Fiona’s joined me in Dublin for the weekend (leaving our cat in strange hands) so don’t expect too much writing. I will try and cough up an intertitle tomorrow morning, though.

She pronounced her first night sleeping on the mattress on the floor to be “very comfortable” but complained of soreness. I explained that that was a side-effect of the floor, and that it would get worse. So far she doesn’t seem to believe me. She’ll learn!

Off for a vague-sounding day of sight-seeing now — any items of cinematic interest will be reported. I think Fiona will enjoy the Dead Zoo.

Oh, and last night we discovered our host’s stash of American Horror Story, which was right up Fiona’s street, though we both found the editing style a bit hyper. It can work for disorientation and panic, but tends to chip away at tension, and gets downright irksome in conversation scenes. But the show has Jessica Lange, who, Fiona observed, has clearly entered a new phase of her career — as divine diva-bitch. A bit like Joan Crawford but more self-aware (one hopes). She’s electrifying, and the role’s beautifully written.


6 Responses to “Weekend”

  1. David Boxwell Says:

    AHS 1: a mashup of Rosemary’s Baby, A Streetcar Named Desire, Elephant, The Shining, The Lisbon Traviata, and about a hundred other sources. Still, it blew all other US episodic TV out of the water when it was on last year…

    AHS 2, Asylum: a mashup of The Snake Pit, The Boys from Brazil, Shock Corridor, The Exorcist, and about a hundred other sources. Nope, inevitably a follow-on Ryan Murphy joint palls pretty quickly. This one’s no exception.

  2. Hoping to run two more episodes of season one tonight, when Fiona wakes from her nap.

    Had fun at the Dead Zoo!

  3. Jessica Lange as a ‘divine via bitch’? That’s the answer to my prayers, if nobody else’s!

    She’s actually been working on it for a few years now, but the films she made in the late 90s (COUSIN BETTE, HUSH) were so lame they never made much impact. The first real sign was TITUS, where she was unforgettable as Tamora, Queen of the Goths.

    Her performance as ‘Big Eadie’ Beale in the recent TV version of GREY GARDENS dwarfs most (if not all) of the Oscar-winners from the past 10 years.

  4. Oh, I think you’ll like AHS. Certainly Lange’s psycho Blanche Dubois is a turn for the ages.

  5. There’s nothing wrong with that mattress. It’s you!

  6. “The problem wasn’t a lump mattress, it was a lumpy man.”

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