When The Past Catches Up To You

For everything there is a season

What is this season between seasons for?

A trip to the museum?

How grand!

A grand place to explore

the history and culture

of the world.

Collected together

for you

to absorb the mystery and magic

of ancient ways and wonders.


Tut tomb


“…as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment – an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by – I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, ‘Can you see anything?’ it was all I could do to get out the words, ‘Yes, wonderful things.”
― Howard Carter, Tomb of Tutankhamen


Steve and I went to the museum,

on a cold yet beautifully sunny day,

between Winter and Spring.

It was not a planned expedition,

and this was not a grand museum,

it was tiny one,

and we wandered in,

as wanderers do,

wondering why we were doing that,

as people sometimes do when they do what they don’t normally do.


“Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, ‘Did you bring joy?’ The second was, ‘Did you find joy?”
― Leo Buscaglia


We’ve both been to museums before,

the grand ones,

and been awed by the visit,

enough to not repeat the experience too often,

as it can all be too much

all at once.

But this was different,

and what it yielded within,

once fees were paid

(How much do they want for this!?! we both quietly asked before we’d seen what ‘this’ was)

was extraordinary.


Pose like an Egyptian


“It often seems to me that’s all detective work is, wiping out your false starts and beginning again.”
Yes, it is very true, that. And it is just what some people will not do. They conceive a certain theory, and everything has to fit into that theory. If one little fact will not fit it, they throw it aside. But it is always the facts that will not fit in that are significant.”
― Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile 


You say you have a passion for art,

but do you mean it when you say it,

do you live it

through more than words slipping off your tongue

and out of your mouth

into the ears of others

to impress upon them

your passion

for an art

which you may or may not feel

which may or may not be real.


hieroglyph letters


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
― Pablo Picasso


Would your passion allow your adult self

to become a child once again

and indulge in a

hands on way

of learning

about an art that once was.

Would you let yourself

get your fingers dirty while

rubbing out your name in hieroglyphics,

and enjoy feeling silly while doing it,

and later again feeling a fool for sharing it?


hiero J


“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
― Aleister Crowley, The Book of the Law


And does art

have a passion for you too?

Does it love to enter your mind,







Is it in the air you breathe,

or simply an air that you exhale for others to inhale?


Hawk baboon man


“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me”
― William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra


The museum we went to is

in the birthplace of Howard Carter‘s parents,

where he spent time as a child,

before venturing to Egypt where he became part of

the art of history.

This is a most unusual place,

hiding within it an Egyptian wonderland.

And we came away from our visit,

with an eye of Horus fridge magnet,

that we had to have,

a scarab ring for £1.50,

as I have a ‘thing’ about scarabs,

and a sense of renewed childish delight

in doing things for the sake of just doing them,

come what may…

this season or any other season of life.




“You might not think a hippo could inspire terror. Screaming “Hippo!” doesn’t have the same impact as screaming “Shark!” But I’m telling you—as the Egyptian Queen careened to one side, its paddle wheel lifting completely out of the water, and I saw that monster emerge from the deep, I nearly discovered the hieroglyphs for accident in my pants.”
― Rick Riordan, The Serpent’s Shadow


38 thoughts on “When The Past Catches Up To You

  1. I took a chance one day with 2 little nephews in tow, to visit the RISD museum. I never thought they had much there and was delighted to distraction at what I saw. The boys (both little gents) were too. My Grandmother had a Scarab jewelry collection that has been passed to me. It’s down to 3 bracelets from I would say the late 60’s or early 70’s. I could never really learn much about them. I’m putting pics of them on my blog if you want to see them. They are costume jewelry but still interesting. My Grandmother was a friendly woman with many gentleman callers and 8 children. She received a lot of jewelry. lol


    • Museums are great fun to visit especially with children because they see things with eyes full of wonder and often remind us to look at things with wonder too.

      Your grandmother sounds like a fascinating person, she must have had some intriguing stories to tell.

      Scarabs are considered to have certain powers to protect their wearer. The Egyptians used the scarab a lot in jewelry, and later on there were several periods when Egyptian design became fashionable, this link gives an overview of that – http://www.collectorsweekly.com/costume-jewelry/egyptian – and you may find a similar design as the ones you possess.

      I look forward to seeing your pics!

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      • Thanks for the info! I would like to find some info about the bracelets. I recently found Scarab earrings that are screw on she had also. The pics are on my Blog. I didn’t want to be rude and try to post them in a reply. Your profile picture reminds me of someone. Very well done. You look like Florence from Florence and The Machine combined with the Black Sails character who’s name of course I can’t remember! P.S. My Nanny never told any of her stories. I found out about them by always listening to the adults around me and staying quiet. My father told me about her too. His stories scared me! She came from a Southern family that was very poor. Moonshine, and living on a mountain made her tough. lol Thank you kindly for the response.


        • Thank you 🙂

          I’ve just been watching season 3 of Black Sails. Anne Bonny. She’s one of my favourite characters because she’s rather blunt.

          Can you link me to the pics on your blog?

          Some of the best stories in our families are the ones which get told in secret, and which the adults try to hide form the children because they hit a raw nerve within those telling and hiding them. They’re the art within the reason why we choose the paths we choose and inspire us from the deep places within.

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          • Anne Bonny is the type of character I always identify with. She’s been through things but has learned to stand up for herself. Even if it’s to the extreme at times. We see it often in Male Heroes. The flawed tough guy. It’s rare to find a woman who can do it as well. I have to find out how to link you to pictures. I’m ok at computers but some things still baffle me.


            • There’s a trend at the moment in film and TV to have at least one strong female character who bucks the usual female character stereotypes. In fact Netflix has a section for – Films with a strong female lead. I think that the whole Hunger Games franchise has had a big influence on that, but they were not the first to do it, they just did it more loudly and popularly. Xena was a front-runner for this trend. I think one of the most intriguing characters in recent times was Calamity Jane in Deadwood. I think tough women are a bit afraid to admit to their flaws the way that tough men are, perhaps because flaws tend to be associated with weakness, but often our flaws are the source of strength.

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              • One of my favorite “strong females” is Danielle Cormack. Her role in the series Wentworth Prison is strong, multifaceted and sometimes vulnerable. I thought I would be watching another “Orange is The New Black” I’m so glad I wasn’t. The series Banshee has several kick ass women, from the lead Ivana Milicevic to smaller parts like Odette Annable plays. They’re violent women and their strength seems to come from either a revenge aspect or a protector. Quentin Tarantino has done a lot for showing a woman can be just as vicious as a man if needed with no apology. Of course I’ll watch anything involving the Russian Mafia so Banshee really appealed to me.


                • It’s nice to see female characters who don’t scream if they break a nail or who don’t trip over a twig while running away from a bad guy. There have always been strong female characters in films but they were usually very serious and often designed to frighten rather than inspire. Film makers like Quentin Tarantino have added depth and breadth, and some awesome twists to the usual tropes.

                  I like female characters who don’t take themselves too seriously, and who can goof it up with aplomb.

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                  • Well said! When I read “don’t trip over a twig while running” I immediately thought of every horror film with a topless young woman running from the bad guy. There was an exception recently with You’re Next and a personal favorite of mine Descent. Low on the exploitation scale and had actual women who think. Thank you for all of your responses. It’s a nice break from talking about illnesses most of the time.


                    • I could talk endlessly about TV and film, and it’s always a pleasure to have a conversation with someone who is passionate about it 🙂

                      My favourite things to watch are ones which open my mind up to new ideas and ways of perceiving things, it can ripple through the psyche and give a new take on life.

                      Recently I’ve been enjoying watching Blindspot, there’s a very interesting female character in that.

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                    • I watched Blindspot for a short time but there was something about it that kept losing me. I just watched the last episode of Season 5 Suits. I like the relationship between the two lead men. They openly show that they care for each other and men in TV or Movies don’t always have to be macho. I also watched Legend last night with Tom Hardy. Why he wasn’t nominated for it I’ll never understand. Playing both parts of the Kray twins, each of them with very different personalities must have been exhausting. He always immerses himself in everything he does. One of the few actors that can carry an entire film on his own. When I first saw him in the film Bronson I was blown away. It was mostly just him in the movie with a lot of monologue scenes. Mads Mikkelsen does the same in Valhalla Rising. Movies have always been my escape. So much so that I managed two Video Rental stores for 13 years. lol Now my other passion is 80’s and 90’s Heavy Metal/Rock music! I get made fun of for that often but it was a time in my life where so much happened. Good and bad. But I still love to drive around on a sunny day singing along to Skid Row, Pantera, Aerosmith, Motorhead, Judas Priest, all of them. I love how your site has that Hard Rock edge to it. I was immediately drawn in. I’m off to watch another movie!


                    • Jean Cocteau said something which I think is great advice for those times that people make fun of our passions:

                      “What the public criticizes in you, cultivate it. It is you.” ― Jean Cocteau

                      If someone has taken time out from their ponderings about themselves to give you their opinion about you, you’ve made an impression on them even if they express it through making fun of you. Some people express themselves that way, it’s them and not you. But what is worth noting is what stands out to them about you, especially if it is connected to a passion of yours. Our passion can make others uncomfortable.

                      Tom Hardy brings a lot of passion to his roles and captures the imagination of his audience with it (although I did fall asleep while watching Locke, but that was more to do with being tired rather than the film), that isn’t always rewarded with official prizes as things like Oscars are all about the campaign, and maybe those behind the Kray film didn’t push it enough.

                      Have you seen Sexy Beast, probably one of the most awesome gangster style films ever, imo. Ben Kingsley steals the show. Now he is just the most amazing actor!

                      There’s a wonderful very stylish, noir film I saw recently, it’s partly in Japanese, set in the USA – Man from Reno (2014).

                      Movies are a great escape but they’re also a way to find inspiration 🙂

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                    • I’ve seen Sexy Beast and my favorite person in the movie was Ray Winstone. I love most of his movies for some reason. My favorite gangster movie is Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen. It was much more complex than people realized. Mortensen studied the Russian Prison/Mafia tattoo culture extensively and convinced Cronenberg to make it a bigger part of the story. I was in awe of how much time the criminals would spend thinking up all the meanings and rules. If they had spent that much time doing something more productive maybe they wouldn’t have been in jail. lol If you’re caught with a tattoo claiming you’re a thief and they find out you are not and pretending it’s a death sentence. They tried to show this in the film but there wasn’t enough time to do it justice. When you are 43, single, 7 years sober, and diagnosed as Bipolar at a late age (37), you get used to being made fun of, bullied, stigmatized etc. I was Bipolar from the age of 12 everyone just missed it. It’s why I feel more, observe more, do everything more. I’ll have to check out Man from Reno. I’m running out of stuff to watch. I might have to start with cartoons again. Thanks for the info.


                    • I really loved A History of Violence with Viggo Mortensen because it was very subtle at first, suggestive of the primal violence hidden within civilised man. We all have our breaking point, luckily most of us don’t get tested enough to reach that point even though we all get tested.

                      So what’s the connection between you and your love of all things Russian Mafia. I have to admit I’m intrigued as to the root of that passion.

                      I had a friend who was connected to the periphery of that particular Mafia. He was Russian, and had some interesting tales to tell of his life story, some of which were about his momentary need (and not choice) to work with people in the crime business (for some people crime is productive and worth the energy invested, it’s a business and work to them, it only seems like wasted energy to those on the outside of it). Some of his tales were more ordinary than those shown in films because the day to day of a crime syndicate is pretty ordinary.

                      Have you seen the TV series Gomorrah. It’s a fascinating and gritty look at the Neapolitan Mafia. It is in Italian with subtitles, and I don’t know if you like foreign TV and cinema – that’s one of my favourite genres.

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                    • I just pushed a button by accident and lost my entire reply. lol I am always intrigued by how the mind works. The Russian Mafia as it’s portrayed, goes to great lengths for secrecy and loyalty. The hidden meaning of intricate tattoos fascinates me. Probably because I love the art of tattooing also. Maybe I envy their ability to be brutal without remorse. They also do not brag about their organization as much as Italian or Irish organized crime does. I’m from a big Irish family who’s Aunt married into a big Italian family. I heard stories from both sides. I can honestly say the Irish part of my family involved in criminal activity couldn’t care less if it was their own brother they had to step on. I saw them as weak and without loyalty. But that could’ve been my Grandmother’s fault. lol Anyway my interest in Russian Criminals started really with a love for tattoos and their meanings. I have watched a lot of foreign films. Some of my favorite films are from other countries. It’s just a little harder for me now because my eyes have trouble adjusting from the written part back to the screen. I can’t stand dubbed films. Maybe if my kidneys get better, my sight will improve so I can watch again. I’m trying to think what one of my favorites is but of course I’m drawing a blank. I’ll get back to you on that. Thanks as always for your time. It was a needed break from a bad day.


                    • That’s a wonderful insight into the history of a passion lived deeply, thank you for sharing!

                      I once visited my father’s home of origin before his family had to move north to avoid starving to death and in search of work and opportunity, which was in the deep dark southern part of Italy where tourists still don’t go that often (unless they’re local tourists), where the women and men all wear black just like in the films, and where the locals stare at you unflinchingly and make you wish you had powers of invisibility. Take a wrong turn while driving through that part of the country and the theme of The Godfather starts to play even though it’s not quite Sicily.

                      Have you seen the TV series – Brotherhood (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457229/) – it’s about the Irish mafia in the US. The mother in that was chilling in her portrayal of someone who loves her family even if that kind of love hurts those she loves.

                      Irish plus Italian is a volatile mix, two very passionate ancestry lines meeting. Lots of great stories to tell and pass on, but having to live with it can be very weighty.

                      I always draw a blank when someone asks me my favourite film. I usually say Face/Off, because it’s one many have heard of and seen, and I do love it, but my real favourites are a bit more obscure. One of which is Three Strangers (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039029/). I’m a big fan of oldies. I also love the Russia film series which began with Night Watch (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0403358/).

                      Reading subtitles always means missing a lot of the subtleties in the film. Sometimes I don’t bother with subtitles and I just see if I can guess what is going on based on what I see.

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                    • I never watched Brotherhood because it’s about where I live! They filmed about 15 minutes from my house. When I tell people my favorite film they look at me in an odd way. It’s Platoon. Oliver Stone captured every emotion in that film. The iconic moment where Sgt. Elias is left behind and you see him on his knees with his arms in the air is one of the best scenes in film history. For me anyway. I also like obscure films that not many people have heard of. Hedwig and The Angry Inch is one. Another is Any Day Now with Alan Cumming. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard at a movie. I thought about it for days. The Wrestler is another favorite. It was an accurate portrayal and Mickey Rourke was a genius in it. It’s sad to see such talent be wasted. I did like Night Watch a lot. There is an Asian foreign film that I loved but of course I can’t remember the name of it or even the actors to look it up. lol That’s the problem with seeing so many films. Right now there really isn’t anything that interests me. I spend my time watching vapid TV shows. Except American Horror Story Hotel was actually pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised at Lady GaGa’s performance.


                    • Platoon is a great favourite film to have, not sure why anyone would look at you in an odd way for choosing it. An Oliver Stone film is a solid choice.

                      I agree obscure films do have something extra which appeals to the film buff, which is why I love Mumblecore. It’s a beautifully understated and very quirky genre. It’s also why I like foreign film.

                      Watched a surprisingly awesome film last night – Comet with Justin Long and Emmy Rossum.

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                    • I think Emmy Rossum is fantastic. She is the very core of Shameless. I’ll have to check it out. I have actually given myself a headache trying to think of the foreign film I love. My system is to go through the alphabet until something pops into my head. I do it with names of people I’ve met too. People or Society think that Platoon is a man’s movie. It’s unheard of for a woman to like war films. At least in Rhode Island. Then after that I usually get into an argument about which film was better, Saving Private Ryan or Platoon. To me it’s apples and oranges. One good thing about sobriety, I no longer feel the need to argue why I like something. Reservoir Dogs is another one “girls” are not supposed to like. Sorry if I can’t have Bridget Jones’s Diary on a loop on my TV screen. If a movie doesn’t make me feel something and leave me thinking about it after I know it wasn’t for me. I will be posting some pics and a selfie of my own shortly. It’s tough when you go from 270 pounds to 125 pounds in a short period of time. I was obese my entire life. To be thin at 43 is difficult. I always tried to wear what I liked when I was Plus sized but now having so many options is overwhelming and my brain hasn’t caught up to my body. I do feel the need for validation. I was always bullied and called names. Even as an adult. I hate posting selfies but I also want people to see what I look like now and know that the inside didn’t change. I also make sure to mention that my weight loss was due to sickness and medication. I shouldn’t have to explain myself but I’ve received comments on how I didn’t lose weight “the right way”. I’m sick! Who cares how or why the real issue is that I’m still here and I matter. Sorry for ranting. lol


                    • A good rant is liberating.

                      There’s a philosophy of sorts in Italy known as Menefreghismo. My father passed this onto me, but I really didn’t understand it until I reached the Grumpy Old Woman (a TV show in the UK, which started out with Grumpy Old Men, where famous ‘old’ people are interviewed about being ‘old’) phase of my life and found how much fun you can have being alive when you no longer care so much about what others think about you. That kind of fun can be infectious. Sometimes people criticise you because they’re feeling the same kind of pressure which they’re placing onto you with their criticism, and if you shrug it off with a smile and a laugh at it, it might relax them too, and the good vibes can win over the bad ones.

                      Everyone likes validation, if you want to get it try giving it to those from whom you want it. Sometimes they’re only withholding it from you because it’s being withheld from them. It’s a great gift to give.


                    • You are a better person than I am! Most of the people I want validation from no longer talk to me. Or I had to cut them from my life due to their lifestyle. Anyway there is a beautiful site that shows some of my favorite art work. The time periods of some of them blow my mind. It’s actually called Dark and Fantastic Arts. A lot of it is from the 1600’s to 1800’s and some are earlier. You may know it already. Have I told you Charles Vane is my perfect guy? lol I never had good taste in men and always went for the angry, misunderstood, bad guy. The reason I’ve now been single for almost 8 years. The last episode of Black Sails went by fast! I was yelling at the screen that I would refuse to watch if they killed off Vane’s character. My Chihuahua didn’t know what to think. lol I’ve been looking at foreign films lately trying to decide on one. Most of them are the only ones with any substance lately. Superhero films are ok once in awhile but this is overkill now. My sister asked me yesterday why all of my pictures were crooked from the day we went out together. At first I didn’t know what she meant so I looked at them again. ALL of them were crooked! Then I went to put my boots on and noticed a half inch part of the heal had fallen off the left boot making my posture lopsided! I couldn’t stop laughing when some commented that my pics looked “artistic” and “creative”.


                    • I love the story about your missing heel taking part in your photography adding a spin on the results which gave it a creative edge. That’s one of my favourite things about experiencing life, those moments when life shows us how creativity and artistry runs through it like blood runs through us. I also have a soft spot for a bit of chaos, and how orderly it often turns out to be, far more orderly sometimes than the human version of order. Sometimes the crooked pics are the ones which have the best perspective, you get to see something you didn’t see before.

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                    • I agree. I liked the way they came out in the end. I get some flack for taking Cemetery pictures but they have the most beautiful sculptures and history. I always make sure I’m respectful because I know how I would feel if it were someone in my family. Most don’t want to see the beauty only the macabre.


                    • It surprised me when you said that people don’t want to see the beauty in the macabre. The macabre is a very popular art form and has a huge following in all its variations.

                      There are a lot of people who love moody pics of cemeteries, especially of the old tombs which have angels. Many of the older cemeteries have guided tours and no rules about taking photos – although it is good to be respectful.

                      Skulls are one of the most popular icons of our times. Memento Mori, Day of the Dead, Vampires, Zombies, Poe, Decay (esp. urban decay), and a whole host of other similar types of subjects are big, especially online.

                      It’s funny how perception works.

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                    • I lost quite a few people on Facebook when I shared art that I love. Sometimes when people find out that you are Bipolar they mistake the meaning of what you are trying to share. A small piece of what is me. It scares people. It’s why I try to help reduce the stigma of mental illness. I’m not just a Bipolar woman. I’m so much more. What I find beauty in has always been different. Unfortunately when friends and family looked at what I shared they automatically thought “She must be off her meds or suicidal”. Instead of asking me about what I posted they just blocked me or unfriended me. That’s why I said people don’t want to see the beauty in the macabre. They also don’t want to see inside themselves.


                    • Raising awareness about an issue requires understanding not only how that issue affects those who know it inside out, from a personal perspective, like it does for you, but also how it affects those who don’t know anything about it, those who don’t have a personal reference point for it, other than what little they’ve gleaned of it from the outside in.

                      The best way to get that understanding is to look at those issues which don’t affect you personally and observe your approach to things for which you have no personal reference point.

                      The unknown scares all of us, and we may react with fear rather than pausing to try to understand what scares us.

                      Those who raise awareness have to have a lot of patience with those who lack awareness and react with fear. It may take a lot of time and effort, and may contain many defeats along the way, but it’s worth it. What you’re doing isn’t just for you.


                    • Thank you. I don’t do it just for me it’s for all of those like me who suffered silently for years. I grew up in a family filled with mental illness and addiction. It was hell. The ones that needed help were ignored or cast out. When you feel invisible for the better part of your life there is going to come a time where you blow. You say to yourself “I exist! I deserve to be seen and heard! You can’t ignore me anymore!”. So I stopped caring what Facebook “friends” and “family” thought and did what I thought was right. I’ve suffered for it but in the end I’ve helped quite a few. To see something you’ve said resonate with over 1,200 people in 2 days is unreal. All because of a post about my struggles that ended up on a musician’s website and FB page. I hadn’t planned on being THAT public but once the cat was out of the bag there was no way to get it back in. So I ran with it.


                    • You mentioned validation in an earlier comment – seems to me that 1200 people in 2 days viewing your shared post is an awesome amount of validation for something which means a lot to you. Those close to you may not see what you would like them to see, but those far from you do because they share a similar experience and know the journey you’re on because they’re on it too. Awesome story!

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                    • It’s hard when the people you love the most do not see you for who you are. They only see the hurt and problems you have caused. I still feel I have to “earn” my family’s trust back. Some of them will never truly forget or forgive. Unfortunately the musician turned out to be an ass and I was extremely crushed when I thought his sincerity was real specifically when he kept contacting me. It actually had to do with the marketing of his new album. Think L.A. hair band, black hair, bright blue eyes, writes all the songs, has his own radio show, dated Kat Von D, and the drummer for his band has a famous sex tape with Pamela Anderson. I have trouble hearing their music now when it used to make me happy. But I know the business and that’s how it is I try not to dwell on it too much. My blog has helped me more than any therapy or medications. Finding other interesting blogs keeps me occupied and calm.


                    • I watched The Hateful Eight and wanted to know if you have seen it and what your take on it was. I had mixed emotions while watching it and I love Tarantino. Watching Happy Valley now I love the lead actress.


                    • We were going to see The Hateful Eight at the cinema but never got around to it, so it’s on the To Watch list. I have to admit I was a bit meh about Django Unchained, but that isn’t Tarantino’s fault. I grew up on Westerns and so they’re sewn into my psyche. My all time favourite film is Pale Rider. I did see a brilliant homage to Django which was a wild visual ride – Sukiyaki Western Django. It’s Japanese, and awesome as so many Japanese films are.

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                    • I’m not sure if Tarantino was going
                      for shock value or trying to make a point about race and women. The women in the film are constantly called names and repeatedly hit in the face. The racist language was over the top. At first you can understand because of the time period of the film. Then there came a time in the film where I started to cringe every time it was said. Every other word. I have to say The Revenant has stayed with me since watching it a few days ago. The acting and cinematography were impeccable! I’m not normally a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio but this was his best work to date.


                    • Django Unchained came out of the original Django films, which were Spaghetti Westerns with the rather striking Franco Nero in the role of Django. I think Tarantino was paying homage to an old style of film because above all he’s a film aficionado. He likes to capture his favourites genres in his work. The film wasn’t about race or gender issues so much as about characters – with ugly characters at the heart of it. That’s sort of what Spag-Westerns were about. Characters. Everyone was rotten, including the heroes, the heroes just had a little less rot to them or seemed that way in comparison with the other characters. I think it’s a film that needs knowledge of the genre to be appreciated. Although for me the modern take on it lacked the edge which the original Spag-Westerns had. I felt it was a bit too polished. Some things really only suit the times they were created in and can’t be brought out of the past and into the present.

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                    • I got Django Unchained and thought it was actually decent. The acting was spot on for the type of film they were doing. The Hateful Eight is a different ball game. There seemed no point or tribute to be made. Watching Kurt Russell beat Jennifer Jason Leigh repeatedly while calling her a bitch, whore, and I believe a c*nt was uncomfortable to watch. Watching Samuel L. Jackson describe how he made a white man perform oral sex on him out of hatred in detail to the man’s father was REALLY uncomfortable specifically with the lovely flashbacks to the event. Watching everyone in the film refer Samuel L Jackson as the N word or just calling him “The N*gger” was uncomfortable. It was all over the top with no point or homage. There has to be at least something of redeemable quality to latch on to. And I’m a big fan of “revenge” movies and flawed characters. I just feel the need to be able to connect with them at least a little bit. Tarantino’s take on Exploitation Horror/Action was actually well done and captured it perfectly without leaving the viewer feeling as if they needed to shower after. Which is how I felt whenever I watched an Eli Roth movie. In film I’ve seen the ugliest of characters still be able to make me feel like I understood where they were coming from. From Silence of The Lambs to The Cell and many others, if done right you can achieve both. Being an ass just to be an ass never works for me. There is no substance. I have to watch The Revenant again because it has ruined all other movies for me. This happens sometimes with me. My sister calls me a “movie snob”. Even though she only watches films that have been nominated for something. Sigh.


                    • I agree about needing a redeemable aspect, especially in a brutal film. That is sometimes the detail which makes a film great to watch, and when it’s missing it can make a good film bad because it leaves the viewer unsatisfied and wishing they could get that time back and watch something else instead.

                      I’ve watched a couple of critically acclaimed award-winning films which I wished I hadn’t bothered seeing. And I have seen some films which were panned that I’m very glad I watched anyway.

                      No one has ever called me a movie snob, but I’d consider it a compliment if they did. Some criticisms are definitely compliments.

                      It’s always a quandary to come across a creation which ruins everything else for you. It is a pleasure which is also a pain. Always an intriguing puzzle.

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            • They’re very beautiful. If you do a search for – scarab bracelets 1960 – you’ll find similarly styled designs. When Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor came out in 1963 there was a revival of Egyptian design. Lovely heirlooms to have and hold close 🙂

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