Thursday, January 31, 2008

All Flipped Out: The Road To El Dourado

I woke up this afternoon from the blistering heat. It can't be summer already!?! Actually, I was up all night until around 6am and I was shivering. Cold nights, hot days -- just like my Mama Nature used to make.

I thought, with "winter" almost gone, I probably have to reorganize my closet. And when I say reorganize, I mean stack and purge. There's just never enough space, no matter how good I cram all of my clothes in there. With my brother away, I even use his room for storage now (sorry!). Anyway, it's time to put all the fall/winter clothes away and bring out the easy breezy ones. And to officially welcome the Manila heat, I decided to go shopping! Sure, I ended up buying more food than clothing items (no regrets there), but I did score a fab pair of Havaianas -- my favorite thing to splurge on.

Flip flops. No matter how destitute I've become for not having a real 9-5 job, I can never resist buying them damn flip flops. I was so into Havaianas before it even became a local craze. Now, I must have like 30 pairs or something. All in all, I probably own about 50 pairs of flip flops. (Birkenstocks, now that's another obsession I had going on for a while). I have them hanging all around my room. You'd think it's a crazy pastime (and a waste of money, too, probably), but obviously, I don't think so. The latest addition to my flip flop collection is the Havaianas Slim Stripes Dourado Sol. I mean, hello?!? It's practically named after me! Haha How could I resist?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

10 Things That Were Better "Way Back When"

1. Birthdays. Blowing of candles used to be so much fun. Now it's starting to become dreadful.

2. Quietly sitting in the passenger seat of the car. Now it's called backseat driving.

3. Junk food, butter, candies, chocolates. Back then, it was rewarding. Now it just all goes down to the hips.

4. Traffic. It simply wasn't this bad before.

5. Courtesy. I'd like to say it's still very much alive.

6. Spoken/written word. The way people talked before, it was just so romantic and intense. Now, it's all about the shizzle.

7. The Earth. We have got to get crackin' with this Global Warming business. Seriously.

8. Family sit down dinners and weekend getaways. As you get older, it's harder to stay put I guess. Always moving around, relying on digital communication to connect with loved ones, restless as modern-day zombies.

9. Bus rides. The school bus ride home was always the highlight of my school day. Riding along with friends, laughing, gossiping, without a care in the world. Now, riding the bus is just plain old boring.

10. Serenades. In our culture, it's called the Harana -- men actually sing outside your window to get your attention. Now, they just walk up to you and start macking and touching. How about a little romance, guys???

Monday, January 28, 2008


I wish people would be more forgiving, compassionate, empathetic, kind. I wish the Earth wasn't dying. I wish everyone had a bucket list and did every single thing on it with no hesitation. I wish there was no war, poverty, famine, oppression. I wish nobody felt forsaken or alone.

I wish my brother would pass his board exams next week and be the best Physical Therapist ever. I wish my parents were on a perpetual vacation together. I wish Obie could get his dream job and lead a very fulfilling, happy life. I wish my dearly departed are having a rock fest in heaven. I wish my Aunts would never need to work so hard anymore. I wish my sisters are all living their Happily Ever Afters.

I wish I could stumble upon the cure for all diseases and host the grandest food fight party in Africa. I wish I could travel on a whim. I wish I had an unlimited disposable income and could never incur debt. I really wish I was fearless. I wish I wasn't so stubborn. I wish I could overcome stage fright. I wish I wasn't so forgetful. I wish I could be with my dad again. I wish I was multilingual. I wish I would never have to go to the movies alone again. I wish I was GREAT at something. I wish I knew more about the world. I wish I never ran out of smart and witty things to say. I wish I didn't feel lethargic all the time. I wish I was someone's hero. I wish I was in good shape. I wish I could have babies in the future. I wish I could sit down with Ethan Hawke, have drinks with him, and just pick his brain. I wish I could write more songs. I wish I was part Irish. I wish I could win a very prestigious award (or be knighted). I wish I could be a guest on Oprah or Inside The Actors Studio. I wish I could get more second chances. I wish I was understood. I wish there were no deadlines. I wish I didn't have any regrets.

What do you guys wish for?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

On Booze, Bed Sheets, And Places To Do It

LunaNina says ... and The Doctor thinks ... ?

  1. Booze :: guinness. sweet black gold.
  2. Counter :: places to do it.
  3. Action :: less thinking. the brain. an obstacle to execution.
  4. Trial :: cheap-ass software vendors.
  5. Wheelchair :: rambo 4.
  6. 1-800 :: making the internet obsolete.
  7. Chop :: dice. what cooks do to prepare my favourite foods.
  8. Relatives :: tougher on you than anyone else. rightfully so.
  9. Bed sheets :: never use them. comforters make the bed easier to make.
  10. Funnel :: how great wines end up in my glass.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

TMI Tuesday: Naughty Book, Was It?

1. What was your favorite book as a kid? Honestly, I don't remember. What I do remember is writing my own though -- pieces of paper folded in half, all 12 colors in the crayon box maxed out, and playing pretend storyteller for everybody else's pleasure/displeasure. I was weird then, still am. Haha

2. If you were stranded on that proverbial desert island (again!), what book or books (up to 5) would you want to have with you? Uh, a really, really thick one -- the thickest in existence -- to serve as kindling. Next would be The Bible, of course. Next would be the SAS Survival Handbook: How To Survive In The Wild, In Any Climate, On Land Or At Sea by John Lofty Wiseman. Pretty smart to have that one, too, wouldn't it. Next is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Sounds fitting. And with a heavy heart I choose my last bit of literature -- I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max. Sure would appreciate a little humor in that situation.

3. What was the first "naughty" book you read and in what way was it naughty? The erotic trilogy of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice. I guess every page of it just is.

4. If you were to publish your autobiography today, what would be the title? Hmmm. From the top of my head, I'd say I Hope They Serve Beer In Heaven. I'm lazy, but at least I admit it.

5. Would you rather look at nude pictures/pornography or read erotic fiction and why? LOL I'm a girl! Of course I'd say READ erotic fiction.

Bonus (as in optional):Do you know the whereabouts today of the first person with whom you had sex? Ehr, yes and no.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Dates And More Dates

I was just going through my things, stacked up boxes with mementos and pictures and what not, and I found myself picking up an old journal. It's a hard bound black notebook with nothing but an italicized F on the lower right hand corner. I started reading it and all those memories just came back to me. The dates, the tag lines, stories of college, stories of romance during and after college -- ahhhhh. Nostalgic indeed. Here are a few excerpts from my infamous journal:

April 14, 2003
thursday after the full moon
It's almost 9AM and I haven't slept. I've just finished reading The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (for the 2nd time) and I couldn't help but think about how it's going to be for me when I'm 70. Or 29.

Noah, the male lead in the book, the narrator, the quiet poet, loved Allie from the day he met her, through years of not knowing where she is or what she's doing, and loved her still upon meeting years later, until they were old and gray. I'd be a hypocrite if I said I didn't want all that. I, too, want a Noah who'd think I was beautiful even if I was bed-ridden and forgetful; a Noah who knew when to hold me and leave me alone; a Noah who didn't know his words were better than poetry; a Noah who gleamed in age and even in pain; a Noah who loved life, friends, family, nature, simplicity, and God above all; a Noah who loved me no matter what.

It's a little scary having to think of these things. And eventually having to go through with them. Like living and getting older, breathing time, not knowing how much longer we have or what will happen with the people we know and will never know. Wondering if I'll ever have children, or be a good mother, or see Ireland like I've always dreamed. And wonder where my Noah will be in all this, or if there even is a Noah for me.

I remember being five and not worrying about getting old. I'm only 23 now and I feel like I don't have much time left.

February 14, 2004
2PM, Valentine's Day
6874: That's the number J and I shared at the Close-Up Lovapalooza event yesterday. And at the stroke of midnight, along with thousands of couples who were there to break the world record, we kissed. I've got it bad!

February 23, 2004
magic hour
JW. My birthday. Daniel looking for an apartment. Ice cream. Duncan Sheik getting hitched. Something's Gotta Give with Diane and Jack. JW. Giselle off to see our Canada. My non-existent job. My f-ing birthday. Visa application. On-going garage sale. Singing with Robby's band tomorrow night at Capone's. JW...just a few things that go on in my head before I sleep...and the brain picks up where it left off as soon as I wake up. It's a vicious cycle.

June 16, 2004
11:30PM, Wednesday
This is the first time I couldn't wait for the sun to come out.

December 21, 2005
2:20AM, Wednesday (the last entry)
It's 4 days until Christmas. 9 until New Year's, 59 until my 26th birthday. So many things and people have come and gone -- it overwhelms me. I'll miss everything after it's all done. Even the sad, I'll miss. So much emptiness, so much will be hard to let go.

True love, the relationships we worked hard to keep, the lessons we learn with every action, the lull of uneventful existence, the endless possibilities that came and went, the irony of it all...I'll miss all of it. The imperfections that I have and those that surround me...I'll miss those, too. Angelo, I'll miss the most. And friends, oh boy, don't even get me started on that one. My family, who I've always missed.

Why am I talking about loss and pessimism? But isn't life just that -- losing what you hold dear and learning to live with it...die without it?!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

On Presidents, Satirical Comedies, And Star Trek

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. President :: Oh, me! Me! Me! We have one in our country!!! Well, I guess I shouldn't be expounding on the present regime because I might just end up bad mouthing the lady, and my family wouldn't exactly be too thrilled about that (unfortunately, we're kind of related to the first gentleman). I will say this though: in 2010, I'd hate to see an actor or pardoned yard bird or BOTH take office, that's for sure.
  2. Stare :: "Stop And Stare" by One Republic. Listening to a lot of their stuff lately. They're pretty good actually. I love the one with the Timbaland collaboration more than this single though.
  3. Embrace :: Another awesome band. They're from West Yorkshire originally. Did really well with their single "Gravity" in the US. Working on scoring their first three albums (I only have the last two).
  4. Movie :: Wow, where do I begin? Well, the most recent ones I saw were Atonement and Sweeney Todd. I have a few lined up for this week: The Bucket List, Rescue Dawn, Charlie Wilson's War, The Hottest State, I'm Not There, No Country For Old Men, and Gone Baby Gone. I also really want to see Juno, PS I Love You, Cloverfield, and 27 Dresses soon after. And what about Iron Man and that new Star Trek, eh? Can't wait to see those either.
  5. Everything :: An Alanis song I've always loved. It's an honest, no bs kind of love song. I like it a lot.
  6. Profile :: For some reason, my mind just went blank with this one.
  7. Satire :: Borat? He's pretty offensive, but if you simply take in the social, cultural, and religious innuendos as what they are -- JOKES -- then it's all good again.
  8. Erratic :: Odd sleeping hours and my weight.
  9. Costume :: Jewelry.
  10. Secretary :: If I actually had one, I'd seriously start doubting myself.

Rest In Peace, Brad

"All great achievements arose from dissatisfaction. It is the desire to do better, to dig deeper that propels a civilization to greatness. All of us have heard the story of Icarus, the young boy who took the wings his father built for him. Wings that were meant to carry him over the ocean to freedom and used them instead for a joyride. For a brief moment Icarus felt what it was like to live like a god, to touch the sun, to soar above the common man. And for doing so he payed the ultimate price. Like Icarus we, too, have been given gifts: knowledge, education, experience. And with these gifts comes the responsibility of choice. We alone decide how our talents are bestowed upon the world. This is our destiny and we hold it in the palm of our hands." ~ Brad Renfro as Todd Bowden, Apt Pupil (1998)

Brad Renfro
(1982 - 2008)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Project Runaway

No, of course I'm not running away from home. What am I, 12? I'm simply trying to make my time count. Seeing that I don't have a job to deal with right now, I thought I could continue working on this project I got going; an adversaria, if you will (because it's not quite a book yet). "Frizzy's writing a book?!?" you ask? You betcha.

I'll skip the whole what's-it-all-about part for now. I started writing it exactly 1 year ago. I call it 21 Songs (it still could very well be 22, but we'll just have to wait and see) and it is the longest piece of fiction I've written thus far. Will it ever be published? I highly doubt it. But IF it does, you'll be the first to know, Void. I promise.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Just One Of Them Days

Well, not really.

This one's called Can't Let Go by Landon Pigg (the same guy who did that Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop/A Diamond Is Forever commercial). Ideally, I'd go on and on about how this guy is amazingly talented and good looking to boot, but what the hell, just watch it already.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

My Top 5: Reasons Why We Should Not Give Up

I haven't done this in a while, so I thought I'd write a new list for today. It's my top five reasons why no one should settle for a careless shrug, a passive grunt, a relieving albeit damaged sigh. Or, worse, acquiescence.

5. There are more things to look forward to. Even the uncertain is something to look forward to. I mean, isn't a fresh cup of coffee or pay day or that new hot guy who lives across the street worth waking up in the morning? Regret, pain, failures, blah, blah, blah. They'll be out of season as soon as you allow them. You plan, and plan, and plan, but then you realize the world is just not interested with that fancy bullet-point AVP you just prepared the last 27 years of your life. And, so what. You just gotta listen, move a few things around, adapt, initiate, affect. Over and over again, if you have to. Plans get screwed up, that's why they exist. Hope, optimism, butter, the actual churning of the butter -- all equally indispensable in times of despair...and when baking pie. After being served a crappy meal, sometimes the dessert can make up for it all.

4. Self-reliance is great, admirable even, but sometimes other people count on you, too. So what if you've had a gazillion failed relationships or your family isn't exactly how you pictured back in Kindergarten, with all the flowers and white picket fence and 50-year anniversaries. You can't just close the door and shut people out all because you're going through some crisis. Don't ever assume other people are better off or stronger than you. They, too, need you. That is a fact.

3. Everybody is allowed to fall flat on their face; that just makes us all special. Oprah struggled with her own issues -- weight, work, family problems -- and look where she's at now. And I'm pretty sure she still encounters a bunch of new ones from time to time. Yes, even her kind bleeds. No one is ever immune. So, I guess we should just have to give it a chance. ChanceS, if need be.

2. If you make room for errors, you also have to make room for success. Easier said than done, this one. I admit, victory does scare me sometimes. Even more than failing, which probably sounds a little crazy, I know. But isn't that why we're all here? To err, surmount, err, and surmount again? Such is life, no?

1. Never underestimate the power of inspiration. Just when I thought I was stuck in a rut and being held hostage by failure, I was reminded by someone dear, and smart, and INSPIRING that I was merely stopping for a breath of air. Resting. Relaxing, even. Moments of frailty, which can be overwhelming in numbers and gravity at times, just remind us how great everything else is. There's really nothing wrong with that, is there. So, I dare ask again, why give up.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

On Sluts, Spreads, And Paradise

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Dream big :: Always good advise.
  2. Competition :: Also good, but if I could avoid it, I will.
  3. Torn :: That Natalie Imbruglia song.
  4. Modeling :: Something I'll probably never do. Oh wait, I modeled my hair for like one magazine stint, but I don't know. That doesn't count because I wrote the article, too. That's just too much publicity, that one.
  5. Coaster :: Bigger than a van, but not quite a bus.
  6. Slut :: Oh my, so many names, so little time. I'd say home-wreckers in general.
  7. Spread :: Kraft Cheez Whiz is the BOMB. I had a cousin who came home from the States last year and when he went back, he packed a lot of Cheez Whiz bottles in his luggage LOL I think a couple of them even broke in transit! It's especially great with beef or pork steak sandwiches.
  8. Amanda :: Bynes, the Ugly Betty character who everyone just loves to hate (I personally think she's quirky and fun), Peet, Jones (I don't know her, but there's bound to be one, right?).
  9. Romance :: Everyone needs it. Not everybody deserves it. Exhibit A: Sluts from #6.
  10. Paradise :: Beach house on an almost deserted island, white cotton sheets, clear blue skies, cool breeze, ice blended fruit concoctions with bendy straws and little umbrellas, good beats, and Angelo.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Rave: Once

Starring: The Frames front man Glen Hansard and the surprisingly brilliant Marketa Irglova.

Written and Directed by: Former band member of The Frames and noted Irish director John Carney.

Cameo: There wasn't any need for one.

Note-worthy Acting: The leads get a pat on the back from their peers and supporters for giving such superb performances in this one. Both are neither experienced actors [only musicians albeit awesome in their craft]. The amazing thing was that Hansard and Irglova have worked with each other before, lyrically that is, and to act that they were strangers meeting for the first time WHILE singing, well, if that's not "note"-worthy acting, then I don't know what is.

In A Nutshell: Hansard and Irglova don't really have names in the movie-slash-modern-day-musical; they were just referred to "guy" and "girl" respectively. I think that's just brilliant because it only gave their relationship, if you even call it that, more emphasis. It truly is a movie about love stories in and around Ireland -- not just between the two of them, but with the people they had in their lives before they even met each other. He was a hoover repair dude by day and a street musician in his free time. She was a piano-loving Czech immigrant doing whatever work she could get her hands on (honorable work, of course) to support her ma and baby girl. They meet, converse, flirt, fix vacuum cleaners, introduce the other to their parents, create beautiful music -- you know how it is.

Of course it's far from the usual! It's a self-proclaimed love story and it is undeniably so, but their relationship transcends even the most basic elements of love. The music speaks for itself; every song, melody, falsetto, chord, second voice make you feel the love. I watched it twice and I could only fall in love with the characters and their lyrics. Their inexperience in front of the camera was overshadowed by their euphonious talent and chemistry. In the opening scene alone, you feel the guy's sentiments straight away. And when they both get an hour of free playtime at a Dublin music shop, they get right to kissing necessary.

Seriously, if Glen Hansard WAS a street performer and I saw him belting it out like that with an open guitar case right next to him, I'd make a generous offering and hop inside myself. I could very well listen to him sing all day. And I have been since I got most of his songs on my iPod now.

I had high-expectations for the movie and I'm happy to report it satisfied me more than Once. My Steven Seagal-loyalist boyfriend even liked it. For that alone, I give it a 9/10.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Slow Start

I expected my first weeks of the new year to be busy, but that's just not the case. Instead, I've been doing a whole lot of nothing. Tonight, I'm going out of the house for the first time in like 3 days. My girl friends and I are going to have a dinner/DVD night -- nothing really new from what I've been up to this week.

The truth is, things have not been going as planned. My whole work situation is reduced back to paper, which really blows. I feel tired all the time without even getting out of bed. My birthday's in a month and I'm just so not in the mood to be old-er right now. I'm in a rut, obviously. A temporary one, at least I hope it is.

I think I need some sound advice [or a good kick in the butt] right about now. So, let me ask you this -- how do you manage to stay positive or motivated when things around you are in disarray?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Everyone Wants To Be A Rockstar

Bill Gates retires from software development...and goes to Hollywood. Sure, he's still going to be, well, around (not to mention rich), but even software deities need some serious alone time. Yes, Bill Gates is retiring, but not without a kick-ass farewell video montage, he ain't.

I Wanna Be A Rockstar, Too. I saw this video on MTV a few days ago and I thought it was really cool. Cameos really do it for me. I'm a big supporter of rock...and I also happen to think the Teutuls of Orange County Choppers (the boyfriend's influence, of course) are just really hot.

Does Britney even know where we are on the map?? Yeah, she's getting a lot of bad press lately. And OK, she could be a little sick in the head (shaving off her tresses, stepping out of the car "al fresco," all the British talk, leaving her car in the middle of the freeway -- sometimes she does creep me out more than Michael Jackson). But her latest single does mention The Philippines, so I thought I'd give it a special mention. This one's a Mysto & Pizzi mix...

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

10 On Tuesday: Predictions For The New Year

1. My brother and I will be granted U.S. visas this time. Single-entry ones, but still better than nothing.

2. Bangs and cropped bobs are going to be even hotter.

3. Summer temperatures will reach an all time high.

4. The US$-Peso exchange rate will get even suckier -- great for the economy, bad for people like me.

5. I will land a secure, fulfilling job.

6. I will receive really cool presents when I turn 28 next month.

7. I'll have more of these meme posts.

8. I will be debt-free.

9. Our 2nd year anniversary will be sweet and memorable.

10. I will have my hair relaxed.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Manic Monday: One

I decided I'd post this video for a few reasons. The first is pretty obvious; it has the same title as today's Manic Monday word. Second, this song is really close to my heart. Third, who doesn't love U2 and Mary J. Blige, eh?

For those of you who may not already know, this was originally done by the great Johnny Cash. I have all three versions on my iPod (e.g. Cash, U2, MJ feat. U2), with the latter as one of my contact ringtones on my mobile. Overall, it's a great song. Great message, fantastic arrangement, top notch collaboration. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings 27

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Mist :: Stephen King's The Mist
  2. Eating :: A necessity AND pastime for most.
  3. Beacon :: Crispy, honey-cured bacon. I know it's a totally different word, but #2 got me hungry.
  4. Speaker :: iPod speakers -- just as essential as the earphones.
  5. Episodes :: House, Weeds, That 70's Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Simpsons, Heroes, Friends (I'm on Season 4 for the Nth time), Felicity, Will & Grace, and all the other TV shows I love.
  6. Conference :: Calcutta Jamming Device (a.k.a. three-way calling). It's just a phrase my friends and I cooked up when we were in college. We did it with as many as SEVEN of us on the line; it was crazy. Everyone talking at once -- there definitely was a party on the telephone!
  7. Sneak attack :: The first time I read this, I thought it said SNACK attack. Here we go again with the food. Last night, while watching The Jane Austen Book Club and Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, I was stuffing my mouth with Cooler Ranch Doritos with a side of sour cream and salsa. The other night was DVD night with my girlfriends and I ended up finishing a whole bag of microwave popcorn. Plus a handful of Ruffles' Cheddar & Sour Cream. Tomorrow, I'll go back to healthy eating, I promise.
  8. Medic :: What I'll need if I don't stop snacking.
  9. Web :: Spiderman, Charlotte, dreamcatchers -- all came to mind and I couldn't pick just one.
  10. 2008 :: A very promising year. Although, my Chinese horoscope says I need to be extra careful. I am supposedly prone to robbers and the like. Golly.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

How Did My 2007 Rate?

Frizzy Had a Fantastic Year!

Compared to most years, last year was definitely great.
Overall, she's living a much better life than she was twelve months ago.
And nothing is a better mark of a good year.
Here's to hoping next year is even better!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Let's Talk Movies Circa 2007

For an avid movie-goer, I have to admit I haven't been really, well, seeing enough. But all that's going to change. In fact, since I got back from my trip, I've caught up with a few good ones on DVD. Don't even ask how I got my hands on some of them. If you live around here, I'm pretty sure you know what I'm talking about.

Flicks I saw in the last 5 days:
Ratatouille. I was so slacking off my animation fix. This was definitely a great welcome-back. I must've seen it like three times this week. When you have little boogers running around the house on the holidays, you know some Pixar magic ought to do the trick.

Feast Of Love. I saw this one at like 4 in the morning. Why Morgan Freeman has to be so good like that, I'll never know.

The Nanny Diaries. I have a rekindled love-lust for Chris Evans. I swear, next to my boyfriend Obie and five other fictional boyfriends, this guy is the yummiest.

I Am Legend. Seriously scared the crap out of me. But, then again, I'm easily spooked. I even caught myself crying during one scene. All in all, I Am Wimp, what can I say. I wasn't too happy about the ending though, but I guess I'll have my chance at a perfect one when I take over the director's chair.

The ones I'm seeing before I go back to work on Tuesday:
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman)
Once. God bless the Irish!
The Hottest State (written and directed by Ethan Hawke)
My Blueberry Nights (Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Norah Jones). Honestly, I don't like Jones one bit, but I'm just way too curious how much she can potentially -- see, I haven't really judged her yet, have I -- suck in this one.
The Jane Austen Book Club. Stellar cast + Jane Austen = that's good enough for me.

Picks I have yet to see:
Juno (Ellen Page, Michael Cera). Of course, Juno. This shall be in honor of my Torontofied sister, Giselle.
American Gangster (Denzel)
The Great Debaters (yes, Denzel again)
Atonement (James McAvoy). There IS a bigger and better place than Narnia.
Dan In Real Life (Steve Carell). More powerful than the Arc, I hear.
Gone Baby Gone (Casey Affleck)
Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp)
Rescue Dawn (Christian Bale)
Into The Wild (Emile Hirsch). If only I can get a copy...
Waitress (Keri Russell)
The Savages (I can't believe I have so much on my to-watch list. Oh, right, sorry, Philip Seymour Hoffman).
Eastern Promises (Viggo Mortensen). I missed this one on the big screen. What in the world was I thinking.
Michael Clayton (George Clooney)
Grace Is Gone (Lloyd Dobler, err, John Cusack -- I always confuse the two)
I'm Not There (Cate Blanchett)
Charlie Wilson's War (Tom Hanks)
And last but certainly not the least, Hot Fuzz (the guys from Shaun Of The Dead). There's nothing better than ending a must-watch list with a little -- or in this case, a lot of -- British humor.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Two Oh Oh Eight

Greeted the new year with a big bang, alright. This is how we do it around these parts...

Have a prosperous 2008, everyone!