Friday, March 27, 2015

Quirky TV

Yesterday at the clinic one of the clinicians told me about a new Netflix television show The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Coming home Mr.T and I began watching a few episodes at a time. The show is peculiar and quirky featuring Kimmy Schmidt, a young women who spent 15 years trapped in an underground bunker with three other women. A bizarre premise for a sitcom. After her release Kimmy moves to New York and tries to make her way on her own. She doesn't want anyone to know about her past and the comedy comes from the tension of what she experienced as a captive and how she misunderstands the world around her. While a seemingly rich vein to mine for laughs the jokes are more situational and never at the character's expense. The creator Tina Fey is known for creating strong, quirky women and while I applaud her efforts, at times I find myself wondering about the nature of the humour of this particular sitcom. 

Overall the show focuses on Kimmy's positive attitude in the face of adversity, both in captivity and in her new life. Like the teenage girl she was before she was captured Kimmy is drawn to bright colours, candy and sparkly shoes. In the opening episode she gorges on candy for dinner. This is a fine line to walk when Kimmy's experience of captivity at the hands of a religious zealot includes as she states, bizarre sex practices. Arriving in New York Kimmy encounters a rich group of characters, including Carol Kane as an odd landlady, a down on his luck black gay actor, and a Native woman passing for white as a rich bored housewife. The writing is rich and funny especially when lampooning American popular culture and the American obsession with money and power, but does it question the larger cultural forces that led to Kimmy's captivity at the hands of men. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Damp, Grey Day

Today we woke to a damp, grey March day. After making our way to Kensington Mr.D called inviting us out for a drive to Square One in Mississauga. Since the weather was cold and damp we decided to join them. Walking around the mall on a grey day was the perfect way to stay warm. The place is huge and undergoing renovations as lots of high end retailers move in. It seemed to be the popular thing for everyone to do as the place was really busy. Not surprisingly while in the mall the sun came out just as we left and we were able to enjoy a little of the Spring sun. 

Heading back to the city we stopped at the Dixie Outlet Malls a place that has certainly seen better days. Probably built sometime in the 1980s not only was the state of the building and mall different from Square One but the crowds were from a completely different class of people. It was an interesting experience in contrasts between the two places. 

After crawling back to the city along a backed up Gardiner Mr.T and Mr.D dropped us off on Spadina so we could go for Chinese food. We walked up to Taste of China Seafood where I had some spicy shrimp and Mr.T some ginger beef. We were lucky to get a table as the place filled up quickly. It was the perfect way to end the day. 

Hello Spring

Madge knew how to throw a Party...

Garden Party (Stony Point, New York, 1967)
Garden Party
(Stony Point, NY, 1967)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

We all know one...

“The Ten Commandments”
From one of my favourite and queerest films...

Hair Hopper

Hedda was over it...
Wait for the snap!

Bowel Blues

It has been a rough couple of days since Sunday. While the snow has been slowly disappearing in the face of Spring as it creeps forward I was housebound with a grumbly belly. Unable to venture too far from the toilet I have spent my days watching James Bond films, playing in succession for March Break and reading a biography of Patricia Highsmith. The experience has been a little surreal with me immersed in the world of Bond and Highsmith at the same time leaving me feeling a little travel weary. In the past I posted about my reading on the blog but some time ago discovered GoodReads and have instead been posting all my reading there. It is a much better platform for readers allowing me not only to share my reviews with a community of readers but to have a place which can be quickly accessed and store all the books I have read. But yesterday Mr.S from the clinic was my night in shining armour bringing me much needed relief in the form of treatment for my grumbly belly. Hopefully all will be on the mend allowing me to venture forth into the world.