Archive for March, 2006

Last night I saw a movie that both surprised and impressed me. It was V for Vendetta, and is based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore and David LLoyd. The main theme relates to personal responsibility and the role of the individual as he or she relates to the public and to the government; while cloaked in a comic book theme, it is not simple nor does it have a simple message. I don't want to get too specific here, but I would say that it will raise questions and challenge personal opinions about individuality and relationships both personal and formal.

The acting was excellent, both with Natalie Portman and with the voice (most especially the voice) of Hugo Weaving, who played the red letter V. The dialogue was one of the things which most impressed me. It was sharp, clever, insightful, and there was a lot of Shakespeare, a bit of Faust, and a few other people who I won't name here.

Bottom line: I recommend it, don't look for simple answers, and I think it would be just as good on DVD.


Read Full Post »

This is my first time with a blog so bear with me. This week has been somewhat hectic, with my supervisor leaving for China for 60 days while I'm trying to finish my research! However, I know what needs to be done, so a bit less photography and a bit more work.

Speaking of photography, I have been playing around a little with church architecture after a visit to a wonderful church in Lunenburg. It was almost completely destroyed five years ago, and the congregation rebuilt it completely in four years. It is pretty on the outside, but the interior is sheer bliss, with warm wood tones, gentle yellow light, and in a style called Carpenter Gothic. The church is St. John's Anglican, the congregation has been in continuous existence since 1753, and the church has slowly evolved over the centuries. A large part of the original congregation was German and Protestant-French, and I think this comes through in the architecture. I almost felt like I was in the Black Forest. Also, Lunenburg has had a long history with shipbuilding and the fisheries on the Scotian Shelf and the Grand Banks, and some of this has been imparted into the church.

The weather here has been unusually good, while at home in St. John's they've been pasted with Sheilagh's Brush, and with days of persistent Northerly winds, flurries, freezing drizzle and rain, but yesterday it let up a bit. Despite all this the Avalon has had temperatures above normal for January through March. Life is always interesting at home.

Read Full Post »