North Country

This “most important movie for women to see in 2005” was too intense for light banter throughout. Although a few flip comments did float out into the darkened living room at La Guarida, for the most part we were a quiet and attentive audience. Banter was intense before and after . . .
Prior to the screening, Consuela Bananahammock was asked, “Do you want a piece of my bottom?” – apparently because she didn’t appreciate the coconut on top of the homemade carrot cake. A late arrival, after getting a synopsis of what had happened so far, thought he’d “seen the end of this before” and was promptly informed how such could not be possible. One of our hosts spent most of the time out of the room on the phone. He did inquire as to the media effect of this particular film at this particular time – is it attempting “to do” something? I almost wondered if there was a subtext: sexual harassment is so DOA? Don’t we wish. ­čÖü I speculated about the number of social justice-themed movies up for one kind of Oscar or another. Now, I wonder, this may or may not be a direct effect of the type of movies selected – many of which (so I’m told) are smaller production affairs than the typical Hollywood glitz.
# of rapscallions in attendance? Nine.

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