Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Modern dilemmas for these troubled times, Part One.

Over the weekend I plan to watch Downfall, the harrowing 2004 German film, detailing the final 10 days in Hitler’s Berlin bunker before the Red Army shoots the place up.

The moral question I want to put to the TSFKA brains trust is this.

Should I;
A) Watch it while eating pizza and drinking beer?
B) Watch it in a mood of sorrowful penance?
C) Shut the fuck up and watch the Goddamn film already?

I’m sort of hoping for option A, but I’m prepared to be guided by the collective wisdom here.


Perseus said...

It's a terrfic film. If you've never seen it, I suggest staying sober. Eat the pizza, then drink the beer after.

Puss In Boots said...

Maybe you should try Wurst and Bier instead?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I do have a tendency to over-agonise about these things.

Puss, I've eaten bratwurst around the globe.

I do love a good bratwurst.

Cath said...

Ramon - it is indeed an excellent film. I saw it at the cinema and felt no issue with eating my choc top and snacks - so eat away!

Mr E Discharge said...

Option B intrigues me.

What exactly was your personal role in the downfall of the Third Reich?

Does your sorrow stem from the things you did or the things you didn't do?

If you had the chance, with hindsight,would you make the same decisions you made then?

Forgive me if these questions are too personal and yes, I acknowledge that it's probably none of my business.

The fact that you still feel the need for "sorrowful penance" so long after the events is just not healthly.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I'm an ex-Catholic, Mr E.

I feel guilty about everything.

As a compromise I won't drink German beer, though.

Anonymous said...

I would suggest that if you're a bigger film enthusiast, then you should go for option B. If you're a bigger history enthusiast, then option A. Option C if you're interests are about the same.

On a not very related note, I've been away for a few weeks but would like to thank everybody who put forth opera recommendations. So far, I've only picked up Puccini's Turandot but have found (parts of) it immensely enjoyable and will no doubt be grabbing more in the near future.

squib said...


(lucky you're not watching Van Diemen's Land)

Cath said...

Alex... Turandot...! ewww. I cannot stand it... probably because of the (even more) ludicrously flimsy story line than usual. I recommend Rigolleto, Tales of Hoffmann and Madame Butterfly......

Anonymous said...

Cath, I haven't gotten around to the story yet, but there are still bits of it that I really enjoy, just on a musical level.

Mr E already recommended Madame Butterfly and Rigoletto was on my list as part of Ramon's "anything by Verdi" suggestion. I'll add Tales of Hoffmann too.

Puss In Boots said...

Completely off topic, but what on earth is wrong with Catherine Deveny? She is such a bitter and twisted person!

kitten said...

Damn you Puss, I was just thinking today how marvellously cynical and forthright Catherine Deveny is. Now you've made me all self-conscious.

Puss In Boots said...

I just don't understand her. It's like she wishes she was back in the days when feminism mattered. Now she just stomps around picking on anything and everything in an attempt to feel relevant. She just always sounds so bitter and twisted, like she wasn't hugged enough as a child, or something.

Melba said...

Thank god, finally someone who doesn't like Deveny. I thought I was the only one around here. She shits me because:

a) she is always negative and critical

b) she's not funny

c) she gets to spread all that negativity and unfunniness around on a regular basis on the back of the Age.

Can't stand her. Plus it's really hard to remember how to spell her surname. Luckily I've only ever written it twice. The first time I think I put an extra 'e' in.

Anonymous said...

I can agree with her in that I don't see any point to it, but is marriage really all about female subjugation these days?

Dr. Golf said...

I went (with great trepidation) to see a few Aussie films at the Toronto Film Festival last weekend.

The Last Ride and Beautiful Kate. The first one was pretty average, but the crowd went absolutely nuts for Beautiful Kate. Standing ovation and shit. Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward were there for the Q&A afterwards. Then up jumps Sam Neill out of the audience to offer his glowing praise.

Balibo next weekend. said...

Sam Neill's a New Zealander. Just sayin'.

Ophelia said...

C) Just watch it, it's a great film! Unless you speak German you'll need the subtitles so food would just be a distraction.

As an aside - have you seen that gross new ad where they show Hitler having sex?! It's to show that AIDS is a mass murderer. Powerful stuff - but waaahhhh, I didn't need to see that face grinning at the end.

catlick said...

Ramon is it home made pizza? My recipe for pizza dough....yoghurt, olive oil, yeast, water, salt, plain flour....Let it rise for 4 hours, knock down and arrange on oiled trays. I go for the fetta, roasted red capsicum, salami, home made olives, (from my street). And yes, CD is mercurial, but, on balance, a cunt cunt. The AIDS ad...does than mean Hitler = Grim Reaper?

Anonymous said...

Do you mean this one Ophelia? I can't be the only person who finds this comical (check out Stalin), but I suppose that as long as it gets noticed, it's a good thing.

Sam Neill's a New Zealander. Just sayin'.

Doesn't Australia have a tradition of claiming and disowning foreigners when it suits us? Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson spring to mind.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Catlick, the trouble is that time spent in making pizza dough cuts into the time available for drinking.

You can see the bind I'm in.

Mr E Discharge said...

Try my recipe for Pizza Dough. become a regular at a bar in the local shopping strip, situated next door to a pizza shop.

Arrive at 4.15, grab a table outside and drink 3-4 pots, then stagger into the pizza shop and buy two balls of dough for five bucks.

Foolproof recipe, works every time.

Bon Aperit!