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My Weekend at the Movies

Posted in catching up, Movies, randomness, weekend on 03/29/2010 by asante

…well not really at the movies. Although my couch is like 100x better than any movie theater seat anywhere, ever. lol. I finally got around to watching my most recent Netflix movies, which have been sitting on my counter for 2 weeks because I wasn’t in the right state of mind to watch such heavy movies. Currently on loan: “Cidade de Deus” (City of God) and “Reign Over Me”.

Initial thoughts? City of God is way better lol. Sorry Don Cheadle. I honestly couldn’t get into Reign Over Me, the plot got too deep way too fast, and in comparison to how dry the rest of the film was (read, Don Cheadle’s acting was) Adam Sandler’s VERY well portrayed character was at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, and it just didn’t fit, in my opinion. (And I’ve loved “serious” Adam Sandler ever since “Spanglish” –GREAT movie, go see it right now if you haven’t.)

And the story was kinda transparent… I mean am I the only one who noticed the guy had PTSD from like, the first scene? Really Don, did it take you that long? Lol. And as much as I love her, Jada’s character was entirely useless. There could also be the fact that the plot line hit a lil too close to home for me (I deal with people with PTSD at least once a week), but I think it was just a bad movie. lol. Too bad.

Cidade de Deus though…. *swoon* one of the greatest movies of all time. ALL TIME. Engaging story, well told, beautiful camera work… literally half the movie made me want to dust of my Portuguese books and move to Brazil. (Those thoughts were interrupted by intrusive thoughts of my horrific Portuguese 101/2 professor Katia…. and I reconsidered. “Tudo bem?!!?…. “Nao” …lol).

Aaanyways. City of God would be a great one to pick up if you’re in the mood for crazy war scenes juxtaposed against a beautiful backdrop from the P.O.V. of a struggling but gifted artist. And if you’re in for sappy Post-9/11 dramatics doused in classic rock music…. *sigh*. Reign Over Me. lol. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Post-Valentine’s-ness

Posted in F, Love, Me, Movies, music, quotes, randomness, The Holidays on 02/16/2010 by asante

Ever see a movie that has such a perfectly matched soundtrack that it makes you want to illegally download buy it immediately? (lol). That’s what “Closer” is like for me. Definitely one of my favorite movies, and the soundtrack , while minimal, is phenomenal. The theme track, “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice, is such a simple song but it’s really beautiful. I can’t help but sing along everytime I watch this movie, lol.

And so it is…
Just like you said it would be.
Life goes easy on me,
Most of the time…
And so it is…
The shorter story…
No love, no glory…
No hero in her sky…

I can’t take my eyes off of you,
I can’t take my eyes off you…
I can’t take my eyes off of you,
I can’t take my eyes off you,
I can’t take my eyes off you,
I can’t take my eyes…
See what I mean? Maybe? Well whatever lol. I think it’s amazing. And watching this movie at the end of my St. Valentine’s Day Sappy Movie Marathon this past weekend really capped off the whole day for me. The movie is kind of tragic, but it’s really… honest. I mean I feel like such crazy mixed up circles of betrayal and mistrust don’t happen all the time, but they DO happen. Love can be kinda evil sometimes lol. But not always. Even though just about EVERYONE in that movie was cheating on someone, you can clearly see that they’re not doing it out of spite, it’s out of love. Definitely a complete 180 from “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Serendipity” lol. Which are both adorable, but I think I felt a cavity forming after watching those two back-to-back.
Annnnnd in other news, UPS didn’t screw me over for Valentine’s this year!!! My flowers ACTUALLY arrived lol. A few days late (mostly because snow and ice shut down the city this past weekend) but considering the alternative, I’m not complaining lol.  (And if you’re not acquainted with my bad blood with UPS, check out this post.) And they were beautiful! (Thanks babe :-)
Anyways, I should get back to work. *sigh*. Dragging much? Yeah. Happy Tuesday, y’all!

"Funny People"… Fail.

Posted in Movies, revelations, sadface, weekend on 02/07/2010 by asante

Ok, so through the magic of Netflix, I got the Judd Apatow movie “Funny People” this week. Let me just say I was REALLY excited for this movie to come up in my queue. I thought the trailers looked funny, and you can’t go wrong with Judd Apatow Adam Sandler and Seth Rogan, right? “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, “Knocked Up”? Basically EVERY Billy Madison film ever? These are Funny People….. *pun intended lol*. So this one should be a hit….

Wrong.

This movie is depressing, Start to finish, aside from some brief bouts of chuckles from the standup routines,  I have never experienced such an incorrectly titled movie ever. I haven’t even been able to get all the way through it, I get so bored and disappointed that I have to stop. So I’m giving this foolishness one more time…. Watching it this morning and then I’m sending it back.

Honestly the most amusing part of the whole film was Aziz Ansari’s “Coldstone Creamery” set. (Please Google this clip, it’s very entertaining lol.)

Maybe it’s just that Seth Rogen doesn’t do sad. *sigh*.

Judd, please go back to funny movies. no more sickness-induced angst.

Yesterday was an AMAZING day. :)

Posted in friends, happyness, JNAB, Movies, revelations, The Grape on 11/04/2009 by asante

So I tried my hand at event planning, and I have to say: A higher power reached his hand down from the heavens lol, and everything went like 10x better than I ever could have imagined! *squeal* :)

Last Wednesday, my good friend “Jobiggs” and I found ourselves with free passes to the movie “Precious” dropped in our laps, along with the opportunity to get a conversation/panel discussion going about what is definitely a VERY heavy film (I cried 3 separate times in the theater, it was intense.)

Aside: For those who may not have heard of the movie, here’s a synopsis:

“With sheer audacity and utter authenticity, director Lee Daniels tackles “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” and creates an unforgettable film that sets a new standard for cinema of its kind. Precious Jones (Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father’s child – for the second time. She can’t read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo’Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious’s instincts tell her one thing: if she’s ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources. Don’t be misled – “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” is not a film wallowing in the stillness of depression; instead, it vibrates with the kind of energy derived only from anger and hope. The entire cast are amazing; they carry out a firestorm of raw emotion. Daniels has drawn from them inimitable performances that will rivet you to your seat and leave you too shocked to breathe. If you passed Precious on the street, you probably wouldn’t notice her. But when her story is revealed, as Daniels does in this courageous film, you are left with an indelible image of a young woman who – with creativity, humor, and ferocity – finds the strength to turn her life around.”   (http://www.themovieinsider.com/m5752/precious/)
Like I said, heavy.
So with 1 week of planning ahead of us, we decided to take the situation head on: Jodi coordinated the panelists, I started publicizing and handing out tickets, as well as making the basic 5th grade book-report questions they gave us sound a lil’ more College-Graduate and a lot less High School dropout, lol.
Then the roadblocks appeared lol. Not enough tickets to hand out. People who wanted tickets couldn’t DL them. Get to the theater, half our panel was nowhere to be seen. Find out that the passes don’t guarantee entry. Have to stand in line, and half of our group doesn’t get in. WE have to give our tickets up, for the sake of our panelists. Despair ensues.
Then…. A light. lol. Our panelists reveal that they qualify as press, and are admitted and given seats! (Pulled THAT one outta nowhere lol.) Then, our Lionsgate rep reveals she has INDEED saved seats for us, we just have to wait for the crazy belligerence outside the theater to die down (lol. So we missed the first 30 mins or so, but oh well.)
And then, the actual discussion. *Dun Dun DUUUNNNN*
Get to the the restaurant, and confusion abounds:
“There’s a private group with the restaurant reserved!”
“And other people still here! What do we do to get rid of them?!”
“The music is too loud!”
“Where will we seat the panelists!”
“…various frustrated grumbling….” lol.
“…The private group is us. We got this.”
And it came together. The panelists were amazingly insightful, ranging from an Emory Professor and Ph.D. candidate, to Women’s Empowerment and Motivational Speakers. The questions (which I pieced together THAT MORNING thankyouverymuch) were well recieved, well discussed, and surprisingly, all but maybe 2 attendees threw in their 2 cents. The “extras” made their exits. And to make the whole scene even better, by God the wine was fantastic.
*To Stephan, owner of the Grape, you are a KING among men, and there should be songs of praise written about you and your restaurant. If I were a better writer, I’d create them myself. lol*
Seriously, you cannot beat the deal we got: FREE use of their restaurant after closing, a complimentary cheese platter, provided we order wine? Yes PLEASE.
I still don’t know how we pulled it off, but we did, and I was BUZZED all night. And no, it wasn’t because of the wine lol. The atmosphere in there was…. electric, there were so many amazing opinions and insights and messages passing back and forth it was impossible not to be affected and engaged in the conversation; we were definitely there til like 11:30 at night, Mr. McCall leading a convo in one corner, Ms. Dupree in another. It was exactly the kind of evening I always imagined having after college.
Best way to describe it?… I don’t know. I’ll check my thesaurus and get back to you lol. But I am so proud it came together. :-D