Wednesday, 15 March 2000

Beethoven and Barrymore

Listening to:

Beethoven, piano sonata in F minor, op. 57 Appassionata. This recording is on a now defunct CD label called Lunar. This comes from the DDR (i.e., East Germany that was). It’s a good recording, and it was very cheap ($10 in New Zealand). I’m pretty sure that the Lunar CDs were the first I ever saw that were budget. Since then, Naxos have moved into this market in a serious way, and the Berlin Wall has fallen.

(Incidentally, there’s no sign of any deterioration in the physical substance of the CD, which is pretty good going for something that is now over 10 years old.)

Saw Never been kissed (with Drew Barrymore) on video the other night. Basically, it’s a pretty dire movie, though I imagine it’s a deal better than the other films we saw trailed on the video. My standard technique of entering the URL gives interesting results this time. It links to a site providing soft-porn shots of famous actresses. Clearly the people distributing the film couldn’t be bothered getting the domain-name for it. A little further research at the Internet Movie Database site, reveals the correct site. It also gives it an average rating of 6.5/10, which is incredibly generous.

Anyway, the film only served to remind me of the ridiculous obsession that high school seems to exert over film-makers, and the bizarre way it is portrayed. Or, and this is a thought to take your breath away, maybe US high schools are really like that. Tell me it ain’t so.