Disclaimer: I suck at reviewing movies, I usually either like ‘em or I don’t. But anyway, John and rented the Trainspotting DVD tonight (=last night). I liked it! I wanted to see it because I liked 28 Days Later so much, I thought it was about time I saw this one too. John had seen it twice already. He knew which parts might give me nightmares, so I made him warn me about ‘em beforehand. I was glad, ‘cuz knowing what was going to happen, I didn’t let myself get too attached to that baby! He also said it was pretty brutal at times (that wasn’t too much of a problem) and also thought the general mood of despair, pointlessness etc. might get to me. It didn’t, I enjoyed it just fine. The drug-taking scenes were a little gross, but not nearly as heavy-handed as the last druggie movie we saw, Requiem For A Dream.
The funniest thing was, the Scottish accents were so thick that at first I couldn’t understand what the fuck anybody was saying. I understood about as much as I would’ve if they’d been speaking French! After the first twenty minutes or so, I’d acclimated to it and it worked out fine. But at first I was transported right back to that night I played in Glasgow in ’99… I tried to talk to a group of musicians/fans after the show. Hilarity ensued. I kept asking them to repeat themselves over and over, and no matter how hard I tried, I could not understand a goddamn word they said!! I was real honest about it too. "I am so sorry, but WHAT?" I felt like an idiot but it was more funny than anything.
Had a similar situation today (=yesterday)… our building superintendent is Lithuanian and even after four years I still can’t understand a damn thing he says. "Com-pleh! Di vanq es com-pleh!" We tried to talk to him this afternoon about a burnt-out stairwell light, and cracked up laughing afterwards. The situation was known to all of us. Given the context, the hand gestures and facial expressions were understood, but the words were not. But who cares as long we all more or less know what we really mean?
Now you made me look! The light is not fixed. But at least he knows about it.