Friday, June 29, 2007

get thee to a nunnery

i don't often blog about my love life here at the Tribune and I'll tell ya why: i do not have one. And I'll tell ya why I don't: cause for a smart girl, i can be pretty slow on the uptake. this past weekend at MoCCA, there was a seriously good candidate (this assessment was made in the minute of initial conversation chitchat). erin and i discussed his excellent qualities upon his departure and awaited his return (he was going to look around the show then come back & buy Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book. see? gold!). Then he returned. Once again he demonstrated that he possessed many qualities I admire.

Long time readers may recall this list:

SEVEN THINGS THAT ATTRACT YOU [i.e., me] TO THE OPPOSITE/
PREFERRED SEX:

1) humour
2) smarts
3) attractiveness (hard to nail down physical specifics here)
4) Spike
5) a personal style (whatever that may be)
6) confidence (that should be #1)
7) similar thoughts on the world & how it should be run

MoCCA Guy got gold stars on 6 of 7. The only other book he bought was about the war in Iraq and wished there was more serious, political stuff instead of so much tortured navel-gazing. This was love. Then Erin & I signed his copy of Heavy Metal (see? is this flirting? i think it might have been.) and he wished us well. then he was gone.

i had about 900 opportunities to say something (anything!) that would continue contact. and i totally dropped the ball. nay, lost the ball. so now i can only hope that he decides to google me and then emails me. i am checking my junk mail box more carefully these days. erin and i named him joel/josh and today i got an email from Joel Fox! (which is a very apropos name for him) but alas alack it was truly junk mail and not 100% tru luv mail.

the lesson: i am dim. also if you google "joel fox" you will be led here: artbots.org. finding out about a robot talent show is worth the cost of a broken heart.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

If you like x, you might enjoy y

Our book club just got bloggy. Recommendations from a group of
bookish intelligent women: oprahschmoprah.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I'm Addicted to You

Cannot stop reading these Dinosaur Comics Cool people like Rachel already know about them but Johnny-come-latelys like me are pleased to have 4 years worth of cartoons to read. Rawr!

Monday, June 25, 2007

panda robot

full report from MoCCA to come soon along with all the other things that have been only in my head and not on the tribune. i have spent two weekends in a row (this last one was a four-day stretch) computer free and it rules. but it also cuts into my logging time. that is a typo. but also funny so i leave the B out for ever more.

why is it so muggy here? muggy mangoes to the max. in case you were wondering the weather in new york city was perfect.

Monday, June 18, 2007

...

It is not the diamonds or the birds, the people or the potatoes; it is not any of the nouns. The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done. It is the way love gets done despite every catastrophe.

from "Truly," Adverbs, Daniel Handler.

Friday, June 15, 2007

That's Heavy

Best film review ever. And no, not biased...Pappa Johnny does good.

Ocean's Thirteen: These mechanics sure know how to blow a roll

National Post

Published: Friday, June 15, 2007

Filmmaking is a collaborative art, so why isn't film reviewing? Each week in this space, experts, artists and plain paying movie customers come together to take apart a recent release. It's salty. It's full of hot air. It's the Popcorn Panel.

This week's panel - John Boylan, actor in such fare as Fever Pitch and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (he played the cop) - Craig Courtice, a short filmmaker who isn't very tall - Joseph Belanger, a film critic who writes at www.blacksheepreviews.blogspot.com, voted Montreal's No. 4 blog by the Mirror in Montreal This week's film Ocean's Thirteen

John Ocean's Thirteen, the movie, ain't as out to sea as I thought it would be. If you need a heavy in your movie, and your last heavy wasn't heavy enough, then bring in a real heavy -- Pacino. Whoa! That's heavy, sister. Brother, that is heavy. The writer's changed, too, although our well-known director friend Steven Soderbergh is back in the saddle for the third time. Would he be well-paid for that kind of work?

Craig Whatever Soderbergh gets paid, I guarantee another art-house flick is coming to cleanse him of this slick Hollywood stuff. But honestly, would Ocean's Thirteen even be watch-able if it weren't for Soderbergh's touches? Such an underrated talent, especially since all anybody seems to know him from is these grown-up frat-boy romps. What about The Good German? The Limey? This guy hits .300 with decent power and steals 20 bases. He's got range in the field and a cannon for an arm. Who else could turn a screenplay scribbled on a napkin into such a tour de force?

Joe Scribbled on a napkin? After how many drinks did this scribbling take place? Now, wait just one second. You might think I'm implying the scribbling followed one too many, but Ocean's Thirteen is far from sloppy. No, I think Mr. Soderbergh could've benefited from adding a couple more shots of rum to his Coke before sitting down to craft this caper. Sure, it's smooth, slick and sophisticated, but it also places its bets pretty safely. The house can't lose with all the chips stacked in its favour. After winning big in the first round, watching those winnings slip away in the second, I can't help but feel as if I've been sitting at this slot machine a little longer than I should. It must be all the pretty colours and flashing lights.

John Love the Las Vegas analogy. I was going to go with ocean, sea, water, but I felt like a drip so I washed that idea aside. On a serious note: I'm with The New York Times on this one. It's soft, sweet and part of the whole trend to lower the level. One can see the excellence, but one can't say that the movie (not a film) is an example of a "high level of excellence."

The whole thing is a setup now. We go the first weekend. We are aware it is the first weekend. Then we all check the grosses, as if that is of any concern to us ordinary folks! But it is part of the setup. Then we have our "actors," who are mostly combined media personalities. So again, the set-up. TV, magazines, movies, gossip, etc. I think, as you say, Joe, we the local, yokel gamblers lose and the house (studios) win. Every time.

(Can I sneak in that my boy Matt D. always takes it seriously and does the best acting of anyone? Can I?)

Craig Not only are you allowed to add the Matt D. comment, John B., but I am also allowed to agree. When it's all said and done, even after Ocean's 21 (blackjack, get it?), Damon will go down as the ultimatumest (his new movie is The Bourne Ultimatum, get it?) of the Nouveau Rat Pack. This dude's got serious game. He can shoot the three (witness his awesome cameo in Eurotrip), he does the dirty work under the boards (Gerry) and he's got the hops to Phi Slamma Jamma when he wants (The Departed). I'm partial to Clooney because he makes salt-and-pepper hair fashionable, but Damon can flat out ball.

Joe Was Matt Damon in this movie? I barely noticed. OK, I'm exaggerating. I saw him, his versatility and his nose. All I'm struggling to say is that for a movie with so much star power, there wasn't too much shining happening. George and Brad (or Brad and George, if you prefer) could have phoned this baby in. They barely even seemed to be enjoying themselves. It's a tad bit unfair to expect me to enjoy myself when they can't be bothered themselves. With so many faces, performances were nearly reduced to cameos. It's pretty much on par with your rant on the box-office numbers, John. You get in and get out as fast as you can with as much money as you can stuff down your pants. I just thought George was done with all of this. He's a man of principle now, making movies for the movie's sake and not the moolah. Anyway, I could've sworn I read that in an interview he gave while sunning on the beach at Cannes.

John That's it. I say to George and Brad:Go fish--in the Ocean! Done! Let's talk about Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief. I think what's great about The Bicycle Thief is that it's realistic ?

Next week's film Nancy Drew

NATIONALPOST.COM


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

cheese with bread

things i want you to know:

1. my frozen pizza will be ready just in time for Jeopardy

2. i (semi-perma) dyed my hair to cover GREYs and it barely changed the colour (no one noticed minus Forbes) and the GREY hair is still there. All full of its maturosity.

3. the Toronto Public Library continues to be the bestest. Currently I have two books and three CDs on loan. And soon they will lend me Marple mysteries since I cannot rely on CBC to air Marples every Sunday night as they should. Instead they are running crapeaux movies I do not want to see (e.g., bigGreekwedding).

4. tomorrow is step 1 in discovering the cause of my Brain Cloud.

5. my allergies are a sign of a healthy immune system says Why We Get Sick and so I am trying to be thankful for them. But they are making that very difficult with their extremely bad behaviour.

6. i missed four fun things last week.

7. i get to get cracking on Finding Lost: Season 3 so soon and I am very jazzed and just might rewatch all of season 3.

Jeopardy time!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Living After Midnight

It's all Priest all the time here at the Tribune. I feel like I have entered final exam mode. A feeling aided by Forbes' continuous studying for the bar (which he will be writing very very shortly, and on his birthday. boo on that). [odd sentence/bracket combo there. yowza.]

I'm working from home today because even tho it took me til after midnight, I got through hundreds of images for the book yesterday. Yes, I did slow down as I worked and watched my Wednesday Night Reality Programming: Canada's Next Top Model and So You Think You Can Dance.

CNTM (Erin and I agreed that the acronym
somehow reminds us of nu-country and therefore gives us the creeps) -- they booted one of my favourite girls and kept a crappy girl (the one who looks a bit like Starbuck).

So You Think... (SYTYCD doesn't really work, does it?) -- I love this show a lot. More than Top Model. I said it and I mean it.

Alright -- not much here for you faithful readers as it's time for me to go and refill my coffee and grab some breakfast (since my mum told me to eat breakfast), which i am pleased to announce will include delicious strawberries.

And of course, a super cracking Happy Birthday to Forbes. Who is really very old now.

Friday, June 01, 2007

round up

hey y'all.

1. I just saw Knocked Up. And it was vair vair funny. More funny than other things I have recently seen. (Such as Georgia Rule. That was bad. B.A.D.) Knocked Up gets two thumbs up for me.



2. Brit-Brit posted a letter of truth on her website this week: When I was little I remember every night watching movies with my family and feeling so at peace. Dancing and singing all the time just like a little girl should. ... I am having to face a lot of things right now since I have children of my own. A lot of insecurities from when I was little are coming up again. It is like we are never good enough. ... I know everyone thinks that I am playing the victim, but I am not and I hate what is going on right now so much. Maybe this is the reason for this letter ... to maybe allow people to look at me differently. It is like when you are a real woman and say what you feel and how you think things are supposed to be, that people just say you are a "bitch."

3.
Evolution for Everyone. I read this book this week and it was wicked interesting and made my brain do lotsa thinking. I also realize that I absolutely suck at describing what the book is about. But basically it's about evolutionary theory and how it can be applied to more than just genetics. And it leads to some really interesting discussions of culture and behaviour, along with the more traditional biology type stuff. I'm on a mini evolution kick and up next is Why We Get Sick, which is about Darwinian medicine.

4. The TPL lent me Notorious -- which I don't think I'd seen before. Things do not go well for our leading lady. And I don't know why it's called Notorious. TPL lent Adam Underworld: Evolution and A History of Violence. I did not enjoy either movie. No thank you.

5. Baby shower on Sunday. First baby of the extended cousin gang. Very exciting.

6. I dreamt I won $25,000. And the next night I dreamt I was rearranging office furniture and lost Jen's desk.