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23 January 2006 @ 10:36 am
"Match Point" and "Memoirs of a Geisha"  
Nice weekend. Saw "Match Point" on saturday, which I thought was kind of tedious, but had Belgian frites and gigantic glasses of Hoegaarden beforehand so it was still a perfectly lovely afternoon.

And on Sunday, the girl and I went to see "Memoirs of a Geisha" which was terrific. My only real complaint was that everyone spoke English in it. I guess I've seen too many foreign films and I just don't understand why Americans are so afraid of subtitles. Now, if everyone in the movie was Japanese that wouldn't have bothered me as much. It would have just been the magic of the medium making Japanese sound like English. The problem was that halfway through the film, the Americans show up and there's no communications barrier at all. I can't believe that all those characters spoke such perfect English and there's no damn way the American soldiers were speaking perfect Japanese.

(Also, for those who expressed concern/intrigue about the age of the young lady in Friday's photo. The model was Farrah Summerford and she was born in 1977 and I'm assuming the photograph isn't all that old.)
Listening to: Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham - "Knives From Bavaria"
doNUT!donutgirl on January 23rd, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Matchpoint has been getting good reviews, but I'm nervous about it. I don't generally like Woody Allen when he tries to be not funny.
Pallaspallasathene8 on January 24th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
If I were an American soldier, I'd speak perfect Japanese.
jesika linlosdeadboys on January 24th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
i dont think she looks younger than the average model.
i thought 'memoirs' was pretty good too. i wasn't expecting it to be, but i think it could have been done in japanese. foriegn language films like 'crouching tiger hidden dragon' and 'amelie' have done really well here in the last couple of years. plus i was really impressed when i saw a little bit of 'the last samurai' at how much japanese there was in it. they could have done it... but it also would have involved teaching the two main actresses to speak it.
Francis the Talking Mulezipzilla on January 24th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
I loved the book but the movie looks a little too Hollywood for my taste. Our country still has major issues with subtitles and it drives my crazy. I remember a period living in Texas before DVD's when it was impossible to find anything foreign that wasn't dubbed -that is, if you could find something foreign at all.