Thursday, December 21, 2006

Deathly Title

Not sure if it is a bad sign but Harry Potter book seven is entitled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. What is a hallow? To me, it sounds like a place but it is actually a verb. From the American Heritage Dictionary:

hal·low (hăl'ō)
transitive verb

  1. To make or set apart as holy.
  2. To respect or honor greatly; revere.
No release date as yet.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

How much fun is this?

Okay, I was not a big fan. I had a few of the major characters and had fun crashing them around. But my brother loved them. This looks pretty impressive.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

2006 Midseason TV

Ala Matt Roush's Top 10, I decided to subject others to my own commentary. I agree with a lot of what Matt said but 5 out the 10 shows I do not watch. Mine are in no particular order.

24: Old news as season 6 starts in one month.

Heroes: My new favorite show. Intrigue, comic book-like format, people with amazing powers, sex, drugs, and Hiro, this show has it all. The only problem is that it moves too slow. I need all these people to be together and fast. I like that the writers are not afraid of killing heroes but I wish they would kill off Niki. Her story line is so detached from the others. Finally, Hiro, the genuine, time warping, all-believing poster boy. He is probably the coolest thing about this show. The minute he gets that sword and slays the dragon, I am going to jump for joy.

Prison Break: Not my favorite show but certainly an entertaining one. Plus, Wentworth Miller is very hot. I like that this show went in a different direction this season and that Scofield loses it several times. The new bad guys are a plus too. I just wish the story would center around Michael's intelligence a little more and not creep me out as much with T-Bag. Killing off a lot of the escapee's has kept my interest piqued to see what happens next.

Supernatural: Speaking of brotherly love, this show holds near to my heart. Any show revolving around the metaphysical and family reminds me of the Joss Whedon Buffy and Angel days. The relationship of Dean and Sammy is heart wrenching at times and touching at others. The death of their father has taken its toll and they are still after the big baddie, whoever he is. This show also has a very cool relationship with classic rock and a chevy impala. The bad boy image works oh so well.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: This show does not grab you but sort of eases you into its characters. It has taken a while to warm up to most of them and they finally stopped spouting political garb enough to have some fun episodes. The writing has only become better as it has matured and finally I question what will happen next.

Grey's Anatomy: I still tell myself I am a sap for watching this type of show. It has no real production value and I can not say the acting is anything special. It is mostly just eye candy on a dramatic scale. Still I can not help but cheer for Izzie and feel for George. I do not really like Meredith and only tolerate Cristina. It is just so interesting to watch the relationships grow and die on every new episode. It is hard to believe it is the third season.

Lost: Even though I have been frustrated to no end with this show, I still come back for more. They never answer any of our questions and this season they decided to separate the main characters. This is a recipe for disaster if you ask me. But major changes are in the making and hopefully we will have our castaways together again.

Ugly Betty: How can one not like this show. Betty probably represents a little of all of us, struggling to find herself in a world full of perfect people only to find out they are certainly not so perfect on the inside. Maybe it is the colors but it is a bright spot in my week when Betty shows up.

House: I told my mom that this show makes me uncomfortable and that is why I like it which is strange because I hate feeling uncomfortable. The only problem I have is that most of the characters are contradictory and inconsistent. It makes for a lot of drama but difficult to watch most of the time. It was harsh to see House so vulnerable in the last episode this year but from the premieres he looks like he will be back in top form after the break.

Veronica Mars: It satisfied with its sophomore season and now moves on to be a more mature series when Ronnie enters college. The format has changed slightly in that it is separated into three major crimes to solve and Veronica is up to the challenge. Now that she has suffered through uncovering the rapist she moves on to the murder of the dean. Let us hope she has help from Mr. Mars because they make a splendid team. Let us also hope Logan gets back to his snarky self.

Battlestar Galactica: I heard rumors that NBC was going to air this show rather than its sister network in the conglomerate, SciFi channel. But it seems that this was truly a rumor because this show is back on its parent channel in full force. Like Lost, it took the separation route putting half of our crew on the ground. Starbuck was a prisoner and Apollo grew fat. It was an interesting plan but was resolved more quickly and much more satisfying than Lost. Now we are all back together again, searching for food and fighting amongst ourselves. Here's hoping there is a big ass cylon battle soon. With production values through the roof, it is easily the best show on television.

Honorable Mention - The Nine: Prematurely canceled, this show had me enraptured from the very beginning. It is too bad it could not garner the ratings to help further quality television.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

All his thoughts are bent on it

Turner Network Television (TNT) is concluding its very expensive purchase of The Lord of the Rings franchise this month. This weekend, they played The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. I must applaud TNT for broadcasting in true HD, even the commercials. It gives me so much joy watching such brilliant film making in glorious 1080i. Even my DVD player does not get that. I guess I need to upgrade one of these days. Next week they premiere Return of the King. How great would it be to play the trilogy at that time.

update: TNT is playing the entire trilogy next Sunday, December 17 starting at 12:30PM EST/11:30AM CST.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

"Enter our hearts and make us fly...

My family has several holiday traditions. From food to gifts, on Christmas eve and Christmas day. It is a wondrous time full of family and memories. However, I have several personal holiday traditions too. Of course, they involve movies and music. Each season, I watch a list of movies with White Christmas the first and foremost. Then it is Miracle on 34th Street (black and white version only) and The Muppet Christmas Carol. On the animation side of things, I have to watch Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, which is actually a combination of claymation and digital animation and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, a silly little cartoon about a mouse and a clock tower and I watch it mostly for its ending song.

Along with the usual spout of Christmas music, I have to listen to "The Nutcracker" a couple of times and cassette version of The Cabbage Patch Kid Christmas, something you can not find in stores anymore. Then it is on to The Muppet Christmas Carol soundtrack and John Williams' glorious score to Home Alone. In this score riddled with holiday favorites, Williams makes my year every year with "Star of Bethlehem", a lovely song with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and sung by a children's chorus. To me, Christmas is not Christmas without repeating this song several times over and feeling the special emotions it evokes in me.

Lyrics to "Star of Bethlehem"

Friday, December 01, 2006

I must be a geek

I sort of want to go to this. Prophecy 2007

Beyond Shirley

Shirley Walker, film and TV score composer, died today. She was 61. I love her score to "Batman Beyond" and "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker". In fact, I was listening to this very score this morning during my cardio workout. RIP, Shirley. You will be sorely missed.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

May they all be white

Nothing says the Christmas season like 75 degrees in Texas. So when Turner Classic Movies aired White Christmas as part of their tribute to Irving Berlin, the DVR was programmed. I have a horrible obsession with this movie. First, it has a great title and the title song is sung by the incomparable Bing Crosby. Then you add Danny Kaye, one of the best comedic actors of his time and, at the time, bringing in just as much money as Bing at the box office. If there was ever poison in the vessel with the pestle, he could bring it to life. His crackly voice when paired with Vera Ellen are some of my favorite scenes. That and whenever he touches his life saving injury. Speaking of Vera, the choreography of her dances are extraordinary and every time she puts on those tap shoes, I want to get up and tap right along side her. Rounding out the cast is Rosemary Clooney. Sure, she can sing but her demeanor in this movie is pretty dull and almost detrimental. I would love to know the history of the cast working on this movie. A personal tradition during and between holidays, I can never get enough.

White Christmas (Paramount Pictures 1954) was directed by Michael Curtiz and was the first picture in VistaVision.

To my sister, a much devoted sister.

Remember me when

I love "Veronica Mars". The teenager, would-be private investigator has some of the wittiest writing on television today. The latest episode, "Lord of the Pi's", was a prime example of the all out, laughing on the floor, pop culture reference comments that the petite blond sprays at her friends and cohorts. I am so glad they had some father-daughter action because that was the highlight of the season. Tops the fake rape storyline by far. The only question I had was why did they dandilate the Dandy Warhols song, a favorite of mine before it was the show's opening song?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tony: Something Special

Not much surprises me on TV anymore. Production values for television shows are so high these days that we sort of take quality for granted. However NBC premiered "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" to my great astonishment. Although it is not hard to make Tony sound good, I mean come on, Tony is something special, but the visual impact of this show blew me away. Directed by Rob Marshall, of Chicago fame, this Target sponsored show was soft when it needed to be and sophisticated at all times, the epitome of class. I was happy with the narratives and learned that Percy Faith, a closet idol of mine, was Tony's arranger. Tony represents my favorite time in jazz, the time when melodies ruled and creativity abounded. With concentration on pure instrumentalists and less on electronics, how can one not get up and swing around to Tony's syncopated voice sounding as fantastic as ever? If you missed this one, you missed out.

some Order, please.

Not released until July 2007, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix teaser trailer makes its debut on the web today, in high definition. My least favorite of the books and yet still a page turning, all out laughing read, I am still excited about the movie. A basically unknown director and composer leading a highly familiar story and musical series. What could be more news worthy?

I have to say, I am not very happy with the clean cut Harry Potter. His hair is too short for the unruly mess that Rowling describes in her books. But if Harry can have blue eyes instead of green, I guess we live with his portrayal.

HP OOTP trailer in high def

Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Buckeyes and The Blue

In school, we read The Lantern, our school newspaper. During my first two years the paper would publish quotes and their source in the top right of the front page. My freshman year I remember distinctly seeing this:

"Go Bucks!" - too many to name

Ah the memories. Go Bucks, beat the blue.

Texas landscape

I miss the mountains. Every time I would visit my brother in Tennessee I would feel this rush of pleasure at the Smokies. As I would drive, the road was bordered by large forests of pine trees keeping secret the lives on the other side. In Texas, at least in the part that I live, there are no mountains. The scape is flat, teasing with its expanse. Along the road, the earth is spotted with single trees. It is beginning to grow on me, the romantic horizon along the road. But Texas will never fill this void I have for the grandeur of mountains.

Dancing away

My best friend, Diane was married to Todd last weekend. Along with the gorgeous colors and cold weather, the day was savored by friends and family alike. May they have happiness forever.
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Monday, November 06, 2006

How many of me?
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Welcome back, Appa

Yes, Appa is back. Appa is a six legged, 102 year old flying bison on the animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar is a charming show with fully developed characters, intriguing plot, and witty writing. It combines, like many series involving magic, the four powers of earth, air, water, and fire. Aang, the main character and best friend of Appa, is the avatar, the one person who has the ability to control all four. Of coures, he only knows air, water, and now a little earth bending. The fire bending nation, is the enemy and Zuko, the prince of the nation is now an outsider and coming to life as his own person. It is fun to watch. My favorite, along with Appa, is Sokka, who has no powers. He is the life of the party, always after the girls, and continues to make me laugh. This show and W.I.T.C.H., another show about the four powers, are some of the best animated television currently airing in the United States. I am baffled by the amount of animated shows I watch compared with live action TV. It has to be thirty percent. Who knew?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Final Mystery Project Update

It's finished. I can not believe it is finished. For eight months I have been working diligently for this present. I have to say, the final product is gorgeous. The yarn was amazing to work with and the pattern intricately beautiful. The only thing I have left is to put my tag on it and wrap it. There is only one problem with blogging and that is you can not touch anything. There are no words to describe the weight or softness of this bridal gift. It is a thing to cherish. One of my best efforts by far. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Halloween Galactica

I am not a fan of Halloween. It is way too difficult to figure out what to dress as and me and candy are a dangerous combination. Plus the TV becomes swamped with horror flicks, most of them so stupid that it is better just to turn off the tube for a while. So, glad it's over this year. But while I do not enjoy pictures of those dreadful pumpkin carvings or kids/adults in costumes, this toon is all it took to wash it all away. If you are not a Battlestar Galactica fan, become one. And if you are, this one will keep you laughing for at least a day.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Ben Folds at Stubb's BBQ

Only Austin would provide live entertainment at a BBQ joint. Truly, though, Stubb's is a major venue for bands, rock and indie alike. Ben makes an appearance this Friday. I am a huge fan of the pianist. He, in fact, makes my heart melt although I blissfully ignore the fact that he is from North Carolina. I have never seen him in concert but I am not a big fan of concerts in the first place. While thinking about booking tickets, the price made me frown. With fees I just was not willing to fork over the money for it. It's too bad, I was looking forward to hearing Ben sing to me.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Creative Meetings - Hollywood Style

While skimming my RSS feeds today, I came across this little gem about the minds behind The Lord of the Rings franchise, namely Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, in their first meeting with Miramax and the Weinstein brothers. We've got to kill a hobbit. You pick one

It was then I thought to myself what idiots Hollywood people can be because "the number cruncher" Bob Weinstein made a huge mistake in letting that thing go. The Lord of the Rings grossed almost $3 billion internationally and had about an 800% return (source).

Disclaimer: No hobbits were killed during the making of this film.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Fire breathing beautiful

You know how I said Eragon was going to be big. Well, I think I underestimated its grandeur. From the looks of this amazing trailer, which is very impressive dialog-free piece of art, Eragon is going to hit the ground running. Eragon, himself, does not impress me but Saphira looks amazing. I hope they keep the spirit of the book. Saphira has a good sense of humor and the camaraderie, even familiar emotions, between her and Eragon are very moving. Do not miss its debut in the theaters on December 15.

On a different note (hee hee ... pun), I am excited about Patrick Doyle's score to this film. His work on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was exceptional given that franchise's history. It will be interesting to hear his dramatic and action sequences for a different kind of dragon.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Wings on our heels

Chariots of Fire is the winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Original Score.

It surprises me that the big beach scene with the big Vangelis music did not come until the end and only as a part of the credits. More surprising was the role of Gilbert and Sullivan as opposed to the Vangelis score I know well. I was able to watch this movie in HD this past weekend and not having seen it before did not know what to expect. But I had some suspect that 'the scene' of the runners on the beach was part of a training montage. I was disappointed in that aspect but pleasantly surprised in the impressive acting and genuine story telling of this movie. A must see for movie buffs like myself.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

my little brother, the artist

Whenever I talk about Erich (yes there is supposed to be an h at the end), I always call him 'the artist'. I do not have titles for my other siblings but maybe because the rest of us are more average type people. Anyway, Erich has a lovely flash site which always amazes me. Check out some of his work and tell your friends.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

100th post about... the weather

Yesterday, I walked out of the building in which I work and caught my breath on 90 degree October. The humidity had caused condensation on the inside of the windows. Then, last evening a storm hit. The wind blustered through my chimney (do not get me started on why there are chimneys in Texas) and rain pelted the windows. My apartment creaked and swayed with the force of it. As I walked out this morning, the coolest breeze I have ever felt swept my hair in all directions and I broke into a smile. This is it. Fall has finally breached the long hot summer and believe me, it was very long and very hot. While Spring tends to bring people out of the winter's cages, fall gives me energy. I am now hopping for outdoor activities and anything to enjoy the weather. Only four months until summer starts :)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Memories of Nobody

Due December 16, 2006 in Japan which means that next week for fan sub version. Very exciting for this immaculate anime series.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Added some pictures

I added a link to some pictures on my "other" google page. Seriously, I am a google fanatic these days. Anyway, I am very proud of the projects album which contains several of my last knitting and crocheting projects. It does not seem like a lot because there are projects that are not included here. I need to hunt up those so I can really see how far I have come. Enjoy.

Monday, October 16, 2006

An unfortunate series ends

If you have had the unfortunate fortune to read Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, then you have experienced a story which is bittersweet, a word here which means that the story is neither completely bitter nor completely sweet. It tells the tale of three young orphans who have continuous run ins with a terrible foe named Count Olaf. Throughout their unfortunate experiences, they find out many things about themselves, their unfortunate dead parents, and the mysteries which surround the terrible things in the world. However, in the telling of this tale, these three young orphans, the Baudelaires, are some of the wittiest, a word here which means extremely funny at some of the most inappropriate times, children in such a story. Every book made me laugh out loud at their remarks. That along with Olaf's blatant naiveté and utter evilness makes for one heck of a yarn (see chapter 8 of The End for the two definitions of this word). The end of this series comes slowly and not altogether complete as the end of the end is supposed to be a beginning though not a bad a beginning as the series begins, namely The Bad Beginning. But as a lot of people say, it is the journey that is important. In The End, the children discover themselves and close their grief. I have since acquired the entire unfortunate series in a lovely box set. This is also something attractive about the series in that the books are hardbound with lovely illustrations of each of the 170 unfortunate chapters, as stated by Mr. Snicket, himself. Mr. Snicket also states that no one should read this unfortunate series but despite those words, I think I will read them all over again.

Hiro the hero, Egan the earnest

Fall TV has begun and two new shows have stood up as winners. The first is Heroes. Along with previous years' favorites, this is my most looked forward to show of the season. Heroes combines the ordinary lives of several people when they become extraordinary. The powers among them: flight, regeneration, premonition, teleportation, telepathy, and a few others we have not figured out yet, are going to come together to save the world. The first question that pops into my head is where did these powers come from and why? Why them? And of course, in any serial drama, what happens next? Well the audience is aware of the bad guy and aware that at some point they are going to meet. This makes it all the more exciting and all the more eager for it to happen. These people are now just figuring out something is different (conveniently all at the same time) so we need to give them time to do so. But, in the only quirk I have with the show, I want it to happen more quickly. I need to see the relationships between these people. I am impatient. That's the story and characters, let's talk production value. I am watching in HD so it looks amazing. I would like to see a bit more flash and more risk taking with the editing and direction. It helps that the main focal point is New York, a city born and bred for cinematography. Back to the characters, my favorite has to be Hiro. How can you not like this guy? He takes on his power by storm and has this optimistic view of everything, even with his shift into a nuclear future. He has become the poster child for this show and beckons all to come and watch.

Egan is the lonely insurance salesman on the show, The Nine. I did not think I would like this show because it was completely about a horrible 52 hours as a bank hostage. However, the characters captivated me at once. Again, this show is about relationships and how they have grown out of these strangers. I like how any one of the the nine (really it is eight survivors) can call on another one of the nine for a favor. They are all gathered in their complicated lives trying to survive yet again through something more tragic than anyone knows. It is moving, truly. Underscoring their lives is the past, this huge elephant bleeding on the floor of a bank and the knowledge that something happened in there the audience has yet to determine. We learned one such thing this past episode. The youngest, the child of the bank manger, called 911, a catalyst for the standoff. This horrible realization comes booming down on the girl who could not remember anything of those days and it literally floors her. That was a dreadful moment and I felt that poor girl's pain. The editing of this show is very good. The flashes of 'bank time' are grainy and occur frequently to all the characters not only giving the audience clues to its mystery but indicating that these people are still there, still living through it. In this tragedy of a story, Egan stands out as a hero and a person with a second chance on life. He is the movement of the story, the true life of these people. I love his little jump for joy in the courtyard after he is fired from his job. I love to watch him interviewed as a hero and comforted by his fellow victims. His character makes the show watchable and the pain bearable.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Disney's Second Golden Age

With the re-release (or is that re-re-release) of The Little Mermaid, I thought back to what I consider Disney's second golden age. Of course, its first golden age was that of the 30's-50's when Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty hit the big screen. So incredibly beautiful with simple songs of white knights and prince charmings. It is not to say that there have not been incredible Disney animated and live action films since these times but these were the start of big Disney, golden Disney, royal Disney. The Little Mermaid arose as a quietus. The animation was novel and extensive, the story engaging yet simple, and the music was above much that had been composed prior and at the helm were Alan Menken and Howard Ashmen. The score, in fact, won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1990. I popped this CD into my car yesterday after picking up the DVD up from my local Target. I had forgotten how impressive was the music to this movie. Both the melodies and the lyrics were exciting and poignant. I smiled as I sung along wisping through the memories that the music evoked. To say they do not make them like they used to is not correct. This was how it used to be. And Disney, despite its heavy handed commercial dominance, created several pieces of art thereafter including Beauty and Beast, which to me, is superior in art and music. After listening to the mermaid, I was set to put in beast but frowned as I found my disc missing. Time to convert these thoughts to actions and go out to purchase another one.

Rest in peace, Howard Ashman

Monday, September 25, 2006

'Cause how you get there is the worthier part.

Kaywinnit Lee "Kaylee" Frye: So, um, how come you don't care where you're going?
Book: 'Cause how you get there is the worthier part.

That's right, Firefly is back and in high definition on the Universal HD channel. Despite having been four years since this show aired, I can watch it again and again, and I have. I remember watching the first episode on my mom's 32" TV and struggling with heartbreak when the show aired its last episode on my little 27 incher. Now that I have my lovely plasma widescreen with HDMI, I can enjoy in luxury what is probably the best series ever to grace the 'tube'.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Mystery Project Update: International Knit Kit

I have been working on this project for several months now and this stuff has traveled through Texas and even internationally. My homemade large print pattern and scratches for easy "where am I now" reading have been the biggest gem along with my little purple markers made from old yarn. I just had to capture it for memory so that ages from now I can come back and say, "Oh yeah. That was what I was doing the summer of 2006."
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

SoundtrackNet News The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - The Complete Recordings to be released on Novemvber 7, 2006

You know, I have had several major things happen in my life lately, the least of which was Ohio State kicking the crap out of a certain school located in the city in which I live (we do not say its name - Volde...). However, the thing that finally got me to get back to blogging was this:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - The Complete Recordings to be released on November 7, 2006

November 7 can not come soon enough. Not available for preorder yet.

Thursday, August 31, 2006


I love acronyms.

That aside, SST stands for , an audio stream to which I constantly listen. They just revamped their site so it loads much faster now and the javascript never gives me an error anymore. As I was listening today, one of the tracks from "Lost" played, entitled 'Charlie hangs around'. Being a huge fan of the show, I am always astounded by the beautiful melody that Giacchino created. When you hear the theme played throughout the album and you finally come to 'Parting Words' which is the theme posed as a question stated by the piano with a lovely violin answer. At this point I am in tears. Thank goodness that there is music such as this to fill my life with wonder.

"Lost" is composed by Michael Giacchino and is available on Varese Sarabande Records, copyright 2004.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Dallas/Fort Worth data. Well, except for the 7th of this month, we have been hovering above 100 degrees high temp. Note the 105 a few days ago and the trend upward. Just thought everyone would like to know.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Mystery Project Update

I never understood blocking until now because this project desperately needs it. I am fortunate to have a bar over my kitchen sink which fits each section perfectly. This is the third section I have finished and displays the wrong side (so the person receiving this can not tell what it is!). One more and it will be time to put it all together. I am looking forward to the end product.
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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Are you kidding me?

What a piece of work.


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The BSO does Star Wars, sort of

A combination of Star Wars music, legos, and the Dark Lord of the Sith with a red lightsaber. Could there be anything more perfect? Note the Empire logo on the curtains, what a nice touch.

Monday, July 31, 2006

What is it with Irons and dragons?

Eragon (2006)

Eragon is a fantasy children's novel written by a teenager about a dragon and the boy who finds and learns to ride him. I enjoyed the novel and am in the process of reading the second in its series. The hype of the movie, however, far outweighs its foundational novel. Stars abound in this movie including Jeremy Irons, who has a thing with dragons I think. Djimon Hounsou and John Malkovich. Watch out for its premiere in the coming holidays.

A big night of an ending

I love Big Night. Between the Italian cooking and the lovely directing, this movie screams class. So when I found that had ranked the ending of Big Night on their top 50 Greatest Movie Endings, I was ecstatic. Not only was it ranked, it was number eight, my favorite number and in the top ten! Here is what they had to say:

Big Night (1996) - The old term "silence is golden" has never seemed so appropriate. After a grand night of arguments, fantastic food, and a no-show crooner, the two idealistic opposites (art vs. commerce) sit down to a simple omelet with their waiter, knowing their lives will go separate ways (and bankruptcy is a near certainty) but not needing to talk about it. Soulful, delicate, and bypassing tearjerk-o-rama, directors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott create a sincere goodbye to their lovely, little film. -CC

Primo and Secondo would be happy.

You think you know Darth?

Pretty darn funny!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Viva Italia

What a game... Fast paced, actual scores, but an unwanted determination from penalty kicks (and a horrible Red Card for Zidane). Still, the Cup was so fantastic this year. I watched most games in HD and despite the horrendous commentators of ABC and ESPN , the coverage was beautiful. From the beginning, the spirit was palpable. Congratulations, Italy. And to both teams, a well played match. Bring on UEFA Euro Cup 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Don't let it be over...

World Cup 2006. France v. Italy. Isn't that funny that I will be in those two countries in one week. Vive la France mais l'Italie est mon pays de mère. Quel choix.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Revenge of the Brick

Every once in a while, something comes along to renew my passion for Star Wars. Legos and Star Wars have had a long standing relationship. With video games now emulating legos, it is no wonder we have these little gems.

Revenge of the Brick

Thursday, June 22, 2006

USA is out!

No, the whole country is not coming out. But, we did have a lousy showing at the World Cup. I thought Croatia looked good too but they do not move to next round. Brazil kicks ass, as expected, but let us hope someone makes this a true match!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

The world in a cup

The Fèdèration Internationale de Football World Cup is one of my all time favorite things in the world. To me, soccer (football to the rest of the world) is the most athletic and true sportsman game of all games. Two halves of 45 nonstop minutes, running up and down 100 yards in order to put a little ball into a fairly large goal only to find it is not so easy. Oh yeah, and you can only use your feet. It takes coordination, endurance, and a great deal of effort. It is a truly inspiring event when this is done between professional teams. When it occurs between 32 different countries, it becomes a game of spirit and significance. It does not matter who wins, at least not to me, but it is the game that I enjoy and the international cooperation that I relish.

I do not really like the logo for 2006. Too cheery and that's saying something coming from me. However, to my pleasant surprise, google comes through again. I love that they celebrate international holidays and obscure personalities. That they honor the world cup makes me love them even more.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Let's talk finales

Well that time has come again. The end of the major TV season with cliffhanging finales and happy series endings.

First, 24. Not as splashy as I expected but a fitting ending to a wiener of a president. I am glad his wife was able to pull him down and Jack finally got the girl, if only for a few minutes (1.5 minutes to be exact). Anyway, now he is off to China with extreme torture in his future. What is his street value anyway? Beyond the unbelievable, it is the character moments that I love in this show. That and its amazing production value. How cool is it that we get to see a movie production every week for an hour and sometimes two?

Desperate Housewives. A little predictable what with the other son doing the killing and Susan's boyfriend getting the hit and run. I did not expect it to be the dentist though, definitely something he wanted covered up. The Solis' infidelity is very boring to me but I tend to like Gabrielle's character the most next to Brie. Golly, poor Brie has had some trauma about this year. I would like to see her calm her rententiveness next season. By the by, I just can not watch Susan without thinking of Penny Parker on MacGyver. I have watched Teri Hatcher multiple times in that show and she brings out Penny a lot in Housewives. Give 'em hell, Penny!

Lost. You would think with all the great minds writing this show, they would answer some of those damn questions. Sure, now we know why the plane crashed and that the Others are not what they seem but sheesh, a whole year and we still do not know anything about the polar bears or the crazy monsters or why Walt's thoughts seem to manifest. Still, just like 24 its all about the characters and production value. Add to that some witty writing and the impressive combination of past and present story lines and you have a show that I just can not avoid. I was glad to see Michael and his son ride off into the sunset and even more interested that Kate was looking to Jack when they were led off. I just know Hurley is going to come through and get Sayid to save those three. The episode was topped off with a lovely little kiss between Charlie and Claire and Locke admitting he was wrong. I think this goes along with the show's tagline: Everything happens for a reason. Please explain that next season.

Veronica Mars. There is no description for the joy I feel when I watch this show. While not as poignant as Buffy, VM has style all her own and tying this year's plot with last year's murder of Lily, the best friend and occasional bisexual (how funny was that?) was pure genius. Beaver's emotional outburst that his name was Cassidy and then Logan trying to get him down from the roof by using said name was probably the best part of the finale. That and VM finding out that Beaver raped her and killed her father. Anyway, it all ends up okay for the Mars family though we get a nice glimpse of next season. Cordelia Chase, ahem, Kendell Casablancas, ahem, Priscilla Banks seems to have fallen on to some money and some trouble. Also, we have to get Weevil out of jail so he can make his grandmother proud and walk during graduation. Looks like it will be a fun season on the new CW.

Alias. A tremendous wrap up to this series which had seen better days and worse for that matter. Even with all the Rambaldi nonsense and the immortality hocus pocus, it was a fun ride. I am happy to see most of the main characters survive, although I would have preferred Sloan to stay dead. Still I can be satisfied that he will live an eternal lifetime in a crazy man's tomb with not even his dead daughter with whom to talk. Poor Tom and Jack did not make it and even Irina fell to a horrible death. I was disappointed there were so many flashbacks and not one with Will. However, Francie was a pleasant surprise. The complex storylines made it hard to continue watching this show but I am glad I stuck it out. It was the action sequences and quirky assignments that made it enjoyable. Not to mention Michael Vartan with whom I am secretly in love. Arrivederci Phoenix, it was fun knowing you.

There were some other surprises. Grisom and Sara was not a twist I liked very much on C.S.I. The Without a Trace ending was nice although I wish they would play Eric Close more and not as a guy hooked on vicodin. Actually, the only character I do not really like on that show is Jack and that is because he is so inconsistent sometimes. Smallville was kind of fun, a nice round about way to bring in Zod but please get Lana out of the way because she is way over the top sometimes. ER also had that cliff hanger of an ending but I expected nothing less from this veteran show. I just hope they get back to the hospital drama and have less bedroom scenes. Get back to what made this show good, people. Finally, House. A kind of weird season to a show that gives me lots of weird feelings. I like that it is daring in that capacity but it is also something that tends to ward me away from it. You can not miss Hugh Laurie as House, though. A huge character that is almost underplayed by him. That and sometimes I wish he would bring in that British accent. The other characters on this show are also just a bit inconsistent with the exception of Cuddy, who I find kind of intriguing. I like that there is this strong female in the lead and that she is contemplating artificial insemination. It actually seems like something the character would do. The season ender was kind of strange but so was last season's ender. In fact, the last few episodes of this sophomore season were very tied together. I look forward to working with the M.D. again. Just please cut the C.S.I. computer generated bodily functions. It is starting to really get to me.

Well, with the fall-spring shows ending. The summer starts up. Monk, 4400, Dead Zone, the Stargates, and some new shows are popping up on several networks. It is not just reality this summer, much to my appreciation. It makes me want to turn on my tube which is actually a digitally created picture. But hey, that is just the geek talking.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

When is a bed not just a bed?

When it is not delivered when it is supposed to be? When it one of your first major purchases? When it is part of a complete bedroom set? When you have been waiting eight weeks for it? How about all of the above. Why do I always have such bad luck?

Monday, May 08, 2006

Whithersoever they blow

Man of La Mancha lyrics aside, this Da Vinci Quest by google has actually been a little fun. Sure the questions are a pain and the puzzles not so tough but it gives me a five minute break every day. The symbol puzzles are the best, sort of a contorted sudoku puzzle. As I am reading Angels and Demons these days, there is also a connection. I am hoping for a big kicker of an ending to my quest.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

"I'm and unholy mess of a girl"

The Philadelphia Story, 1940, starring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and James Stewart. Nominated for four academy awards, this film won for Best Writing/Screenplay and Best Actor in a Leading Role giving Jimmy the first of his only two Oscar statues in his prestigious career.

This has to be my favorite quote of all time. The entire scene is fantastic and I find myself watching, captivated by Grant and Hepburn. Oh but Katherine, she steals the scene and Grant's timing is impeccable. For me, the epitome of classic film.

HEPBURN: "I'm such an unholy mess of a girl."
GRANT: "That's no good. That's not even conversation."

Friday, April 28, 2006

Use the force

Best home made lightsaber duel ever!

This is a very talented star wars fan movie which brings out the fangirl side of me!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Not a red or a blue state

USA National Gas Temperature Map

It seems that in this map, it is better to be a green state. Who knew there was a good thing about living in a state like Montana or Idaho. I am just glad that I am yellow and not in New York or California like some siblings I know.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Speaking of super heros

How much do I miss Teen Titans?

More than anyone knows.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Leaps for justice

I came into Justice League and Justice League Unlimited pretty late. Although, a fairly decent DC comics fan and a huge Batman: The Animated Series fanatic, I guess JL and JLU went over my head went it first appeared. Over the years, DVDs have been released with non sequential episodes but never has a full season been released until now. After watching an animated series from the beginning and in the order it was meant to be seen, I can not believe I missed this glorious series. Lovely animation with all that super hero goodness, not to mention the personal story lines and just plain fun dialog. It will never get old and I believe this series is a close second to Batman: The Animated Series. It was sad to hear that it is ending its six year run in three weeks.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Mystery Project Update 1

So I am making something for a friend of mine and I can not say much about it because she may or may not check this blog. Therefore, you have to bear with the cloak and dagger stuff. I am 1/5 the way through and right on schedule, if not a little ahead. The yarn is a gem, in fact it is Louet Gems and blocks wonderfully. The project itself is a blast, easy to carry around because it is done in parts, and just fun to knit because every row is different. The hard part is waiting to be able to finish. Back to it!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

80% completed

AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIES

Seeing AFI's top 100 movies is vital to keeping my movie buff title. After this past weekend, I have seen 80 of them. That is thirty classic movies since 2002 when I noticed I had already seen about half. With each film comes a renewed passion for the film industry, both past and present. It is amazing what leaders in the industry were able to accomplish back then and fun to see how far they have come today. Even with the rising costs, the pitiful attempts at epic art, and the horrendous junk that is produced these days, it still remains my favorite pastime. "Let's all go to the movies." ~Daddy Warbucks, Annie 1982

Friday, March 10, 2006

I want my CL2 now.

TechCrunch » Exclusive Screenshots: Google Calendar
Let's hope this comes out soon because it looks awesome.

Updated to note that Google loves to bring out software on April 1 (sort of an April Fool's joke but not). Anyway, here's hoping that CL2 is released in a few weeks!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

A list as long as...

So I have a list of Anime that I have seen or want to see in my links section. I redid it last night using a better reference for links ( has an impressive site, I think). After completing the revamp, I noticed that the anime I have seen list is longer than the anime I want to see. That is a first.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Fortune favors the brave

This week marks the end of two anime series on Cartoon Network in which I have been invested for a year; Full Metal Alchemist and Samurai Champloo. One is about two brothers struggling to put back part of their lives and literally part of their bodies. Following its mantra of equivalent exchange, this struggle comes at a huge price. The FMA story has become very complex and political but still retains its stamina. The characters leave me heartbroken but hopeful. The other's story does not live up to the hype of the crew's predecessor, Cowboy Bebop. Champloo is lacking in consistency and true character development. However, its art and action are one to behold and story paucity notwithstanding, I still am eager to learn its conclusion.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Holy smoke!

Goodness, Elizabeth is beautiful and even Paul brings tears to my eyes. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof steams with excellent acting and powerful stage direction. You would think it would be a boring tale of Southern familigia but somehow you are drawn to them and their pitiful lives and wives. I have never felt more adoration for these two young actors in their prime.

Parting is such sweet sorrow

I just finished the Soul Society arc of recent anime, Bleach, and I can safely say this is one of the best anime I have watched in a while. It has everything I love about anime, amazing talent, intriguing character backstory, a convoluted world, and action fights that so live up to the powers of its main character, Ichigo. Still, it was Renji who captured my devotion. And luckily he comes back after the arc finishes. Seriously, we finally are exposed to great animated art that is Bleach. Bring it on.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Those lovable grifters


It seems like it has been done before but never quite as entertaining. Oh there have been movies about it. In fact, The Sting is referred to more than once. And sometimes the good guys end up playing a con or two in your favorite crime drama. So, I went in thinking it was just going to be a mediocre show and to tell you the truth, it is. But the characters draw you in and before you know it, you are rooting for them. BBC has brought more than one capable drama to the tele and I have to say, this one is a must see.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

A comedic situation

I do not watch sitcoms anymore because they fail to make me laugh, and that is saying something. There are two exceptions to this. The first is Scrubs. It is so hard not to smile at the twisted humor and imaginary antics these characters play on each other, let alone hard to laugh at loud. Then they turn around and move you with their friendship and love. Even with their female names and quirky jokes, I keep coming back for more. Arrested Development is the other show that makes me laugh loudly. It is so off the wall. I await the next season on Netflix.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Composer, conductor, creator

John Williams conductsA man among men, John Williams celebrates his 74th birthday this week. 2005 has seen three of his scores, two of which have been Oscar nominated and the other ending a thirty year epic. His music has changed how we have heard films and broken barriers that no one even imagined were there. Acclaimed and accredited, seventy years has nothing on this man.

Monday, January 30, 2006

In honor of Being Green

My Dad, being the nice guy that he is, sent me a book the other day entitled It Isn't Easy Being Green and other things to consider which is a collection of quotes and poems by Kermit, Jim Henson, and Friends. Now my dad is great. A smart and funny man, most of the time. In honor of his goodness and sense of humor, I submit this advice which is identical to some he has given me time and again, minus the pigs part.

"Here's some simple advice: Always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament." ~ Kermit

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Look what I did

Been wanting a small bag for a while and felting seemed to be the right thing. I have to admit it turned out well.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Glorious Kitano

KikujiroI have been on a Japanese kick of late, watching three films this past weekend. Two were Kitano films and let me say, the man is glorious to watch. Both acting and directing, his films drive straight to the art of film and storytelling. Everyone should enjoy Kikujiro, a touching story with humor and depth.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Miyazaki san on TCM

Yeah, he has a bit of an ego but hey, the man can tell a story like no other. Turner Classic Movies shows a 9 movie fest of his top credits including the ever charming My Neighbor Totoro which is about to be released in the States with brand spankin' new dubs. His films are beautiful and have deep meaning. Hishasi also composes most of the scores and he never lets me down. I will probably catch all of them even though they already reside on my DVD shelf and memorized in my heart.

Miyazaki san directing and Hisaishi san composing:

  • Jan 5: Spirited Away
  • Jan 5: Princess Mononoke
  • Jan 12: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds
  • Jan 12: Castle in the Sky
  • Jan 19: My Neighbor Totoro
  • Jan 19: Porco Rosso
Studio Ghibli Films with Miyazaki San either producing or writing the screenplay
  • Jan 19: Whisper of the Heart, directed by Yoshifumi Kondo, music by Yuji Nomi
  • Jan 26: Only Yesterday, directed by sao Takahata, music by Katsu Hoshi
  • Jan 26: Pom Poko, directed by Isao Takahata, no composercredited

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Buckeyes Tempt in Tempe

I have an affinity with my alma mater that I never thought I would. With my spankin' new TV and watching that game in HD, all I truly missed was script Ohio. Nothing beats the loyalty of OSU fans. Win or lose, Buckeye Pride is something I would stand in a crowd and proclaim to all. What a great season!