March 30th, 2011

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Poem for Wednesday, Brainstorm, Frankenstein, Ikebana

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It was a pretty, cool Tuesday as the cherry blossoms peaked downtown -- not that I was there to see them, I was at home working and doing laundry and various other chores when I wasn't running out to exchange a cosmetic bag. I had a good day with cable TV. My laundry-folding movie was Brainstorm, which I haven't seen in several years, and while I know I am biased because I love Louise Fletcher in absolutely everything and Christopher Walken in almost everything, I really think it has held up amazingly well; the computers look ancient but the sci-fi hook is still relevant, and it's one of the few cinematic life-after-death sequences that actually works for me. In the late afternoon I took Adam to tennis and took an hour-long walk in Cabin John Park, which was delightful with the sun coming through the trees and daffodils everywhere.

We had veggie sloppy joes for dinner, then one of the Encore channels had Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein on just after the UConn women beat the Duke women. I haven't seen that in even longer than Brainstorm and enjoyed it enormously: any film with three hams as big as Branagh, De Niro, and Bonham Carter cannot help but be delightful even in an over-the-top ending like this film has, and I don't know where my mind was before, but it never occurred to me how much Tom Hulce is playing Branagh's boyfriend. Because of Mel Brooks, I cannot watch any version of Frankenstein without looking for Frau Blucher and making jokes about Abby Normal's brain, so even though this is a classic of horror and written by a woman I greatly admire, I always end up snickering at inappropriate moments. Here are some more photos of the Brookside Gardens Ikebana show last weekend:


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