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Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Last night when I came home Pulp Fiction was on the Ceeb. Amazing movies on TV that you forget about and then remember when you start watching is another favourite of mine. It’s a nice little half-surprise. Like finding a 10 dollar bill in your winter jacket when it starts getting cold again. What a great movie though, right? Really genre bending for it’s time and people reference that movie nowadays constantly without even thinking about it. It really influenced pop culture and it was cool to re-watch late at night and be reminded.

Practically the only thing you can count on when it comes to my blog is me posting a picture every time I get my hair cut. So I am not sure if you’ve noticed, but I have been slowly making my decent into bangs. Everytime I get it cut they get shorter and less side-swept. Today they be full-fledged for the first time since I was a kid. No more almost bangs; these are BANGS. Also, it’s brown now, which is different.

I don’t really know why I blog anymore, but I figure at least part of it is so I can post pictures of my hair cuts every three months. I’d like to think it’s less selfish than that, but sometimes you gotta just admit this stuff to yourself.

(500) days of pretentious crap (albeit with a few cute moments)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

The following is an semi-incoherent stream of consciousness about the condescending film I saw last night:

Cliched voiceover right off the freakin top!! “This is a story of boy meets girl, but it is not a love story.” BARF. Ugh! Can movies these days please stop ripping off Amelie poorly, please? What? Kareoke? Ikea? Did the writers (aka market researchers) aggregate data from a couple thousand 20-something suburban hipster facebook profiles and make a movie incorporating all of the “ironic” activities they like (+ music)? Belle & Sebastien in her high school yearbook!! That’s everybody’s go-to cool indie band name-drop. Ohh!! She likes Ringo and things nobody else likes! That’s so alternative!! I like things cause no one else likes them too! Are you kidding me? So… I see we are still not past Feist’s Mushaboom… Also what is with this irrational romantic fascination with architects??? AND would a real architect draw pictures of buildings on someone’s arm as an inspiration? Would a real architect relate to that shit?? I’m actually curious. And what’s so bad about greeting card companies anyway??? They are really all that evil and we’re going to pick on them as the scourge of humanity, but we love Ikea and architecture so much? And was that family in Ikea actually Chinese, specifically like he said? Nothing even happened in this movie!! Nothing at all happened!! Remember how you felt about Garden State and you thought it spoke to you and now you realize it was the most consumerist, condescending piece of crap you ever saw three times in the theatre? This is the same. Both of these movies were just a bunch of hackneyed moments, forced together to get people to buy into the idea that everybody who likes this movie, soundtrack, and the stuff they sell in the movie is so indie and different. The younger, “wiser-than-her-years” (ugh so many cliches!) sister said it best: “Just because somebody likes the same bizarro things as you doesn’t mean they’re your soulmate.” This movie is not my soulmate just because I think Zooey Deschanel dresses cool, rides a bicycle, and loves the Smiths. She sits in cool coffee shops and reads! Wow!! We’re like totally the same person!! I relate to this movie soooo much like it’s about me! That being said, I actually really really really loved the one dance scene and thought the choreography was excellent. That’s actually true. Sorry, if you like it and hope you’re not offended! I think it’s cool if you are into this movie, a lot of my friends who I love and respect thought it was really awesome and I also like a lot of things that most people hate I’m sure. I just didn’t like this one… obviously.

drawing in a moleskine

Fractured pictures of a beautiful girl with bangs behind sensitive boy drawing in a journal. *sigh*  It’s just like my life…

BFF ‘09 Trailer

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Where Are You Go – Trailer

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Benny posted this on his facebook yesterday. Check out the trailer for the film he made (with help) that looks absolutely incredible. I believe it’s premiering at the Bicycle Film Festival this year. Blurb below the video:

Four months on a bicycle between Cairo, Egypt and Cape Town South Africa is not your typical African safari.

En route with the Tour d’ Afrique, the world’s longest bicycle race and expedition, the Zenga Bros. (CAN) and Brian Vernor (USA) make light of this physically daunting trip by sharing a universal love of the bicycle with Africa’s roadside mechanics, sporting racers, and innumerable curious strangers.

Traveling more than 70 miles per day, 50 racers and expedition riders experienced the boundless Nubian desert of Sudan, the great majesty of Victoria Falls, and finally the cold rush of the Atlantic Ocean.

Where Are You Go captures the 7,000 mile expedition as a constant adventure full of playfulness and mysterious beauty, and is a testament to the endurance of human curiosity.

Dix Sept Encore

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

WARNING: This is my second mildly offensive/unprogressive post in a row… but… I saw 17 Again with Lori (I have to implicate someone else too) last night. I enjoyed it. I wouldn’t recommend it. I wouldn’t even admit that I saw it, really. Only to you, because I know you won’t judge me. But yes, I liked watching it fine. Here’s my overview:

  • acting = great
  • story = fine
  • late 80s pop culture references = sweet
  • happy ending = of course
  • corn factor = not that bad
  • zac efron = very very cute
  • matthew perry = unattractive and too chandler-esque, but limited screen time

Take from this what you will… I’m not saying, I’m just saying.

dis sept encore

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is going to be a movie SOON!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I just read this Torontoist article about the movie adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a graphic novel that many people and I think is wonderful, that is making me very excited by such associations (some speculative) as Michael Cera, Metric, Broken Social Scene, Jason Schwartzman, Quentin Tarantino, Lee’s Palace, Sneaky Dees and Dufferin Mall.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

One Week was kinda good.

Monday, March 9th, 2009


Canadians of our generation will catch a few winks from Michael McGowan’s film about Pacey from Dawson’s Creek taking a motorcycle trip starting from Toronto and going West across Canada. Wait, that’s not a nice way to say it… What I meant is the appropriately Canadian Joshua Jackson stars in One Week as Benjamin Tyler, a young man diagnosed with terminal cancer, who wants to get the most out of the time he has left by taking an epic trip and “collecting moments.”

Cameos by local icons (i.e. Gord Downey and Emm Gryner), references to cafes on College Street and French Canadian folk songs, and all those highway-side “world’s largest” monuments to ordinary things makes you feel like you’re a part of a national inside joke. There are shout outs to Canadian-ness throughout this film. Despite it’s blatant commercial implications, we still laugh knowingly when the main character gets spiritual direction from a roll-up the rim cup from Tim Horton’s. It’s oftentimes corny and leans too heavily on slow melodic acoustic guitar and piano music from every single hip Canadian indie band you can think of to help carry the rhythm of the film. Yet this is one of the most enjoyable parts of watching. Even Josh’s performance was great!… though he outshone some of the other actors.

When Campbell Scott’s rich voiceover asks the audience questions like “What would you do it you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live?” I want to both probe deeper into my humanity and smirk self-conciously at the same time. The film tries to be whimsical and interesting in the same way Amelie does, but can’t quite pull it off. It’s got backstory with found footage and flash editing (including “whoosh” noises), some insights into the lives of minor characters and snapshots into the lead character’s imagination told visually, and some other “magic” filmic touches that seemed copied from other movies that are more mischevious and I thought didn’t really work in this context… I know it sounds like I’m tearing it apart, but I found the attempt quite charming. Instead of cringing at the contrivedness, I found myself mostly grinning and understanding the underlying ambition.

Despite the film’s derivativeness and tendency to lean on cliche, you tend to want to root for it because it is so earnest. The way One Week is not subtle at all is actually disarming. I get it! And I think Canada is amazing and beautiful too. Only we miss out on the East side… Maybe Sam (Liane Balaban), the girlfriend character, should take a soul-searching snowmobile ride to Newfoundland in One Week II.

You can’t say I don’t love you just because I cheat on you

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

movies lately

Monday, January 26th, 2009

I’ve seen a lot of excellent movies lately in theatres and there are still a bunch more to see that I think will be awesome.

Last night I saw Gran Torino and I love it so much. The story is perfect and Clint Eastwood’s performance was incredible. The only warning is about 3/4 through something terrible happens that made me bawl my eyes out through til the end. I would still recommend it for everyone though.

Slumdog Millionaire is the best movie I’ve seen in a long long time. Thoroughly entertaining and it seems to me like every aspect was strong- story, performance, cinematography, music, bollywood dancing. Just great.

I really thought Milk was a great film, mostly because Sean Penn is one of the best actors ever. Also the story and other performances were also very good, though Penn’s acting really stands out the most. It’s a good rendition of a famous story that Americans should know about too.

One really hyped movie I saw is Benjamin Button- I thought it was not that great though. The performances were ok I guess, the story was interesting I guess, but not great and kinda gimmicky. It was kind of boring in parts too. It was alright.

I saw Role Models a while back as well. It was so much better than I was expecting. Really funny and original and it had heart, but it wasn’t corny. I was really surprised and it’s been a while so now I want to see it again. Totally endearing, genuinely funny comedy.

Want to see:

The Wrestler- I know I’m going to love this from the previews and from what everyone says.

Revolutionary Road- When I saw the preview I thought it looked pretty dumb and pretentious, but apparently it’s awesome… I don’t know. I will probably read the book first.