Monday, April 02, 2007

More Scenes from Buenos Aires

Have no idea who this guy is, but the statue was hot.
OMG, Evita! Evita! Evita! Yes, this is the marker on her tomb. Apparently the entire Duarte family is entombed there. But Peron, her hubby, is NOT entombed in La Recoleta.

Angels in Argentina.

Some Scenes from Buenos Aires

Scenes from my recent trip to Buenos Aires. These were all taken in La Recoleta, the national cemetery. It was a star attraction, like a city of tombs. I'll write more about BA as a whole later, but until then, enjoy the amateur photography!

Friday, March 30, 2007

The Lives of Others

I saw The Lives of Others last weekend and have to say that it was amazing, brilliant, compelling--and any other hyperbolic adjective I can toss at it. But it truly was a fantastic (there I go again) movie. It deservedly won the Best Foreign Film Oscar, though I haven't seen Pan's Labyrinth yet (still).

The story is about a Stasi (aka, secret police) agent in East Berlin in 1984, and he is assigned to spy on a couple--a playwright and his actress girlfriend--suspected of being anti-government. At first, the Stasi guy is a hard-assed hardliner, a ruthless bureaucrat. But soon, as he gets more and more involved in these people's lives, he has an awakening. A moral awakening, you might call it. And from there, the mounting drama unfolds. The direction, acting, score--all of it is top notch. And, though it is devastating, it has one of the more satisfying endings that I've seen in a long time. I even cried. Go see it.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Random Friday Thoughts

Decision 2008: Is it just me, or is anyone else sick of the 2008 Election already? Jesus, it's, what, 17 months away still? I guess it's a reflection of how eager we are to be rid of Dubya. I dig Obama, but in the end I just want a Democrat to win.

March Madness: My alma mater, Vanderbilt, won its first round of the NCAA! I might actually have to watch basketball this weekend. I can also claim Florida as an alma mater, since I went to grad school there. But I never liked Florida--the state, the school--so I don't bother to root for them.

Lost: I still love this show, despite what naysayers are saying. And I even love 24, even if one of its creators is an asshole rightwing freak.

Roommates: God, I so need to live alone. Or with someone rational and not a tidiness Nazi.

Weekend Reading: Got to finish a fantastic novel called Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber. I'm writing the press release for it (for another company; it's one of my side gigs that pays little but is still fun to do). Also, magazines. Stack and stacks piled in my room. Also Plainsong by Kent Haruf and Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Best Movies of 2006

Here are my favorite movies from 2006, thought keep in mind I STILL haven't seen Dreamgirls, Letters from Iwo Jima, Pan's Labyrinth, and The Lives of Others, not to mention other small movies.

1. Children of Men
2. United 93
3. Half Nelson
4. Babel
5. Little Children
6. Little Miss Sunshine
7. Volver
8. The Departed
9. Infamous
10. Heading South
11. L’Enfant
12. Notes on a Scandal
13. The Queen
14. Devil Wears Prada
15. Borat
16. An Inconvenient Truth
17. Twelve and Holding
18. Casino Royale
19. The Last King of Scotland
20. Shortbus

I would have given the Oscars this way:

Picture: Children of Men
Actor: Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson (Honorable Mention: Clive Owen, Children of Men)
Actress: Helen Mirren, The Queen (though Meryl and Judi and Kate and Penelope were amazing and justly nominated, but also Charlotte Rampling in Heading South)
Supporting Actor: Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children (Honorable Mention: Michael Caine, Children of Men)
Supporting Actress: Rinko Kikuchi, Babel
Director: ah, hell, give it to Martin Scorcese already, so we can stop hearing about it. And The Departed was a good movie, will edited, exciting, fun.

And, well, they did give it to Marty.

But Children of Men. Wow. It blew me away. It was bleak, exciting, funny, beautifully filmed, brilliantly acted. Go see it. Or rent it.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Long Time No See

I had all but abandoned this blog! Sheesh. I vow to be more prolific from now on. Or for a little while. On to the news.

I finished and turned in my novel! I had been working my ass off and finally wrapped it up at the end of January. Gave it to my agent and editor last week. My agent loved it, but I haven't yet heard back from my editor. If she likes, we'll move forward to the next phase. Meanwhile, I will start Novel 2 very soon. But it has been nice taking a writing break.

I am off to Buenos Aires on Saturday! Going with my friends Clay and Jason. Should be a blast. We're staying in an apartment in the Palermo area. I imagine we'll do a lot of shopping, eating, drinking, and carousing. Maybe take in a few sights/sites.

Oscars. The freaking Oscars. I am actually missing the Oscars this year! I'll be in a flight home from Argentina. So I will have to watch it on DVR when I get home on the 26th. But really, besides best picture, there don't seem to be too many surprises in store.

More rants, raves, gripes, comments, and news to come.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

V-Day or D-Day?

Today is election day. The day we've all been waiting for--or dreading. Voting is easy for me. I simply walk downstairs and vote in my lobby, on one of those old-timey machines where you pull a big lever and a bunch of little ones. But no matter, I would have walked a mile to vote. Happily, it looks like Democrats will clean up in New York. The national situation is less clear, though Dems are expected to take control of at least the House. I will be watching, for sure, nervously. I've lived through three miserable election nights this century (2000 was awful, but 2004 may have been worse), and I'm hoping this one will be different. Time will tell. I shouldn't get too worked up over this, because it is out of my hands. I hope I wake up tomorrow to a new political landscape. If not, I may step in front of a bus. Okay, I jest. But I will be severely depressed. Well, like I said, time will tell.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

My Celebrity Crushes

My blog has been lacking images lately, so I figured it was time to add some pictures. And why not pictures of hot men? These guys are my celebrity crushes. I know, this makes me sound like a 13-year-old girl, but so what. Patrick Wilson is the newest addition to my crush coterie, having just seen Little Children and Hard Candy. He's just such a Golden Boy. What else can I say? Eric Bana? Dark and handsome and Australian. Yum. And Wentworth Miller, star of Prison Break? He's a great multiethnic beauty. Not sure what his heritage is, but whatever it is, it comes together to create one beautiful man. Enjoy!