May. 11th, 2017

muccamukk: Gregory Peck looks up from the book he's reading. (Books: Hello Reading)
I've decided that Murderbot from All Systems Red is my patronus. I'm just a super-cranky robot with a media addiction, people.

Liked by don't have any particular comment on Doctor Who 10x04. I do wonder if Susan is to show up, the "grandfather" thing seems to underline her story. I think I was right about last week's vault guess.


We rewatched Spellbound, which I still love, based almost entirely on aesthetics. I'm convinced that the movie was made because Selznick had the rights to the book, but no one was terribly interested in actually reading the book, and then Selznick wanted to include Freudian analysis, but Hitchcock had zero interest in that, except to say, "Oh, hey, symbolism. Let's hire Dali. He likes symbolism," then made up a bunch of total bullshit based on Selznick rambling on about his therapy sessions. Apparently they had a psychiatry consultant, but I strongly suspect no one listened to her. (I admit that, on a personal level, this gives me a small amount of vindictive glee. I have an inherited dislike of Freudian analysis (my paternal grandfather was in that line of work, and saying that it did that side of the family no good whatsoever would be putting it really fucking mildly), and seeing it cheerfully trampled pleases me.)

But honestly, the main point of this movie, and almost certainly why it was a hit, is because Gregory Peck is in peak Wounded Gazelle mode, and spends most of the movie looking like this:

Saying things like, "I'm not worth loving!" and fainting dramatically.

Meanwhile, Ingrid Bergman takes charge, stalwartly solves all the mysteries while shepherding him around, dodging the police, and looking like this:

Saying things like, "Pull yourself together!" and petting his hair while he's unconscious.

That's all I'm here for, people.

(Meanwhile, Nenya has a rant about rogue queer theory and people being Wrong On the Internet: Constance Peterson Defense Squad)


We also watched Captain Newman, M.D., which more or less has the premise that Gregory Peck from 1963 treats Gregory Peck from 1949, and cracked me up on those grounds. (In 1949, Peck played Frank Savage in Twelve O'Clock High, a bomber group commander who pushed himself and all his men to mental exhaustion and then pushed them all right over the edge. In '63 he played Dr. Joe Newman, a psychiatrist treating Army Air Corpmen, largely from the bomber command, suffering from various psychological ailments.) It was on the whole a rather sweet drama/comedy, which mostly pulled its humour from army shenanigans, and not from making fun of the mentally ill. Reminded me a bit of M*A*S*H the TV series for style of humour.
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