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2020/11/14 - Reply - Christina’s Five Questions for November


Christina’s Five Questions


1. What happens in films that make you say “this would never happen in real life”?


Hmmm... Happily ever afters? Love conquering all? That sounds more cynical than I feel. But I deem that the theme of “love achieved” is rather jejune. It cheapens mortal joy to wrap love up in a comedy bow. Better to have the protagonists, who I shall imagine as two homely middle age women, turn to each other and say:

“Do you think we can make a go of it?”

“Well, I shall certainly try... You?”

“For you, after all... Yes!”


I don’t fancy films with Hollywood “beauty”. Whether chiseled plastic people or chiseled plastic buildings or chiseled plastic computer generated effects... The hyperreal cyber-æternal Los Angeles. None of it rings true. None of it calls to what we used to naively call virtue or humanity.


How I wish California would stop exporting its facile æsthetics. It’s ever so beastly.


2. If you could wipe a movie from your memory so that you could experience it for the first time again, what would you choose?


Branagh’s version of Hamlet, mayhaps. And see it on a wide screen.


3. What was your favourite toy as a child?


Sticks and stones. (For making, natch. It hasn’t changed.)


4. What colour describes your mood right now?


Steel grey.


5. If your domicile was on fire, what three items would you save?


I really couldn’t say!


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