Monday, October 08, 2007

Struggle Against Reality



After putting together some very exhausting stuff on weekend I got so very tired. Feel like staying home with Funnybunny for ever. Which won't happen; I am to travel to Germany on Thursday.

When we met at Anna Politkovskaya Evening yesterday, on Sunday, a friend with whom we are members of the board in an industrious and serious organisation said she finds me very energetic.

But it's not true. I'm lazy and tired. Actually, I don't do much. I am a very limited person. No time for hobbies, only running in the middle of the day. I try not to get too involved in very separate things. And succeeding in not-getting-involved better and better all the time. I have just learned to concentrate in fewer things and to be more active when my efforts are vitally needed. (Not all time, and not everywhere.)

And when I'm tired, I just sit on the sofa and read or write my own things. (After Miss Funnybunny is put to bed.) Struggle against falling asleep.

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I have already revealed in some meme I don't like comedies that much. But for really tired people I recommend good laughs.

But only good comedies. Bad ones destroy your brain. Rely on classics. (And no TV. Go to a film theater. Rent a DVD, if you must.)

Observer has listed (in July 2007) the Funniest Films of All Time, based on readers' opinions, And they were

1. Life of Brian
2. Airplane!
3. This Is Spinal Tap
4. Some Like It Hot
5. Withnail and I
6. Blazing Saddles
7. The Big Lebowski
8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
9. Duck Soup
10. Young Frankenstein
11. The Producers
12. Shaun of the Dead
13. Groundhog Day
14. Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
15. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
16. The Man with Two Brains
17. There's Something About Mary
18. Annie Hall
19. Dumb and Dumber
20. Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy
21. Mr Hulot's Holiday
22. Shrek
23. Best in Show
24. Kind Hearts and Coronets
25. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
26. The General
27. A Fish Called Wanda
28. Way Out West
29. The Odd Couple
30. The Ladykillers
31. The Blues Brothers
32. Arsenic and Old Lace
33. Bringing Up Baby
34. A Night at the Opera
35. Kingpin
36. The Naked Gun
37. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
38. Raising Arizona
39. Team America: World Police
40. Trading Places
41. American Pie
42. Hot Fuzz
43. Love and Death
44. Meet the Fockers
45. Sleeper
46. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
47. Stir Crazy
48. The Music Box
49. Tootsie
50. Uncle Buck

I like the first four, and some others like Fish Called Wanda, Dr. Strangelove, the Ladykillers and the Blues Brothers (remember: "What is the piece in the elevator?"). But some titles on this list are surprising. (Shrek? American Pie? Dumb and Dumber?)

And why were the Marx brothers not in better positions? (the Stork Club, remember the password?)

And what about Laurel and Hardy?

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Title: Inalienable Rights
From: Monty Python's Life of Brian

Transcribed By: Dwayne A. X. E. E. ( CS107124@YUSOL )



(A huge Roman amphitheatre, sparsely attended. REG, FRANCIS, STAN and JUDITH
are seated in the stands. They speak conspiratorially.)

Judith: Any Anti-Imperialist group like ours must *reflect* such a divergence of interests within its power-base.
Reg: Agreed.
(General nodding.)
Francis?
Francis: I think Judith's point of view is valid here, Reg, provided the Movement never forgets that it is the inalienable right of every man--
Stan: Or woman.
Francis: Or woman...to rid himself--
Stan: Or herself.
Reg: Or herself. Agreed. Thank you, brother.
Stan: Or sister.
Francis: Thank you, brother. Or sister. Where was I?
Reg: I thought you'd finished.
Francis: Oh, did I? Right.
Reg: Furthermore, it is the birthright of every man ...
Stan: Or woman.
Reg: Why don't you shut up about women, Stan, you're putting us off.
Stan: Women have a perfect right to play a part in our movement, Reg.
Francis: Why are you always on about women, Stan?
Stan: (pause) I want to be one.

(pregnant pause)

Reg: What?
Stan: I want to be a woman. From now on I want you all to call me Loretta.
Reg: What!?
Stan: It's my right as a man.
Judith: Why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?
Stan: I want to have babies.
Reg: You want to have babies?!?!?!
Stan: It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.
Reg: But you can't have babies.
Stan: Don't you oppress me.
Reg: I'm not oppressing you, Stan -- you haven't got a womb. Where's the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box?
(Stan starts crying.)
Judith: Here! I've got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can't actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody's fault, not even the Romans', but that he can have the *right* to have babies.
Francis: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister, sorry.
Reg: (pissed) What's the *point*?
Francis: What?
Reg: What's the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can't have babies?
Francis: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
Reg: It's symbolic of his struggle against reality.



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Sorry, I can't get the Blogger work, for adding the Observer link as well as other relevant sources, but you can google "Observer", "funniest", "films" or take a look at this: http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,2131880,00.html

Monty Python links can be found in here, http://www.mwscomp.com/python.html

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