Mitt liv som hund

After a tiring day of work and writing notes and trying to catch up, I sat down to watch “My Life as a Dog” on Blu-ray.  I thought it looked better than I had seen it since that first time in the 1980s.  Ingemar is a 12-year-old whose mother is dying.  His brother Erik seemed like a real jerk, causing trouble and waving around that gun of his.  Ingemar thinks about things like Laika, the dog that was sent into space.  He had the notion that the dog spent months up there in space and starved to death.  It seems that what we learned since then wasn’t true.  I thought that if this kid was really smart, we would be able to avoid trouble.  The adults should have worked something out about the dog.  If the mother was going to die, the pet would have been a comfort to him.  When Ingemar goes off to the small town and meets the tomboy Saga, he’s in real trouble.  How could you be a real friend to someone who is capable of cruelty?  This girl could become violent as an adult.  This place has the kind of wacky characters that reminded me of “Love and Death.”  In the hospital scene, Hallström did not show the older brother speaking to the mother, like a “Terms of Endearment.”  In fact, I wondered what happened to Erik.  The woman who played Berit reminded me of Ellen Burstyn.  Lilla seemed like a good girl, sympathizing with the mother and helping Ingemar buy that toaster.  I wondered what became of Lilla and that toaster.  I also had some sympathy towards Karin, the girl who invited Ingemar to her party.  Saga came into her room and ripped the photo off the wall and ripped it.  Saga was one pushy little girl.  Ingemar thought of himself as married to her, but would go on, and he would meet other females.  The movie has many memorable moments.  It wasn’t quite as wonderful seeing it again as it was the first time about thirty years ago, but hardly anything seems so great as in youth.  The ending of the movie takes place on June 26, 1959, the day of the boxing match between Ingemar Johansson and Floyd Patterson.  Somehow, the ending with two of the characters peacefully asleep seemed just right.  Some of the people who died on October 4 include Rembrandt (1669), Janis Joplin (1970), Anne Sexton (1974), Glenn Gould (1982), Graham Chapman (1989), and Gordon Cooper (2004).  Today is a birthday for Melissa Benoist (28), Alicia Silverstone (40), Christoph Waltz (60), and Susan Sarandon (70).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for October 4, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Green River” was Number One on the Billboard album chart in 1969.  In 1972, “Night of the Lepus” was released.  In 1980, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” was Number One on the singles chart.

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