Friday, 4 April 2014

Putting on a brave face


I watched 'The Exorcist' last night for the first time - better late than never.

Apparently I am 41 years too late, so I won't bother with a John Gray type critique, other than the only real fault I could find with the film was that the girl's make-up was a bit overdone, and her projectile vomit was a Kermit-green colour which actually made me laugh out loud. I think I was supposed to be shocked.

H.I.'s contribution is that she thinks Max von Sydow has 'a nice shaped head'. I know what she means, but every time I see him, I always think of those depressing Ingmar Bergman films where he speaks Swedish and kills small boys with his bare hands.

I spend years telling people that I thought 'Ingrid' Bergman films were depressing, and it was a long time before I understood why they looked at me quizzically when I did, but  - funnily enough - the older I get, the more depressing I find Ingrid Bergman films as well.

The big problem is that I never fancied Ingrid Bergman. I could almost forgive Audrey Hepburn her slappable 'little girl' face (unlike Audrey Tautou), because it was quite pretty, but then again, I never saw her without make-up.

Talking of seeing people without make-up, WHAT is the big deal about all these girls and starlets  bravely sending out selfies wearing no make-up? I go out every day without make-up (except Saturday nights), and I don't expect to be applauded for presenting myself the way that God (and 45 years of alcohol abuse) has created me.

The combination of selfishness, stupidity and laziness has resulted in thousands of teenagers giving money to charities that don't need it, because they used predictive text when typing ONE WORD before sending it to a five-figure number, then finding that they had adopted a polar bear that they never even heard of.

Now if Linda Blair had sent a selfie with all that make-up on, that would have been brave.

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  1. Sorry to jump on the bandwagon of sycophancy but I agree with every word of this other than not being able to forgive Audrey Hepburn.

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    1. It's personal. I wouldn't expect you to get involved.

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  2. I think it is Ingmar Bergman's fault if he gets confused with Ingrid. He should have realised that his name was far too similar to hers.

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    1. Did you like 'The Hour of the Woolf'?

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  3. I've never seen the Exorcist - probably never will (I'm a bit of a scaredy cat). But I was brave enough to do a no make up selfie. Bravery didn't really come into it, even though I resemble an anaemic pig without a bit of paint. Wish I'd typed Bear instead of Beat.

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    1. They bleed pigs immediately after slaughter, so they all end up anaemic eventually.

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  4. Ingrid B was born about the same year as my mother so I always dismissed her as just plain old and never took any interest in films she was in.

    However I have always been an Ingmar Bergman fan to the point of obsession.

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  5. By the way, I wouldn't dream of going out without makeup. Today I have thick black eyeliner, and heavy mascara and look like a vamp.

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    1. ..ire? Why am I not surprised you have a thing about Bergman films?

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  6. As a protest I shall, from now on, wear make-up when taking photos of the animals.

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    1. The clue is in the word - selfies.

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    2. I refuse to acknowledge that word.

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  7. The Exorcist scared the hell out of me. Did you ever see The Sixth Sense? Loved that.

    Some of those girls look better without the make-up...Anne Hathaway?

    I've taken my last selfie. They are just too close.

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    1. Nope. never seen that. Anne Hathaway has no need for make-up any more, or she didn't when I last saw her in Stratford... but maybe....

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    2. "... that's what you are..." (Nat King Cole).

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  8. I can do a damn decent imitation of the "your mother sucks c----'s in hell" line after a couple of gins. It's my party trick.

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    1. This really made me laugh. Please, PLEASE put on a bit of eye shadow and make a short video of you doing it? Please?

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    2. Chainia.....I can feel a YouTube event coming on?

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    3. 'Chainia' - love it. I feel another You Tube event coming on. Who said Canada was boring?

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  9. Did you listen to the radio version recently?
    Very bloody scary

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    1. It was that which inspired me to watch the film. I preferred it to the film version. I think everyone's imagination exceeds any clever film stuff.

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  10. I think the "no makeup" selfies are narcissistic in the extreme. Actually, most selfies are, come to think of it. And how it's supposed to help cancer research is beyond me.

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    1. Anything to rope people in these days, I think. When the Greenpeace lot approach me in the street, I am very short - especially of change.

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  11. I can just imagine you sitting there whipping through the comments. Right, that's it. All done. Next please.

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    1. Yes, that's what I do. Does that piss you off? I've already explained that I keep my comments down to one-liners if I can, and save my verbal garbage for the main posts.

      For your sake, I will respond with more than one line, just to indulge you.

      The other thing is that I get home and try to respond to all the comments before I start cooking the food. I always cook in this household, and I like to respond to all the comments if I can. Then I like to try and relax before going to bed.

      So yes, you have got it right.

      Next.

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    2. re.first para. sentence 3 you can say that again. I hope I also piss you off.

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    3. I wasn't trying to piss you off! My 5 paragraph response to your tetchy one above it is another perfect example of why I like to stick to one line if I possibly can, and how I usually regret writing any more than that.

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  12. Maybe I should be putting makeup on my pets to prevent them from donating unwittingly to charities. But wait, I don't have any pets.

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  13. Up here in the sticks you are still considered to be 'fast' if you wear make up! More than a touch of colour on your cheeks and you are deemed to be a hussy. I have absolutely no colour, being dark haired and olive skinned, so consequently I am usually so pale (but not interesting) that folk as me if I am ill.

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    1. Do you wear a leopard-skin, fake fur coat to the pub?

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