I feel asleep at around 3:30 reading Spinoza and watching "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" on Satellite TV. After, of course, Sunday night Poetry Club. I remember reading the book but never heard anything about the movie. Did I? Colin Firth plays Vermeer! But it's Griet who I am thinking of this morning -- oh not the Griet of the movie -- the supposed girl in the painting -- but Scarlett Johansson.
My mother believes Ms. Johansson to be a witch -- the likes of Angelina Jolie. She believes that there isn't a man on the planet who can resist either of these two because of the magic that dwells within them. Evil magic I think she thinks. She told me the other day she feared for the wife of Matt Damon because Damon was filming or had filmed a movie with Ms. Johansson and obviously, according to Madre, the marriage is now doomed because Mr. Damon has been cursed and can only think of Scarlett while making love to his wife.
And Angelina Jolie is even more evil. "No man can resist her" my mother tells me. We have long argued about Jennifer Anniston --the former Mrs. Brad Pitt -- my mother thinking her movies so "adorable" to my "she's utterly insignificant to the craft of film" point of view (yes, I know but my mother watches Entertainment Tonight like a Pentecostal praises Jesus). Angelina's magic lured Brad from Jenny and boom. or something like that. These conversations give us something to talk about during long rides to St. Lawrence County, etc. I try to explain I can hardly resist her, Angelina Jolie. No not her movies, I can't remember the last time I saw an Angelina movie -- probably that one with Nicholas Cage and something to do with cars. But she, my mother, doesn't understand.
I didn't feel quite the same way about Johansson. I mean of course I adore "Lost in Translation" but I always thought it was because of my strange obsession with Bill Murray or perhaps my obsession with Sofia Coppola movies. I can't ever get over Virgin Suicides either. But is the real reason I watch "Lost in Translation" and one of my least favorite Woody Allen movies "Vicky Christina Barcelona" -- every time I'm in front of the TV and I click and those movies are on because of Johansson ? I must watch this "Ghost World" Cafe Selavy mentioned a few posts ago and see if it is true.
As Griet -- Johansson looks like she is wearing not a stitch of make up (I know this isn't the case but the make-up job is make-up-less looking). Her lips are so full... have they always been? Angelina has giant lips too -- is their magic in those lips?
Ah Beauty, Beauty, Beauty. I have always loved you even though you refuse to show me your full self and only reveal yourself to me in flashes and shadows.
Hannah's boyfriend asked her to go to his house this past Saturday night without any make-up on. At first she thought -- no, I'm not going to do that. Most recently she had told me "they weren't yet at the stage where she could see him looking like crap yet." But she went -- Saturday night -- without makeup. I asked her what he said and she reported he told her "she was absolutely beautiful -- stunning."
The Professor says "when one finds something Beautiful it is wrong not to share." He told me this a few times after my feeling incredibly jealous of a poem some young girl wrote that I had discovered.
Where was I anyway? I can't seem to keep a theme going on these posts can I?
Scarlett Johansson as "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" - I could hardly resist her. The movie seemed to float around her. Those lips...