Beautifully literal

I’ve been learning Norwegian for almost 8 months now, and one of the things I love about it is how the words are both adorably and horrifyingly literal. For example: their word for “raccoon” translates to “washing bear.” Adorable, right? But their word for “nipple” translates to “breast wart.” Yep, horrifying. So this morning, the word “dimple” came up and I jokingly said to Morty, “What’s your word for that, ‘cheek hole’?” And….he said “smilehull” which translates to “smile hole.” Adorable, horrifying and beautifully literal all in one word.

Movie Nights 3, 4 & 5

Movie night 3 was my turn, so I picked Enough Said. I’ve already seen it two times, but it’s just one of those movies I can watch any time it’s on and I’ve wanted Morty to see it for a while. There are so many little details I love – Eva’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) job, Marianne’s (Catherine Keener) house and her hilarious portrayal of a modern-day hippie poet, Tavi Gevinson as Chloe is adorable, and finally, Albert (James Gandolfini) is just so sweet and perfect in all of his middle-aged bachelorhood. If you haven’t seen this film, I won’t give anything away, but I love watching how the different relationships interact with each other and thinking about how I would’ve handled the same situation. (Morty approved of this film!)

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Morty’s pick for Movie Night 4 was a documentary about the Kuchar brothers called It Came From Kuchar. Mike and George Kuchar are (and were – George died in 2011) twin underground film makers. In the early 1960’s they started making low-budget films that helped shape the underground New York film scene. The documentary shows snippets of those films while also interviewing the brothers and showing them at work. Their short film Wild Night in El Reno opened the door to one of the first conversations Morty and I ever had, so they’ve been on my radar ever since. While I love that film, I have a feeling their other work is a little out there for me. But to true movie buffs, they were pioneers. The sleaze, shaky filming and low-budget feeling of it all is well-loved by their fans.

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Last weeks pick was Under the Skin. I’ve wanted to see this movie for several months when I saw that it was directed by Jonathan Glazer. He’s responsible for my favorite opening film scene ever, so I wanted to see what else he had up his sleeve. To keep it short, this film was weird. Visually, it was interesting, beautiful and surprising, but the story was slightly nonsensical and disturbing. It’s adapted from a novel of the same name by Michel Faber. I’ve learned more about the film from reviews that I’ve since read, so it makes more sense now and I can see more logic and themes to the story. I would definitely watch it again – Glazer has a way with angles and really finding beauty in stillness. Though Under the Skin was more challenging than what I usually enjoy – we both gave it a big thumbs up!

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