I am feeling so gloomy about the state of the world that I am amazed at how much cheerfulness creeps in, thanks to the showing of I, Claudius which everyone has to watch, from the beginning. When Brian Blessed shouts 'Is there anyone in Rome who has not slept with my daughter?', he is so clearly a man on the brink of insanity, and you suddenly realize that he has been there for a long time. And that his wife's endless murders and his suspicions about them have driven him there.
It really is one of the hundred television shows to see before you die, and probably one of the ten.
I did the Penguin list of great books and am deeply torn. Everything that was said about the nature of the list, and its biases, was absolutely true, and I could compile a much better list. Or rather lists, because on the one hand the selection of dead white males is not my selection of DWEMS and on the other, I would favour a more multi-cultural, gender neutral list anyway.
On the other hand, I have read about eightyfive of the hundred and, when I haven't, tend to have chosen to read other books by the writers in question. The really worrying thing is how many of them I read before I was twentyfive.
Given that I have also read most of the classic sf and crime novels, and a lot of comics, I wonder what I have done with my life apart from read. And look at the list of things, and realize why I sometimes feel quite tired.
Tired enough to fall asleep this afternoon in Miami Vice for about 40 minutes in the middle and still not feel I missed anything very much.
My Super Ex-Girlfriend is one of those films which ends a minute before it gets seriously slashy. It also has one funny line, and I don't know why it is funny except for its delivery by Eddie Izzard as the supervillain archnemesis. Trying to inveigle the hero into co-operating with him in a scheme, he hands him his card and then says 'or you could e-mail me...www.doctorbedlam - all one word-.com.' I have repeated it to several people and they have all laughed, so it can't just be Izzard.
It goes on my list of things that are funny and I don't know why. Like the thing in Spaced about 'She's really vain, vain like Cordelia. Who is a character who used to be in Buffy and is now in Angel. Which is a spinoff series and set in LA' - which is a completely neutral statement which in context sets me off giggling helplessly every time.