Oriental Hat Murder, or some such…

I logged onto FB and asked my friends if there were any pressing questions they’d like answered. My friend DC asked:

“Can a man mistake his wife for a hat?”

I wish I had a witty answer for that question but alas I do not, so I answer him with this:

“A man can be happy with (or mistake for a hat) any woman, as long as he does not love her.”

Oscar Wilde

I find that if you have no answer for something, Oscar will have. And he was much smarter than I.

You can find the correct answer to this here.

As you can see I’ll be able to squeeze a little bit of Saturday Lit.

I’m a big fan of writing, one day I hope to complete a novel. But I feel that to be truly good at something you need to study the classics, the greats and your own contemporaries. This is why I love Salvador Dali’s art so much. He studied the great painters before he gave elephants long stick like legs and melted clocks.

I have been continuing my education.

There is a reason Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime. I picked up Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express. A positively enjoyable experience. Agatha manages to trick you into believing that you know exactly who the culprit is before revealing her hand and you see she has bluffed you all along.

Not only has she a good understanding of the range of cultures in Europe, although it can lead slightly towards the stereotypical, her knowledge of geography is erudite.

Agatha has a way of describing her characters so intimately, that you feel as though you are journeying with them. The revelations of each character after the shocking murder appear to be true to their nature and I was at a loss as to who to suspect. You are lead, much like Poirot leading his friend M. Bouc, down a path of confusion and eventually revelation, that I was not clever enough to predict.

I encourage you all to go out tomorrow, or Monday and find a classic to read. They outlive their generations for a reason!

Judy-May out!

Red Riding Hood.

Last night Zac Efron (not really Zac Efron but rather my BGF, best guy friend) and I went to see Red Riding Hood at the local cinema. I critique all films against the You, Me and Dupree scale, “As all good scales are!”. You, Me and Dupree being the worst film I think I’ve ever seen and that includes Grease 2 and xXx. Here’s the scale for your reference.

1. Hot Fuzz. Awesome, I saw it twice and then bought the DVD the minute it was released.

2. Alice in Wonderland. Great, I’ll probably hire the DVD for a second viewing then perhaps buy it on sale.

3. Pride and Prejudice Very Good, I enjoyed the movie but should have waited for the DVD.

4. Chocolat. Good, the movie was good but I’m disappointed I wasted $16 on a movie ticket to see it when I could have hired it on DVD for $5.

5. Daredevil. Reasonable.

6. Alexander the Great. I can’t believe I saw this in the cinema. It was bad enough that I had a “ciggie”* break in the middle just so I could stop the monotony. I do own this on DVD now but it’s a part of a three pack.

7. Twilight. Bad, quite bad but not bad enough that I won’t see the sequel, but only on DVD

8. Grease 2. Where the sequel is such a let down that you can’t remember what made the first one so good.

9. xXx. “Bitches come!” need I say more?

10. You, Me and Dupree. The movie I was too lazy to turn off on a hangover Sunday so wasted 2 hours of my life on the worst movie that ever made it to DVD. Including anything Mills and Boons.

So where did Red Riding Hood fall? Somewhere between Grease 2 and xXx. The mystery of the film kept Zac and I guessing until the end which is why I think we sat through the whole thing. The boyfriends were cute and Gary Oldman appears in his element. Amanda Seyfried tries to flesh out her character but Valerie (Red) is ultimately false with some poor backstory. And the film of course will be likened to the Twilight phenomenon due to the director’s heritage.

Probably wait for the DVD on this one folks.

Judy-May out!