For those tired of the Games, or just the Olympic hoopla or competition between nations using people as pawns, I have two rather obscure film recommendations. With the Olympics, it is odd how close vanity and nationalism can get at times, and how cruel that can be to those involved. Particularly when some poor woman who spent hours a day in training, is crying on live TV, apologizing to all the people watching having just found out she was .01 of a second too slow in the semi-finals to make the finals.
Linda and I had a friend in Wales and she practiced her Judo hours a day, won the national titles, while doing her doctorate. I rooted for Ruta Meilutyte, from the tiny Lithuania, who had just turned 15 before the Olympics.Her father moved to the UK to get work, and is a disability care attendant. The nation of Lithuania had never gotten an Olympic medal in swimming. Her father gave his ticket to Ruta’s grandmother, who raised her until two years ago when she got a scholarship into a school, Plymouth, for elite swimmers in the UK. Ruta was entered to come to see what international competition was like, was ignored by all the commentators and ended up winning the 100m breaststroke. Joining Ruta's grandmother in the stands was the president of Lithuania. After she won, back home, the local bar named a drink the Ruta, which her brother drank free all night. Ruta won’t be old enough to drink until the next Olympics. Each person has a story, and in the end they are just people. Ruta went out and had ice cream after winning, as for as an elite swimmer pre-tournament, she had not had any for a long time.
On to the films:
The Sound of Noise is a tongue in cheek highly rated and award winning film about a woman, Sanna who leads a musical art movement, which is ‘beyond the law.’ Warnebring is a detective for high profile cases, and a total disappointment to his family of musicians for being tone deaf. Sanna’s friend writes a script using the city as music art and mayhem, six percussionists required. Warnebring is both attracted to the idea of music beyond the structure his family worships (like using medical equipment as instruments), but also desperate to stop them, and just stop the NOISE! It manages to mock avante-guard music while displaying it in a popular medium, as well as the idea of there being music for everyone, even if that happens to be silence. It is two years old, but only premiered in the US a couple months ago. The Sound of Noise DVDout last week.
And for the ‘other Britian’, the urban landscapes and block towers with ‘bad boys’ of age nine trying to go around being called Mayhem, there is the film Attack the Block. It is just your typical teenage lads on Guy Fawks, dissing, jacking a woman, and doing a kick down when some thing start coming down instead of up. Yes, Aliens have invaded South London, and knowing that 5-0, the fuzz will charge them with whatever the monsters do, our gang of six lads, two tyke wannabe’s, a nurse, the king pot dealer and his upper middle class client face off the Alien invasion. Having some knowledge of London slang would help (though there is more cockney slang in New Tricks) as this is a typical sentence:‘Yo, dem tings is beyond, bang, bang, bang, believe!’ Though there are subtitles, if you don’t ‘feel it, man.’ By the makers of Shaun of the Dead.
It is a long weekend here in Canada, with a NEW long weekend coming next year, according to Linda the Oracle.
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