Jan. 21st, 2012

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τὸν δ᾽ αὖτε προσέειπε θεὰ γλαυκῶπις Ἀθήνη:
ἦλθον ἐγὼ παύσουσα τὸ σὸν μένος, αἴ κε πίθηαι,
οὐρανόθεν: πρὸ δέ μ᾽ ἧκε θεὰ λευκώλενος Ἥρη
ἄμφω ὁμῶς θυμῷ φιλέουσά τε κηδομένη τε:

Him she addressed, bright-eyed goddess Athena:
"From heaven I came intending to stop your passion, if you'll obey:
white-armed goddess Hera sent me to
you both, loving you equally in her heart, and being troubled..."




And now I'm off to strike the air.
hawkwing_lb: (DA 2 scaring the piss)
Πενθεύς

ἦλθες δὲ πρῶτα δεῦρ᾽ ἄγων τὸν δαίμονα;

Διόνυσος

πᾶς ἀναχορεύει βαρβάρων τάδ᾽ ὄργια.

Πενθεύς

φρονοῦσι γὰρ κάκιον Ἑλλήνων πολύ.

Διόνυσος

τάδ᾽ εὖ γε μᾶλλον: οἱ νόμοι δὲ διάφοροι.

Πενθεύς

τὰ δ᾽ ἱερὰ νύκτωρ ἢ μεθ᾽ ἡμέραν τελεῖς; [485]

Διόνυσος

νύκτωρ τὰ πολλά: σεμνότητ᾽ ἔχει σκότος.

Πενθεύς

τοῦτ᾽ ἐς γυναῖκας δόλιόν ἐστι καὶ σαθρόν.


Pentheus:

Did you come here first leading/bringing the god/spirit?

Dionysos:

Each of the barbarians celebrate these secret rites.

Pentheus:

For they are much [more] wicked in mind than the Greeks.

Dionysos:

They are exceedingly good: but the laws [are] different.

Pentheus:

Do you fulfill the sacrifices by night or by day?

Dionysos:

The greater part by night: darkness has dignity.

Pentheus:

This to women is deceitful and unsound.


Διόνυσος

κἀν ἡμέρᾳ τό γ᾽ αἰσχρὸν ἐξεύροι τις ἄν.

Πενθεύς

δίκην σε δοῦναι δεῖ σοφισμάτων κακῶν.

Διόνυσος

σὲ δ᾽ ἀμαθίας γε κἀσεβοῦντ᾽ ἐς τὸν θεόν. [490]

Πενθεύς

ὡς θρασὺς ὁ βάκχος κοὐκ ἀγύμναστος λόγων.

Διόνυσος

εἴφ᾽ ὅ τι παθεῖν δεῖ: τί με τὸ δεινὸν ἐργάσῃ;

Πενθεύς

πρῶτον μὲν ἁβρὸν βόστρυχον τεμῶ σέθεν.

Διόνυσος

ἱερὸς ὁ πλόκαμος: τῷ θεῷ δ᾽ αὐτὸν τρέφω.

Πενθεύς

ἔπειτα θύρσον τόνδε παράδος ἐκ χεροῖν. [495]


Dionysos:

And even during the day someone may invent a shameful thing.

Pentheus:

It is necessary to give you a penalty for evil tricks. You'll pay for your evil schemes.

Dionysos:

And you for ignorance and for sinning against the god.

Pentheus:

How bold the Bacchus, and not untrained in words!

Dionysos:

I said what must befall: what fearful thing will you do to me?

Pentheus:

First I'll shear your pretty hair.

Dionysos:

The braid is sacred: I grow it for the god.

Pentheus:

Next hand over the thyrsos from your hands. [495]



Διόνυσος

αὐτός μ᾽ ἀφαιροῦ: τόνδε Διονύσου φορῶ.

Πενθεύς

εἱρκταῖσί τ᾽ ἔνδον σῶμα σὸν φυλάξομεν.

Διόνυσος

λύσει μ᾽ ὁ δαίμων αὐτός, ὅταν ἐγὼ θέλω.

Πενθεύς

ὅταν γε καλέσῃς αὐτὸν ἐν βάκχαις σταθείς.

Διόνυσος

καὶ νῦν ἃ πάσχω πλησίον παρὼν ὁρᾷ. [500]

Πενθεύς

καὶ ποῦ 'στιν; οὐ γὰρ φανερὸς ὄμμασίν γ᾽ ἐμοῖς.

Διόνυσος

παρ᾽ ἐμοί: σὺ δ᾽ ἀσεβὴς αὐτὸς ὢν οὐκ εἰσορᾷς.

Πενθεύς

λάζυσθε: καταφρονεῖ με καὶ Θήβας ὅδε.

Διόνυσος

αὐδῶ με μὴ δεῖν σωφρονῶν οὐ σώφροσιν.

Πενθεύς

ἐγὼ δὲ δεῖν γε, κυριώτερος σέθεν. [505]


Dionysos:

Take it from me yourself. I carry this for Dionysos.

Pentheus:

Inside a prison we'll keep your body.

Dionysos:

The god himself will release me, when I desire.

Pentheus:

Whenever you call him, standing raving.

Dionysos:

Even now what I suffer he sees, being present nearby.

Pentheus:

And where is he? For he's not visible to my eyes.

Dionysos:

Beside me: you, being impious, don't see him.

Pentheus:

Seize him! He despises me and this here Thebes.

Dionysos:

I say not to bind me who is of sound mind, as you all are not.

Pentheus:

I'll bind you indeed, since I'm more powerful than you! [505]


Διόνυσος

οὐκ οἶσθ᾽ ὅ τι ζῇς, οὐδ᾽ ὃ δρᾷς, οὐδ᾽ ὅστις εἶ.

Πενθεύς

Πενθεύς, Ἀγαύης παῖς, πατρὸς δ᾽ Ἐχίονος.

Διόνυσος

ἐνδυστυχῆσαι τοὔνομ᾽ ἐπιτήδειος εἶ.


Dionysos:

You don't know what you stir up, nor what you do, nor who you are.

Pentheus:

Pentheus, son of Agaue, whose father was Exion.

Dionysos:

You're fit to be unlucky in your name.


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Πενθεύς

ἀπόρῳ γε τῷδε συμπεπλέγμεθα ξένῳ, [800]
ὃς οὔτε πάσχων οὔτε δρῶν σιγήσεται.

Διόνυσος

ὦ τᾶν, ἔτ᾽ ἔστιν εὖ καταστῆσαι τάδε.

Πενθεύς

τί δρῶντα; δουλεύοντα δουλείαις ἐμαῖς;

Διόνυσος

ἐγὼ γυναῖκας δεῦρ᾽ ὅπλων ἄξω δίχα.

Πενθεύς

οἴμοι: τόδ᾽ ἤδη δόλιον ἔς με μηχανᾷ. [805]

Διόνυσος

ποῖόν τι, σῷσαί σ᾽ εἰ θέλω τέχναις ἐμαῖς;

Πενθεύς

ξυνέθεσθε κοινῇ τάδ᾽, ἵνα βακχεύητ᾽ ἀεί.

Διόνυσος

καὶ μὴν ξυνεθέμην--τοῦτό γ᾽ ἔστι--τῷ θεῷ.


Pentheus:

Difficult is this stranger with whom we're entwined,
who neither suffering nor doing keeps silent.

Dionysos:

Mate, it's better to stand like this.

Pentheus:

Doing what? Being a slave to my slavery?

Dionysos:

I will lead the women here, divided from weapons.

Pentheus:

Oh my! This already you're contriving craftily to/against me.

Dionysos:

And what then if I wish to save you by my arts?

Pentheus:

You put this together in common, in order to be revelling forever.

Dionysos:

Of course I put it together - it is indeed this - with the god.




So, karate this morning. I am a rusty black belt, and the measured distance of Shotokan continues to appeal to me less than the up-close-and-personal - and far more effective for close-in fighting - techniques of German jujutsu.

Still, it's exercise, and if I'm qualified to teach it - which I am - I need to damn well be able to do all the kata. Solidly. Without fumbles.

So more practice, though god knows where I'll be able to fit it in.
hawkwing_lb: (DA 2 scaring the piss)
Haywire's style is almost minimalist. Long stretches of stillness and understated camerawork are punctuated by scenes of intense violence, explosive in their impact and physically visceral. The violence is, moreover, counterpointed by the very ordinary locations where it takes place: a diner, a Spanish street, a dry-cleaner's, a hotel room. However integral to the lives of its characters, Haywire recognises the absurd shock - or shocking absurdity - when violence breaches the boundaries of everyday life.

Characteristic of this film is a willingness to let the camera do the work. There's no loud, emotionally manipulative score, no CGI, no impossible stunts - although the fight choreography is outstanding - and the dialogue, while believable, is forgettable in a way the visuals are not. Gina Carano as Mallory Kane has a physical charisma that completely overshadows the film's men, though her colleagues read like a who's who of Hollywood's most eligable bachelors (Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender - although Fassbender can almost hold his own when in the same frame).

In a way, I want to compare Haywire to Hanna: they have a similar understated, accomplished cinematography, a similar counterpoint of quiet and intensity. But where Hanna has the quasi-mythical logic of a fairytale, Haywire marries the spy thriller to the woman-done-wrong - although in Haywire's case, refreshingly, the wrong done is professional. It's tense and compelling, and although Carano is practically the only woman in the film, very little about her is sexualised: you always have the sense that you're watching an athlete, a dangerous one.*

If Haywire has a flaw, it's that it packs so much implication into the actions of the players - the contracting company, the Frenchman, the government, the Spanish bloke who works for the State Dept. - and never tries too hard to clarify their motives. "Money. It's always about the money," is the one clear statement we do get, and that's not quite enough. But on the whole, it's a small flaw in a film that gets many things right.

A little googling uncovered the fact that Haywire, like Hanna, was made on a budget of less than half of the 2006 average cost of a major studio production, and less than a fifth of the cost of 2007's Transformers. Which leads me to say: Hollywood! Make more films like this! Fewer films like that!

Yeah, anyway. Go see it. Gina Carano is worth the price of admission.

(Also? Bonus shirtless Michael Fassbender.)

*Which of course you are, since Carano competes (competed?) professionally in Muay Thai and MMA.
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[livejournal.com profile] jennygadget wants to continue the conversation that never really got a chance to get started after that Tor.com post, the one with the slapfight in the comments.

...it’s also about the women who were discouraged from contributing their own words to the conversation. So, please, consider this post an invitation to discuss not just the fact that this happened, but - just as importantly - to also continue the conversation...

So I said I'd pass that along to anyone reading here who might be interested.

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