Saturday, 20 February 2010

A Single Man

I watched A Single Man yesterday. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was somewhat disappointed by the movie. The story is about George (Colin Firth), a middle-aged University professor in the early 1960's who has lost his (male) partner after a 16-year relationship. From the beginning of the movie, we see him making preparations for the suicide he is planning. He has one good (female) friend Charley (Julianne Moore), who has been left by her husband and still regrets that she and George are not together. A young student Kenny (Nicholas Hoult) tries to get closer to George and in the end they get drunk (and naked) together.
On the one hand, the movie didn't bore me and I liked the tension that develops in the relationship between George and Kenny. However, it doesn't become clear from the movie why George wants to commit suicide (we know he lost his partner but as viewers we don't feel the loneliness and sadness that George apparently experiences). Also, two beautiful young men basically throw themselves at George and he doesn't accept the offers?
This movie should have been longer - the characters could have been developed better.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Elton John interview

Elton John gave an interview and it seems he made mistakes that I have seen other people make:
"I'd always choose someone younger. I wanted to smother them with love. I'd take them around the world, try to educate them. One after another they got a Cartier watch, a Versace outfit, maybe a sports car. They didn't have jobs. They were reliant on me. I did this repeatedly. In six months they were bored and hated my guts because I'd taken their lives and self-worth away. I hadn't intended to."
OMG, and he is surprised when "younger guys", "without jobs" are given "Cartier watches, and sports cars" and get "bored"? How naive can one be?
He apparently also knows a lot about history: "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man"

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Sex drive

A while ago I was talking with HE who has been single (again) for the last few months. He told me since being single he didn't have much sex yet and sex is not high on his priority list at all. One night, some guy put in a lot of effort and HE decided to take him home, however he told me he almost had regretted it even though the guy was cute and the sex not bad.
I must say that for the last year or so I have the same attitude towards sex that HE has. It happened naturally, it is not a conscious decision at all. Sex dropped substantially on my list of priorities and I don't regret it at all. Ten or even five years ago I would feel a bit unhappy if I didn't "score" for the weekend, lately I couldn't care less. I go to the bars to hang out and have fun with my friends, and even when there is a clear opportunity to have sex more often than not I decide it is too much hassle and not worth the trouble.
The low sex drive gives a strange (but pleasant) feeling of peace. I wonder if it will stay this way or if my wild days will ever come back........