When is a martial arts film not a film about martial arts? When it is a David Mamet film of course.Redbelt tells the story of Mike Terry who is a struggling Jiu-jitsu instructor. His wife, Sondra is forced to direct money from her business into his in order to pay his bills. And she isn’t that happy about it. Especially because Mike will not fight in competitions; he sees them as weakening. A fight is a fight, a competition has rules and regulations, it isn’t a real fight. He also spouts “philosophical” statements about Jiu-jitsu and life in general. The main one being that there is always a way out.
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Harriette Wilson’s Memoirs omit both time and place; there are no addresses given, no locations described, no elections, diseases, or wars. “Dates make ladies nervous and stories dry,” she wrote.
It has taken me quite a while to finish this book. Usually that isn’t a very good sign, it means I’ve not really being all that interested in it, but usually I don’t read non-fiction. Whenever I do it always takes me longer to get through.
This is the story of Harriette Wilson who grew up to become a courtesan in Regency London. The woman whose Memoirs caused a scandal, and raised her quite a bit of cash, as those named began to buy her silence. But as well as that it is a story of how few options there were available to women at that time. It was a case of be married or be damned. Harriette seems to have chosen the damned option. It was her book that led to the, now famous, if incorrect line by Wellington, “publish and be damned”.
Jenny and Steve have a quiet weekend in the country planned. A romantic weekend, and Steve is bringing an engagement ring. Awww. Steve wants to show Jenny an abandoned quarry that he used to visit, the area is under construction, the one-time public park is being turned into a gated community called Eden Lake Which of course means that getting to the quarry lake involves going slightly off track through the woods. So when things turn bad be prepared for plenty of running through the trees.
There I was, channel surfing last night, and what did I come across, only the bestest news in the world eveh! That’s right, New Kids On The Block are back! Touring. And coming to Ireland. The excitement is incroyable. I’m even half tempted to go. I mean, apart from the fact that they’re crap, and […]
Yes, I’ve gone back to the old theme. I’m not sure why. Couldn’t find a new one that I liked and I missed a header image with the last one. I may do a couple of header images over the next few days, then again I may not. Decisive amn’t I? I’m cat minding at […]
On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.
There is nothing like a vampire story to get in the right move for the RIP challenge. I suppose this got a lot of press recently because of the Will Smith film, but the book is a lot darker than the film, as is often the case in these sort of adaptations, and a lot better. Especially the ending.
A serious house on serious earth Illustrator: Dave McKean See also: Librarything ; Other reviews ; Read for RIP III From the journals of Amadeus Arkham: In the years following my mother’s death, I think it’s true to say that the house became my whole world. I think one the main reasons I picked this […]
One day my father just said, “Goddamn it, you’re seventeen, stop being a fucking dinosaur and get a job!”
As I mentioned in my last proper post Carl’s RIP challenge is on again. And as part of the first Peril I have to “Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose”. So, my list is: Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer – Its got vamps and werewolves, but […]