March 11th, 2007

little review

Poem for Sunday

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It was a magnificent 60+ degree day, so we went downtown to Theodore Roosevelt Island, where there is a memorial to the last great Republican environmentalist president and the closest thing to a nature sanctuary in the immediate flight path to National Airport. There were a lot of cars in the lot but everyone must have been very spread out on the island paths, because we saw very few people and it was very quiet apart from birds and the occasional airplane. There are great views of many major DC monuments from the island at this time of year since there aren't leaves obscuring them, and the wood ducks seemed to be pairing off for the mating season.

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Watched The Libertine, which I had heard mixed things about but which stars Johnny Depp, Tom Hollander and Jack Davenport as well as Francesca Annis, Samantha Morton and John Malkovitch, so I knew there would be lots to enjoy and perverse POTC parallels, which there were in abundance. (I see why the people I know who most love this film are Sparrington fans!) I thought the film was uneven -- trying to make political statements about sexuality is fraught at best, and like the various Marquis de Sade films I've seen, this one works better in some places than others. I wasn't crazy about any of the women's roles, they were all much too easily swayed by icky charm or some notion of loyalty or both -- the one declaration of independence seems like too little, too late. But the cinematography is terrific, the acting is mostly superlative and the location filming is highly enjoyable.

Losing an hour of sleep, so better get to bed!