Posts Tagged ‘booo!’

13th August
2009
written by Steph
Maybe this one should have been called Atonement... or Agony

Maybe this one should have been called Atonement... or Agony

A few years back, my real-life book club selected Atonement by Ian McEwan for our monthly read. I borrowed the book from the public library (in large print, because all the tiny print versions were checked out with massive queues) and got to reading. And it was agony! Some people love Ian McEwan’s style, but that first part of the novel (which I fondly refer to as “before dinner”) is so arduous and horrifically slow. A friend of mine had already read the book and she said that once I could make it to dinner (and beyond) things would pick up so I really should stick with it. So I did, and true to her word, the book did pick up and many shocking things happened, culminating in the ultimate shock ending. While my initial experience with the book was not so good, I did come to appreciate the book, to the extent that I did eventually buy myself a copy of it. The more I thought about it, the more I came to like it (I especially like Part Two, and I’m not really one for war writing). Based on that experience, I figured it might be worthwhile to check out some of McEwan’s other work, so when I saw a decently priced copy of Amsterdam at McKay’s I bought it. (more…)
30th December
2008
written by Steph
WTF, Teri Hatcher?!?!

WTF, Teri Hatcher?!?!

I know that Hollywood can be rough for women of a certain age, but I cannot think that the work Teri Hatcher has had done is going to help her get roles.  I mean, sure she's stick thin (she could cut things with her collarbone) and her face is apparently incapable of wrinkling, but when one has so much botox injected into one's face that it is impossible to convey happiness, and one must instead grimace ghoulishly?  Come on.  That's ridiculous.  She looks like she's in pain, and her eyes have gone all wonky.  Do people in L.A. really think that this is a graceful way to age?  Or that women like this look good?  What's even worse is that Hatcher apparently denies that she has ever (never mind currently!) cosmetically altered her face.  Uh, sure, Teri.  She is not nearly so good an actress that anyone is buying that line (perhaps if she could actually, oh, I don't know, EMOTE with her face, that would help matters).  I have seen natural female faces; Hatcher ain't got one. In the end, I realize it's fully her decision to make, but it's really sad that she (and many other actresses) felt this step was necessary or somehow enhances/retains her beauty.  I particularly find it a distasteful move because I know Hatcher has a daughter on the cusp of puberty, and I only wonder what inadvertent pressure her daughter might feel given the unhealthy body image and standards promoted by her mother. She may not be a housewife, but she's got the desperate down pat.