Sunday, April 29, 2007

Movies Movies

Three movies, one weekend. I haven't rented three movies since I canceled my unlimited monthly deal thingy [at least I'm pretty sure that's what it's called]. I was looking forward to taking my selections up to the counter and having the guy at the desk be super impressed with my awesome selections, but unfortunately for me, he was a dumbass. I waited for him to comment on what a genius I was for picking the movies I did, and when he said nothing, I prompted him with, "So, have you seen any of these?" to which he replied, "Nope," and sensing my disapproval, he added, "John Malkovich is a good actor though." Then, I gave him a chuckle that said I'm sure said, "You're such a retard." Anyway, here are the movies I watched:

Notes on a Scandal

I remember when a friend recommended this movie to me, and I laughed at him for recommending a movie about a teacher/student affair to a teacher. I'd argue, however, that this story is much less about an affair and more about severe loneliness and desperation. To sum it up in one word...It's "creepy." The movie ultimately leaves you with an eerie feeling. It's probably worth seeing, because Cate Blanchett doesn't choose crap. She's very choosy and she actually asked for this part. Additionally, Bill Nighy is in it, and he is fabulous. It's well done and worth renting, but you will not be left with a good feeling.

Colour Me Kubrick

Oh my god, I heart this film. I don't give a stink about the bad reviews; I think it's genius. John Malkovich really does have my heart. He's so, so, so, so odd. If you watch the extras, he's as weird as Allen Conway, the character he plays. He makes me uncomfortable in a good way. This is the kind of movie that I think about for days and days. One of the things that strikes me is that it almost doesn't matter who we really are, people believe that we are whoever we pretend to be. That's scary, but strangely powerful information. It also has some fantastic lines. I laughed out loud so many times. One of my favorites was something like, "Imagine how big Jesus woulda been if only he'd have played the guitar." I will buy this movie.

The Science of Sleep

I've been waiting so long for the chance to see this movie. It was worth the wait. For one, Gael Garcia Bernal is the cutest human alive. He makes me week. Apart from that, it's the kind of movie that transports you and you can't help ending up a little more of a creative person just from having watched it. It's a great story about love and creativity and the magic of dreams. Watch, watch, watch it. I can't wait to buy it so I can watch it over and over. I'm watching it again now.


This week I'm listening to [Cat Power] and [The Be Good Tanyas]. Click the links and check them out!

I love you. Take care.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

I don't know why I don't blog more. It isn't like I don't have any thoughts. It's that I have too many of them, and don't wanna organize them. I spend loads of time on MySpace, because you get to do things that you think are totally genius [and are probably not], like copy and post a picture from one of your friend's picture albums and tell her that you "found this picture" of her and her friends, then when she jokingly ask you "where in the world" you got that picture, you tell her it's from your magic picture finding box. This takes very little time and/or thought. I like that.

My cable isn't working. Comcast has a general message up when you call that says there's an interference. It sucks. I don't watch a lot of t.v. anyway, but I like to know it's there. Since I couldn't watch my usual Current TV, I put in one of my favorite movies, Love Actually. If you haven't seen this movie, go and watch it now. It's complete cheese, but it's good cheese. Also, I love, love, love everyone in it. I would love to jump Liam Neeson's bones, and Emma Thompson is an absolute goddess of all things good. Hugh Grant and Laura Linney are adorable, and Bill Nighy is genius. Here's a fan clip:

You can pretty much watch the whole movie [here] on Dailymotion.

I love you, Actually.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

For the past couple of months, I've been making out with a t.v. channel. Okay, maybe not "making out" but we've gotten really close. [Current TV] is channel 107 on Comcast. It's perfect for the ADD. It airs mostly segments they call pods that last from 3-20 minutes. Most of them are more like 3-5 min. long. They cover anything from devastating situations around the world to American pop culture.

But, you don't have to have Current TV to stay current. Staying current is what keeps us young and interesting [and BOY am I young and interesting ;)]. Here are some ways I think you can stay current [feel free to add to the list]:

1) Keep up with the news [yes, Stewart and Colbert count, but not in isolation.]
2) Keep up with pop culture. I'm surpised how many people are not in the know about pop culture. I know it isn't extremely important information, but it's fun to talk about and helps when cracking jokes.
3) Use the internet as your own personal information data base. That's what it is.
4) Keep your brain active. Make sure you're doing things you love. Seek out things that inspire you and make sure you're always thinking, writing, and sharing.

So...that said, here's what I'm listening to this week:

*WHY am I just now finding out about Amy Winehouse? I'm sad for all the listening time I've missed.

*Oh my god, MIKA is fabulous.