Tuesday, July 24, 2007

lavender diamond - imagine our love

Got a review up of Lavender Diamond's Imagine Our Love.

I'm finding that the styles of writing at the workplace are seeping into my reviews here and am not liking that one bit. That ugly tentacley Ursula is going to steal my voice and she's going to marry Prince Charming and I'm gonna be stuck a mermaid for-ev-errrrrrr. I think this is not the first time I've made a reference to Little Mermaid. That's another no-no.

Gosh, I haven't had sushi in a long time. Yum.

This album is not for people who only like dark, broody sounds, so you vampires should stay away. Here is a video for the single that I find fabulous. I like that she's a goofball and is not so smooth on the skates. P.S. Friends, I may have a (legal) extra copy of the album, so let me know if you're interested.

Friday, July 20, 2007

It's not sad sobbing!

Sometimes it's fun to pop in a fluffy comedy and mindlessly crunch on some popcorn whose chemicals probably cause an unfortunately named condition or eat a pint of ice cream or whatever (both), I mean whatever. That was sort of the idea behind watching Because I Said So. Fluff is nice in many forms — pillows, marshmallow, clouds... All nice things! (Hm. All white things...)

This is possibly the worst movie I've ever seen.

Ok, so I haven't seen a lot of bad movies. Challenging my movie-watching buddy to name a worser movie came up with Spiderman 3, I think it was. Oh, but this was horrible. But not in the good way where it's fun to make fun of the horribleness or even go with it and embrace the horribleness. The possibility of that petered out after about 20 minutes. Even the ridiculous parts sucked. It was like the dementors in Harry Potter who take away all the joy and happiness in your life.

But considering just how much this scene about the korean spa/massage place was super stupid (the English translations for the spa ladies don't match up in any way. One says like "Chuh, crazy lady" and the subtitle is like three lines long. What's the deal??? It's not even funny.) made me think how this might have been a successful "culturally-aware" movie about a korean family of mom and daughters. Take away the sex and underwear talk (substitute with issues of dieting and skin), the romantic pairing with Reverend Camden, the internet, and all that cake-baking and singing and dancing, and you've got yourself a monstrous construction of a korean mother who knows nothing but to hover and who wants to get her daughter married to a rich man, no matter the costs. Then the plot and the characters could have some sort of cohesion.

It could be like a comedy with serious undertones. Culture clash! Who will win! Who will die! Who will she marry? Dun dun dun!!

This movie makes me angry.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

craigslist chronicles

Must be ok living with man eating kitten."

gay friend's response:
oh, punctuation is so important. but that would otherwise endear me
to the kitten. unless they meant to leave out the hyphen; I would not
be endeared by such a man.

Any of you bachelors looking for a room? Plus the chance at romance!
Room with Large Widows

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

twentysomething=cheesecake factory

What I thought was a brilliant analogy from its title turns out to be stupid fluff.

The only redemption? This comment:

"Um, I'm sorry, lady. But Twentysomething life so far has been like the Cheesecake Factory only in that it's unfairly difficult to afford, mostly tasteless, and has an atmosphere of fear and loathing. The 'large amount of menu items' has nothing to do with it..."

charlotte gainsbourg - 5:55

My review of Charlotte Gainsbourg's album, 5:55.

Bluh, I need exercise on my writing muscles. And editing too, apparently: "The delivery is at points maddening, lulling, and seductive, her quiet delivery belying the darker turns and moments of dry humor injected into the songs’ narratives."

I could have used "delivery" about five more times. I mean, what was I thinking?