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Could this be any more adorable? Well, I don’t think so!



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A reminder: Rape is rape

I’ve half a mind to start a petition of my own asking that Hollywood recognise this and stop trying to convince us that it’s different if it’s done by a talented, hugely successful and filthy rich director.

It takes a comic to point out what should be obvious. You tell ’em, Chris.

“Roman Polanski initiated sexual contact with someone he knew to be underage, persisted after she said no, pled guilty to unlawful intercourse with a minor, and fled the country when he feared he would go to prison anyway.”
– Latoya Peterson

Whoopi Goldberg would like us to believe that there’s a universe where plying a 13 year old with champagne and drugs, and then penetrating her vaginally and anally isn’t rape.

Whoopi, I’m glad I don’t live in your universe.

Polanski’s artistic achievements, the outstanding “The Pianist” in particular, have been sited by people who seem to believe that talent means one is held to a different moral and legal code.

Does the excellent direction of ‘one of the most moving films ever about the Holocaust’ balance out the lack of justice in the rape of a 13 year old girl?

Would it balance it out if he was instead a relatively penniless and uninfluential artist who happened to paint the most moving picture about the Holocaust? Or make the most moving sculpture?

Would it be different if he was a writer who had written a moving book about the Holocaust?

Would anyone be suggesting he should be exonerated if he were just an average Joe (besides the rape and running from justice) who told his children and grandchildren and their friends moving stories about the Holocaust and encouraged them to be more loving, accepting people because he believed that that might stop it happening again in the future?

Would it be different if he directed the movie for free?

If Polanski can avoid facing justice because he is a rich, successful, influential director, what does that say about the judicial system and what does it tell the teenage girls the age of consent law is supposed to protect?

I don’t know whether it would serve any purpose for Polanski to spend his remaining years in prison. Maybe some other form of restitution would be more appropriate. But the movie moguls and TV queens are not the people who should be making that decision, or trying to.

I hope all the signatories on the petition supporting Polanski take a good long look at the grand jury testimony and see what he actually did, then go back, take their names off it and apologise publically for endorsing or excusing sexual intercourse with a minor.

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OK, I mentioned Owen Wilson recently, and commented that I didn’t think he was “one of the greats” when it came to acting, whilst also reckoning he was better than is often made out.

Well, I have recently watched The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Minus Man, and I almost feel I should apologise and take it back. I had no idea, from the films I had seen at that point, that he not only has a range well beyond the comic persona he has developed so successfully, but that is in fact wide-ranging enough pretty damn impressive in Hollywood these days. I can think of a few actors who’ve garnered a certain amount of respect without coming near either of these performances.

Looking at his films (the ones I have seen) if you just watched the comic ones you’d get one picture, if you just watched the more niche ones (Wes Anderson movies, TMM, etc) you would consider him an entirely different actor. His talent for being amusing isn’t absent from the “non comic” movies, but he can do a heck of a lot more than goofy.

Is he “one of the greats”? I don’t know. But the man is definitely not an also ran, and he deserves a great deal more respect than he’s often given IMO; it’s worth remembering that Owen is also an Oscar and BAFTA nominated screenwriter. Clearly, this guy has more to him than some would allow.

I for one am curious to see what he will do next…

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Lovefilm are doing top 10 torsos and top 10 bikini moments.


Bikini moments include such seminal moments as Usula Andress in Dr No, along with other curvaceous Hollywood stars and starlets. Even the ones from slightly jokey films (Charlie’s Angels frinstance) are pulling no punches in the “beautiful women in scanty clothing” department. I mean, Carrie Fisher may look pretty silly done up as Jabba’s bit of fluff, but no one can deny that she looks OK in a bikini.

On the other hand, we have top 10 torsos. Now, I can think of 10 great torso shots without batting an eyelid, and to be fair, they have a few in there that can’t be considered objectionable. But why, oh why, oh why are we also subjected to Borat’s Mankini? Russell Brand on a surfboard? Hank Azaria, though admittedly toned, buck naked? These are the best torso shots they can come up with?! Shoot the researchers.

Even the initially promising ones aren’t up to that much. Gerard – in a pair of silly knickers. Brad – putting on a breastplate that rather defeats the object and managing to look camp despite all the armour. Leo – looking about twelve, maybe thirteen… that isn’t sexy.

Daniel Craig and Sean Connery’s about about the only two that aren’t cringeworthy, and Sean is sailing close to the wind on that one. Very disappointing for the ladies (and indeed those gents who like other gents) when the roster of feminine flesh on display has clearly been chosen for effect and the male for comedy.

Oh well.

Here is my selection of movie moments (in no particular order), all of which I think would beat lovefilm’s choices hands down.

1. Ewan McGregor shows off his assets in “Down With Love”

2. Viggo Mortensen taking “A Walk On The Moon” – hands up who’d like to stroll with him?

3. Owen Wilson in “You, Me & Dupree”, proving that, despite what Borat may have led you to believe, you can be funny and still look hot without your shirt on

4. James McAvoy in “Wanted” – as in, just what you wanted for Christmas…? I’m not that big a fan of his but… well, this is better than anything lovefilm offered…

5. Although not known as your average heartthrob, post “Wimbledon” Paul Bettany easily out-chests most of the lovefilm list – AND he’s funny!

6. Jeffrey Dean Morgan – yeah, I know it’s the *back* of his torso, (are you honestly complaining?) but ask anyone who saw the movie and they’ll tell you the chest view is good too… “P.S. I Love You” (we love you too, Jeff…)

7. If we have to have Brad Pitt, can’t we at least have him looking a bit manly, like he does in “Fight Club”, rather than mooning over his plate steel?

8. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Need any more be said?

9. Hugh Jackman shows he has enough “Animal Attraction” for anybody

10. Hugh Jackman takes an impromptu shower in “Australia”, then gets physical with Nicole Kidman.

(Yes, I know it’s the third mention for Jackman, but seriously, how did this guy not appear in a “top 10 Torsos” list? If the man has a sexy torso that is apparent even when fully dressed, he deserves at least one mention, no?)

Anyway this is ten off the top off my head, and not including a few of my favourite actors because I couldn’t lay my hands (mmm…) on the (in)appropriate shots – for my money these are all at least as good as the lovefilm list (your mileage may vary). No doubt others will come to me. But shame on you, lovefilm!

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Owen Wilson is a little like good chocolate = sweet but not too sweet, smooth, and very moreish.* Oh, and of course the obvious – naughty but nice. And possibly unhealthy in large does, though I can’t say I’ve had the chance to investigate that one… ;o) (I’d be more than willing to do the necessary research…)

While I concede that he may not be an actor in the league of the greats, edit:(although I’m less sure about that these days…) the man is funny and darn talented (I haven’t seen all of his films but can’t agree that he always plays the same character, though there is a certain (adorable…) Owenness that crops up a good deal). I do wonder what some of the “he’s not funny/can’t act” brigade are on. Even within some of the roles that are similar to each other I’ve seen, for example, extreme confidence and nonce (Hutch), competence coupled with shyness (Alex), the uber-stoner-dude (Hansel), the successful but lovelorn puppy (Kevin); they’ve been surprisingly different within roles that weren’t exactly written to show off any actor’s versatility.

As a bonus, I confess, he’s ridiculously attractive, as well as having a certain something in his eyes which makes me want to give him a big hug and tell him it’s all going to be all right.**

I suspect he’s more of a majority taste than some others I’ve mentioned. Still seems to get a lot of flack for his nose – I don’t really get that, for starters the nose is cute, don’t diss the nose, and for seconds, with a mouth that ranges from knee tremblingly sensual to one of the truly fab smiles in the universe, WHY THE HECK IS ANYONE LOOKING AT HIS NOSE?!? Seriously folks, what’s wrong with you?!? *laughs*

Some people…


* if, of course, one could combine Owen and chocolate, that would be even better…

** on the exceedingly unlikely offchance Owen should ever read this, if you want to show up and claim the hug in person, then please feel free… I’d be more than happy to oblige… I give extremely good hugs… *grin*

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Was thinking about this again, and have worked out at least one thing that David Tennant and John Simm have in common, and which is something that makes me, at least, go “fwibble”.

Both of them have the ability to seemingly communicate the emotion to the audience with, apparently, barely any effort. The thing that makes me *fwibble* is that these guys can both do ultra-intense, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-him stuff AND the kind of smile that makes it seem like the sun just came out.

Witness: linked from the fabulous david-tennant.com – those eyes could bore right through you!

Similarly, with thanks to john-simm.org, who or what is John looking at? I think the word I’m searching for here is “phwoar” *grin*

And on the lighter side… do either of these pictures need an explanation?? Who can do the cutest smile? Don’t know about you, but I just can’t decide!

I guess this is, again, just a small demonstration of how talented these two actors are… and maybe, after all, it’s this quality that is the most attractive of all.

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What is it that makes a guy attractive?

I’ve been trying to work it out, and I can’t.

I’ve often been surprised about how there are some objectively very goodlooking/beautiful men who I just don’t find even remotely attractive, and on the other and, there are some ambiguous, even weird looking men, who are extremely attractive.

I’ve mentioned David Tennant before: I know a lot of people who won’t “get” why women go ga ga over him, including plenty of other women. Objectively, he’s… interesting looking… kind of skinny, slightly goggle eyed, vaguely elfin bone structure. Not remotely in the hunky mode, and frankly it makes me laugh when people dismiss him as a pretty boy… I think it’s his talent as an actor which has a considerable impact on people finding him attractive. Though I must confess that when speaking in his natural accent the fact that I’d pay to listen to him read the Yellow Pages might help a tad…

I’ve only ever seen a few pictures of him where he looks what I would consider genuinely handsome (though it must be said, he does scrub up well in them *grin*). I’ve seen a couple where he just looks, for want of a better word, adorable – and even my mum (who is in the “I don’t get it” camp) has said as such. But he’s definitely in the interesting rather than the drop dead gorgeous category, objectively, and yet I and clearly many, many others find him, subjectively, completely delicious.

John Simm is another actor who is, while not by any means ugly, a fairly, well, plain man, who is still strangely utterly attractive. I’m yet to see any “handsome” pics of him (though if you’re reading this and can point me in the direction of any, I shan’t be complaining!), and yet in the few things I’ve seen him in, and even in some of the stills, he is very, very fanciable. I guess he has a similar delicate elfin quality to him as Tennant does (I recently read someone suggesting he should be the youngish Bilbo Baggins); his face isn’t as distinctive as David’s though, quite symmetrical and undistinguished, sandy blond hair cut in quite a conservative, unmemorable style, indeterminate-coloured eyes… interesting but not especially seductive accent… nothing that should, surely, mark him out from the crowd. And yet… and yet… *drool*

An even less likely candidate for swoonworthiness is surely James Nesbitt. Lovely accent, sure, but otherwise… huh? Now, for me at any rate, he does not achieve the kind of droolworthiness of a Tennant or a Simm, but… there’s no denying it. That cheeky grin… talented actor…. there’s something about that man.

I guess the easiest way to explain it is just to say “charisma”, and leave it at that. My mum reckons it’s pheremones, though she’s yet to explain how they get through the telly… she is the first to admit this theory needs some work.

If you read up on what “should” be attractive, then you get things like broad shoulders, symmetrical features, small, taut backsides… none of these three fit into the first category, I guess you could slot Simm into the second, was for the third… well, I would hate to spoil your fun researching that one, so go form your own opinions ;o) It’s weird and slightly inexplicable, really, what women find attractive sometimes. There’s no denying they do, and I’m one of them – clearly. But I still can’t explain it. Talent, charisma… something indefinable something. I don’t know what it is, but I know when I see it!

Any other random, weird or unfathomable crushes out there?

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