It is an outrage that two people of the same sex can get married and yet cannot buy this film. The UK censor has given it an 18 certificate. There is no criminality in this film, no drug abuse and simulated sex where no genitalia is visible. To me the simulation cannot be termed real sex and there is nothing in this film that would not pass for a 15 if it was aimed at a heterosexual audience. It is discrimination pure and simple.Now for the film. I watched it twice and the first time I found it tiresome. I was not keen on the actors who did not engage me, and I found that the beauty of the film visually got in the way of the characters. At that point I thought this is a 4 or 5 at most. The second time light dawned and I saw the subtle references to past, present and the tragedy of human alienation more clearly. The actors look ordinary, deliver the dialogue in an ordinary way and walk around a city ( Barcelona here ) in the way any of us would do. The fact that they look more or less the same despite 20 years difference was no problem. Even on a banal level some of us age slowly and do look more or less the same. The real revelation to me was how much this film resembles Antonioni's great film ' L'Eclisse '. Nearly 70 years ago this masterpiece with Alain Delon and Monica Vitti was the culmination of modernity and a shuffling off of the two world wars and the dread of another. Please viewers who know this film watch the ending and see the fire in a corner of the screen. Post Modern now we wait for another century and another 70 years of who knows what change and destruction. The two characters walk through memory and forgetting, just as Vitti and Delon did and as in ' L'Eclisse ' there is a wild dance in the middle which to me shows defiance as well as pleasure. Also watch out for the David Wojnarowicz book ' Close To The Knives ' ( Aids themed; defiantly so ) and the fears of one of the characters. No this is not a boring film, perhaps a little too fussily aesthetic for my taste, but a film that shows stages of History and our own history within it. The film cries out to be watched multiple times and if it has faults and most films have, then concentrate on the eternal situation of alienation and how we adjust to loss and renewal.
The expression "raining cats and dogs," indicating the occurrence of heavy rain and blowing winds, has been around since at least the 17th century. More than likely, the phrase does no more than implicitly compare the violence of a heavy rainstorm with that of a mighty cat-and-dog fight. However, no single explanation has been definitely established, and a few others have been advanced.
The term bulldog edition has been in print since the early 20th century and is used by newspaper editors to denote an early edition of a morning paper printed (and even sold) the day before its publication date.
The term dog's dinner fashionably arrives by the beginning of the 20th century. Like dog's breakfast, it refers to a figurative mess but additionally connotes that someone or something is a mess concerning their dress or appearance.
Dog by itself, in reference to affected stylishness, nuzzled its way into American English in the second half of the 19th century. The following excerpt from the 1871 work Four Years at Yale offers confirmation: Dog [means] style, splurge. To put on dog is to make a flashy display, to cut a swell."
Meathead's heyday was in the 1970's with its somewhat regular appearance in the sitcom All in the Family, in which the character Archie Bunker was known for using it to address his hapless son-in-law. The Archie Bunkers of an earlier time in America expressed a similar sentiment with the word muttonhead, which goes back to the early 1800s and is believed to have influenced the formation of meathead. By the 20th century, muttonhead was clipped to mutt and used as a generalized term of derision for two-legged as well as four-legged animals, especially a mongrel dog.
In the 19th century, the noun yellow dog developed a derogatory sense, meaning a low, despicable person. This usage probably came about from the traditional association of the color yellow with cowardice. Just before the turn of the century, the adjective yellow-dog started to be used by writers who were derogatorily describing organizations that expressed opposition to trade unions. The popularized term "yellow-dog contract" refers to an agreement in which the employee agrees not to join a labor union during the time he or she is employed. You may also encounter a use of yellow-dog that is not connected to the anti-union sense. A "yellow dog Democrat" is one who strictly votes the party line. It is said that such a person would rather vote for a yellow dog than for a Republican.
The corresponding verb sense, referring to the consumption of a small amount of food eaten between meals, was served up in the early 1800s, but it wasn't until the mid-20th century that people were "snacking on snacks."
Neither Juba nor Pliny probably knew it, but the dogs on the islands were most likely brought by earlier invaders from Africa and were not indigenous. A kind of small greenish-brown bird was, however, native to the islands. Some of these birds were brought to Europe in the 16th century and were called "Canary birds" by the people of England. The name of the birds was shortened to "Canary" over time, as the birds were bred to be the greenish to yellow birds that we know today. The dogs for which the islands were named have been forgotten while the birds still remain closely linked to their namesake.
According to known print evidence, this use of the verb seems to precede the verb's sports senses referring to the removal of a player from a game or keeping a player on the bench during one, which are attested more toward the end of the century.
The phrase "a bone to pick" goes back to at least the 16th century. Originally, "to have a bone to pick" (or "to have a bone to gnaw") meant "to have something to keep one occupied," and evolved to mean "to have a problem or difficulty to solve." Thus, if someone has a bone to pick, they have something that would occupy their attention in the same way that a dog will stay occupied when it has a bone to pick at or gnaw on. 2b1af7f3a8