The Times (Scotland Edition): Film Reviews

Kate Muir gave Robert Pattinson’s new movie, “Cosmopolis,” three out of five stars.

Kevin Maher gave Tom Cruise’s new movie, “Rock of Ages,” four out of five stars.

Self doesn’t know whether she’ll see “Rock of Ages” when she gets back to California, but she does think Maher writes well.  So here’s the opening paragraph of his review:

Tom Cruise.  He glides through the filmic decades on autopilot.  The megawatt smile.  The sharp, barking laugh.  And the aquiline profile that holds a blinkless look of end-of-the-world intensity.  He’s the push-button hero guy, the Mission guy, the Last Samurai, and one of the Few Good Men.  And yet, very occasionally, Tom Cruise gives a jolting performance of such idiosyncratic verve and intensity that you are reminded of what he’s actually hiding under the hood, and of where he can go, given the right material.  Stacee Jaxx in “Rock of Ages” is one of those performances.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

The Olympic Torch Went Through Lasswade Yesterday, 9:30 a.m.

Apologies, self wasn’t quick enough to catch the runner with the torch.

She did see him, though, wending down the hill, preceded by a whole lot of vans and trucks and policemen.

It was a gorgeous morning.

There were throngs of people, and little kids hoisted on their dads’ shoulders, and several dogs Read the rest of this entry »

3rd Friday of June 2012

2nd Floor, National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh

It rained the entire day.

Self fled from the Castle, headed straight for Edinburgh.

Oh, heart-stopping sight of the castle from Prince Street!  Oh the ambient light over the river, etc etc etc!  How happy it made self to find herself amidst the citizens of this lovely city, all scurrying about, completely undaunted by the cold, wet, chilly, BRRR BRRR!

After all, what’s a little wet to a true, stout-hearted Scotsman?  It’ll do self good to have more weather like this!  She needs to toughen up!  She needs to be more like those women striding by in their periwinkle and purple macs, and their UGG boots, and their fur-trimmed parkas, and their skinny jeans, and their huge, slouchy bags!

Self thinks she will never see, a sight as lovely as . . .

Wake up, self!  Wake up!

Stop reciting poetry, and get back to work!

Yes, self eventually did wend her way homeward, for another lovely dinner provided by Alistair, plus more fresh strawberries and cream.  As self told the husband, she’s probably gained at least five lbs. already.  Which information of course made the man inordinately happy.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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