Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Wholemeal bread and a really bleak film
By request of hubby, here's a photo of the wholemeal bread I made yesterday. It's a basic 100% wholemeal loaf, with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and pine nuts, and rubbed liberally with olive oil before baking. He's been going mad about it, we've nearly eaten all of it, and he liked it so much he made this photo of it!
I used to bake all the time back in the US, but have fallen out of the habit over here. Maybe I'll do it more often if it gets this reaction!
I also made my first batch of homemade soy milk today. It tastes like...soy milk. Much cheaper than ready made. I wasn't sure how long I needed to cook it, though. I know soy beans are notoriously indigestible if not cooked well. So hubby and I just had a bowl of cereal using it, and we'll wait to see what happens!
We just got back from seeing The Dark Knight. People have been raving about how good it is, but I found it overwhelmingly bleak and depressing. The only glimmer of hope that I could see in the film occurs when some ordinary citizens and some convicts have to make a tough decision. But that's it. Everything else about it is dark, dark, dark! Why would anybody want to live in Gotham? Why don't they just leave? What a dump. And, as I said to DH as we were walking to the car afterward, if Gotham is meant to be a microcosm of the world, what kind of vision is that!
So here are my observations about The Dark Knight:
*What is up with Maggie Gyllenhall's hair? Did they spend so much on special effects that they didn't have the budget for shampoo? I mean, ugh. (Plus,the old girl isn't aging well. Looking really lined and pruny around the mouth). That was a valiant attempt at a wiggle now and then, but compared to Ironman's Gwyneth Paltrow in those pencil skirts? Forget about it!
*Bruce Wayne's Batman voice is ridiculous. Raspy and overwrought. I know he's trying to hide his true identity, but why not talk like a Yorkshireman or something. That would leave 'em guessing!
*Two-Face's face is just not right. Not working for me at all. Wouldn't that eyeball dry out? And why wasn't he drooling out that big hole in his cheek?
*Heath Ledger's performance is nuanced and charismatic, although I did find the delivery of his first speech startlingly reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart! I think the only actor to match him in this film is Gary Oldman.
Overall, this was a good Batman film, nothing more. I'm glad we went on Orange Wednesday and only had to pay £5.00 for the two of us. I know Batman was never meant to be a great guy--he's a worse nutjob than the psychos he brings to justice. But this film's vision of human nature is just too dark for me.
I much preferred Kung Fu Panda and Mamma Mia!
May all beings be at ease--skadoosh!