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kneeshooter
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Right, well, busy couple of days, but not especially interesting unless the tidyness of the second bedroom interests you...

Yesterday was quondam's party. Read her friends list for more information. I stayed sober and was in a bit of a funny mood - probably the warm weather...

Today was Homebase, a gentle run up and down some hills, Troy and Curry.

Troy was quite amusing in its own way. It taught me a number of things I missed from the Iliad (spoliers - as if you care about the story):
  • Cousin is a euphemism for fuckbuddy

  • Before togas there were crop-tops and kilts

  • There were no nice people in ancient times, just a population of anti-heroes

  • Orlando Bloom does better than I've seen him before, but is a long way off being a credible actor

  • If you want your name to be remembered then either hop around a lot driving weapons into peoples' shoulders, or have a big club and have cleaning products named after you

  • Agamemnon didn't infact star in the Orestia, he was stabbed by A WOMAN during the fall of Troy

  • Ithica is somewhere near Sheffield

Final verdict - amusing, diverting, and entirely different to the Sword & Sandals epics of the last generation - where good was good (and hated gun control) and bad was bad (and normally Roman).
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bellagrim From: bellagrim Date: May 16th, 2004 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ithica is somewhere near Sheffield
....next they will be having us believe that Atlantis is just off the coast of Devon.
ikkleblacktruck From: ikkleblacktruck Date: May 17th, 2004 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Not unless Continental drift has secretly pulled us a lot further south without us noticing - which incidently might explain the gulf stream: it's not moving, we are! Could be why we're having this warm spell too.
ikkleblacktruck From: ikkleblacktruck Date: May 16th, 2004 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
The cousin comment sounds about right - and if you go by ancient Greek literature, yes, they were all anti-heroes in modern eyes, because they were all very human.

Togas were a Roman invention, Agamemnon & co. were Greeks. If you go with the Trojan heritage of Rome, it's conceivable the Trojans could have been wearing them.

No wonder Odysseus took so long to get home if he was diverted via Sheffield. (Is Mr Bean playing the part?)

Is it worth seeing or will a former classics student get upset?

For credible acting, I was impressed by Faramir's friar in Van Helsing.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 17th, 2004 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually quite appreciated the "number of anti-heroes" - and I agree with you about how that does fit with the original's sympathies.

As to getting upset - depends if you're a stickler for detail and accuracy. Little Dan was quite offended by the script - but then he was seeing it as "The Iliad" whereas I was seeing it as "a movie"...
ikkleblacktruck From: ikkleblacktruck Date: May 17th, 2004 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I got upset with Peter Jackson, sounds like it might have the same effect. I'm glad I'm not a horror purist, else I might have also been unable to see Indiana van Helsing for the fun movie it was! I sense a sequel there, maybe they'll do Egypt and mummies.
kingandy From: kingandy Date: May 17th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Despatch War Rocket Ajax to bring back his body!
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