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Movies: Watched and to watch

7 Feb

Curse of the Golden Flower: Starring Chow Yun Fat, Gong Li (love!), and Jay Chou (can’t act).

Overall impression?

1) Holy boobage Batman!  I never knew the Chinese have such ample assets (for being Chinese, of course). Very impressed and proud. Movie also known as: Curse of the Golden Corset.

 

Gong Li is as usual… absolute perfection.

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Movie to see: The Namesake

26 Jan

the namesake posterTHE NAMESAKE

Based on the book by Jhumpa Lahiri. One of the most anticipated books of the year, Lahiri’s first novel (after 1999’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Interpreter of Maladies) amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Hopscotching across 25 years, it begins when newlyweds Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli emigrate to Cambridge, Mass., in 1968, where Ashima immediately gives birth to a son, Gogol-a pet name that becomes permanent when his formal name, traditionally bestowed by the maternal grandmother, is posted in a letter from India, but lost in transit. Ashoke becomes a professor of engineering, but Ashima has a harder time assimilating, unwilling to give up her ties to India. A leap ahead to the ’80s finds the teenage Gogol ashamed of his Indian heritage and his unusual name, which he sheds as he moves on to college at Yale and graduate school at Columbia, legally changing it to Nikhil. In one of the most telling chapters, Gogol moves into the home of a family of wealthy Manhattan WASPs and is initiated into a lifestyle idealized in Ralph Lauren ads. Here, Lahiri demonstrates her considerable powers of perception and her ability to convey the discomfort of feeling “other” in a world many would aspire to inhabit. After the death of Gogol’s father interrupts this interlude, Lahiri again jumps ahead a year, quickly moving Gogol into marriage, divorce and a role as a dutiful if a bit guilt-stricken son. This small summary demonstrates what is most flawed about the novel: jarring pacing that leaves too many emotional voids between chapters. Lahiri offers a number of beautiful and moving tableaus, but these fail to coalesce into something more than a modest family saga. By any other writer, this would be hailed as a promising debut, but it fails to clear the exceedingly high bar set by her previous work. (from Publishers Weekly on Amazon.com).

Movie directed by Mira Nair, starring Kal Penn. To be released March 9, 2007.

Amazon.com

The Namesake blog

IMDB

Official Trailer

The trailer moved me… a must for those from immigrant families and had struggles with their cultural identities. Currently reading the book.

“Zoo” a beastiality documentary

22 Jan

Only this can premiere at Sundance.

Exerpt:  “Zoo,” premiering before a rapt audience Saturday night at Sundance, manages to be a poetic film about a forbidden subject, a perfect marriage between a cool and contemplative director (the little-seen “Police Beat”) and potentially incendiary subject matter: sex between men and animals. Not graphic in the least, this strange and strangely beautiful film combines audio interviews (two of the three men involved did not want to appear on camera) with elegiac visual re-creations intended to conjure up the mood and spirit of situations.

Pussyfoot and Marc Anthony in “Feed the Kitty”

1 Dec

This always reminds me of my exes and I.

Fed-Ex receives divorce news – caught on camera

8 Nov

via Muchmusic

The View celebrates Britney leaving Fed-Ex

8 Nov

I can’t believe I missed Ugly Betty this week!

6 Nov

I have been watching this 17 second clip continuously for the past 5 minutes. 5 minutes = 300 seconds. 300 seconds divided by 17 seconds is……………………………………………

Salma Hayek is my idol.

Concerts to see

6 Nov

Grouchy… we will TRAVEL too see these concerts if they ever happen. However, Seattle or Portland is the farthest I’d be willing to go!

  • Britney Spears (the Comeback!)
  • Spice Girls (Reunion, if they ever get back together)
  • Justin Timberlake
  • N*SYNC (not likely to get back together – see above entry)
  • Janet Jackson
  • Mariah Carey (yes I still regret missing out the first time)
  • Michael Jackson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have to know all the songs (well for the above, I think we already do)… a campy selection, isn’t it? There will definitely be dancing in the aisles! Add more!