Archive for July, 2017

Friday 21st July 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 21, 2017 by bishshat



Thursday 20th July 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 20, 2017 by bishshat


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The Cat and the Canary

The Cat and the Canary is a 1939 American horror comedy film directed by Elliott Nugent starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. remake of the 1927 film The Cat and the Canary, which was based on the 1922 play of the same name by John Willard.

Cyrus Norman was a millionaire who lived in the Louisiana bayous with his mistress Miss Lu (Gale Sondergaard). Norman died ten years previous, and now an American Indian man (George Regas) paddles the executor of Norman’s estate, Mr. Crosby (George Zucco), through alligator-infested waters to Norman’s isolated mansion, where his will is to be read at midnight. At the mansion, Crosby meets Miss Lu, who lives there with a large black cat. When he removes the will from a safe, he discovers that someone has tampered with it.

Crosby and Miss Lu are joined by Norman’s survivors: Joyce Norman (Paulette Goddard), Fred Blythe (John Beal), Charles Wilder (Douglass Montgomery), Cicily (Nydia Westman), Aunt Susan (Elizabeth Patterson), and Wally Campbell (Bob Hope). As the group gathers in the parlor to read the will, an unseen gong rings seven times. According to Miss Lu, this means that only seven of the eight people present will survive the night.

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Norman’s will has two parts. The first indicates that Joyce will inherit the entire estate, under one condition: Concerned about a streak of insanity in the family’s blood, Norman stipulated that his heirs must remain sane for the next 30 days. If Joyce loses her sanity during that time, the heir will be determined from the second part of the will. This arrangement raises concerns about Joyce’s safety, since other family members can increase their chances of inheriting by murdering her or driving her insane.

After the reading, Crosby informs everyone that they will have to stay overnight; Miss Lu warns them of spirits in the house; and a security guard found prowling outside claims that a murderer called “The Cat” has escaped from the nearby insane asylum. In the parlor, Crosby tries to warn Joyce about something, but a hidden doorway opens in the wall and someone pulls him into the space behind it. Joyce becomes frightened when everyone except Wally believes she imagined this.

Amid suspicion and accusations, Miss Lu gives Joyce a letter from Norman that Joyce and Wally use to find a diamond necklace. Joyce puts the necklace under her pillow in Norman’s room, but after she falls asleep, a hand reaches out from the wall, terrifies her, and takes the necklace. At this point, Joyce is almost out of her mind with fear and confusion, but Wally finds a movable wall panel near her bed and opens a hidden door leading to a secret passageway. Crosby’s dead body falls out from behind the door.


To help Joyce recover from her fright, Wally chats with her in the parlor. When he leaves to fetch some liquor, he hears something in Norman’s room, opens the hidden door, and explores the passageway. Meanwhile, Joyce sees the door in the parlor as it opens. When Wally calls to her, she hears him through the passageway and enters it to find him. Once she is inside, someone closes the door.

With no exit, Joyce explores the passageway, walking past a dark cranny where the security guard is hiding. The Cat also walks past the guard, who stops him and takes the necklace from him, but the Cat stabs the guard in the back and follows Joyce, who has discovered a door leading outside. After the Cat chases Joyce into a shed and threatens her with a knife, Wally arrives and calls him “Charlie”, having found the second part of the will in Charles’s coat. Charles removes his Cat mask, pins Wally to the wall with his knife, and begins to strangle Joyce, but Miss Lu arrives with a shotgun and kills him. The next day, Wally and Joyce explain the story to newspaper reporters and unofficially announce their engagement.

Wednesday 19th July 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 19, 2017 by bishshat


Reaching for the Moon

The famous person in question here is Elizabeth Bishop, the celebrated, influential American poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1956. Miranda Otto plays Bishop with a palpable chilliness that eventually thaws the longer she stays in Rio, the lush wonderland where she lived and loved for a fruitful and fraught period of 15 years. But getting inside her head—inside her process—remains elusive, leaving us at arm’s length.
Brazilian director Bruno Barreto doesn’t try to encompass the entirety of her life. Instead, he focuses on Bishop’s romance with famed architect Lota de Macedo Soares, creator of Rio’s Flamengo Park. Veteran telenovela actress and force of nature Gloria Pires gives a charismatic performance that provides this otherwise-safe film with much of its verve. After all, this is the kind of movie in which the title, “Reaching for the Moon,” appears on screen, and then we see Elizabeth looking longingly at the moon from the deck of a ship carrying her southward from New York City.
The script from Matthew Chapman and Julie Sayres, based on the Carmen L. Oliveira book “Rare and Commonplace Flowers,” begins in 1951 as the 40-year-old Elizabeth is struggling to compose what would become her most famous poem, “One Art.” (It begins: “The art of losing isn’t hard to master.”) Hoping for inspiration, she accepts the invitation of a former Vassar classmate, Mary (Tracy Middendorf), to visit her and her lover, Lota, at their secluded Shangri-La just outside Rio de Janeiro.
If nothing else, “Reaching for the Moon” is a feast for fans of mid-century modern design. The bold and sleekly minimalist interiors, the tailored, feminine dresses, everything down to the tea sets is carefully chosen and classically stylish – as if an entire film had been set inside a Design Within Reach store.
Initially, Elizabeth and Lota clash: The poet doesn’t get the architect’s forward, friendly manner, the architect thinks the poet is stuck-up and defensive. “You are imperious, you are aloof, and you drink good whiskey alone,” Lota announces cuttingly as a means of foreplay.

Melodrama ensues as jealousy bubbles up between these supposedly mature, accomplished women; the image of Elizabeth biting hungrily into a juicy piece of fruit as she watches Mary and Lota cavort in the yard is good for a giggle. But! Taking that bite also leads to the allergic reaction that keeps Elizabeth in Rio longer than she’d planned and gives her time to explore her curiosity about this person and this place. Naturally, opposites attract, but the speed with which Lota tells Elizabeth she’s in love with her is dizzying. In time, they settle into an uneasy love triangle with Mary and jointly raise an adopted baby girl.

In scene after scene, Barreto shows Elizabeth as she struggles to create great art from the details and moments of daily life. She walks and talks to herself, smokes and drinks by herself and often gets drunk to the point of passing out and falling down. But we never truly understand what drives her, or what inspired her to use her powerful, verbal brain for poetry, of all things. Flashbacks to her childhood explain her emotional defensiveness and fear of abandonment in the simplest and most cursory of ways.
But at one of the lowest points in her alcoholism, Elizabeth offers this piercing bit of insight into her own behavior: “I don’t drink because things go wrong. I want to drink every minute of every day – things going wrong just gives me the excuse I’ve been looking for.”


One Art

Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

—Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.


Elizabeth Bishop was a well-known pioneer of the English language. From poetry to translations to prose, she touched every bit of it. She is respected around the world, including Nobelists Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott, critics such as Harold Bloom and Helen Vendler and by poets all over. Bishop received the Guggenheim Fellowship twice in 1947 and 1978, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1956 and was the consultant in poetry at the Library of Congress in 1949 to 1950. Even though Bishop believed that she’d “written so little …appalled by how bad some of the things [she’d] written actually are” the rest of the world could argue otherwise.

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 8, 1911, Elizabeth Bishop’s childhood was not a pleasant one. Bishop’s mother, Gertrude Boomer Bishop, was a nurse when she met William as a patient in a hospital. Her father, William Bishop, passed away in October 13 when she was only eight months old due to Bright’s disease. Gertrude wore mourning clothes for five years which lead to depression and eventually into a hallucinatory and violent mental illness. Bishop and her mother moved in with her maternal grandparents in Nova Scotia. Shortly afterwards, Gertrude developed a mental illness through a series of nervous breakdowns which first started in 1914 and caused her to be institutionalized at Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in June 1916 when she became violent (Fountain). This would later prove to be the last time Bishop would see her mother who passed away in 1934. Despite such a tragic childhood, she was brought up by her grandparents who she would later idealize in her writings.

A year later, her paternal grandparents from Worcester had Bishop moved in with them. Elizabeth Bishop loathed living in Worcester and living with her grandparents got sick after a restless first night with them. When her grandfather issued an order, it would have been obeyed and in return, Bishop did not feel love in their affection to her but more of a sense of duty and obligation. She was lonely and suffered from physical and mental ailment living in Worcester. During her time there, Bishop was never a healthy child and was so weak that she could barely walk. One day, she was sent home from school after showing severe eczema sores on her skin. In addition to eczema, she also had asthma. Her time in Worcester was recollected in “Country Mouse”. She was rescued by her mother’s sister, Maud Shepherdson and moved to South Boston in 1918. Living with Maud and George Shepherdson, she started to regain her health even though she was often ill. For her early education, she attended public school, then boarding school, and spent summers at Nova Scotia with her grandparents and camp at Camp Chequesset on Cape Cod. In 1930, Bishop was admitted into Vassar College where she first initially thought to study music, Greek, and concentrated on literature. She often wished she was a painter which can be seen from her water color paintings and casual sketches.


In 1934, Bishop met her lifelong friend and mentor, Marianne Moore, on the front steps of Vassar library. From this relationship, three of Elizabeth Bishop’s early poems were placed between two book covers for the first time ever in an anthology introduced by Moore, Trial Balances. In the same year, her mother passed away on May 29, 1934. In June, Bishop graduated from Vassar College. In 1937, she went on a fishing trip with her classmate, Louise Crane, in Florida where she soon discovered Key West. This was the place where she wrote “The Fish” and “The Bight”.

At the start of the post-war period, just after World War Two, Bishop was rewarded the Houghton Mifflin Poetry Award in 1945 and following the next year, she published her first book, North and South. From her book, she liked every part of it except for the cover. Around this time, she became friends with poet Robert Lowell and was living in New York City. Never happily living there, she drank heavily and reluctantly accepted the position of Consultant in Poetry in the Library of Congress with Lowell’s assistance in 1950.

The next year, late in 1951, Bishop began a trip to South America stopping in Brazil to visit friends. While visiting acquaintances in Rio de Janeiro, she had a severely violent reaction to a cashew fruit that she was eating. Bishop was hospitalized and as a result, this delays her departure. While recovering from her allergic reaction, she met and fell in love with her friend who was nursing her, Maria Carlota Costallat de Macedo Soares (also known as Lota de Macedo Soares). Soares invited Bishop to live with her in Samambaia and in June of 1952, Elizabeth moved in with Soares.


Bishop loved the life-style in Samambaia, being in the country side, the rural people and the folk traditions. In addition to that, she was with her most profound love. During her stay in Brazil, she published her second book, A Cold Spring, in 1955. Her first two books was combined and published as Poems: North & South – A Cold Spring. During her stay with Soares, Bishop learned Portuguese well enough that she began to translate Brazilian poems and stories. Over the course of the next three years after A Cold Spring, she translated The Diary of Helena Morley, written by Alice Dayrell Calderia Brant.

From her time in Brazil, Bishop was able to enjoy life. In 1965, she published her third book, Questions of Travel. Much like her previous two books, this piece of work had the theme of a lonely childhood and detachment. On a lighter note, the other half of the book reflects her intimate relationship with Soares as the speaker has with the reader, but time in Brazil was getting worse. The country was going through a rough state with growing political and economic turmoil. President Joao Goulart was overthrown in 1964 and the country was being controlled by a succession of military governments as the struggle for power continues. Soares neighbor, Carlos Lacerda, was elected as governor and Soares proposed that she could change the landfill into a people’s park. The project took a toll on Soares and Bishop’s relationship since the project captured Soares attention as there was always opposition and resistance everywhere. As Soares continued on with the project, Bishop felt neglected and began drinking heavily again. She started an affair in Ouro Preto where she purchased a house. Soares found out and ended up miserable and fell ill as she had to deal with this emotional stress along with her project. Bishop also fell ill from drinking. Hoping to recover, Bishop planned to leave the country and moved to New York. Against the doctor’s orders, Soares followed Bishop “afraid that Elizabeth was going away” . Soon after reaching New York on September 19, 1967, Soares attempted suicide the same day by overdosing on tranquilizers. She passed away a week later in St. Vincent’s Hospital on September 25, 1967.

After Soares’s death, Bishop continued with her work and published The Completed Poems in 1969 and Geography III in 1976. In Soares’s will, she divided her estate between Bishop and Mary Morse, the executor of the well. Morse inherited the house and land in Petropolis whereas Bishop was bequeathed the apartment along with seven offices in a building where Soares had invested in Rio. Soares’s sister challenged the will proclaiming that Soares was not stable mentally when she signed the will. In addition to that, as being the closest kin to Soares, she felt that she should be the executor. Traveling back to Rio, Bishop felt that she was returning to protect her interests and properties in Brazil. She started to arrange for the sales of Soares’s apartment and her offices while moving all of Soares’s possession to Ouro Preto. While Bishop was in the area, she met with Decio de Sousa, Soares and Bishop’s psychiatrist where she learned that he insisted that Soares does not travel to New York to stay with Bishop. He portrayed Soares as running away from care just to be with Bishop. From this encounter, Bishop hoped that the meeting with her psychiatrist would clear up any misunderstanding about Soares’s suicide. However, in Rio, things did not go too well for Bishop. She encountered people whom she knew in Rio who now appeared distant. In the end, became more and more cynical.

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Feeling that there was nothing left for her in Brazil, Bishop moved to San Francisco with Suzanne Bowen. She lived with Bowen knowing that she should not live alone. Two years after living with Bowen, Robert Lowell invited her to Cambridge, Massachusetts to teach his course at Harvard while he was on leave. While teaching at Harvard on and off, she met Alice Methfessel who would stand by Bishop for the rest of her life.

In October 6, 1979, at the age of sixty-eight, Elizabeth Bishop passed away due to a cerebral hemorrhage in her apartment at Lewis Wharf, Boston. She is buried in Hope Cemetery in Worcester with her epitaph is: “All the untidy activity continues, / awful but cheerful.” from her poem, “The Bight”. Growing up from a rough childhood, Bishop still manages to find love, happiness and the inspiration and strength to continue on writing. Even though she is gone from our world, her words still live on for centuries to come.

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 18, 2017 by bishshat


Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon.

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Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (Julian Wadham), the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill (Miranda Richardson). With her strength and shrewdness, “Clemmie” halts Winston’s physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness.


Monday 17th July 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 17, 2017 by bishshat


The Circle

Mae Holland (Emma Watson) is on her way home when her car breaks down. She contacts an old acquaintance Mercer (Ellar Coltrane), who arrives to take a look at the vehicle. Mae tells him that they should get together some time.

The next day while at work Mae gets a call from her friend Annie Allerton (Karen Gillan). Annie works at The Circle, a powerful tech company, and is one of the 40 most influential people in the company. Annie is constantly traveling because of her responsibilities but is surprisingly upbeat despite the stresses of her work. Mae, interested, is interviewed at The Circle and gets a job in Customer Experience, an entry level position that requires her to assist users of The Circle’s products and services. She is constantly rated by the people she assists, and is motivated to keep the score high.


At a company-wide meeting, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) introduces a new initiative called SeeChange. The initiative involves small cameras that can be placed anywhere. Tom Stenton (Patton Oswalt) gives a speech about the human rights implications of these cameras. The cameras provide real-time video feeds.

During a party on the Circle’s campus, Annie sneaks Mae away from the party and takes her to an office. Annie explains that Mae actually shouldn’t be there, as it is where Eamon and Stenton make the big decisions for the company. After leaving the office, Mae sees an employee away from all of the events, glued to his phone. Mae approaches and begins a conversation. He asks her if she is a guppy, a term used at The Circle for new employees. They carry on a little conversation before he gets a prompt from his phone and tells Mae that he has to go, leaving her a bottle of alcohol.

While home for the weekend, Mae attends a barbecue with her family and friends. Her father, Vinnie Holland (Bill Paxton), has multiple sclerosis and has some difficulty performing normal day tasks without the help of his wife, Bonnie (Glenne Headly). Mae’s parents approve of Mercer and would like if they spent time together. Vinnie asks Mae to grab him a beer from inside their house in an attempt to have them meet. Mae and Mercer discuss his business of making deer antlers into chandeliers. The conversation doesn’t last long, and Mae returns to her parents.

Back at work, two employees come to Mae and ask why she has not updated her Circle profile. They note that she has been gone from the campus all weekend and ask why. While they are careful not to make anything seem mandatory, they appear to want Mae to open up more in her Circle profile and engage fully with the company. Mae tells them about her love of kayaking and her father’s health condition. After the two employees leave, Mae seems more determined to rise up in The Circle by fully embracing all of its social networking tools. At a company presentation, Tom introduces a political candidate who is making all of her communications transparent and visible to those who wish to see them. Tom applauds while explaining how transparency brings accountability. The man from the party is also in the crowd, but in the back. Once the candidate is done talking, he leaves.

During another late night party at The Circle, Mae again sees the man from the party, Ty Lafitte (John Boyega), once again on his phone. She approaches Ty and begins another conversation. Ty then takes her to a restricted area, insisting she tell no one his actions. He shows her an abandoned underground area and tells her that it’s the future of The Circle. He says the plan is to keep all information on everyone in this area. Ty does not seem comfortable with this new direction. Mae becomes embarrassed, as Ty is the creator of True You, a very popular Circle product, and she did not know who he was. He tells her that True You has been morphed into something that he did not intend and that he has taken a back seat at The Circle.


Later, Mae is shown a picture of a chandelier Mercer made by her mother. She takes a picture of it and shares it on her Circle profile. Unbeknownst to her, the image attracts significant negative attention to Mercer from people accusing him of ‘murdering animals’. Mercer, who lives off the technological grid, comes to The Circle and confronts Mae about her sharing the picture. Mae is horrified and asks to go somewhere private when people begin to film the conversation. Despite Mae’s insistence that she didn’t mean to hurt him, Mercer storms off.

Mae goes kayaking at night, and nearly drowns due to fog and darkness preventing her from seeing a ship; she is rescued by the coastguard. The following day Mae is in Eamon and Tom’s office. Eamon explains that SeeChange cameras caught her breaking into the kayak premises and also caught her in the water. It was because of the cameras that she was saved. He then asks her if there is anything she wants to confess, and Mae admits to being in their office previously. Eamon then asks her how it feels to tell the truth, and she says it is liberating. Eamon and Tom then allude to a plan that involves her. At the next meeting, Eamon introduces Mae on stage, and they talk about her experience of being rescued. She expresses the good of transparency, and announces she is the first circler to go ‘completely transparent’. This involves wearing a small camera on her person while awake and therefore exposing her life to everyone in the world. Annie is seen in the audience, appearing exhausted. She looks resentfully at Mae and calls her a natural under her breath.

Being fully transparent turns Mae into a celebrity at The Circle, but begins hurting some of her close relationships. Mae looks for her parents through SeeChange cameras and accidentally sees them having sex. She quickly turns away from the camera, but the damage is done as everyone following her sees in turn. Her parents go off the grid and distance themselves from Mae. When she is finally able to talk to them, they express their love but find being so transparent to be too much.

Mae is invited to a high-level board meeting, Annie seems to resent it as someone so low level is not usually invited. At the meeting, Eamon announces support from all 50 states to allow individuals to vote through Circle accounts. Mae then takes it one step further bringing up the idea of requiring every individual to have a Circle account. Eamon and Tom approve of the suggestion, but it upsets Annie. Annie gets vocal about her disagreement and ends up storming out of the board meeting. At the next company-wide meeting, Mae takes the floor, stating that The Circle believes it can find anyone on the planet in under 20 minutes. She has computer randomly select a criminal at large for Circlers to find; a women who killed her children who escaped prison. Within 10 minutes, Circlers around the world find her through use of social media and the SeeChange cameras. Mae uses this example to show how transparency can be a force for good.


Mae goes on to state that this program can find anyone, not just criminals. After asking the audience for a target, someone suggests Mercer. Mae initially resistant, but the crowd becomes restless. Mae is trying to dissuade the audience, and Tom convinces her to continue, asking if they can break their record of 10 minutes. People eventually find Mercer in a cabin. Multiple people surround his cabin and begin demanding why he is an animal killer. Mercer escapes in his truck from the people tracking him, the chase viewed by Mae and the rest through real-time cameras. One of the watching drones startles him, causing him to drive off a bridge, killing him. Mae, horrified at what she caused to happen, takes a leave from The Circle and total transparency. She moves back in with her parents to mourn and cope. She calls Annie, who has left The Circle as well to her apparent benefit. Mae however find that her connection with others is what is helping her cope with Mercers death.


Mae returns to the Circle, despite her Parents pleas. Mae calls Ty and asks for a favor, while Ty tells her something that he has discovered. At the next company-wide meeting, Mae expresses how connection has helped her recover. As she speaks with Eamon, she invites Tom onstage, though he appears wary. Mae invites both Eamon and Tom to go fully transparent. She explains how Ty has found all their accounts, even the accounts that their wives were unaware of, and exposes them as no one should be exempt. Eamon and Tom, clearly upset, try to save face before Tom leaves the stage.

Mae reiterates her point of transparency being good, to the support of the audience. Mae goes kayaking again, embracing and unbothered by the drones that surround her.

Sunday 16th July 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 16, 2017 by bishshat


Saturday 15th July 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 15, 2017 by bishshat

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Pacific Heights

Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton) is in bed with a woman, Ann Miller (Beverly D’Angelo), when he is suddenly attacked and beaten by two men. After the men have left, Hayes calmly tells Ann, “The worst is over”.

The scene shifts to San Francisco, where an unmarried couple, Drake Goodman (Modine) and Patty Palmer (Griffith), purchase an expensive 19th-century polychrome house in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood. They rent one of the building’s two first-floor apartments to the Watanabes, a kindly Japanese couple. Soon after, Hayes visits to view the remaining vacant unit and immediately expresses a desire to move in. Hayes drives an expensive Porsche and carries large amounts of cash on his person, but is reluctant to undergo a credit check. He convinces Drake to waive the credit check in exchange for a list of references and an upfront payment of the first six months’ rent, to be paid by wire transfer.

Before any of this money is paid, however, Hayes arrives unannounced one morning and shuts himself into the apartment. As the days pass, Hayes’ promised wire transfer fails to materialize. From inside the apartment, sounds of loud hammering and drilling are heard at all hours of the day and night, however the door is seldom answered. When Drake finally makes an attempt to enter Hayes’ apartment, he finds that the locks have been changed. Drake attempts to put an end to the constant noise and drive out Hayes by cutting the electricity and heat to the apartment, but Hayes summons the police, who side with Hayes and reprimand Drake.


Drake and Patty hire a lawyer, Stephanie MacDonald (Laurie Metcalf), however the eviction case is thwarted by Drake’s actions. Hayes, safe from eviction for the time being, infests the house with cockroaches, which prompts the Watanabes to move out and pushes Drake and Patty further into debt. The heavy stress takes its toll on the couple; Drake drinks heavily and Patty suffers a miscarriage. Hayes visits the couple to offer his condolences, but an infuriated Drake attacks him and is arrested by the police, whom Hayes had already called to the scene in anticipation of an assault.

The assault allows Hayes to file a civil lawsuit against Drake and, unbeknownst to the couple, assume control of Drake’s possessions and identity. Hayes also files a restraining order, which forces Drake from the building. Once Drake is gone, Hayes begins stalking and harassing Patty, in an apparent ploy to lure Drake back to the building in violation of the restraining order. The ploy succeeds, as Drake becomes concerned and comes to check on Patty. Hayes confronts Drake and shoots him, then plants a crowbar at the scene to prevent any criminal charges.

While Drake is in the hospital, the eviction is finally handed down and authorities force entry into Hayes’ apartment. By this time however, Hayes has disappeared, and the apartment has been destroyed and stripped bare of all its appliances, light fixtures, wood paneling, and even the toilet. Later, while cleaning out the destroyed apartment, Patty finds an important clue: an old photograph of Hayes as a young boy. Written on the back is the name “James Danforth”, which Patty deduces is Hayes’ real name. She phones Bennett Fidlow (Jerry Hardin), the Texas attorney whom Danforth had provided as a reference (albeit under his Hayes alias). Fidlow confides to her that Danforth has a long history of wrongdoing and has been disowned by his family.

Patty travels to Danforth’s last-known address, a condominium in Desert Spring. There she finds Ann, his girlfriend and previous co-conspirator who had earlier come looking for him in San Francisco. Ann tells Patty that Carter Hayes is the name of the property’s former landlord, and that Danforth assumed Hayes’ identity and took possession of the condominium after (the genuine) Hayes hired two thugs to carry out the assault shown in the film’s opening scene. Ann also shows Patty a postcard from Danforth, written on the letterhead of a hotel in Century City, which had just arrived the day before.

Patty tracks down Danforth at the hotel, where he has checked in under Drake’s name. Patty bluffs her way into his suite by posing as his wife, and while rummaging through his personal effects she discovers he is using legal and financial documents in Drake’s name. She calls Drake and tells him to cancel all of his credit cards and freeze the couple’s joint bank account. She then places an exorbitant order for room service, which leads to Danforth being arrested.


Danforth is bailed out of prison by a wealthy widow, Florence Peters (played by Hedren), whom he was apparently vetting to be his next victim. Once out on bail, Danforth returns to San Francisco to seek revenge against Patty and Drake. Upstairs, he bludgeons Drake with a golf club, then attacks Patty in the downstairs apartment where she is busy making repairs. A struggle ensues, and a badly-wounded Drake makes his way into the crawl space between the basement and the first-floor apartment. He reaches through a hole in the floor and grabs Danforth by the ankle; Danforth loses his balance and is killed when he falls backward and is impaled by a water supply line.

Some time later, Patty and Drake have put their newly repaired building up for sale and show the property to another couple. The story ends with the couple having a private discussion about making an offer of $850,000, which is $100,000 more than what Drake and Patty had originally paid for it.



Stoned, also known as The Wild and Wycked World of Brian Jones in the UK, is a 2005 film about Brian Jones, one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones. The film is a cinematic work of historical fiction, taking as its premise the idea that Jones was murdered by Frank Thorogood, a builder who had been hired to renovate and improve Jones’s house Cotchford Farm in East Sussex. The film also paints a picture of Jones’s use of alcohol and drugs, and his relationships with Anita Pallenberg and Anna Wohlin.