The end of a beautiful fairy tale

I thought that ranting at banks and financial institutions and complaining about how they were bleeding us was only a therapeutic approach to the constraints and stress of budgeting. I kind of was hoping that they weren’t out there only to ‘get’ us, poor little consumer, but to make a profit while helping us. I know, I know, sounds pretty naïve, but I like flowers and butterflies too.

Seem like I was sorely mistaken.

Check out the headline gracing CBC’s news website: ‘FBI investigates 4 companies at heart of financial meltdown

What? Are you telling me that I was actually wrong? Oh, the knife that just lunged in my stomach is so painful.

The CBC goes on, relishing in twisting that dratted knife: “The FBI is investigating four major U.S. financial institutions whose collapse helped trigger a $700 billion bailout plan by the Bush administration, the Associated Press has learned.

Two law enforcement officials said Tuesday the FBI is looking at potential fraud by mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and insurer American International Group Inc. Additionally, a senior law enforcement official said Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. also is under investigation.

The inquiries will focus on the financial institutions and the individuals that ran them, the senior law enforcement official said.

Wow. Now I don’t know much about finances and banks and all that stuff, but I figure it must be easier to take money from poor people when they are only numbers on your screen, because I don’t know how anyone could just take money from a single mother struggling to raise her two kids. Then again… Maybe I should trade those flowers and butterflies in after all.

So when are they going to investigate the oil companies? There has got to be something wrong going on when Petro-Canada is making so much profit and yet gas prices are still so high.

Conspiracy? I think so. No wonder they got rid of Fox Mulder ;).

Rachel getting married (and some other people too, but let’s focus on Rachel)

When you find an artist who is good looking, you tend to be a little biased towards his or her art. It’s always nice to find someone you find absolutely amazingly good looking, inspiring, eloquent AND, to top it off, that person actually produces great art.

I have a couple such artists, and the one I am going to talk a little about is Anne Hathaway. In my humble opinion, she’s absolutely marvellous. She’s beautiful and talented and her taste in choosing movie roles that have propelled her into stardom has been brilliant. And it seems like her latest choice might be the one to send her into superstardom.

I’m very excited about this latest movie, Rachel getting married, which premiered at the Toronto Film festival on September 6th 2008 to rave reviews. It’s going to have a limited release in select theatres in the US on October 3rd, and I hope that means that some copies will filter up into Canadian theatres, too.

Those of you expecting to see Anne Hathaway in her usual beautiful, fashionable self like in Devil wears Prada and Princess Diaries are in for a little shock. In Rachel getting Married, Anne Hathaway is portraying a recovering drug addict, Kym, out for her sister Rachel’s wedding, which sticks her right back in the middle of family problems.

Andrea Baillie, tell us that “the film is at times difficult to watch as Kym, teeming with anger and guilt, chain-smokes and fidgets her way through the wedding weekend, obsessed by rivalries and perceived slights and haunted by a family tragedy. The character is decidedly unlikable and selfish, and yet Hathaway also manages to elicit exquisite moments of sympathy for Kym as well.”

Andrea Baillie continues on: “During one excruciating scene in the film, Kym stands to make a toast to her sister, choosing the moment to discuss her recovery program and attempt to make amends for her past behaviour. Hathaway, dressed in teetering black heels, skinny jeans and a purple top, calls the scene the “most fun she’s maybe ever had” in her career.”

Ramin Setoodeh, who very recently (as in, on the 20th) interviewed Anne Hathaway, tells us that it’s “a hard-edged, powerful performance that’s earning Hathaway Oscar buzz for the first time in her career”.

However Andrea Baillie tells us that “Hathaway, meanwhile, has shunned Oscar talk, saying only that playing Kym has had a profound impact on her. ‘This character has changed my life in a way,’ she says. ‘We all have warts … so often we feel compelled to pretend like we don’t … I think we can give each other more credit to be ourselves, and to be more accepting of each other.’”

I had heard about Anne Hathaway’s potential for an Oscar, and how she would have to break out of her mould as being the stereotypical Disney Princess, ugly duckling becomes beautiful girl. She does portray those well, but her potential seems to shine through those seemingly easy roles and I’m hoping that Rachel getting married truly is a reflection of her full potential.

I’ll let you know once I see the movie!

Until then, here is the preview of the movie. Enjoy!