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Sue & Vic dropped by for the afternoon, as well as Cleaner from Gamesnet (one of the Counterstrike-people…) We did coffee, then pizza for lunch, and then dropped Cleaner off at work and went computer part shopping. After we picked up more ram for Jay’s computer (that puts him up to 384mb of ram now…) Sue and I made a random decision to drag the boys to Ikea. We picked up a bunch of little things we wanted, came home and put them together, and then went out to rent a movie.

We ended up renting Wings of Desire, a German film directed by Wim Wenders. I knew of it initially because my first ever boyfriend once sent me a picture from it that had “This is a scene from my favourite movie, Wings of Desire,” written on the back of it. I had always wanted to see it.

I later learned that the movie City of Angels was based on Wings of Desire – shortly after I saw City of Angels, actually. Now, being a girl-type person, I have girl-type moments where girl-type movies really hit me hard, and City of Angels was one of them (I saw it when I was single & lonely, what can I say…)

I spent a lot of watching Wings of Desire comparing it to City of Angels… there were a whole lot of similar concepts in it, and a couple of lines that were very similar, but they were definitely different movies. For one thing, Wings of Desire is subtitled, except for the parts when Peter Faulk (who plays himself) is talking/thinking. At any rate, the movies can’t really be taken on the same level… City of Angels was more of a love story, and Wings of Desire was considerably more dark (although maybe that was the Nick Cave and the Badseeds scenes that gave me that impression…)

Well, I guess the point of this rambling post is that I enjoyed both movies, but on different levels. City of Angels = Love story. Wings of Desire = Foreign Film. I enjoyed both, and I’m glad that I’ve seen the movie that originally inspired City of Angels, and the movie that my first “boyfriend” told me was his favourite… Ahh, puppy love… I never even got to kiss him…

4 Comments

  • magicwoman

    October 22, 2000 at 8:54 am

    Sounds like a good day!

    JennyLee, I want to go to an IKEA so bad!!!! I have their catalog and sit and drool (well, Chuckie drools too!).

    I loved City of Angels – EXCEPT – the ending. I thought it was a very bad way to end a movie by having Meg Ryan act so out of character by just gliding on her bike and die. What kind of ending is that? Nicholas Cage was dreamy though in it. I loved the whole angel scene on the beach. . .

    • Anonymous

      October 22, 2000 at 12:44 pm

      Re: Sounds like a good day!

      I didn’t like the ending either! I’m so glad I found someone who shared this sentiment – lots of people were too busy mooning and weeping to notice how unfulfilled I was. sigh. whatever. it was not as sad as I thought it would be…. I only kinda cried once (welling tears, never overflowed) I think it was a great idea for a movie though.

      -jinx

      • magicwoman

        October 22, 2000 at 12:58 pm

        Re: Sounds like a good day!

        Right! Meg Ryan was supposed to be a “smart” character in this movie. How “smart” is it that she finds love and then decides to kill herself? Geez.

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          October 22, 2000 at 1:06 pm

          Re: Sounds like a good day!

          yeah, I’d have to agree that that was pretty annoying… they should’ve killed her off some other way.