Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

10 Jan 2001, 12:56 p.m.

I'm seeing more Kieslowski today!

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

From my previous entries, you may think that my life revolves around the filmography of Kryzsztof Kieslowski. It doesn't really. But I get unreasonably excited by the prospect of seeing some large number of films in a row, and today I'm going to see his Three Colors trilogy.

I get troubled when I watch a lot of movies because I know some of my money is going to the MPAA, and thus to the Evil DVD/CCA. But at least independent movies and foreign films are somewhat better, right? The UC Theatre is my balm and my exemption and my redemption, right?

"White" is at 5:30 (bargain!), "Blue" at 7:20, and "Red" at 9:20. The UC Theatre is on University Avenue between Shattuck and Milvia in Berkeley. Each of the movies works as a standalone, so come to one, two, or all three for a night of Polish/French ambiguity.

Egosurfing on Google depresses my good mood. My Dad's work on religion fills up the whole first screen in a search for "harihareswara". I don't show up till match #15 or so. Ergh.

Well, I have stuff to do -- making copies to make a reader for the class I'm teaching this semester (Politics in Modern Science Fiction), dropping off dry-cleaning, doing bank stuff, dropping off said copies at Odin Readers on Center Street, and finally going to movie. Not to mention getting some emailing done if I can. Sigh/Ergh redux.

But hey, at the end of it all, I'm gonna see some movies, and I trust they won't be too bad.

P.S. By the way, I've been noticing that in many situations where two players vie for popularity and dominance, the two products often end up indistinguishable. So as to get "the center," I suppose. Can anyone think of a situation where each stays entrenched in difference, rather than sameness?

Poll: Best (worst?) fake rivalry

  • Pepsi/Coke
  • Analog/Asimov's
  • Chronicle/Examiner
  • Republicans/Democrats

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