6.30.2006

Stander

Started off slow and a bit uncomfortable. It's about a cop that starts robbing banks as retalliation against his own goverment in South Africa. I almost turned it off by the time he started his crime spree. But I do love Thomas Jane, so I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. Once the action picked up, it was really good. All the clothing and hair was very 70s and 80s so stylistically it was great because it was so old-ish.

Slow to start but really picked up. Another true-story.

Saved!

Really funny movie. It completely rips on the born-again Christians, and winds up rather preachy at the end. But it's got some really funny bits in it. Something everyone should see when they're in high school. When you're older and over some of the things surrounding the movie (like prom), it won't matter, but it's still really funny. And Mandy Moore is really funny as the righteous, self-absorbed queen-bee of the school. And while I don't think that no one would notice things they didn't notice in this movie, it was still funny that the characters were pulling the wool over their own eyes.

Amusing, righteous, though a bit preachy.

Heavenly Creatures

This movie is very twisted. It starts off all nice and normal: two schoolgirls making friends, and slowly over the course of the film they enter this fantasy world and lose all touch with reality. You get a glimpse of what happens at the end at the very beginning, and that is more than enough to remind you that this is one of Peter Jackson's early films (gore and blood). The acting of the two leads, Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet, is completely unbelievable. The voiceovers throughout the movie is part of the transcript from the actual diaries of the real girl. What's truly sickening is that this was based on a true story.

Very twisted, but so amazingly put-together, you have to see it.

6.24.2006

Bad Taste

Very odd movie. All I can say. Completely cheesy. Very campy. Peter Jackson makes more than his usual cameo, playing two roles, one with his usual beard, one without. And he's quite the actor. When writing however, he tends toward gorey, campy stuff. I love the adaptations, but when he writes on his own, not so much.

Zombies, aliens and exploding sheep. 'Nuff said.

Plan 9 from Outer Space

This was apparently the first movie to be labeled the Worst Movie of All Time. It's the movie that made people start thinking about that. And I can see why. Aliens turning people into Zombies to keep us from blowing up the universe. It probably could have been good if the script had been better, but it's pure camp. They have like 2 small sequences of Bela Lugosi, and they use them over and over again because he aparently died during filming. The other time when "he's" on screen, it's some random guy with a cape over his face.

Luckily it's only like an hour and 18 minutes long....

Happy Endings

This is another one of those movies that has multiple storylines that all wind up intersecting in interesting ways. The thing about this one is that it's not ostentatious or overbearing. It's just people's lives and how they work out, and dealing with random shit. And the cast is really wonderful. Maggie Gyllenhal is completely believable as the gold-digging, I-don't-care, drifter girl. Tom Arnold at first was "eh" but he really works in that role (I'm too used to seeing him in comedy roles). Lisa Kudrow is perfect as an uptight, relationship-phobic single woman. The rest of the cast was completely perfect too.

Messed-up relationships. Homosexuality. Abortions. Gotta love living in today's world.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

This movie is so oddly creepy and wonderfully demented. Audrey Tatou is so unbelievably cute, but she does twisted and demented so well. Part of the reason this movie is so good is because of the way it's set up. It's in two halves. The first half is through her eyes, the second through his. And it's so good that way, so right. If it had been all at once, it wouldn't have worked.

Audrey Tatou is surprisingly believably as the creepy stalker chick, and that was really surprising.

6.23.2006

Freedom!!

So I'm at work, doing nothing, and it's my last day. The head boos that no one really like isn't here. I got the best parking spot possible. Someone brought in Starbucks. It took me like 15 minutes to get here because there was no traffic. I'm floating on air today. I love it.



No, but seriously, I'm completely nervous about starting the new job on Monday. I'm happy to have something new to do and be busy all the time etc. But at the same time, it's all new and I have to go back through the learning phase and training process. I live like 5 miles away from the new job which is completely fantastic, and it's only slightly longer if I take side streets. So, if I build up my muscles, I should be able to bike to and from work.



I've been training the new girl at work who's taking Caitlin's spot I guess. She's very cool. We've been doing stuff in terms of training and her last job was in production or casting or something so she doesn't have a ton of "office" clothing. I think we're going shopping or something this weekend. I've got some awesome thrift stores by my house, so we're going to hit those. I totally made out the last time I went, but I think I already wrote about that....



I went to lunch with some of the people here at the office and it was really good. We went over to Toi Thai on Wilshire. I can't remember exactly the name of it. It was very yummy and they wouldn't let me pay. I'm so glad I found out that people were going there because I was always on a different lunch than most people, so I didn't get to socialize. But I had so much fun today. I got to sit and eat and chat with people I don't see everyday. I will definitely miss people. It's so weird because I don't really see most of them of a regular basis, but there's still a social relationship.



Question of the Day: What was the last job you left of your own free will?

6.20.2006

A Prairie Home Companion

This movie was cute. It's all about the final live broadcast of a radio show featuring Garrison Keillor and a crew of other characters. It's got some really funny bits and some poigniant bits, and some downright sad bits. And it's narrated by Kevin Kline as Guy Noir with some very silly pratfalls and other bits that are quite fun.

I love duct tape. And bad jokes.

Danny Deckchair

Such a cute movie. The two leads in this have such a quirky chemistry that this movie completely soars (pun intended). If you haven't seen the preview, or even heard of this movie, you have to go look for it. It's so good. You completely want to go after something after it. It's unintentionally inspirational. The only thing I didn't like was the bit of floating at the very end. It was completely unnecessary, and unrelated to anything else that was going on.

But I do want my own deckchair now....

6.12.2006

Change is a Wonderful thing!!

Wow, sooooo much has happened since my last post. It's amazing really. There was stuff I did write about because people at work have my blog address and I didn't want things getting out yet, but it's all been resolved, so now I can spill the beans: I got a new job! I'm excited because it pays quite a bit more, and I'll have a lot more creative freedom eventually. I'm going to be working for a production company that makes commercials with big name directors. I think that's all i'm going to say about it, because even during my interview the woman I'm going to be working for stressed about how private a lot of these people are. I can't really blame them because if I inadvertently type something here who knows what could be inferred or splashed across the front page of the National Enquirer? But I'm excited because I'm going to be meeting more people rather than just talking on the phone with them. Hopefully.



Thursday night I got a random phone call from a girl I knew when I was literally like 10 years old. I realy haven't seen her in about 11 or so years. Kea and her brother Kyle used to visit her grandparents who lived two doors down from me when I still lived in the San Francisco area. But she was coming to LA for another friend's graduation and since my mother had sent my new contact information to just about everyone she knows, Kea called me. I just about freaked out (half because I'm not old enough to have gone that long without seeing/hearing from someone). But we spent the day on Saturday together. We did lunch at La Dijonaise, then we walked into Culver City and wandered a bit after getting bakalava at Daphne's. There's a Thrift shop I officially love now because I got a pair of Coach boots for $6. I got a tweed blazer for $9, a red chinese print miniskirt for $4 and 5 tank-tops/sleeveless shirts for $1 each. I paid a total of $26 including tax. It was awesome. But we wandered around a bit more then we headed back to my place and her friends showed up. We went to Santa Monica for Dinner then the Laemmle's for Peaceful Warrior.



Sunday I bought a bike and had my oil changed in my car. I keep saying I'm going to buy a new car, that I hate this car. I do hate this car, but I think I'm officially going to surrender to the fact that my commute is nothing and it really doesn't make sense to buy something new until I actually have to drive the damn thing. So unless something amazing falls into my lap, I'm not going to go out of my way. Plus, getting a proper oil change really hlped the thing. It was apparently almost completely out of oil, which would explain the groaning, if not the shimmying. Plus they vacuumed it (EZ-Lube rocks!) and found my mom's American Express card which she had lost when she was here in March. Both she and I search that whole car and we couldn't find it, but they did. My new bike I truly love. It's one-speed, pedal brakes, and rather vintage looking. I bought it at Costco for $140. It's not too heavy, and it's really easy to ride. I love it. I rode it to the grocery store earlier this evening, and I think I spent 2 or 3 hours on it yesterday. I then read the entire book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and didn't go to sleep until about 1. Oops. That's why I'm sleepy now, and it's only 9:15 pm....



Question of the Day: What was the last book you stayed up past your bedtime to read?

6.11.2006

Peaceful Warrior

I saw this movie last night with some of my friends and it was amazing. It hasn't gone into wide release yet and it's really really good. It's an inspirational film, but it doesn't lose the plot in the message. So many message movie get so wrapped up in the message that they get preachy. Nick Nolte was completely amazing in this. He was the perfect actor to get for that role. Basically the movie is about a gymnast who has an accident and then goes through a lot of stuff, but the accident doesn't happen right at the beginning like you expect. I totally expected it to be within the first 20 minutes. Instead it was probably about 1/3 to 1/2 way into the movie. And I actually really liked it there. It was comfortable there.

The message didn't dominate, but it's there: live in the now, don't worry about before, don't worry about later. There are no ordinary moments.

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic

This is one of the most offensive, rude but completely hysterical one-woman shows I've ever seen. Sarah Silverman rips on Jews, Blacks, Martin Luther King, the Holocaust, Nazis, the Chinese, and damn near everyone else. It's so funny. She sings, dances and does stand-up with a completely sraight face.

If God give you AIDS, make Lemonades!

6.10.2006

Saving Grace

This movie is completely funny. Especially if you have ever had friends who smoked pot (because I would never accuse you of doing that). Old women getting high. Craig Ferguson (my favorite late night guy) co-wrote and produced as well as co-stars, and he's completely fantastic.

Old women smoking pot = completely hysterical.

6.06.2006

Shopgirl

This is a really good movie. Rather odd and a little uncomfortable in ways, but still really good. The reason I thought it was a little uncomfotable for me was because Ray (Steve Martin) is so much older than Mirabelle (Claire Danes). That touches something a little sensitive in me because my parents have such a large age gap and they have a lot of problems now because of my dad's health, although at the same time I find myself attracted to marginally older men (30-ish). But the story was beautiful, the acting was wonderful. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that Steve martin did the narration/ Voice Over. It was distracting and it didn't make sense for his character to be doing it. It should have been a different voice altogether, not his, not hers, but a new voice. Jeremy (Jason Schwartzmann) completely shines in this movie. He's so cute and such a combination of several of the guys I know. You can't help but love him. And his yoga tapes.

A very good movie. Mirabelle is great. Ray is sophisticated, but not creepy after a while. Jeremy is wonderful. The Yoga tapes are fantastic.

6.04.2006

rantings of a sore yogi

You know what's upsetting? When you plan your day around sleeping in until noon, and then your internal body clock wakes you up at 9:15 am. I've got a barbeue/housewarming/birthday party thing to go to today and it starts at 12. I was plannng my whole day around that and sleeping in, and now it's thrown me off! I guess it's a silly thing to be upset about, but still. We didn't get home until 1-ish last night because we went to see X3. (Which I reviewed in my other blog.) and so I didn't get nearly as much sleep as I wanted. Plus our apartment is really hot because it's beginning to be summertime, so I kept waking up because of that, too.



Ok I think that's enough complaining. I'm just not sure what else to talk about today. I really enjoyed the movie last night. I could talk about that and what it was about. Tell everyone spoilers and all of that, but I don't feel like giving it all away. It's kinda like the Sixth Sense. Someone told me the end of it before I saw it, and it wasn't as good for me as it really could have been. I could tell that it would have been a great movie had someone not told me the end. I'm really glad no one told me the surprises and twists in the newest X-Men. I wouldn't have been as upset and surprised by them.



I did yoga yesterday (every Saturday now), and I am extremely sore now. I was fine for the most part yesterday, but after sleeping and whatnot, all of the muscles in my body ache. Especially my upper arms and shoulders and the backs of my legs. I need to find something to do to exercise during the middle of the week so I'm not just a bump on a log during that time. I keep thinking about buying roller skates (not blades), but I haven't really had time. My next door neighbor told me about a place down in Venice on Washington almost on the beach that sells skates. She got a pair there that she loves, so I've got to go down there and check it out. I found a few places online that appear to have good deals, but I refuse to buy shoes without being able to try them on first. I have feet issues. I've ranted on that topic before though...



Question of the Day: What was the last movie you saw that had a good twist?

X-Men 3: The Last Stand

If this isn't the last one, I cant figure out how they're going to do another one. I really enjoyed it, it's fully action packed and full of surprises. Beyond the fact that Jean Grey comes back as Phoenix and does the whole ultimate destruction thing, I didn't know anything about it. I'm really glad I didn't because the surprises it threw totally caught me off gaurd. Those surprises essentially make it impossible for them to make another one. Although I have heard of them making a movie strictly about Wolverine.

A really fun movie full of surprises for people who know the movies but not the comics, or even the comics. Definitely the Last Stand.

6.03.2006

Plants!


I bought a plant today. I'm not sure why I'm so exited by this, but I am. Especially since I don't actually have to pay for it. I got permission from my landlord to deduct the price of it from my rent check. I got a red Passiflora vine. It's also known as a passion flower. I got to see a purple one, and thinking on it, I'm not really sure why I didn't buy the purple one, except I wanted something brighter. I think the picture to the left is the one I got, but I'll know better when it flowers.



So we're going to go see X3 tonight. Jessica isn't so excited about it, but I am. I really enjoyed the first 2 and am looking forward to this one. We're going to do dinner, but I'm not sure what or where. We'll figure it out eventually.



Jessica just read me the headline to a story about Bush backing an Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. That immensely saddens me. I usually don't get all political etc. with my blog, but I have to rant a little on this. The fact that the US Government is trying to nullify the fact that two people (regardless of their sex) love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. If they're going to abolish that part of marriage, then they may as well abolish all marriage. It's not as if it ever actually lasts anymore. I'm jaded I know. Something like 70% of marriages end in divorce, and to me that's just completely sad. People don't make the effort anymore, they expect to be handed everything on a silver platter and when you have two people like that, a relationship doesn't work unless they both learn to give and take. The only marriages that last anymore are throwbacks to the older generation. People in their 60s and 70s. People who are almost married out of habit. Plus it's not like this country has any good examples to follow. The news either reports stuff on politics or who's getting married and divorced in Hollywood (or who's having a baby). It's sad because Hollywood relationships almost never last and that's the example that the rest of the nation follows. People look up to movie and sports stars and they're constantly cheating and fooling around and getting divorced. Or at least that's what the news and tabloids would have us believe. Will Smith is still happily married to Jada Pinkett Smith. Tom Hanks is considered a family man, but do we hear about them and their families in the tabloids? No, of course not. There's no scandal there. There's nothing interesting there to publish.



Question of the Day: What's your marital status? Single? Married? Divorced? Separated? Living with Someone?

X2: X-Men United

This one, to me anyway is much faster moving than the first one. They didn't have to spend any time setting up the story and explaining what mutants are or introducing characters. They pretty much just dove into the story. There's more action in this one, a few explosions, a flood, and a chick named Lady Deathstrike. If she weren't a bad guy, she'd be Wolverine's ideal babe, but it's just not to be. The "bad mutants" have to team up with the "good mutants" in order to get the better of a guy named William Stryker who is trying to kill off all of them. Mystique gets a lot of screen time in this, and Rebecca Romijn even shows up (without the blue!).

A fun ride, teaming up with bad guys, making things blow up, and generally wreaking havoc, but of course, as it must, all comes round in the end. (For the most part.)

X-Men

I love comic book movies. I think it's the fantasy of them the complete suspension of fact while still semi-based in reality. Whole worlds of new facts made up about people who know exist in the writers imagination that are brought to life on screen. The first of the X-Men series is great (I have to review them seperately because I'm seeing the third one tonight.). It establishes what mutants are, brings in the major characters, gives you the political atmosphere of how normal people are afraid of mutants. Gives us Wolverine, Jean Grey, Professor X, Cyclops, Magneto, Rogue (and the hair change), and a whole slew of others.

It doesn't move as quickly as the second because it has to do all the set-up, but once you're past that, it's a fun movie.

The Pillow Book

This is an odd movie. It's rated NC-17 because there's a lot of nudity and sex and eroticism in it. The only reason I rented it was because Ewan McGregor was in it and there's a quote of him saying, "[My fans] say, 'I've seen Star Wars and Moulin Rouge!. What else should we try to see you in?' I always tell 'em to get The Pillow Book (1996). That would be a bit of an eye-opener for them, wouldn't it?" So I rented it. He's got full frontal nudity in it (and for that alone it was worht it), but it's an oddly beautiful an poetic movie. It's all about this woman who grew up with a writer for a father who would write on her face a blessing on her birthday, and she became obsessed with having her lovers write on her skin. Eventually, she changed positions and became the writer. The beginning is hard to get into because there are subtitles and it reads lists and unless you know what you are getting into it is very odd.

I cannot describe it more than that really: Oddly Beautiful.