Monday, April 02, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
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
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
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
5. Little Children
6. Little Miss Sunshine
8. The Departed
10. Heading South
12. Notes on a Scandal
13. The Queen
14. Devil Wears Prada
16. An Inconvenient Truth
17. Twelve and Holding
18. Casino Royale
19. The Last King of Scotland
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
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
Thursday, October 26, 2006
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!