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Moss (My Moss) Directs A Film

February 11th, 2011

I’m taking a mental health week here at Rechelle Unplugged which may lead to two mental health weeks, which may lead to three.  I guess you could say that Rechelle Unplugged is unplugging for a while.  In the mean time, here is a film preview directed by none other than the actor who plays Moss (my Moss) on the brilliantly hysterical English Comedy “The IT Crowd”.  Evidently Richard Ayoade (my Moss) is not only a brilliantly hysterical actor, but also a brilliantly hysterical director.  The film entitled Submarine is based on a book by Joe Dunthorne by the same title.  From the preview it looks hilarious and quirky (and also brilliantly hysterical).

Dunthorne’s book (which he began to write during a creative writing course at college) has been favorably compared to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.  I think I will try to get myself a copy of the book this weekend as I imagine it will be a long wait before Ayoade’s film will be available in Kansas.

Thanks to Nikki for sending the link.

Which stars Dumbledore as one King George.

And Colin Firth as a different King George.

And Helena Bonham Carter is also in this film.

Because isn’t Helena Bonham Carter in every film?

And then this lady shows up.

And I spent the rest of the film wondering who she was.

Who is she?  How do I know her?  What film was she in?  What role did she play?  Must think harder!  Must push self!  Must keep going!  Must figure this out!  Mustn’t give up!  Mustn’t ever stop!  Think!  Think!  THINK!!!!!

But it is hard to think when one is constantly being assaulted by long shots of Colin Firth strolling through a foggy garden.

But then it hit me!

Like an errant little sister on an unholy journey through the streets of London with a dashing soldier intent on using her for his own ill gain and is saved at last by the man our heroine despises because he is a wretched snob who says bad (though sadly true) things about her beloved family, but she also secretly loves him and even more so after she tours his lavish estate!….

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Elizabeth Bennet!

Fitzwilliam Darcy!

The most important film ever made.

And then I settled back and was able to watch the rest of The King’s Speech without further agitation.

And it was good…

But it twarn’t no Pride and Prejudice!

The Human Family Tree

January 24th, 2011

Lately I’ve been fascinated with the story of ancient human migration. I came upon the book Mapping Human History by Steve Olson at my local book store and was about half way through it when my best friend Netflix recommended the National Geographic documentary The Human Family Tree to me.  Sometimes I think that Netflix is not only my best friend, but also God.  There are some striking similarities…

God – Knows everything about me.

Netflix – Also knows everything about me.

God – Is my best friend.

Netflix – Also is my best friend.

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And since I wholly trust in my bestfriend/God/Netflix and lean not on my own understanding, I watched The Human Family Tree and then I made my four sons watch it.  Yes, I made them watch it.  I also make them wear their seat belts, eat their veggies and brush their teeth.  I know – so controlling!

I cried at the end of this film.  I found it to be very emotional.  My sons did not cry.  They were only relieved and anxious to get back to their demanding regimen of video games, followed by facebook, followed by texting and then back to video games.  But hopefully they learned something anyway.

Basically the film explains how we can trace our ancestry back to one woman who lived in Africa.  She is known as Mitochondrial Eve.  She is not a hypothesis.  She is a mathematical certainty.  Mitochondrial Eve was not ‘the first woman’.  There were plenty of other women around when she existed and there would have been an entirely different Mitochondrial Eve when ‘our Mitochondrial Eve’ existed, but the female progeny of the other Mitochondrial Eves have all died out. It’s a bit hard to grasp if you have a mind punctured with four holes (where the babies came out). For a somewhat clearer explanation - click here.

The above map shows the migration routes that various groups of humans took on their way out of Africa. The film follows several individuals as they discover the route that their ancestors took.  A simple cheek swab collects the necessary DNA and places a person in a ‘haplo group’ based on the mutations that occur in their mitochondria.

I would love to get my own DNA tested and find out the migration to which I belong. Test kits are available. They are not cheap, but it would be interesting to know how my ancestors made their way out of Africa.

It’s a good film.  Gather some kids around and make them watch it.