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.


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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