March 05, 2004

Lost in Translation

We went out to the movies tonight and saw Lost in Translation (in English, with German subtitles). I liked it. I thought the first half of the movie was very, very funny, and it sure made me glad to be a clueless American in Germany rather than a clueless American in Tokoyo. But was I the only person who actually heard what he whispered in her ear? Half of it, anyway.

UPDATE: Well I had no idea that the Big Mystery of the movie is what he whispers at the end. Everyone is chattering about it on the internet and there seems to be a general consensus of what it probably is. Unfortunately, that's not what I thought I heard. Interesting...

Then we had dinner at McDonald's. I know, I know, but look--it's fast, accessible, and cheap. We don't really have any other fast food options near the apartment. Besides, McD's is rather interesting. Their menu varies a little from the U.S. Yes, there's Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets (with a new chili sauce!), but there's also fried breaded shrimp and something called "chocolate balls" which are, as best I can tell, chocolate with a potato shell, deep fried. Not to mention what we would call jalapeno poppers. McD's is also running a contest right now. Instead of putting the entry on the fry box or cup, or just handing you one, they have it rolled up inside a special paper-wrapped straw. The straws here are not usually wrapped in paper. So you get this straw and it's got this rolled up paper inside which is extremely difficult to get out. And of course, we were both losers. Then, after we stuck our straws into our Sprites, Kevin read the wrapping which says not to drink out of the straw. Too late. It functioned perfectly well. They probably just didn't want you drinking your contest entry.

Posted by Shelby at March 5, 2004 11:10 PM

I really enjoyed "Lost in Translation" as well.

I'm also rather curious to find out what the photographer was actually saying when he spewed out mile-a-minute Japanese that the translator condensed. Maybe the DVD version explains it...

Like with any foreign language, you'll find concepts that are expressed with a couple of words in one language are a long sentence in another, and vice versa.

As for the whispering - I missed it! I guess you are the only one who caught it. Another reason to snag the DVD, I guess...

Posted by: Erik at March 5, 2004 11:22 PM

I'm also rather curious to find out what the photographer was actually saying when he spewed out mile-a-minute Japanese that the translator condensed.

You would be wanting this, then:

Posted by: Kevin at March 6, 2004 09:25 AM

While I don't frequent McDonalds anymore, I can remember weekday nights at Albion (especially after Girl Scouts!) where McD's was the dinner of choice. Sometimes its nice to have a familiar place to eat at...


Posted by: Mary at March 8, 2004 01:43 PM
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