Sunday, February 10, 2008

Five Degrees

It's 5 degrees in Ann Arbor (that's about -14 Celsius.) Lately I have been reading and watching movies to cope with the white skies and the white snow and the bare trees. Last night, I read Cairo, a fun and super entertaining new graphic novel which Russell gave me for my birthday. Afterwards we had a Uganda double header: The Last King of Scotland followed by the documentary Général Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait by Barbet Schroeder. The documentary is infinitely crazier and cooler-- one of my favorite parts is when Amin claps at a crocodile and takes credit for its moving. Last King... wasn't too bad; Whitaker's spot-on performance was the real cause for celebration. I wasn't crazy about the fact that our guide through that world was a white male protagonist who ends up a christ-figure. But the documentary gives you more of a sense of the dictator's maddening personality: sometimes, his ideas really make sense, and others, he's just plain insane. He talks about the importance of African-Arab unity, then we see his army "training" to take over Israel. Their choppers barely fly off the ground and the soldiers stroll leisurely across the grass. Classic.

2 Comments:

Blogger C(h)ristine said...

dude! i just looked up the weather--it is SEVEN degrees there (for the high) and it's ONE for the low. i gotta find a pair of gloves--mine are 200 miles away. but--i am SO excited about coming to see you. SO excited.

yay yay yay yay yay yay!

1:49 PM  
Blogger rockslinga said...

I'm super super excited for your visit! Don't worry, we'll keep you warm.

7:00 PM  

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