Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Absolut Kate

Yes, it's already time for . . .

Twitter Sonnet #23--Kate edition!

Didn't like Capshaw in Temple of Doom
But she'd be good in
Taming of the Shrew
I think Katie Holmes might live on the moon
Kate Bush, I say, could tell her what to do
Kate Mulgrew's not my least favourite captain
But Katharine Hepburn would've been better
More food to Kate Hudson please do ration
And Kate Moss could probably be fatter
I do not think that Kate Winslet is fat
Though it might well be said of Kathy Bates
I wonder where these days Cate Blanchett's at
Eto, I can't think of anymore Kates
I suppose I may be asking this late
But why's everyone talking about Kate?

"Kate" was a trending topic on Twitter. Turned out it was because of a TV show called Jon and Kate. Who knew? Sometimes, believe it or not, I can be a bit of a wiseass.

"Eto" is Japanese for "um" or "er". You can go to Japanese for a two syllable "um".

Watched "Innocence" last night, the second season Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode where Angel loses his soul. I think this was a bad idea--well, it could've been a good idea, and I don't really blame Whedon for not knowing it wouldn't yield much. There are too many potential implications for the centre to hold--So, Angel turns evil right after he and Buffy have sex, and a million evil deeds that Angelus would logically have committed at this point are sidestepped for an inexplicable jump cut from Buffy alone and naked in Angel's bed to her walking home the next morning. Of course, what one would have to assume Angelus would really have done is too horrible for audiences of the teen action series, so now we're going to have to face this as another allegory for real life teen drama--the boyfriend who becomes shit after a girl loses her virginity to him. I guess. Except, if we were going that route, the salient issues would be Buffy's questioning of her own judgement and Angel's ability to deceive.

So what we end up with is some cheap, emotionally wearing melodrama; Buffy's devastated and . . . Buffy cries and . . . that's it. Until the end where there's a rocket launcher. Which, true, was cool, but the episode's more of a good Mighty Morphing Power Rangers episode than anything else.

I downloaded a bunch of Revolutionary Girl Utena soundtracks yesterday. Lots of versions of "Zettai Unmei Mokushiroku" ("Absolute Destiny Apocolypse") by J.A. Seazer, a Japanese composer of rock operas since the 1960s. Fun to listen to. The instrumental stuff by Mitsume Shinkichi is a cut above most anime soundtracks, too.

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