Myth Happens - What would you do when you're safe home again?

Sovay
Date: 2014-01-14 21:30
Subject: What would you do when you're safe home again?
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Music:The Nightjar Orchestra, "The Great Western"
I had a rotten morning. I needed to go to bed early and I fell asleep sometime much closer to dawn because my back hurt so severely that I was crying from the pain. derspatchel curled up against me while I read about Peter Cushing and was warm and reassuring and smelled like himself, but he had to move back to his own bed before I fell asleep, with the result that I had a nightmare in which we were moving again (no reasons given in the dream, just moving) and there wasn't enough room in the new apartment for both our furniture, scant as it was, and Rob's foot was still in a cast, so I ended up sleeping on the curb with my head at a wrenching angle to the rest of me, which was pretty much how I woke up, except for the bit where I was indoors. It was pouring rain and everything about my neck and spine hurt so badly, I had trouble getting dressed. Both the Red Line and the 73 bus were running late.

The bad news is that I am still in the kind of pain that makes it difficult to think, not to mention turn my head or sit comfortably. (Yes, I am doing something about it, not just enduring with insufficient painkillers. I have an appointment with a physical therapist next week and I hope they'll tell me something that isn't just "Eh, try some heat on it.") The good news is that I had a singing lesson nonetheless, which was worth going out for, and then loitered around several different bookstores in Harvard Square until Rob was done with his doctor's appointment in Davis and could meet me for dinner. We had spent the previous evening staring somewhat hungrily at the menu for the newly opened Shake Shack. As far as high-end fast food goes: totally reasonable. My cheeseburger was a lot of tasty fat in the right proportions for a tired person who had just been walking around in the rain and probably not even that bad for me. Their shakes are legitimately impressive. I ordered a Lobstah Shell concrete, because how could I not—I didn't quite realize it meant an entire lobster tail pastry blended into the frozen custard along with the strawberries and ricotta. It was kind of like eating a deconstructed profiterole. This is a recommendation. I am considering Shake Shack a viable destination for DessertQuest 2014 from now on.

And I got home and handful_ofdust had sent me a DVD of Berberian Sound Studio (2012), which I was not expecting, and other films like Near Dark (1987) and Iron Man 3 (2013) that I am cheerful to own. Gemma, thank you. You are the best movie pusher I know.

And ashlyme seems to have found me a copy of Mark Gatiss' The Tractate Middoth (2013), and Rob seems to have converted it to some format I can watch on my computer, so I think that's what I'm going to do now.
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Dr. Kvetch
User: rose_lemberg
Date: 2014-01-15 03:48 (UTC)
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HUGS
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Sovay
User: sovay
Date: 2014-01-15 05:33 (UTC)
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HUGS

*accepted and returned*

Thank you.
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nineweaving
User: nineweaving
Date: 2014-01-15 04:06 (UTC)
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*{{{hugs}}}*

Nine
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Sovay
User: sovay
Date: 2014-01-15 05:35 (UTC)
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*{{{hugs}}}*

Appreciated.
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DJ Jazzy D
User: davesmusictank
Date: 2014-01-15 05:29 (UTC)
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Berberian Sound Studio is excellent
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Sovay: PJ Harvey: crow
User: sovay
Date: 2014-01-15 05:34 (UTC)
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Berberian Sound Studio is excellent

Yes. I saw it at the Brattle in September as part of a double feature with Byzantium (2013). Best double feature I had seen in a very long time. I still haven't really written about either film.
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Beowabbit
User: beowabbit
Date: 2014-01-15 05:58 (UTC)
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Oh, I’m sorry about your and Rob’s illnesses, injuries and pains! The cruel gods seem dead set against us going bowling.

(And thanks to both of you for the mention of Shake Shack. plumtreeblossom and I both love malts. We’ll have to try them.)
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Sovay: Sovay: David Owen
User: sovay
Date: 2014-01-16 03:27 (UTC)
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The cruel gods seem dead set against us going bowling.

Someday we will have the use of all our limbs and it will be awesome!

(And thanks to both of you for the mention of Shake Shack. plumtreeblossom and I both love malts. We’ll have to try them.)

(The Shake Shack is seriously malted. I plan to work my way through their concretes, which is a manageable project when there's three or four on the menu. If I tried this at Bartley's, I'd hurt myself.)
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gwynnega: lordpeter mswyrr
User: gwynnega
Date: 2014-01-15 06:14 (UTC)
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I hope the physical therapist is helpful.
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Sovay
User: sovay
Date: 2014-01-16 03:27 (UTC)
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I hope the physical therapist is helpful.

Thank you. I have no reason to believe they won't be!
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Jo Walton: mosaic
User: papersky
Date: 2014-01-15 13:37 (UTC)
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iconmosaic
I have had really good experiences with physio for back pain. Even if they can't fix what's wrong, having exercises to strengthen the other muscles around it helps no end. The thing then is remembering to do the exercises even when it doesn't hurt... or maybe that's just my thing. I hope it helps you too.
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Sovay: I Claudius
User: sovay
Date: 2014-01-16 03:28 (UTC)
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The thing then is remembering to do the exercises even when it doesn't hurt... or maybe that's just my thing.

No, I think that's standard. My mother says the same thing.

I hope it helps you too.

Thank you.
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ap_aelfwine
User: ap_aelfwine
Date: 2014-01-15 19:37 (UTC)
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*hugs*

I'm glad there were good things as well. I hope the physical therapist will be helpful.
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Sovay
User: sovay
Date: 2014-01-16 03:57 (UTC)
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I'm glad there were good things as well. I hope the physical therapist will be helpful.

Thank you. I hope so, too.
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Erik Amundsen
User: cucumberseed
Date: 2014-01-16 01:59 (UTC)
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Hugs

I hates the chronic pain. I hates it a lot.

I have a weird relationship with Berberian Sound Studio. I loved it up until the protagonist was in his apartment, and I kind of get what they were doing in terms of cinematography/stylistic homage/*other* but I kind of lost the narrative. I suspect I was meant to, but I really wanted to see the narrative I was invested in pay off, and I'm not quite savvy enough when it comes to that genre to really see what was going on. I was thrown. Maybe I was meant to be. Hm...
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Sovay: PJ Harvey: crow
User: sovay
Date: 2014-01-16 03:56 (UTC)
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I hates the chronic pain. I hates it a lot.

I am not so fond of it myself. Thank you.

but I kind of lost the narrative. I suspect I was meant to, but I really wanted to see the narrative I was invested in pay off, and I'm not quite savvy enough when it comes to that genre to really see what was going on.

rushthatspeaks and I interpreted the story as a haunting: there really was a British sound engineer named Gilderoy who came to Italy to work on The Equestrian Vortex, and a certain percentage of the events we observe over the course of the film really did happen to him more or less exactly, but we're not really watching him; we are watching the imprint of him that was left in the studio, because a situation that toxic creates ghosts by its very nature, even without the addition of a curse, which in this case there was. By making himself complicit in the atmosphere of violent misogyny that pervades the production, Gilderoy made himself vulnerable to its consequences. What we're watching is whether the fragment of memory that was Gilderoy bleeding in and out of post-production is going to be able to get out of the loop, or whether he's endlessly trapped and repeating. (Here Rush and I are in slight disagreement: I read the ending as ambiguous, they felt it was much clearer that the necessary conditions for the ghost's freedom had been met. I would like their version to be true.) The point where the apparent reality of the story breaks is the point at which this iteration of the haunting catches up to the present day, hence its suddenly fragmentary nature. It's no longer a direct replay. It's interacting. It might be able to change.
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Erik Amundsen
User: cucumberseed
Date: 2014-01-16 14:50 (UTC)
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That makes a lot more sense, though it still frustrates me a little. It's been a long time since a film has frustrated me, and I will take that as a good thing.

Closest I remember to previous frustration was Antichrist, which didn't frustrate me so much as leave me incredulous and angry.
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Sovay: PJ Harvey: crow
User: sovay
Date: 2014-01-16 17:59 (UTC)
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It's been a long time since a film has frustrated me, and I will take that as a good thing.

So long as it's a productive frustration! If it's the kind where you just stare it and wonder what was the point, that's a problem. I loved Berberian Sound Studio, but I accept that other people might feel more complicatedly about it.

Closest I remember to previous frustration was Antichrist, which didn't frustrate me so much as leave me incredulous and angry.

I didn't see Antichrist. (Dancer in the Dark almost single-handedly killed my desire to see any further Lars von Trier, no matter how brilliantly reviewed.) What did it do?
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Erik Amundsen
User: cucumberseed
Date: 2014-01-16 18:03 (UTC)
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Othered women (all women as a monolithic thing) like nothing else I have ever seen.
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