[personal profile] barrington
So, after a long absence, I think I might post here again. Just occasionally, you know? It's nice to have a personal blog space, not like my book blog (which is focussed on, well, books), or my work blogs (work as in trying to maintain some kind of profile as a comedian), or Twitter (which I have taken to like some kind of aquatic fowl to the local lake), or Facebook (where I've been laying low; it's really weird to continue to hear about the exploits of people who've left your life, especially when you didn't want them to and/or you feel weird/guilty about it).

So what to write about? Well, I should mention Dungeon Crawl, I suppose - my D&D inspired impro show is now going to be on monthly in Melbourne, which is pretty sweet. The first one is next Wednesday (February 2), but you can read about it at the link.

I should also say that I spend my Australia Day on a mountain at the wedding of an old friend and it was one of the best wedding ceremonies I've ever seen. It made me glad to know that even in my current state of uncertainty, grief and recovery, I can still find joy in the happiness of others. And they were so very happy, though - and this is perhaps my favourite part - no more happy than they are all the time because they truly love each other. This wasn't a "squeeze all happiness into a single moment that will never be equalled again" kind of wedding, but a true expression and celebration of a love that has and will endure. I love you guys.

What else? I did a marathon of the (extant) Twilight movies last night. There was a drinking game. Surprisingly, we got pretty drunk during the first film, but and a bit during the second, but the third one didn't offer too many drinking moments. The third one is the best, by the way. But I'm still opposed to the whole thing. Bella is the single worst female character I have ever encountered in fiction: powerless, feckless, helpless...just less. She makes no decisions about her own life, and is entirely defined by her "love" for Edward, which of course is instant and everlasting and never questioned in any kind of rational way. It makes me a little sick, actually; possibly this is because I recently lost the love of my life-so-far because she was too young to know I was right enough for her. And she was 25. This film tells young women that at 17, it's fine to instantly fall for the man you will stay with for the rest of your life, though at least she's a little weird about getting married and slightly normal about wanting to get it on.

Anyway, I live-tweeted during the whole thing. It only ended up costing me two followers, and a couple of people thanked me for watching on their behalf so they don't have to. To be honest I had fun, but the thought that anyone might see anything admirable in the OTT "romantic" shenanigans indulged by the main characters is abhorrent to me.

To balance it all out, I'm going to see True Grit today. Should be quite a balancin', I reckon. Yup.

Date: 2011-01-30 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vaingloriesque.livejournal.com
Good luck with Dungeon Crawl!

And I'm sorry to hear things didn't work out with K. :(

Date: 2011-01-31 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barrington.livejournal.com
Thanks - on both counts. It's nice to hear from you!

Date: 2011-01-31 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vaingloriesque.livejournal.com
Thanks!

Will have to see I can make it along to Dungeon Crawl sometime soon. :)

Date: 2011-01-30 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p-cat.livejournal.com
True Grit should be an excellent detox after those ghastly films. I'd be interested to know what you thought of it.

Good to see you posting. I haven't been very social for a while so I haven't seen you for ages and I've been hoping that you're doing okay. x

Date: 2011-01-31 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barrington.livejournal.com
I really dug True Grit. It might be because I've been (slowly) playing my way through Red Dead Redemption, but I was really in the mood for a gritty, well-made western. And True Grit delivers. The main cast are great, the cinematography, locations and dialogue all deliver a real vision of the west, and the violence is appropriately visceral but not gratuitous. It's a great film by just about any measure.

I hope Hailee Steinfeld wins a bunch of awards; her performance is as nuanced and confident as any adult I've seen, and she holds her own easily against Bridges and Damon, who are doing great work.

Date: 2011-01-31 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p-cat.livejournal.com
Wasn't she amazing?

You know, I don't like westerns (of the John Wayne variety) but I love the Cohen brothers and Jeff Bridges, so I went to see it anyway and thought it was fantastic.

I really liked the cinematography but K was disappointed (because he really admires the cinematographer, who often works with the Cohen brothers). The only bit I thought was cheesy was the galloping horse head close up towards the end; otherwise, I thought it was beautiful.

Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Have you seen A Serious Man?

Date: 2011-01-31 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barrington.livejournal.com
I am well behind on Coen Brothers films (and, indeed, all films). I haven't seen No Country For Old Men either!

Date: 2011-01-31 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p-cat.livejournal.com
That's a fantastic film.

A Serious Man is subtly brilliant, though - a great comment on despair (although probably not great to watch if feeling despairing yourself).

Date: 2011-01-30 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fengshuiguy.livejournal.com
Your live tweeting from the Twilight marathon kept me amused while I was hip-deep in editing, so I thank you for that.

Also, I extend my hand to you for sharin' the lively times of watching that particular film together.

Date: 2011-01-31 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barrington.livejournal.com
It were a grand display, were it not?

Date: 2011-01-30 12:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pollyanna-n.livejournal.com

Good to head from you Ben. I wish I were down south to catch your show. Good to see Sean fabri is involved.

Date: 2011-01-31 07:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barrington.livejournal.com
We might come up and do another in Sydney some time; it went pretty well last year!

Date: 2011-01-30 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitling.livejournal.com
Welcome back to lj

Date: 2011-01-31 07:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barrington.livejournal.com
It's good to be back.

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