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Boy's Movie

Boy's Movie



It is a "boy's movie",

I'd say.

Date: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 6:06 pm
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Kato,

Thanks again so much for your thoughtfulness.
I took the yatsuhashi to a movie yesterday afternoon for a treat.
We went to see "Argo" at Scotiabank Theatre.


"Argo" Trailer

It is a pretty good movie, more of a "boy's movie", though, I'd say.
It's about the creative escape of a group of Americans from Iran, who would have been in serious danger otherwise; it was a collaboration between the US and Canadian governments and we ended up looking like the good guys, but really it was the US who orchestrated the highly unusual and exciting rescue of the six Americans who had escaped from the US Embassy during a violent takeover.

Anyhow we did try it, but I guess it's a cultural thing.
The texture of the candy was odd, but the flavour was okay.


we ate some of it and liked it okay, but I think it'd have to grow on you ... sort of like when you eat some of our North American food I'm sure.
But I saved the rest and will try again later.
That was incredibly thoughtful of you to bring me that candy to try.
You're a sweetie.


Love, Diane ~

So, Diane, you didn't enjoy the movie, did you?

Oh yes, I enjoyed it so much.

But it is a boy's movie, isn't it?

Yes, I suppose so, but a girl might as well enjoy a boy's movie.

So, Diane, you like a boy's movie as well.

Yes, you're telling me, Kato.

By the way, Diane, some people disagree with you.

Oh ...?

You said that in reality it was the US who orchestrated the highly unusual and exciting rescue of the six Americans who had escaped from the US Embassy during a violent takeover.

Yes, I did so.

Well ..., after the film was previewed at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012, some critics said that it unfairly glorified the role of the CIA and minimized the role of the Canadian government, particularly that of Ambassador Taylor, in the extraction operation.

You could say what you want to say, couldn't you? We're in the free world.

Yes, we are.  But a certain critic of the "Macleans" magazine asserted, "The movie rewrites history at Canada's expense, making Hollywood and the CIA the saga's heroic saviours while Taylor is demoted to a kindly concierge."

Kato, nobody is perfect.  You should take your own view, shouldn't you?

Yes, of course.  You're absolutely right on that, Diane.  But listen to this.  Some say that the CIA let Taylor take the credit for political purposes, which implied that he did not deserve the accolades he received.

So, Kato, you don't agree with me, do you?

Yes and no.

What do you mean?

Director Ben Affleck said, "The involvement of the CIA complemented efforts of the Canadian embassy to free the six held in Tehran. To this day the story stands as an enduring model of international co-operation between governments."  The Toronto Star, however, complained, "Even that hardly does Canada justice."

So, Kato, do you agree with the Toronto Star columnist, don't you?

Well ..., yes and no.

How do you mean?

When interviewed, the real Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor said, "In reality, Canada was responsible for the six and the CIA was a junior partner. But I realize this is a movie and you have to keep the audience on the edge of their seats."  So, I guess the audience has a say.  As long as you're satisfied with your own view, you're alright, and I go along with your view.

I wanna know your own view, Kato.

Tsk, tsk, tsk, ... Take it easy, Diane.  I'd rather talk about the DVD movie you peeked into while I was watching at Joe Fortes Library last Tuesday.

Which movie?


This is the one I'm talking about.

Now, I recall it... I saw some men and women wearing nice and gorgeous costumes.  I assume it was a period movie.  How did you like the movie?

I liked it... so much so that I jotted down my comment on that.


"Actual Page"

Kato's Comment

The Innocent (Italian: L'innocente) was the last film made by Italian director Luchino Visconti.
Based on a novel by Gabriele d'Annunzio, the story is set up in the 19th century Italy.
Tullio Hermil (Giancarlo Giannini) is a wealthy Roman married to Giuliana (Laura Antonelli).


Tullio Hermil & Giuliana

But Tullio lives a double sexual life with a possessive and aristocratic mistress (Jennifer O'Neill).


Teresa: Tullio's mistress

Half into the story, Tullio rekindles his love to Giuliana when the couple visits a villa where they met for the first time, then makes love with fervor.



I've found one peculiar aspect when the couple make love.
Giuliana's underarm hair is not shaven, though it is more common in much of the Western world today for women to shave their underarm hair regularly.
So I assume that it was rather common in the 19th century Italy for even aristocratic women to have their underarm hair intact.
Anyway, after learning that Giuliana is having a torrid affair of her own, he becomes tormented by her fidelity and descends into madness.
It is really interesting and fascinating.

So, Kato, you were attracted to the woman's underarm hair, weren't you?

Well ... I was just wondering when the women started to shave underarm hair in the Western world.

You're such a curious person, aren't you?  Among all other things, you jotted down about underarm hair.

Aren't you curious about it, Diane?

... Curious about what?

When did the women start to shave underarm hair in the Western world?

I'm not curious at all.

Why not?

... 'Cause I know the answer.

Tell me, Diane.

In the West, the practice began for cosmetic reasons around 1915 in the United States and United Kingdom, when one or more magazines showed a woman in a dress with shaved underarms.

... around 1915, eh?

Yes, regular shaving became feasible with the introduction of the safety razor at the beginning of the 20th century. While underarm shaving was quickly adopted in some English speaking countries, especially in the US and Canada, it did not become widespread in Europe until well after World War II.

Gee ... Diane, you're so knowledgeable.

Actually, the Western women shaved their undearm hair in the ancient times.


It was common practice in ancient Rome.  Seneca the Younger wrote in his letter, "One is, I believe, as faulty as the other: the one class are unreasonably elaborate, the other are unreasonably negligent; the former depilate the leg, the latter not even the armpit."


Besides, removal of underarm hair was part of a collection of hygienic or cosmetic practices recommended by Prophet Muhammad (570-632) as consistent with fitra for both men and women and has since usually been regarded as a requirement by most Muslims.

So, Diane, you studied the ancient history, didn't you?

No, not really... This is part of common sense, I suppose.  In any case, how come you've spent too much time on DVDs.  Whenever I dropped in at the library, you were there, watching movies.

... 'Cause I like movies.  As a matter of fact, I've seen following movies since I introduced you to KIFF.


"Actual Catalogue Page"

Kato, I think you have a problem.

What makes you think so?

You spend too much time on the Net and DVD.  You seldom enjoy meeting friends.

Well ... I viewed the "Steve Jobs" DVD---the top on the above list.  He said in the documentary, "Don't spend too much time with some people and confine yourself in those guys, who are no smarter than you are. Instead, do something worthwhile."

I see... So, you find the Net and DVDs more valuable than dumb people, don't you?

You're telling me, Diane.

【Himiko's Monologue】

What do you think?
I think Steve jobs tried to say that you should socialize with smarter people rather than stupid guys.

Regardlessly, it is worthwhile to watch good movies.
So when you're bored, go to a library nearby and borrow some nice DVDs.

In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.
So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!
Bye bye ...

If you've got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:

"Diane Well Read"

"Wantirna South"

"Maiden's Prayer"


"Squaw House and Melbourne Hotel"

"Tulips and Diane"

"Diane in Bustle Skirt"

"Diane and Beauty"

"Lady Chatterley and Beauty"

"Victorian Prudery"

"Diane Chatterley"

"From Canada to Japan"

"From Gyoda to Vancouver"

"Film Festival"

"Madame Taliesin"

"Happy Days"

"Vancouver Again"


"Midnight in Vancouver"

"Madame Lindbergh"

"Dead Poets Society"

"Letters to Diane"

"Taliesin Studio"

"Wright and Japan"

"Taliesin Banzai"

"Memrory Lane to Sendai"

"Aunt Sleepie"

"Titanic @ Sendai"



"Roly-poly in the wild"

"Silence is dull"

"Zen and Chi Gong"

"Piano Lesson"

"Dangerous Relation"

"Electra Complex"


"Covent Garden"

"Fatal Relation"

"Notre Dame"

"Anne Frank"

"Biker Babe"

"Diane Girdles the Globe"

"Diane in Casablanca"

"Infidelity Neighbourhood"

"Forest Bathing"

"Enjoy Ramen!"

"Sex, Violence, Love"

"Halifax to Vancouver"

"A Thread of Destiny"

"Fujiyama Geisha"

"Beaver Lake"

"God is Near!"

"Holy Cow@Rose Garden"

"Vancouver Earthquake"



"You Love Japan, eh?"

"Eight Bridges"

"First Love"

"Fright on Flight"

Hi, I'm June Adams.

In Greek mythology, the Argo was the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed from Iolcos to retrieve the Golden Fleece.


It was named after its builder, Argus.

Its crew were specially protected by the goddess Hera.

The best source for the myth is the Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius.

According to a variety of sources of the legend, the Argo was said to have been planned or constructed with the help of Athena.

According to other legends it contained in its prow a magical piece of timber from the sacred forest of Dodona, which could speak and render prophecies.

After the successful journey, the Argo was consecrated to Poseidon in the Isthmus of Corinth.

It was then translated into the sky and turned into the constellation of Argo Navis.







『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 - 小百合物語』