switched to a first-generation PlayStation game (possible with the additional purchase of an old PS1 memory card). I bought the very first <a href="http://www.tombraider.com" target="blank">Tomb Raider.</a> The graphics are painful, with the hotsy relic hunter Lara Croft easily walking through solid rock by accident. But I was happy; I knew I'd found my proper skill level.<br><br> (What I'd also found were Croft's freakishly -- and giant -- pointy gazongas. The game's at times uncontrollable camera angles often focus on the hooters. Hmmm.)<br><br> But moving the rest of Croft through the cave-filled mountain of an ancient civilization proved tougher. I found myself at level 2, drowning. For three days. Even after I'd downloaded the complete <a href="http://www.tombraiders.net/" target="_blank">cheat sheets.</a><br><br> Thank goodness for <a href="http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/ps2/katamaridamashii" target="_blank">Katamari,</a> the newest craze. All you have to do is roll the sticky ball, gathering up household objects into an ever greater mass in order for the King of All Cosmos to toss it up into the sky, eventually replacing all the stars he blinked out during some sort of drug trip. Only two controls to maneuver! No buttons or complicated moves! Katamari, the perfect game for toddlers, seems middle-aged-lady-mistake-proof.<br><br> Oh. It turns out there are time limits on how long you have to make the ever-larger clumps.<br><br> There go my shoulders -- the muscles are getting all tight. Ow. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4829" width="1" height="1">On old movieshttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/05/22/4532.aspxMon, 22 May 2006 16:06:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4532eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4532.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4532The problem with watching "a masterpiece" some 80 years later is that the darned thing seems filled with over acting and cinematic clichés. It's damnably goofy.<br><br> That's the curse of the cutting edge: Endlessly imitated, the extraordinary becomes ho-hum.<br><br> The 1925 flick <a href="http://www.carleton.edu/curricular/MEDA/classes/media110/Severson/essay.htm" target="_blank">"Battleship Potemkin"</a> is a mere 67 minutes long, a silent Russian revolutionary propaganda movie filled with scenes of nasty capitalist overlords murdering the people.<br><br> There's also a bunch of unintentional laughs. Like I said, goofy.<br><br> Yet overall, the movie is still stunning.<br><br> It tells of a group of sailors who, after being ordered to eat meat filled with squiggling maggots, mutiny. The ship is moored near the city of Odessa, whose citizens send food to the mariners, and are punished by Czarist troops for their empathy. The much-parodied scene of soldiers ruthlessly killing the people of Odessa on The Steps is still affecting. My giggling was followed by embarrassed silence.<br><br> Although the seamen were successful, the 1905 uprising the movie commemorates was not.<br><br> But thanks to its message, the flick was banned in England and <a href="http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/cteq/00/4/potemkin.html" target="_blank">"highly restricted in the US."</a> ("[I]n one enticing account of a screening in the New York apartment of <a href="http://www.thegoldenyears.org/swanson.html" target="_blank">Gloria Swanson,</a> it was projected onto one of Gloria's satin sheets, when the absence of an available screen threatened to disappoint the eager but select audience.")<br><br> Aside from its ideology, it was also... homoerotic. In an opening scene, the all-male crew have slung their hammocks higgledy-piggledy across a room, sleeping, shirtless, on top of each other.<br><br> In another, as they expect to die against a fleet of Czarist ships, two men briefly embrace, and another's shirt goes flying, showing of his well-muscled physique, in a moment of exhilaration and, er, gratuitous hunkiness. In any communist (or fascist) revolution, apparently, the male body beautiful is essential -- though not the right of another man to touch that body. (There are no women in here, except as Good Mothers.)<br><br> Filmmaker <a href="http://www.abamedia.com/rao/gallery/old/eisen.html" target="_blank">Sergei Eisenstein</a> (1898-1948) got hitched to women twice, "in response to political pressure, but his marriages were never consummated. His unexpurgated diaries, recently published as <a href="http://www.reference.com/browse/crystal/10627" target="_blank">'Immortal Memories,'</a> are filled with accounts of his infatuations with many young men," it <a href="http://www.glbtq.com/arts/eisenstein_s.html" target="_blank">sez here.</a><br><br> "Often his infatuations... were with young heterosexual men, whom he would educate and assist in their careers. His drawings, recently exhibited during the centenary of his birth, include many illustrations of homosexual activity."<br><br> Unh hunh. Sometimes it's not just the movies -- it's our own past lives that have become clichés. In between the eye-rolling, the stories are still affecting, though. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4532" width="1" height="1">On Brokeback's head gearhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/04/30/4444.aspxSun, 30 Apr 2006 12:52:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4444eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4444.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4444Finally overcame my hype-hate and rented <a href="http://www.brokebackmountain.com/" target="_blank">"Brokeback Mountain."</a> I enjoyed it; it's a good flick.<br><br> But I also found it very mannered. Kept imagining director <a href="http://www.365gay.com/Newscon06/04/042806lee.htm" target="_blank">Ang Lee</a> yelling, "Keep your head down!" Over and over and over and over again. "Come'on! Show off that expensive hat! Chin down! More hat!"<br><br> And, "Pose against the car, lean back like that guy in the gay porn movie I made you watch!"<br><br> Now what does that say about its sensibility?<br><br><br> And BTQW, not as good a film as either <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375679/" target="_blank">"Crash"</a> or <a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/capote/" target="_blank">"Capote.</a> A better soundtrack, though.<img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4444" width="1" height="1">Yeah that's right, I haven't seen it, and I'm gonna trash it...http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/03/20/4305.aspxMon, 20 Mar 2006 14:23:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4305eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4305.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4305... without remorse. Movie reviewers continue to heap praise upon the crap originally filmed in <a href="http://www.whatthebleep.com/" target="_blank">"What the Bleep Do We Know,"</a> and now upon its 2006 sorta sequel <a href="http://www.whatthebleep.com/" target="_blank">"Down the Rabbit Hole."</a> I'm not pissed about opinions on whether the movie's well made, but rather about reviewers' mindless acceptance of the "factual" information within.<br><br> I won't give these Bleeping filmmakers any more of my money -- and it turns out, I don't have to, as this new flick "is really more of a director's cut of the film What the Bleep Do We Know?," it <a href="http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/story.html?id=e53f526c-5d3b-4213-b324-f3bb684aed69" target="_blank">sez here.</a><br><br> "A surprise hit from last year, the original -- and somewhat bizarre -- reel about quantum physics and the malleable nature of reality grossed more than $12 million U.S., making it the fourth- most successful U.S. documentary ever." Jeeezus Chreee-rist. Bafflegab as pop physics hit.<br><br> And this: "Complete with a new introduction and a new series of visual aids to help us grasp the vagaries of subatomic particle behaviour, 'Down the Rabbit Hole' postulates the 21st century could mark the start of a new age in which science and religion work in tandem. To the pure and applied people out there, this may sound like scientific heresy. Most people who work in lab coats prefer to see science as an empirical study that isn't tainted by such heady considerations as ethics or intent or even the nature of being 'the observer.' Yet this is one of the most fascinating points raised in Down the Rabbit Hole: There is evidence to suggest the very act of observing can affect the results of even the most basic tests."<br><br> WHAT? I simply cannot take lies about science. Of COURSE the act of observation can change the results. Every bleeping scientist in the world knows this. Every bleeping scientist in the world has pondered <a href="http://physicsweb.org/articles/news/4/7/2" target="_blank">Schrodinger's cat.</a> Every single one. Scientists are not the mindless idiots that this movie seeks to portray them as. And the damned cat hasn't been nailed to a cross, either.<br><br> End of <a href="http://audiosparx.com/sa/play/play.cfm/sound_iid.11909" target="_blank">Marvin the Martian voice.</a> Here's <a href="http://www.opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2005/03/15/369.aspx" target="_blank">my review of the first "movie."</a><br><br> Breathe, Oples me dear, breathe.<img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4305" width="1" height="1">Regarding regards, guardedlyhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/02/28/4200.aspxTue, 28 Feb 2006 15:16:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4200eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4200.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4200An editor's <a href="http://www.rejectioncollection.com/rejectrag/rejects.php" target="_blank">rejection letter,</a> written to <a href="http://www.bartleby.com/140/1.html" target="_blank">Gertrude Stein:</a> "I am only one, only one, only one. Only one being, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one. Only one life to live, only sixty minutes in one hour. Only one pair of eyes. Only one brain. Only one being. Being only one, having only one pair of eyes, having only one time, having only one life, I cannot read your MS three or four times. Not even one time. Only one book, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one. Many thanks. I am returning the MS by registered post. Only one MS by one post."<br><br> - from the tome <a href="http://www.biggeworld.com/archive/npost-bkrev-essay.html" target="_blank">"Bad Press: The Worst Critical Reviews Ever"</a><img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4200" width="1" height="1">Oscar's bent out of shapehttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/02/01/4141.aspxWed, 01 Feb 2006 16:14:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4141eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4141.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4141A few quick hits about the queer <a href="http://www.recorder.ca/cp/Entertainment/060131/e013183A.html" target="_blank">Academy Award nominees.</a><br><br> ° Some critics have called <a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/capote/" target=_blank">"Capote"</a> offensive, even homophobic, in its portrayal of the mincing Truman. "When we first meet Capote no one tells us he's gay and no one has to because it's all up there on screen in the way [actor Philip Seymour] Hoffman holds a glass (pinky extended), speaks (high and fey) and bitches (like America's Next Top Model)," writes reviewer Chris DeVito in <a href="http://www.xtra.ca" target="_blank">Xtra</a> (unavailable online, I'm afraid). "Hell, the filmmakers even give Capote a fag hag in Harper Lee <a href="http://www.miserablelie.com/catherinekeener/" target="_blank">(Catherine Keener),</a> the author of <a href="http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/harperle.htm" target="_blank">To Kill A Mockingbird,</a> who accompanies him to Kansas.<br><br> "But Capote is one conflicted movie. It shows the admittedly odd author as the mincing, mercurial troll he was and then calls itself a progressive, forward-thinking movie because it's being 'truthful.'"<br><br> Uhm, it is being truthful, honey. That's what Capote was, and if you can't cope with the mincing fag, perhaps the dislike lurks within you, not within the moviemakers' hearts. And to dismiss Harper Lee as a fag hag (and it's meant dismissively!) is to seriously misinterpret <a href="http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/capote.htm" target="_blank">her role and her life.</a><br><br> I have often crabbed about the lack of sex in gay movies, and DeVito does so here, too. "At the same time, the movie solves the problem of showing Capote's love life by betting that no one in their right mind would want to see this man mate. And no one does. Even his partner (the blandly handsome <a href="http://BruceGreenwood.com/" target="_blank">Bruce Greenwood)</a> is kept at arm's length...."<br><br> But in fact, the complete lack of physical intimacy only reinforces Capote's loneliness and inability to cope with the decisions he's made in his life. In other words, the sexlessness is an integral part of the story. So can we please get over this kind of thoughtless critique?<br><br> ° I just received a call "from <a href="http://www.transamerica.ca/english/home.htm" target="_blank">Transamerica."</a> As I quizzically took the phone, the sales jockey announced she was trying to help me "save on taxes," and almost became abusive when I laughed and said no thanks.<br><br> <a href="http://www.transamerica-movie.com/" target="_blank">Transamerica</a> the movie is a completely predictable road flick with a sappy ending. It would be utterly dull were it not for <a href="http://www.felicity-huffman.com/" target="_blank">Felicity Huffman's</a> bravura performance.<br><br> I won't complain about the lack of hot sex scenes in this flick, either, because the main character is also a bit of a cliche of vaguely gauche mal-adjustment.... and noogie just wouldn't fit the character.<br><br> I look forward to the next generation of trans movies. But I won't trash "Transamerica" for portraying a certain type of transwoman.<br><br> ° Brokeback Mountain. <a href="http://www.brokebackmountain.com/" target="_blank">Brokeback Mountain.</a> Brokeback Mountain. Brokeback Mountain. Brokeback Mountain. Am sick of the hype. It's so overhelming I have been unable to bring myself to see Broke-BM. Bad journalist; no donut. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4141" width="1" height="1">On &quot;Looking for Comedy...&quot;http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/01/30/4137.aspxMon, 30 Jan 2006 16:03:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4137eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4137.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4137How many dollars and cents separate a snort from an outright guffaw? The new <a href="http://www.albertbrooks.com/" target="_blank">Albert Brooks</a> flick, <a href="http://www.lookingforcomedy.com" target="_blank">"Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,"</a> gave me one big yuk and three laughelettos, or one giggle per 24.5 minutes. Unweighted, I paid $2 a snicker.<br><br> But surely the amused smile and the boffo gargle manifest a different worth. What of a titter? A quarter per moved muscle? Five cents per calorie expended? So many questions. So much time during this movie in which to ponder them. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4137" width="1" height="1">On Karlahttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/01/27/4135.aspxFri, 27 Jan 2006 16:15:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4135eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4135.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4135<a href="http://karlathemovie.net/" target="_blank">"Karla,</a> the Hollywood movie about killers Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo, earned close to $172,000 on Canadian screens last weekend, with 32 percent coming from Quebec, industry sources say" in this morning's paper. "It placed 12th out of 35 films in release. Karla made nearly $10,000 per screen in Toronto ahead of King Kong and Brokeback Mountain. Starring That '70s Show's <a href="http://www.laura-prepon.com/" target="_blank">Laura Prepon</a> as Homolka, the low budget movie opened to negative reviews."<br><br> Memo to self: When every reviewer in the country says a movie's a bomb, it's... a bomb. DO NOT GO TO SEE THESE MOVIES. Like the <a href="http://quantumpictures.com/" target="_blank">Quantum Pictures</a> flick on Homolka, which retells the murderous tale in made-for-TV fashion and lots of gross sex scenes (and I mean the ones between Homolka and her ex hubby).<br><br> There's nothing new, no insight whatsoever -- just as Homolka has given us no insight. Turns out that life, and death, and art, are sometimes like that. Without depth or perception. <br><br><br>ADDENDUM Jan. 30: A confession. I laughed. Yes, when Paul Bernardo (without a speck of ketchup on him) encased the sawed-off bits of a dead teen girl into cement, I laughed. Bernardo doesn't want anyone to find the chunks, but one of the blocks has a foot poking right out of it.... Final proof that unrelenting horror is too much for the merely human brain: a laugh is essential to sanity. And to the long-suffering movie-goer.<img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4135" width="1" height="1">A woman's truthhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2005/12/21/4077.aspxWed, 21 Dec 2005 18:49:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4077eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4077.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4077One of the extraordinary things about <a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/capote/" target="_blank">"Capote"</a> is that it's a flick about a world of men -- Capote, his editor boss, male cops, male murderers -- that yet has a strong female character in it. <a href="http://mockingbird.chebucto.org/bio.html" target="_blank">Harper Lee</a> (played by Catherine Keener), who went on to publish the anti-racist "To Kill A Mockingbird," has lines, a personality, whole scenes, even! Be still my heart.<br><br> Her portrayal stands in stark contrast to the chicks in the two big <a href="http://www.clooneyfiles.com/" target="_blank">George Clooney</a> movies out these last two months. George (I used to be a matinee idol, but then I got politics) Clooney has turned into such a cutie leftie. First was his cautionary <a href="http://wip.warnerbros.com/goodnightgoodluck/" target="_blank">"Good Night, and Good Luck"</a> retelling of newsman Edward R. Murrow's nerve as he helped shut the door on the hysterical red-baiting of American senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950s. Then <a href="http://syrianamovie.warnerbros.com/" target="_blank">"Syriana,"</a> a movie that (simplistically, but hey, it's a movie) tells of the U.S. of A.'s determination to keep oil-producing nations under its thumb.<br><br> "Syriana" features many silent women, holding babies or nodding acquiescence or sleeping through panicked telephone calls intended for their Very Important husbands. "Capote" went out of its way to add character-building scenes for a woman; Syriana treats them all like mannequins.<br><br> "Good Night and Good Luck" has one female character who does have a few lines -- but frankly, the writers could have tried a little harder.<br><br> I enjoyed both of Clooney's flicks. But to be a thoughtful politico, Georgie, means you need to remember women, too. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4077" width="1" height="1">The lies that go into truthhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2005/12/21/4076.aspxWed, 21 Dec 2005 15:00:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4076eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4076.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4076In <a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/capote/" target="_blank">"Capote,"</a> the title character protests (too much) that he tells only the truth. It's a wonderful movie, the tale of screaming queen and auteur Truman, a five-foot-three elf believably played by the giant Philip Seymour Hoffman, even down to speaking in a "baby voice as if a bee sting had swollen his tongue" (thank you Denis Brian).<br><br> Capote is a scheming bastard, worming his way into the confidence of two killers whose story he tells "In Cold Blood." The pair slaughtered a family of four when they were unable to find a reputed stash of cash under the floorboards.<br><br> As reporter <a href="http://www.salon.com/people/bc/2000/02/29/malcolm/" target="_blank">Janet Malcolm</a> once famously wrote (in "The Journalist and the Murderer"): "Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse. Like the credulous widow who wakes up one day to find the charming young man and all her savings gone, so the consenting subject of a piece of nonfiction writing learns -- when the article or book appears -- <i>his</i> hard lesson. Journalists justify their treachery in various ways according to their temperaments. The more pompous talk about freedom of speech and 'the public's right to know'; the least talented talk about Art; the seemliest murmur about making a living."<br><br> <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/capote_t.html" target="_blank">Capote, at least,</a> did have talent, despite bleating about "art."<br><br> Malcolm continued: "[T]he journalist -- who seemed so friendly and sympathetic, so keen to understand him fully, so remarkably attuned to his [the interviewee's] vision of things -- never had the slightest intention of collaborating with him on his story but always intended to write a story of his own."<br><br> Indeed, Capote was even creepier than in the movie, if you can believe it. "To induce the two caged killers to confide in him, Capote used his breakdown... technique" as portrayed in the flick, in which he tells sad stories about his own life in order to evoke similar confessions. But he also gave the two killers mondo cash -- "fifty dollars each for a start." At least, according to <a href="http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,610084,00.html" target="_blank">Denis Brian</a> in his 1994 book "Fair Game: What Biographers Don't Tell You," a look at lies in journalism.<br><br> A decade after the executions, Brian noted that Capote could barely talk to him when asked about the state-sanctioned death of the killers. One of the murderers, <a href="http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/family/clutter/5.html" target="_blank">Perry Smith,</a> wrote Capote a 100-page good-bye letter. "All the time they had been prison," said Capote, "all those years, they were only allowed to have a certain amount of money, and I always gave them each whatever it was they were allowed to have. Anyway the thing was in the letter there was a cheque for the money. Perry had never spent a penny of it and he was, you know, giving it back to me.<br><br> "I don't know why, but that one thing upset me more than any other thing. It just tore me up. Because, I mean.... Oh, God.... It was touching, as though all along.... I can't go into it." <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4076" width="1" height="1">My humpshttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2005/12/05/4051.aspxMon, 05 Dec 2005 15:03:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4051eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4051.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4051I hate bra shopping. Abhor, loathe, abominate, execrate, despise, detest. Some strange chick pulls you into a tiny closet and grabs your breasts for size -- then leaves. Yet returns expecting nudity. I stand there red in face, increasingly crabby sweaty lemme outta here. Can I just get two dozen of those? Let's go.<br><br> But now I've discovered what's worse: the changing booby vogue. Remember when cramming those two puppies together was all the rage? A few buttons undone and -- instant attention! It was all about the curve and the plunge. (Hey, I may be a bit butch, but I noticed pretty young that my large endowments translated into rather a lot of notice. I'm shy, but not dumb.)<br><br> Everything has changed.<br><br> Suddenly, Madonna torpedo tits are in. It's all about separate but equal. My mashed girlies look freakish. Gotta lift and subdivide. Bust 'em up! My bosoms, that used to be impressive but to which I paid no heed, are now taking up twice as much width and frankly, are getting in the way.<br><br> I used to make fun of men who adjusted their willies in public. No more: Hey! I... oh, just a second.... yow... there, that's better.<br><br> Oh new black bra, thou art <a href="http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/carew/cruell.htm" target="_blank">a cruel mistress.</a> And itchy, too.<img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4051" width="1" height="1">On the arrival of Godothttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2005/10/07/3642.aspxFri, 07 Oct 2005 18:33:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:3642eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/3642.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=3642During test runs of Hong Kong's new Disneyland, according to the New York Times last month, "park goers complained of waits of over two hours for some attractions. One visitor said that in 12 hours at the park, he went on all of four rides.... And the delays sparked cultural complaints in Internet discussion groups, with some Hong Kong residents saying the problems were made worse by pushing and shoving from mainland Chinese visitors unaccustomed to orderly waiting.<br><br> "There are, in fact, cultural differences in how people behave while in line, according to social scientists and park designers."<br><br> Those in more collective cultures (as in some Asian countries) "compare their situation with those around them. This may make it more likely that they will remain in a line even if it is excessively long.... it is the people behind a person in line, rather than in front, that determines the person's behaviour." If there are oodles behind you, you won't give up because you have such a great head start.<br><br> Individualistic cultures -- such as the United States' -- have shorter lines. "They don't necessarily feel better that more people are behind them, but feel bad if too many people are in front of them. Lines in these cultures tend to be more self-limiting."<br><br> One stand-in-line-studier says mainland Chinese are "trying to figure out how lines work." Brits are orderly. Italians and French "never saw a line they couldn't be in front of." In the Middle East, no one will tolerate lines, so Disney increased ride capacity such that waiting is at a minimum.<br><br> I recently checked out my local amusement park, <a href="http://www.laronde.com/en/"target="_blank">La Ronde</a> (open weekends <a href="http://www.laronde.com/en/infosgen/calendrier.asp"target="_blank"> through Oct. 23).</a> And I stood in line.<br><br> Not for long, generally; it was an overcast, chilly day that kept many away. Until I got to the <a href="http://www.laronde.com/en/maneges/FTechManege.asp?Manege=11"target="_blank">Dragon, </a>a popular roller coaster (running mostly in the deep dark of a cavernous warehouse). Our group of four waited. Waited. Waited. And then I started looking.<br><br> We had a perfect view of a large ugly cement square -- complete with electrical box and sheared wires poking out from the lot's geographical centre; I imagined a ride plucked up and tossed out by a giant claw.<br><br> I began to notice that some of the rides were falling apart -- a couple of <a href="http://www.laronde.com/en/maneges/FTechManege.asp?Manege=40"target="_blank">the teacups</a> were chained away from customers, as were some <a href="http://www.laronde.com/fr/maneges/FTechManege.asp?Manege=16"target="_blank">Disco pods.</a> The <a href="http://www.laronde.com/en/maneges/FTechManege.asp?Manege=23"target="_blank">Spirale</a> observation tower was installed during <a href="http://expo67.ncf.ca/"target="_blank">Expo 67</a> and looks it. Some of the glass panes had been replaced by squares of wood. (Management should rename the ride The Opaque Elevator.)<br><br> The Bateau Pirate was the only ride officially marked as shut for the day. But in fact, the Formula 1 simulator was padlocked when I walked by. And the bouncy trampoline was closed.<br><br> Many of the "lanes" in arcade games were broken -- two of the hammers on a whack-a-gopher that I played had been disappeared.<br><br> It's clearly not a property that continent-wide theme park owners Six Flags Inc. want to make pretty. And a few days later came the announcement that La Ronde is <a href="http://www.dailyrepublic.com/articles/2005/10/06/business_top_stories/biz01.txt"target="_blank">for sale</a>. <br><br> Lines? I'm all for them. They help me see.<img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=3642" width="1" height="1">On "The Constant Gardener"http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2005/09/13/3203.aspxTue, 13 Sep 2005 19:54:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:3203eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/3203.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=3203A quickie today: Like <a href="http://www.interpretermovie.com/"target="_blank">"The Interpreter,"</a> the 2005 flick <a href="http://www.theconstantgardener.com/"target="_blank">"The Constant Gardener"</a> (avec Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz) is a white film about Africa. But oh, a heck of a lot more interesting than was <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373926/"target="_blank">Nicole Kidman's</a> pain and the horrifyingly naive suggestion that the dysfunctional United Nations can save the world all on its lonesome.<br><br> "Constant Gardener" is adapted from a <a href="http://www.johnlecarre.com/"target="_blank">John Le Carre</a> thriller. But it's also a love story. And it tells you everything you need to know about the status of heterosexuality versus homosexuality in the world today. And it tells you everything you need to know about the different ways the two are portrayed on screen in Hollywood movies. If it's a hetero movie, there's hetero sex. Period.<br><br> Since this is a thriller, you'll get nothing else out of me.<br><br> But one more film recommendation: for a truly great movie that looks at race in America, <a href="http://www.crashfilm.com/"target="_blank">"Crash"</a> is now out on video. Directed and written by Paul Haggis -- don't accidentally rent the older <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115964/"target="_blank">David Cronenberg</a> of the same name.<img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=3203" width="1" height="1">On men who cryhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2005/08/03/2471.aspxWed, 03 Aug 2005 14:25:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:2471eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/2471.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=2471The new <a href="http://www.waroftheworlds.com/"target="_blank">"War of the Worlds"</a> flick features two emotional extremes. Child star <a href="http://www.dakota-fanning.org/"target="_blank">Dakota Fanning</a> screams her little heart out. And <a href="http://www.tomcruiseisnuts.com/home.php"target="_blank">Tom Cruise</a> cries. A lot.<br><br> For a time, men who threw up on screen were telegraphing their status as sensitive guys. But Cruise is strong enough in his masculinity that he can cry. And cry. <a href="http://www.mwsc.edu/psychology/research/psy302/spring97/faith_fritz.html"target="_blank">And cry again.</a> All while he tries to save his children from being eaten alive during an <a href="http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/war_worlds.html"target="_blank">alien blitzkrieg</a> (can you say Muslim terrorist?).<br><br> I'm tempted to see the endless flow of tears as Hollywood's shorthand way of outing Cruise's working-class character. But perhaps assuming such shallowness is wrong, and the movie powers-that-be are busting stereotypes.<br><br> Except when it comes to class. It's so strong a theme in this movie that, at the very end (shocker! there's a treacly reunion scene), the divorced dad who makes his living operating heavy machinery can't actually bring himself to approach the posh townhouse in which his ex wife, her rich new guy and her parents, have miraculously remained untouched during the bloody invasion. Cruise stands apart.<br><br> Ain't that America.<img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=2471" width="1" height="1">Bend them like coupletshttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2005/07/27/2351.aspxWed, 27 Jul 2005 16:33:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:2351eleanor2http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/2351.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=2351There once was a film hexed by magic ethereal<br> yet concretely unleashed by a nose very twicha-el.<br> <a href="http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/bewitched/"target="_blank">Nicole K. and Will F.</a><br> Of charm are beref:<br> We can blame this whole mess on a very old <a href="http://www.bewitched.net/"target="_blank">serial.</a><br><br> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374536/"target="_blank">"Bewitched,"</a> the flick's called, and cursed by a plot<br> that's so bad that to ignore it we ought.<br> It's terrible, natch,<br> 'cept when <a href="http://www.shirleymaclaine.com/"target="_blank">Shirl MacLaine</a> ope's her hatch,<br> And then, holy smokes, but I like it a lot.<br><br> MacLaine's the cantankerous mom of the bride;<br> Her spell sends me off to heav'n (having died).<br> Endora, Endora,<br> Oh hot stuff you are-a.<br> (Is my thing for older chicks coming to the fore-a?)<br><br> She's 71, that scene-stealing hot stuff,<br> Pal of homos, she's still a toughie and buff.<br> <a href="http://outsmartmagazine.com/this_issue/?storyid=1119983891"target="_blank">All witches are bi,</a><br> Past lives are no lie,<br> And <a href="http://www.planetout.com/popcornq/db/getfilm.html?2136"target="_blank">"Children's Hour"</a> (sorta) broke the mold for dyke stuff.<br><br> Yet the movie "Bewitched" is so darned straight;<br> Endora's the camp, the rest just the freight.<br> No tip of the hat<br> to <a href="http://www.harpiesbizarre.com/sargent_interview.htm"target="_blank">Dick Sargent</a> or <a href="http://andrejkoymasky.com/liv/fam/biom6/murp2.html"target="_blank">brat</a> --<br> Praise <a href="http://www.glbtq.com/arts/moorehead_a.html"target="_blank">Agnes Moorehead</a> for her grumpy act's trait.<br><br> For yay, the original Endora was a great big ole dyke,<br> Tho' many marriages to guys did she like.<br> Back in the day<br> To be out was no way,<br> And Hollywood pervs balanced pay cheque with their psych'.<br><br> Moorehead worked with <a href="http://www.bway.net/~nipper/home.html"target="_blank">Welles</a> on so much,<br> Orson's Ambersons and Kane helped her touch<br> The top of the heap.<br> Tho' oft' cast as a creep,<br> Aggie was maybe a little bit butch.<br><br> She took lesbo roles, like <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049672/"target="_blank">Mamie Stover's</a> revolt,</a><br> Though directors neutered the gay jolt.<br> And in the 'licious <a href="http://www.planetout.com/popcornq/db/getfilm.html?207"target="_blank">"Caged"</a><br> Girl prisoners did she page.<br> Er, methinks that's enough, now I bolt.<img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=2351" width="1" height="1">