I always wonder why women destroy flowers in an effort to get some confirmation that their loved one actually does or doesn’t love her. Does it really matter? Was it worth destroying a precious flower for a sort of destiny foretold? The answer should always be no, he doesn’t love you. Then you will look at the flower in its deathly misery and wonder why you put so much faith in a scatter of petals.
The same thing goes with astrology and the weight people put on the individual signs, more specifically in romantic compatibility between the signs. I have found that the opposite has proven true for me when it came to “compatibility.” My “ultimate love sign” for me was the most annoyingly intense and wastefully serious time I’ve experienced in one person. Great for a quickie but save the health of your heart and move on. The “one who would break your heart” in fact did, but after several years of a relationship that had to be based on something stronger than a quickie. I’ve had more pleasant interactions and relations with people which astrology says are the least compatible for me, and thus I now seek the opposite of what astrology readings project. Like the sign below, the “Best Matches” list would be swapped with “Challenging Matches.” Fire and Air signs, bring it on!
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It happened to be one of those days when I chanced upon a screening for the film, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Based on the international best seller, the film depicted the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a gifted perfume maker, whose life takes a dark turn as he becomes increasingly obsessed with creating the ultimate perfume. The character was eerily portrayed by a young actor, Ben Whishaw. He showed promise and talent in a film so morbid yet rich in scenery. I was drawn to his aura like a moth to a flame.
Now years later, he is set to become the newest Q, the Quartermaster, in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. He is the youngest Q in the series to date and by far the nerdiest and tech savvy. This is the most exciting news of the year for this Bond enthusiast, and I wait in earnest to see what new gadgets he has in store for Bond to use. It may be limiting to his true talent but nevertheless he is permanently encased in the Bond franchise history.
Born as part of twins in 1980 and raised in Clifton, Bedfordshire, England, he attended Samuel Whitbread Community College where he became involved in theater productions. At the Edinburgh Festival in 1995, his group garnered critical acclaim for their production of If This Is a Man, a story of an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor, and Whishaw played the character of Levi. Graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he appeared in film shorts and British television until becoming nominated for awards for his portrayal of Hamlet in Trevor Nunn’s 2004 production.
By 2004 he had already acted in two films with the future James Bond, Daniel Craig: Enduring Love and Layer Cake. He won the part of Jean-Baptiste over Leonardo DiCaprio and Orlando Bloom for the film Perfume. Afterwards, he played Keith Richards in the film Stoned, followed by an appearance among an all-star cast as Arthur in I’m Not There, a film centered on the life of Bob Dylan. With Abbie Cornish he became the poet John Keats in the romantic drama, Bright Star. 2010 had him playing Ariel with Dame Helen Mirren in the Shakespearean fantasy, The Tempest. This year he starred as King Richard in BBC TV’s Cultural Olympiad, The Hollow Crown, a series of plays depicting a history of kings. Later this year he will be back as Freddie Lyon on BBC’s The Hour series with Dominic West.
Before his debut as Q in November of this year, he will be co-starring with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the science fiction adventure drama, Cloud Atlas, based on a novel of the same name and set to be released in October. Directed by Tom Tykwer, (Perfume) and the Wachowski team (Matrix trilogy), this film hints at being paranormally and visually thrilling if not simply epic. This is the perfect vehicle to showcase Whishaw’s talent before being universally dubbed as “Q.” The film is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012.
From Shakespeare to psychopath to stoner musician to nerdy gadget professor, Ben Whishaw has displayed an enormous propensity for being versatile and skillful at drawing you into his characters. He has a strange, unworldly quality about him, riveting and electrifying. Watching him is an emotional experience at best.
I had to stop jogging. My legs felt as if they were rapidly turning into stone. It had been two weeks since I exercised. I had let myself wallow in depression after a lost friendship, if it was even that. Now, as I stopped my momentum to walk, I was surprised my face didn’t kiss the concrete ground. The dopamine started to kick in. As I let out a hard breath, a beautiful shirtless guy jogged past me from behind. With angular shoulders atop a well-sculpted body he moved with grace and efficiency, his hair flowing at the sides. Suddenly life seemed beautiful again. My legs felt weightless and I flew forward.
“There is no peace for us, only misery.”
“You can’t ask ‘why’ about love.”
Love is full of misery, full of hopelessness – if it is left unsatisfied. Forsake everything for love? Absolutely, Anna Karenina style – except the end part, of course.
The latest version of the film, Anna Karenina stars Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, and Jude Law. Release date: November 16, 2012.