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Jul. 27th, 2008

Had a so-so Sunday, late breakfast with R.-from-work and R.-no-longer-from-work, and I definitely need to find a way around those initials, but since Vienna is such a village when it comes down to it, I'm not really comfortable with names... Anyway. Extended breakfast, then the Derek Jarman exhibition in the Kunsthalle, which I found a little disappointing because I expected to see more artworks and fewer films. We watched the biographic film by Isaac Julien, and personally I'd have also liked to see Blue, which I've never seen before, but the other two seemed a little disinclined to spend more than an hour watching a blue screen...

So then (with only R.-from-work) on to watching Mamma Mia, which was, much as expected, a mostly okay and sometimes genuinely funny and touching feel-good summer movie. Generally speaking it failed when it became too dramatic (comparatively speaking, that is), but Meryl Streep was fantastic, her songs fitted her perfectly and her version of The Winner Takes It All sent shivers down my spine and made me want to stand up and applaud at the end of it. Dancing Queen was just the cutest thing ever and Christine Baranski fabulous as usual. It's a pity the movie couldn't uphold these standards throughout, and I don't know who thought it was a good idea to cast Pierce Brosnan, who simply can't sing at all, there's no politer way of saying it. That was just... painful.


Walked home in the evening sun, made myself a salad & am now watching Erasure videos on YouTube. (Which is not as completely random as it may seem, because I started out with Derek Jarman's It's A Sin video for the Pet Shop Boys, but the internet tends to side-track you like that...)

My very exciting life. *g*

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davenport_6
Jul. 28th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
What did we ever do before YouTube? It's amazing how it's become such an insidious presence. The first time I saw YouTube, I was convinced it would just be a fad. But then, I guess they said that about television, too.

I like Christine Baranski...
solitary_summer
Jul. 28th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't much mind giving up my tv, but I'd cling to the internet like whoa. *g* And I got my first Apple when I was in university; it took me even longer to warm up to the internet.

And never mind YouTube, how annoying was it when you saw an actor on tv and thought he looked kind of familiar, but couldn't place him, and had to rack your brains and pester friends & family, more often than not with no result, before imdb.com?
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