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It has multiple storylines: two geishas who are not what they seem to be, a blind masseur who could be more, a samurai who kills to make money to support his dying wife...and it's rife with rhythm and music.
Seriously, the music in this movie is fantastic, right down to a (okay, prepare yourself) musical number [i]a la[/i] "Stomp" at the end.
Funny, gory (lots of blood sprays, not for the faint of heart, although they are patently fake), and a good time will be had by all. It's an obvious Tarantino influence, and is much better than "Kill Bill, Vol 1."
If this is playing in your city, make time to see it.
Hey there, movie fans. I've been doing the DVD trade thing with some friends and raiding their collections.
"Down By Law" is by Jim Jarmusch, whose "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" so amazingly tied together wonderful performances, great music and dreamy visuals with the Samurai code, a French ice cream man and gangster violence. "Down By Law" is much less polished than "Ghost Dog" in its performances and just in its overall tone. It tells a slow, meandering story of three men (Tom Waits, John Lurie and Roberto Benigni) who end up in the same prison cell. It's black and white, saturated with Lurie's music and Wait's songs - Benigni is the one humourous aspect, as most of the movie moves in a trancelike fashion.
Definitely a curiousity and worth seeing if you're a Jarmusch fan.
"Swimming to Cambodia" - WOW. This is directed by Jonathan Demme in his "Stop Making Sense" phase. It's not really a conventional movie, not really a documentary...it's more of an actor performing a monologue. There are almost no visuals, aside from the stage, the table Gray sits at, and a few props that he uses for visual aids (like maps). It's about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Gray's life, and his bit part in the movie "The Killing Fields". He weaves an amazing web of words and verbal images - I can see some of the scenes that he describes perfectly in my mind.
A must-see - it's like no movie I've ever seen before. It makes me want to check out Gray's writing.
[b]I lost 1.6 pounds this week. This is not a lot, but it's a 12 week program, so if I average that per week, I should lose...19.2 pounds. That's pretty good - I like that number. [/b]
[b]Actually, I have been working out quite a lot this week, and I remind myself that muscle weighs more than fat, so weight alone is not entirely accurate. I also drank a big glass of water right before the weigh-in. [/b]
[b]I am not feeling deprived at all. I have had lots of drinks (naturally - come on, you know me!) and I even had some ice cream at my mom's on the weekend, and I had jelly beans at the movie last night. And tonight, I have 6 points left after dinner, and the D&D dudes are here - I may just have some chips when they open them. [/b]
[b]Next week, I get to start earning points back from exercise towards food! [/b]
[b]I am in the noon walking group on Tuesdays and Thursdays at work - we have a fitness trainer come in to give us fitness and nutrition information and to coach us. I also have my treadmill finally - oh, it's a beauty. It looks like this:[/b] [b][img]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000G70XMC.01-A10FHFRJZ0GJG3._SCLZZZZZZZ_SS500_V66753723_.jpg[/img][/b] [b]It goes up to 10 mph, and 10% incline and folds up. It also has a weight loss program, and interval program and (this made me laugh) a golf course program (for those people who need to learn how to walk from hole to hole). I do 30 min of weight loss plus 30 min of 3-4 mph intervals. [/b]
[b]I feel great. I know that I am on the start of the journey of being fit again, after 14 years of being, well, somewhat slothful. [/b]
[b]I played my best game of Ultimate last Saturday in years. [/b]
[b]Other new things:[/b]
[b]I am hooked on "Paint by Sudoku" - I used to do these puzzles in Games Magazine when it was called "Paint By Numbers". I found a book of them on sale at Chapters (got one for my mom too) and have done about 35 of them in the last week and a half. Ooh, this is my book:[/b] [b][img]http://www.cherylasmith.com/puzzles/logic/1932234314.jpg[/img][/b] [b]They're totally addictive - you fill in the grid based on logic and it makes a pretty picture. [/b]
[b]What else? Oh, I saw "The Descent" last night - great movie! Very scary - I jumped several times. It's well worth seeing. 4/5 for me. I've watched a lot of movies in the last week, but naturally I don't remember which ones. Oh well. [/b]
[b]I got wooden hangers! They look so lovely and chi-chi. No more wire hangers![/b] [b][img]http://www.joancrawfordbest.com/mommie2.jpg[/img][/b]
[b]I hope everyone's well. What the heck did RT do while it was down??[/b]
"My Life Without Me" has left me feeling melancholy. Ah, but I should give one of my infamous short reviews...
Sarah Polley, Mark Ruffalo, Debbie Harry. Sarah Polley is the young mother of two little girls, living in a trailer behind her mother's (Harry) house with her husband, who she met at a Nirvana concert when he took his t-shirt off to wipe her tears. She's happy...until she finds out she has tumours that have spread to her stomach and liver. She has two months to live, so she makes a list: "Things to do before I die".
She doesn't tell anyone that she's dying, but she makes them tapes. One for each girl's birthday until they're 18. Messages for the people who matter.
I found it strangely attractive, to not tell anyone that you're dying. To her, it was her last gift to her loved ones; to not let them ever remember her sick. Is it selfish not to let them know? to not allow them to consciously savour the last moments, minutes, days of your life, as you yourself are doing?
It makes me wonder how I would act in that situation. Would I tell everyone, be a big drama queen? Tell a few, and hold back from others? Tell no one, not even my husband or my family?
If you had two months to live, what would you do?
Oh, and see this movie. It's a quiet little thing, produced by Pedro Almodovar.
Been a while...yes, it has. I'm not around so much.
This has been bugging me. I keep seeing it, and I want to go fashion kamikaze and fix it. Hold me back!
What? Oh, right. Well, on women's coats and jackets (and sometimes skirts), when they have a slit in them, the bottom of the slit has a big X stitch in it, holding the slit shut. The stitch is put on by the factory to help the coat keep its shape in shipping, until the stockpeople in the stores take it out of its plastic and transfer it onto a store hanger.
The stitch is meant to be removed so that the slit opens. It's...supposed...to be...removed. And yet, nearly every day, I see someone wearing a long coat or a blazer with the frickin' stitch still in it. Arg! Remove it!
Same reasoning as stitching pockets shut on jackets, although that also helps prevent shoplifting of small items.
I don't understand people who don't examine their purchases and remove all the extraneous stuff from their clothes, like labels (they itch like the dickens), but particularly those "100% Wool/Cashmere blend" labels that are on winter coats on the top of the sleeve. Those are there to help sell the garment, not to show that you bought a wool coat. Duh.
Anyway, moving on. I've been stoned on stain for about a week. Tip of the year: buy your furniture pre-stained. It's worth the extra $50 - doing it yourself causes a big stink, a mess, furniture in the middle of your living room for a week, and much aggravation because, unless you're really good at staining, it's going to look like you stained it yourself. And then rubbed a cat on it.
I saw "Shopgirl" last weekend. I was distracted by the narration - was that really necessary? But I liked the acting and that it didn't go Hollywood. Claire Danes is lovely, and Jason Schwartzman is charming. Steve Martin is getting old.