As the sun began burning its way through, I risked being late for my morning ferry and took my camera down to the beach to snap these shots. I love the stillness that is part of the fog -- wish I could have played hooky and jumped into the kayak -- the best paddles for me are the foggy ones.
I'm trying to get the time and energy for a post about my Vancouver shopping -- I want to think through my response to new goodies in the stores against the much-ness already evident in my closet and the desirability of scaling back the consumption to dress creatively and attractively and stylishly within a less spendy framework. Not saying I'm going to make any commitments but I'm planning to meditate a little bit on the issue. . .
Meanwhile, we saw four -- count 'em, four! -- movies on DVD this weekend:
1. Eastern Promises -- solid acting (Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts especially), very tense, more graphic violence than I could watch without covering my eyes and peeking through my fingers (seriously -- don't any of you do that too?)
2. 2 Days in Paris -- I'm a Julie Delpy fan since the Before Sunrise/Before Sunset films, and this movie is very much in that vein -- heavy on the dialogue. Some very Woody Allen-esque moments, which Adam Goldberg played well. Paul almost choked laughing so hard -- after his years of French lessons (mandatory for his senior-ish position in Canadian civil service), he's very alert to the humour inherent in language-learning/alienation situations. Goldberg's exclusion from Delpy's French-only conversations with her outrageously soixante-huitard father about Goldberg's character, right in front of him, as he tried to follow, were hilarious. Her conversations with ex-lovers even funnier. Coincidentally, my internet friend IndigoAlison also watched this movie over the weekend and also loved it.
3. Perfect Stranger -- really bad. just really bad. I wasn't a fan of Monster's Ball, and this movie has nothing to suggest that Halle Berry can act -- although she can certainly overact. Very poor pacing -- nothing much happens to care about in the first thirty minutes and then way too much in the last five or ten. Did I mention it was really bad?
4. La Doublure Very enjoyable, well-acted French farce set in Paris -- need I say more? Oh, besides Daniel Auteil who's always fun to watch, Kristin Scott-Thomas is delightful in this. In fact, the female roles are all particularly satisfying.
And after watching two French films set in Paris this weekend, our tickets for this May's trip arrived today. Paul had booked them weeks ago, the points had left his plan and the charges appeared on the credit card statement, but processing the electronic ticket/itinerary took a while. I was beginning to get anxious and didn't want to blog about the travel plans for fear of jinxing them, but it's official: we fly to Paris May 21st for a week-long visit, then take a train to Portugal to spend a week at a converted olive mill in the Beira-Alta region, then three days in Lisbon before flying home. Only three months to wait, ninety sleeps!