Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Important Television Update

I know you've been following this saga with the impatient fervour you would normally reserve for EastEnders or the latest instalment in the Kerry/Brian or Jude/Sienna fiascos (fiaschi*, surely?), so I'll put you out of your misery.

You'll be relieved to hear that I have now got the TV to work (cue shrieks of delight, merry little dances around the living room, possibly a certain degree of underwear-throwing). Excellent.

I also tested my powers of emotional resistance by watching Amélie again. This time I only cried on three occasions, and that was because I was being *manipulated* into doing so by fiendish director, not because the film had unexpectedly tapped into some hidden wellspring of despair.

So hurrah - the frost-covered robot angel is reborn!

* It's Italian for "flasks". Flasks. Hmmm. No, me neither. Cello?

15 comments:

Kalista said...

I cry like a baby at Amelie, I must have seen it a million times! It's Audrey Tatou's eyes, like deer caught in a headlight, oh and that bit in the kitchen where she think's it's Nino *sighs* Feel slightly shamed now. Ho hum.

lauren said...

so, is amelie a recommended fillum then? i'm not sure i can do emotional films, i may have a complete breakdown, seeing as the last one i saw was mr & mrs smith, and my favouritest is lock, stock and two smoking barrels. still, i was very nearly crying at silent witness last week, but that could be because i found myself a new crush and was feeling a little delicate. and i have a feeling this makes no sense at all

patroclus said...

It's emotional in a good way, Lauren, and it's highly recommended - especially if you like twee French movies and the colour green.

It's the bit with the goldfish that gets me, Kalista. The way it stares up mournfully out of the stream that they let it go into.

Wyndham said...

Amelie good, A Very Long Engagement bad.

Kalista said...

The goldfish, oh god, yes that too!

Lauren, it is indeed recommended, as it features one of the best on screen kisses ever.

lauren said...

right, i'll have to find me a dvd-rental type shop then. can you believe it, in a 'village' of about 10 000 people, there isn't even one of these, and the nearest blockbuster is about 10 miles away. only one of the thousands of reasons that i have to move to somewhere with a bit of life for uni

lauren said...

and kalista, the best screen kiss i have ever seen, one which made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, was the last episode of season 11 of ER, when ray kisses a girl on a balcony. he leaves her for a few seconds to go back into the building, and the balcony falls down. that was quite an emotional episode - carter left too. i do like my medical dramas and comedies

patroclus said...

Lauren! *That's* the best screen kiss you've ever seen? Are you...quite sure about that?

lauren said...

but did you see it? maybe it's just me fancying far too many men than can practically be good for you, but it was just a gorgeous, sensual moment - it actually made me tingle, and not many screen kisses have ever had that effect on me. obviously i haven't described it very well to you all, but i'll report back once i've begged/borrowed/stolen amelie

Kalista said...

Lauren, you lucky thing living in the idllyic countryside- why are you not running through fields of corn with flowers in your hair.

On the unsuitable crush front, I have harboured one for Julian Barrett (aka howard in the mighty boosh) for sometime. He's lovely.

patroclus said...

He is indeed, Kalista. Though I preferred him as Dan Ashcroft in Nathan Barley.

Kalista said...

It's the eyes isn't it? Really nice eyes...

Pashmina said...

Thank *god* you've got the TV to work at last.

According to Holy Moly, Sienna is 6 weeks pregnant, apparently. Just thought I'd share.

cello said...

Sorry to have been so absent in your hour of need. How come it's summer but work has gone mental?

Flasks = fiaschi. Mmm. Maybe they were originally gunpowder flasks, as I believe they are known, and hence lead to a bit of an explosion. Either that, or it's because everyone needs a nice cup of tea, from a vacuum flask, after an emotional upset.

I hope you don't really think I know anything about etymology. Have you not noticed it's always made-up.

Amelie. Excellent. Damn those very cute and chic French actresses though.

patroclus said...

Oh cello, don't tell me you made up that "come Doge" thing for comedogenic? I loved that one.

Anyway, dictionary.com informs me that the origin of "fiasco" is:

French, from Italian fare fiasco, to make a bottle, fail, from fiasco, bottle (perhaps translation of French bouteille, bottle, error, used by the French for linguistic errors committed by Italian actors on the 18th-century French stage), from Late Latin flasc, flask.

I think I prefer the nice-cup-of-tea theory, though.