December 15, 2004

Striking 12

Striking_12.jpgBobbiLynn and I saw the Theatre Works production of Striking 12: The GrooveLily Holiday Show tonight at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto -- and loved it!

GrooveLily totally rocks (hey! if you live in the places they're going to tour to, I'd definitely recommend going -- including the Greenwich Public Library, October 29, 2005.) Thank you to BobbiLynn for the amazing CD to I can now listen to them again and again!

It was part retelling of The Little Match Girl, part rock concert, part behind-the-music documentary... felt a little like Rent but less angry and more dependent on a very snazzy viper electric violin. Anyway, I thought it was great -- the music is wonderful, the lyrics hysterical and the band is now one of my favorites. Bravo!

We stayed for the Q&A afterwards, and one of the cool things they talked about was their participation in Raw Impressions Productions short film Festival (RIPFest) where 6 teams come together for 16 days to produce 10 minute musical movies. I love intense collaborations like that!

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December 12, 2004

Tune in Tonight

Tonight on KTEH... Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy!!! Woohoo!

Update: That was so much fun! It was an all-star crew (some of my favorite people to work with there) and the show was as great as ever. And yes, I am standing on a box.
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2 of the hosts did a great Zaphod-life two-headed moment but Tivo missed that bit so I don't have a screen shot of it. It was really funny in person though.

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December 10, 2004

Tonight on KTEH

Now we're talking! I love being able to work on Mystery nights -- since they're shows I actually like to watch (plus, its a full crew which is more exciting than being the only tech person there) I'll be there from 8-11 tonight if you want to call and pledge. They need to raise almost $1,000,000 to reach the fund raising goal by December 31st to enter the New Year with the 2005 program schedule selected and paid for.

Tonight on KTEH:

missmarple.jpg8pm Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
In Part 1 of "Murder at the Vicarage," a squire is found dead.

9:05pm Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
In the conclusion of "Murder at the Vicarage," a suicide attempt throws a twist into the murder investigation.

10pm Rumpole of the Bailey

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December 05, 2004

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

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I feel like we've been hearing about this movie for months, but tonight is finally TNT's The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

22 advanced degrees and one of them couldn't have been an MLS?

What did you all think? We're actually enjoying it quite a bit!

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November 25, 2004

Finding Neverland

neverland.jpgMom, Bill, Eduard and I (after a nice post-thanksgiving nap) ventured out to see Finding Neverland, which has been on the top of my movie todo list for a while. I thought it was wonderful and magical. Bring kleenex. Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet were fabulous, the kids were great, and Dustin Hoffman (as the play's producer) was perfect.

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November 22, 2004

Tonight on KTEH

Yes, its pledge time again on KTEH, so I'll be back there a couple of times over the next month doing camera.

Tonight's fare:

Andre Rieu: Royal Albert Hall
Monday, November 22, 8:00pm
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH/Channel 54)
The violinist and conductor leads his Johann Strauss Orchestra in this Strauss-heavy “gala millennium concert” at London's Royal Albert Hall.

I pick my slots by what's open and when I'm available, not what's on tv at the time, so I don't always get shows that are ones I would likely be watching if I wasn't there... but I just noticed this banner on their web site and am very excited that I signed up for this night in December!!!
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There isn't any other info yet on their site, but I'll keep an eye out. Plus its a live shoot so there is a full crew of tech volunteers including some of the cool people I've worked with before (hi Radi!) Tonight I'm the only techy, but the phone volunters are always fun and interesting too.

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November 11, 2004

The Incredibles

incredibles.jpgSaw The Incredibles today with Shachar -- and, as promised, it was pretty incredible. I may have to go again in a few weeks when they add in the outtakes (always one of the funniest things about Pixar films) but the movie itself is definitely worth seeing, the voices are great, and the animation is of course amazing.

jackalope.jpgI especially loved the little Pixar short that they showed before hand -- featuring a JACKALOPE (which of course always reminds me of the crazy 'humorous taxidermy' Lisa and I saw on our trip to Wyoming years ago.)

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November 07, 2004

Dallas Reunion Tonight

Ooh! Mom just called to remind me that the Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork special is on tonight at 9! I used to beg to stay up late enough to watch when I was a kid.

More than 25 years ago, the cast took up residence at the famous Southfork Ranch just outside Dallas, Texas. When they meet there again, they'll tour the grounds, discuss the series' most infamous storylines and reminisce about their time together on the show. Larry Hagman will also share his own home movies that were shot when "Dallas" was actually being filmed.
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November 05, 2004

Alfie

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Emy and I saw the new Alfie movie this afternoon. It stars Jude Law as a very well dressed "philosophical womanizer... who is forced to question his seemingly carefree existence." Jude Law is pretty irresistable, and there are some other power castmembers like Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei. The clothes are awesome, the sound track good, and I was definitely left wondering what was going to happen to him (Emy had her own views on what should happen...) I haven't seen the original 1966 version, but it would be interesting to compare.

And despite the fact that my horoscope on the Alfie movie web site says "Your disgustingly responsible attitude is keeping you from having any fun. A wild night on the town is just what the Alfie ordered," I'm now going to attempt to sit down and finally focus on starting my collection development paper...




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October 30, 2004

Man of La Mancha

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Shachar took me to see one of his colleagues from work starring in Man of La Mancha down in Hollister. The San Benito Stage Company was performing at Hollister’s Granada Theater. Definitely community theater, but a good production and its a great show.


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October 25, 2004

Red

red-logo.gifJonathan's in the Cleveland Plain Dealer again (and now that I know he checks my blog, I'll definitely be blogging some of his press clippings when I see them!) It sounds like it was a great performance and it got a very nice review:

Red (a boldly innovative, fascinating evening)
Monday, October 25, 2004
Wilma Salisbury
Plain Dealer Music Critic

"Sheffer and the orchestra gave the piece a fine performance, and the crowd responded with enthusiasm. The program, the first of Red's third season, showed that the innovative ensemble is achieving its goal of rediscovering classical music, redefining orchestral programming and redesigning the concert experience for an appreciative and growing audience. "

You can learn more about Red {an orchestra} on their website.

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October 24, 2004

Shark Tale

sharktale.jpgI finally made it to the movies! I dragged Shachar to Shark Tale. I enjoyed it -- particularly all the pop culture references and bad fish puns, but it wasn't as good as Finding Nemo or other recent animated adventures.

There are still a ton of other movies I want to go see though!

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October 19, 2004

Broadway

Aunt Susan wrote last week to let us know to be sure to watch Broadway, The American Musical on PBS, October 19th-21st (check local listings). She says that it is supposed to be great.

And check out the fun trivia game, which I just did really badly at.

(NY Times Review)

Update: What she forgot to mention, which I only found out while searching for clips to add to the birthday posting above, was that the EOS orchestra had a role! From the credits:

Incidental Music performed by the Eos Orchestra
Jonathan Sheffer, Conductor

Another update: Turns out that a) the show is great and I highly recommend it and b) not only did EOS do some of the music, but Jonathan is interviewed!

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October 15, 2004

REM

Saw one of the best concerts I have ever been to tonight -- REM at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. I forgot that it would be cold in Berkeley so I wasn't as prepared for an outdoor concert as I would have liked, but its a great venue, the band was AWESOME, and it was just very very cool to see them live.

They mostly played songs from their new album (which luckily I have been playing nonstop in itunes for the past few weeks). Plus, Michael came out in the end wearing a Kerry tshirt!

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October 13, 2004

Good News

goodnews.jpgTivo, ever on the search for librarian movies, caught an old musical movie "Good News" (1947). The description:

At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane (June Allyson) falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe (Peter Lawford). Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat McClellan. Tommy's grades start to slip, which keeps him from playing in the big game. Connie eventually finds out Tommy really loves her and devises a plan to win him back and to get him back on the field.

From Turner Classic Movies:

Good News (1947) is not a movie which is often written about or even remembered today, which makes it a total delight to discover for the first time. It's an unpretentious, colorful, simple little musical which thankfully never tries to be grand or overblown; the subject matter - a frothy college campus story - just wouldn't support that kind of weight. In fact, the story is flat-out ridiculous. Peter Lawford is a football hero who can't make his grades, so June Allyson, who's working her way through college as a librarian, tutors him in French and falls for him in the process. Patricia Marshall, meanwhile, plays the college sexpot who wants Lawford for herself. Can Lawford pass French, win the big game and wind up with the right girl? The answers may be obvious, but the story is completely serviceable as an excuse for some charming song-and-dance numbers.

"Quel fromage!"

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October 12, 2004

Tanner Rocks

Can I just say again how cool Tanner on Tanner is? Tonight's episode takes place at this year's Democratic Convention, with real footage. Right now Gore's speaking and Tanner is working the floor (just shook hands with Sen. Lieverman and Gray Davis) and Alex (Cynthia Nixon) and her documentary crew are rocking to the dance mix of Dean's scream on the radio in their van on the way up to Boston. There was a great piece on NPR the other day talking about how Kerry's daughter, who was walking around with a film crew herself, ran into the Tanner crew in a life-or-art kind of moment. Now what would have been really cool was if they had gone up to the Blogosphere and seen Brian, but it was still a pretty cool thing.

Sixteen years after their revolutionary TV miniseries "Tanner '88" cast a scathing eye on American politics, director Robert Altman and writer Garry Trudeau present a four-part follow-up, shot during the 2004 presidential race. Michael Murphy reprises his starring role as Jack Tanner, a former congressman whose bid for the White House ended at the 1988 Democratic convention. Now Tanner is the subject of a documentary film directed by his daughter Alex (Cynthia Nixon, "Sex in the City") focusing on the toll paid by failed contenders.

Alex decides to take her film in a new direction, primarily east to the Democratic National convention in Boston. Now her big problem is where will she get the money.

Next week:

Alex arrives in Boston and struggles to make herself known to national figures. Only politicians and media makers from Ron Regan Jr. to Alex Kerry are not so thrilled to know her.

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October 07, 2004

QVC on the Apprentice

Paul, my super amazing business school partner and roommate, called to make sure I was watching The Apprentice tonight because they're going to QVC! We did two projects there in school -- one on the quality control process of their jewelry for our operations management class and one for our marketing class on how they were expanding into international markets or something. We didn't get to do anything quite as cool as the TV teams, but it was a fun case study to work on.

I haven't been watching much this season, but am interested in seeing how the Apprentice teams do there ...

I was just thinking about Paul today anyway because Mom and Bill are off in Hershey for the weekend, and we had done our big risk management project on Hershey.

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September 27, 2004

Tonight on KTEH...

I know, I know, I was going to stop signing up to do things, but Auction at KTEH was SO much fun that I couldn't resist when the ask came for this pledge drive. I do have to remember to look up the TV schedule before I commit to shifts though.

Tonight's fare:

Tim Janis: Beautiful America
A musical tribute to America's national parks

Dr. Wayne Dyer: The Power of Intention
America's best-selling author and speaker on transformational wisdom, Dr. Wayne Dyer, returns with a new special based on his new book, The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way. Dr. Dyer transforms conventional thinking about how things happen in our lives into an exploration of the power of intention and an understanding of how each person possesses the power to co-create the life he or she desires.

(BTW, here's what Dr. Wayne Dyer has to say about public TV:

Q:  You've committed so much time to public television and its viewers - why do you feel so strongly about public broadcasting?

A:  I think there's no better place on the TV dial than public television. The television sets that everybody has in their homes are really just energy systems. And when we allow into our homes low energy, negative energy, violent energy, we exacerbate that in our lives, and in the lives in the people in our community, and in our country and in our world and in our universe. But... negative [programming] isn't something that you see on public television. On public TV you see something that is enriching and uplifting and I believe that we can use this medium and these frequencies that public television has been granted to help raise the energy and consequently make very dramatic positive shifts in our lives.

.... ooookkkkaaayyy....)

Next time I'll try to hold out for the next Red Dwarf Marathon (doh! that's what was on last night!) or Friday nights for Mystery. But I'll be there from 7-10:30 if anyone wants to call and pledge...

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September 26, 2004

Rent

poster_rent.jpgBobbiLynn and I saw the American Musical Theater of San Jose's touring production of Rent tonight. My favorite songs are still the Tango: Maureen and Santa Fe (especially when they sing "Do you know the way to Santa Fe" to our local song) and of course all the answering machine messages. BobbiLynn leant me her original cast recording CD (which for some reason I can't get to play on my computer) and its been fun to get to read the lyrics in the album insert.

"Life's too short - babe - time is flying
I'm looking for baggage that goes
with mine."


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September 13, 2004

On no, not Emily!

ohnoEmilylogo.jpgStumbled across this goofy operetta called Oh no not Emily! and now I'm completely hooked (and listening to the CD in iTunes)

"Oh No Not Emily" is a Gilbert & Sullivan-like operetta based very loosely on actual events. It is the story of Molly Writerblock, an aspiring poet, as she enters a graduate English program. There she meets another newcomer to the department who is attempting to sell a hitherto unknown original poem by Emily Dickinson. Add supportive parents, older, helpful grad students, an extremely knowledgeable professor and an unseen Dean who communicates entirely through memos, and you have the recipe for a show that will have your entire campus buzzing.

There are some great grad school lines. Plus, it has the classic "Yellow Rose of Emily" which sets Emily Dickinson poems to the tune of a Yellow Rose of Texas (because, as you know, almost all her poems can be sung to that tune)

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September 09, 2004

KTEH Auction

Apparently KTEH does a big auction fundraiser each year (though I admit I haven't watched it yet) and September 9-12 is the "Travel & Leisure" part.

9/9 AND 9/10: 6:00 PM –
9/11 AND 9/12: 2:00 PM –
Local and exotic getaways plus other fun leisure activities are up for bid.

I'll be doing camera for it tonight, Saturday and Sunday. It should be fun, they wrote to let us know that all the volunteers should wear "Hawaiian shirts, straw hats, or travel t-shirts." I found an old Hard Rock Tokyo shirt for tonight, but am still trying to track down a good source for cheesy hawaiian shirts around here. Any ideas?

Update: Auction was a lot of fun, but it made for another very late night (my shift was 5pm-11:30). I stopped by a thrift store on the way and got two very cheesy hawaiian shirts to wear and almost everyone was dressed up and in the spirit of the thing. I was on camera 4 this time (which was probably the least interesting of the cameras) and mostly had shots of the auctioneers. Its a crazy system where you do an hour on and then have an hour break and someone takes over your camera. I got quite a bit of knitting done in between, but the hour on the air goes by in a snap!

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August 26, 2004

Vanity Fair

cinearts.jpgThe Tech had a benefit tonight at the brand new CineArts Theater at Santana Row, so Amytha and I went. They wouldn't tell us in advance what the movie was going to be, but we were hoping it might be Vanity Fair and were super excited when that turned out to be it!martini.jpg It was a really nice party with good food and watermelon martinis that were poured through an ice sculpture into your glass (Amytha is shown here catching her's) We ducked out for a quick peek at Anthropology and then met up with Candace for desserts and popcorn and the film.
cinearts1.jpgvanityfair.jpgcinearts2.jpgThe movie was excellent -- I've been seeing the previews everywhere and was so excited to see it! Reese Witherspoon was great and apparently a much more likable character than in the book. I'm a sucker for a good period piece, and the costumes were wonderful and it was just a beautiful movie to watch. Lots of twists and turns in the poor girl's life, and never a dull moment. It was so much fun to get a sneak peak (complete with red carpet and spotlights).


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August 23, 2004

Garden State

gardenstate.jpgSaw Garden State tonight, the new film written, starring and directed by Zach Braff. He was great, Natalie Portman was adorable and its a sweet & sad story (with some very strange scenes thrown in). The music is great too.


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August 21, 2004

Pledge drive continues

campbellmythvideo.jpgIf you're watching KTEH this morning, Moyers: Joseph Campbell And The Power Of Myth : The Hero's Adventure will be on. I'll be there filming the pledge breaks from 9-1:30, so call in and join! :)



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August 18, 2004

De-Lovely

delovely.jpgThe thought was to escape reality & work for a bit by seeing a light hearted musical. Someone forgot to warn me, however, that De-Lovely, the Kevin Kline/Ashley Judd telling of the life of Cole Porter, was going to be so sad and depressing. The songs were great (Elvis Costello singing Let's Misbehave was my favorite), the costumes, cars, houses, dancing, etc. were great... but well, I guess I wasn't prepared for it enough.

Oh well, back to work.

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August 16, 2004

Outfoxed

Saw outfoxed.jpgOutfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism tonight. I wasn't sure if I should go -- I was afraid it would just be too depressing, but Carrie said it would be good to further my education on the subject. We were both right, it was very educational, but very depressing.

Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.

I can't believe that the clips they showed were actually "news" coverage. I'm glad I saw it and would recommend it to the rest of you (especially Carrie, after studying what journalism should be like). Certainly we need media reform, but I'm not filled with any great hope that we can do much about it right now.

One of the people in the documentary quoted the famous line from the film Network, which seems more appropriate than ever:

"So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!!"



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August 14, 2004

Manchurian Candidate

manchuriancand.jpgTo reward myself for finishing my summer classes (turned in my last paper this morning), I took myself to see The Manchurian Candidate. I wasn't sure what to expect and have heard quite mixed reviews. But someone on NPR yesterday spoke highly of it and it seemed time to actually go and see it.

I thought it was fantastic and definitely an excellent remake. Denzel Washington was fantastic. Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber and the greedy corporation taking over the country were quite scary. Of course lots of people have written about the parallels to our fears about Halliburton...

My favorite part was a line you could barely hear on a news report in the background about a protest about the new electronic touch-screen voting machines where the protesters had dropped thousands of chads onto the crowd, forcing people to hide under tables or something. I'm hoping to find the full quote somewhere.

And the preview for Vanity Fair (out 9/1) was quite intriguing... I think I may have to go read that before then.

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August 13, 2004

Pillow Talk

Caught a little of Pillow Talk on TCM, I'm a sucker for a good Doris Day movie. I wish people still went out for dinner and dancing like that... sigh...

But now its time to watch The Olympics!

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August 11, 2004

Hitchhiker's Guide

Brian sent along info about a new blog about the upcoming Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie.

"Although it's still a year away, Robbie Stamp, executive producer of the upcoming flick Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and his team have launched a weblog to promote the upcoming Buena Vista Pictures flick while it's still in production. Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" has a long following. It started as a BBC radio series in 1978 and has since spawned a series books, theater productions, a BBC TV series, an award-winning computer game and now a movie."

It is, of course, one of my favorite books (all his books are fantastic) and I'm always telling other people to read it (I finally convinced Eduard to recently!) I love being in a class where the teacher makes some reference to the books. I love the BBC television adaptation (and Hanna was always a big fan of the radio series), so will definitely be interested to see how the film turns out!

(an rss feed would be helpful on their blog though so we don't have to remember to visit it again, sigh) Thanks for passing that along B!

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August 09, 2004

Harry Potter... yes, again

techparkinghp.jpgEmy and I saw Harry Potter tonight -- yes, AGAIN. It was my third time and her fourth... but this time it was EVEN BIGGER because it was playing at the huge domed IMAX theater at The Tech. It was a special showing for staff and volunteers, so there were tons of people I knew and we sat by Cynthia and Eric and Laura and Peggy and Julia. It was definitely a magic evening -- we got the very best parking spot I've ever had going to The Tech, and it even had the exact amount of time left on the meter! The movie is just so good - and it was fun to see it so big (though the closing credits, which I have always loved, made me a bit dizzy by the end). Then we met up with Ray for dinner.... and now its back to grant writing (or something).

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August 05, 2004

KTEH Tonight

If you're channel surfing tonight between 7:30 and 11:00 and stumble across Nova on KTEH, call and become a member! I'll be on camera 3 tonight again -- so I'll be getting those shots of the people answering your calls.

7:30pm: The Elegant Universe: Einstein's Dream
8:47pm: The Elegant Universe: The String's The Thing
10:10pm: The Elegant Universe: Welcome to the 11th Dimension

I'll be back there Saturday morning if you'd prefer the thank you gifts associated with Piano Guy: Tips, Cheap Tricks and Professional Secrets.

Update: Turns out I was on camera one, which isn't as much fun because you're only focusing on the lead talent so you don't get to move around much. The other challenge is that the camera has to be ALL the way up on its pedestal for the shot, so I had to stand on a box to reach! How embarassing!

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August 04, 2004

Bet Your Life

So I've tuned in a couple of times to Next Action Star, the NBC reality show where people were auditioning to be in a feature film (hey, there isn't a whole lot on in the summer season). I was flipping through the listings tonight and saw it was on so I thought I'd see how they were doing. I had no idea that the whole thing was already completed and that tonight WAS the action movie. Its pretty awful but gripping. As the NY Times Review points out, it is another reworking of 'The Most Dangerous Game' by Richard Cornell, what they call "the short story that launched a thousand high school lectures on the man-versus-man-conflict."

All I have to say is that don't people ever learn that when you're being chased by people trying to kill you and they seem to know exactly where you are at all times, that you've probably been bugged and you should immediately trade all your clothes with somebody heading on a plane in the opposite direction? Wasn't there a Wil Smith movie where they replaced all his personal effects (watch, phone, etc.) with bugged items? This time they just slipped something into his jacket and pants pockets -- you'd think he'd at least check to see if he had anything strange in there?

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August 02, 2004

Another librarian movie

Tivo tried to record another librarian movie for me tonight, Miranda with Christina Ricci and Kyle MacLachlan, but it turned out to be on a channel I didn't get. I don't think I've ever even heard of this one, but guess I'll add it to my list for the future.

The synopsis is: Frank (John Simm) works as a librarian and is searching for love. He falls for a beautiful stranger named Miranda (Christina Ricci) and then gets drawn into a strange world of deception and intrigue. Miranda sees to have a number of identities, including a con artist and a dancer, but is soon pressured by her mentor for money and is tauted by a sleezy millionaire for sex, as she struggles to break free with her new lover.

but the reviews seem pretty grim or mixed at best. Anyone see this one? It came out in 2002.

I miss Kyle McLachlan in Twin Peaks, the roles he gets these days are so weird (ok, not that he wasn't weird in Twin Peaks, but at least he was the good guy!)

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July 30, 2004

Napoleon Dynamite  

napoleon.jpgAmytha and I saw Napoleon Dynamite tonight at the cool new downtown Century 12 (with good stadium seating).

The official description is: "Teenage misfit Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) lives in a remote Idaho town with his older brother (whose only happiness is an Internet relationship), ATV-loving grandma, and sleazeball uncle. Napoleon's life gains direction after he decides to find a date to the big dance and help his new classmate become class president."

It was quite strange, but funny. Not sure I would recommend it to most people, but if you like highschool misfit movies, some of you might enjoy this. The music is great and it has one of the best opening credit sequences I've ever seen. Amytha described the film as a cross between Donnie Darco and Welcome to the Dollhouse, neither of which I've seen yet.

Oh, and if you do go, remember not to leave until all the credits are over because there's a whole extra scene afterwards. Apparently we were the only people who didn't know about it, because we stood up after all the credits were over and no one else was moving.
 

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July 22, 2004

The Pagemaster

pagemaster.jpgIn an effort to catch up on my librarian movies, I'm having Tivo autorecord anything with the keyword librarian. Today, it found The Pagemaster (1994), a mostly animated film with Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd (as the librarian!), Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart and others. In the movie, Macaulay Culkin plays a boy who is absolutely afraid of everything. According to the description, "While in an old library, he is mystically transported into the unknown world of books, and he has to try and get home again. Along the way he meets some interesting characters, like Fantasy, Adventure, and Horror." And of course, through reading, he finds he can actually face his fears and start living his life.

"Welcome to the library young man. Don't tell me... you're here for a special book.... Allow me to guess. I have a talent for guessing what people need. You're in need of.... a fantasy! Brave knights, mythical fairies, ferocious dragons..."

"Look, all I want..."

"Adventure! Of course! You're a boy who loves adventure! Brimming with wicked demons, cut-throat pirates..."

"No, no,that's not it..."

"Horror! Ah, horror! Evil demons, wretched monsters... haunted houses... graveyards... yes, it's horror for you boy, I'm sure of it. Your library card please."

"I don't have one"

"You do now... sign here... Richard Tyler, consider this your passport to the wonderful quite unpredictable world of books!"

I definitely remember seeing it before, but its a fun escape (rather like The Neverending Story or Alice and Wonderland. And a bit of The Wizard of Oz -- "Are you fiction or nonfiction?" (why I'm not a book at all)

"And remember this! When in doubt, look to the books!" :)

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July 18, 2004

A Cinderella Story

cinderella.jpgAmytha and I saw A Cinderella Story (the new Hilary Duff movie) tonight - a very enjoyable high school bubble-gum flick. I felt really old when I realized I had lived through at least three generations of high school flicks (letsee... I was in high school during movies like Say Anything (1989)) and that in the previews, I thought the teachers were cute (John Corbett's in Hilary Duff's next flick, Raise Your Voice). But you can't help rooting for Duff (especially when her dream is to go to Princeton -- because that's where her dad told her that princesses and princes go... right before he dies in the Northridge earthquake)

We were discussing movies on the way home and realized I had never seen Party Girl with Parker Posey (who I love) and so it seems that I need to catch up on lots of movies with librarians in them!



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Another new design show

Saw this new design show listed in the tv listings and thought I'd give it a try, but the pace seems pretty slow so far. Its called Find & Design and it bills itself as "part treasure hunt, part decorating show." The concept is that "experts help real people re-decorate a room using only items from yard sales and flea markets" so its kind of a combination of a bunch of the different shows already out there. I love tag sales -- I just never seem to be able to get myself out early enough on Saturday mornings (or already have something else planned then) and really I already have way to much "stuff" and no where really to put it... The best part of this episode was the pillows made out of vintage hawaiian shirts (another argument for getting a sewing machine one day...)

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July 17, 2004

India: Kingdom of the Tiger

india_poster.jpgSaw one of the new Imax movies playing at The Tech this morning (one of our volunteer perks are free preview showings of the new films) It was a double feature but I only stayed for the first, India: Kingtom of the Tiger. According to the description, the film "follow in the footsteps of Jim Corbett, the famed English hunter-naturalist, as he races to save an Indian village from the terror of a man-eating tiger." I wasn't blown away and wished I had held out for Forces of Nature which sounds more promising. I'll have to go to that another day.


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July 16, 2004

Indigo Girls

Its crazy that for someone who never goes to concerts or listens to much music, I got to see two of my absolute favorite groups back to back! Tonight, BobbiLynn, Laura, Julia and I saw the Indigo Girls at Villa Montalvo, which is just right up the street from me (though I've never been up there before). It was an incredible venue (including crepes and good seats and the noise of crickets behind us) and the concert was of course utterly fantastic.

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I just wish it wasn't SO close so we could have spent more time singing in the car!

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We picked "box seats" up in the back against the hill under a little tent that The Indigo Girls said made them feel like they were at a polo match

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It was a great spot for a concert, and the sun set over the trees making the sky all sorts of great colors during the concert

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So yes, I did sneak one photo during the concert. Here they are with the opening guy, Shawn Mullins (he sings Lullaby), who joined in for a few of the songs

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Thanks for coming everyone!

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July 12, 2004

Music Inspired by Literature

One of my professors posted this link to Artists for Literacy today and it has this amazing list of songs inspired by literature.

I'm not a big music buff -- most of you know that I never know who sang what -- but there are groups I do love (Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, B52s, etc.) and mostly in the car I'm an NPR addict. But I go through stretches where I love listening to my iTunes, and you can usually see what I've been listening to most recently at the bottom of the left sidebar (when its working).

Anyway, I think I may have to track down some of these songs and check them out (I love that you can preview them in itunes) because the concept is just too cool.

I couldn't resist getting the Bangles singing The Bell Jar... And The House at Pooh Corner song always reminds me of a guy I went to college with...

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July 11, 2004

Domestic Showdown

Martha hasn't even been sentenced yet and already there's a new reality show where people are competing to be the next domestic goddess!

ABC's The Great Domestic Showdown pitted six wanna-be Marthas against each other to see who cook out-build, out-cook, out-decorate, out-whatever each other.

domesticshowdown.jpgFirst, they had 2 hours to create something useful out of a dumster full of trash. Then they had to go head-to-head in a cook-off where they had to make a gourmet meal in 1/2 an hour with 7 of 10 ingredients they were each given (not as much fun as Ready Set Cook, but similar). Third, they were broken into two teams and had to throw parties in different rooms of the house on a $1000 budget. Then three got kicked off the show and the remaining three had 24 hours to completely redo a wreck of a trailer.

The host guy was awfully annoying, insulting and not at all amusing... the contestants seem whiney -- and I bet Martha would have cleaned the floor with any of them.


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July 08, 2004

Today Throws a Wedding

Lisa pointed out today that the Today show is starting up their annual wedding segment. For the past few years we've both watched it religiously and checked in with each other every week to compare notes on which options we each voted for. For those of you who don't follow it, each year the Today Show lets viewers pick a couple and then plan every detail of their wedding (dresses, reception location, cake, honeymoon destination, etc.) and then the couple is married on live tv and flown off to an amazing honeymoon somewhere. We were a bit worried that it wasn't going to happen this year (since its usually would have started by this point in the summer), but Lisa noticed today that entries are being accepted this year from July 7th-24th.

Would you like to get married on the 'Today' show?

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July 04, 2004

The Music Man

musicman.jpgABC is showing The Music Man tonight with Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth. It was posted on some library blogs (because of Marian, the Librarian, of course). So far its not living up to the original movie version, but its one of my favorite musicals so it is still fun to see (and sing along to, since I think I know it all by heart). And Molly Shannon as Mrs. Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn is a kick (though still not as good as the original, Hermione Gingold)

A good 4th of July movie pick, though my all time favorite is probably Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney (which was on earlier today but I forgot to Tivo it)

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July 03, 2004

Double Feature

Emy, Ray and I went to see Harry Potter this morning -- this time BIGGER! The Tech was supposed to get the IMAX version but a last minute change made them cancel, so we drove up to Dublin to see it. Very satisfying.

Then we had lunch at Fuddruckers, which I didn't even realize was still around. We had one in Westport when I was in high school, but I only remember going a handful of times.

Then, since we couldn't figure out what to do next, we went BACK to the movies and saw Spider Man II!

Now I definitely need a nap! All that action-movie action wore me out...

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June 29, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

fahrenheit911.jpgYes, Fahrenheit 9/11 is as good as everyone says it is and yes, you should all go right out and see it. I've never seen so many people at our local movie theater -- there was a long line to get in, almost every seat was filled (on a week night!) and there was a long line for the late show when we got out.

What's amazing (and incredibly depressing) is the utter enormity of it all. How did we let this all happen?

The link on Michael Moore's site to "Okay, I've seen the movie, what do I do now?" has some good stuff on it -- I just wish the rest of his site was updated (like his blog...)

Swing state anyone? We could take a road trip to Oregon (Ilona was talking about moving there anyway...) And Nevada is always fun... though Arizona has a lot more electoral votes...



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Picture Pages

I was reading Ilona's last posting and then went back to work mindlessly copying the Chautauqua archives to our new site when I realized had the picture pages song stuck in my head (you know, "Picture Pages, Picture Pages, Time to get your Picture Pages, Time to get your crayons and your pencils..." [listen]) and I had to retrace my steps to figure out why (and of course that's the section on Ilona's blog with her photos)

And of course now that I went and looked it that up, I have the Pinwheel song stuck in my head instead ("Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around. Look at my Pinwheel and see what I've found..." [listen])

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June 20, 2004

Quest for King Arthur

There was a four page ad spread in today's paper for The History Channel's new documentary, Quest for King Arthur and I wanted to be sure to catch it tonight (it doesn't hurt that its narrated by Patrick Stewart!). It reminded me that my very first reference question that I remember asking was about King Arthur. I think it was third or fourth grade, and I called the library to find out when King Arthur had lived for a paper or something I was working on. I'll never forget how the librarian told me when King Arthur lived -- if he lived. I remember being rather shocked and appalled at that. I don't think it had occurred to me before then that it could all just be a myth...

Plus there was a preview for the new King Arthur movie (Keira Knightly as Guinevere! Cool!) before The Terminal tonight (I also got to see a preview for Fahrenheit 9/11, which I definitely want to see as well!)

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The Terminal

terminal.jpgI know, I know, I should have been home working (or cleaning up the apartment for Tuesday's stamp workshop) but I got home from knitting group and couldn't concentrate (and didn't have the right needles to start my knit-along sweater) so I went to the movies again. I really wanted to see Tom Hanks' new movie, The Terminal. I loved it! Its funny and sweet and very airport-y. I know its getting pretty terrible reviews, but its a feel good, happy, nice film to go see. And Tom Hanks was just great.


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June 19, 2004

Stepford Wives

stepford.jpgI saw the new Stepford Wives tonight -- after all, I lived in the town next door to Stepford for eight years and had to see what they would do with it. I totally expected to hate it, but I didn't. I enjoyed it quite a bit (and can't tell if I should feel guilty for liking it or not). I never actually saw the original, which may have helped.

Don't get me wrong, there's a ton of things not to like about the movie, but if you look past the overall messages and issues, there are some great lines as well. I'd love to find the one about Connecticut being the obvious choice for a place you could replace everyone with robots without having anyone notice... Another favorite was when Walter (Mathew Broderick) is trying to get Joanna (Nicole Kidman) to wear colored clothing: “Only castrating Manhattan career bitches wear black. Is that really what you want to be?” she responds, “Ever since I was a little girl."

For a review of it as a light, fluffy movie, try this review here. For a much more serious, biting criticism of the messages in it, try this one instead. Joel Siegel points out that it was supposed to be a dark comedy but that test audiences didn't like it so it made it light and fluffy instead. There are apparently three different versions of the ending even. So maybe originally it would be clearer if one should hate it or laugh at it.

I do have to weigh in and say that I did NOT like the ads where they morph Hilary and Condoleezza Rice into Stepford Wives. If you haven't seen them, the screen shots are linked in the story.

Any one else see the film?

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June 12, 2004

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

harrypotter.jpgI was going to wait until Mike and Susan could find a babysitter, but decided this morning that I just HAD to go see it today (and besides, I figured it was more than likely that I'd want to see it a second time). So I took myself to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at 12:30 and it was as wonderful as I had hoped. I was a bit annoyed by the woman behind me who not only hadn't read any of the books, but hadn't seen the first two movies (her friend's eight year old was trying to explain all the books to her before it started), but I promptly forgot everyone else and was drawn back into the wonderful world of Hogwarts.

The movies are still not nearly as good as the books of course (how could they be!) but it reminds me of how wonderful the books are and how much I love being lost in them along with Harry, Ron and Hermione!

(I love Emma Watson's list of hobbies: Her other hobbies include: Brad Pitt; socializing with her friends; Brad Pitt; music with favorites including Alanis Morrisette and Justin Timberlake; Brad Pitt; modern dance, ballet and tap..and Brad Pitt! )

So if anyone does want to go again... I'm certainly game! (though first I'd better do my homework so I can reread the book...)

Mischief managed.

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June 08, 2004

So trendy

On Queer Eye tonight, Jai brought straight-guy David to a glassmaking session where he made a bracelet made of handmade glass beads. They showed beadmaking exactly how we're doing it in class! (I'm up to 48 in total -- though not all of them count as "round" -- still short of the 50 I was supposed to have for tomorrow's class, but more than I expected to get done!)

They made a mean looking noodle kugel and pomagranite spritzers on the show as well....

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June 06, 2004

Tony Awards

wicked.jpgAh, so much fun to watch the Tony Awards. Of course I haven't seen any of the shows this year (well, except for other revivals of Fiddler)... or for years now. When Mom wore her Wicked t-shirt at The Tech's Gizmo fundraiser no one even seemed to know it was a musical (they may after tonight...) I just wish the web site didn't already have the winners so I could go and look at nominees without having it given away...

The Tony's always remind me of my friend Alison from college who always seemed to know so much about all the Broadway shows.

I would like to see Wicked and Avenue Q though... (I mean, really, how cool to have 20 and 30-something puppets and friends singing "It sucks to be me")


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June 05, 2004

June Pledge Drive

peterpaulandmary.jpgJust got home from working on the KTEH pledge drive (I was camera #3 again -- my favorite). Got to watch Entertaining the Troops and Peter, Paul & Mary: Carry It On: A Musical Legacy and got to knit with Suzanne (camera #2) again. She's working on the most amazing sweater!

Earlier this afternoon I went book shopping with Amytha, who also showed me some of the amazing crafts she's working on. We've decided to try to explore one off-the-beaten track odd San Jose site a week -- including some rather odd-looking restaurants with particularly weird signs and cows and things.

I also set up my bead making stuff and made my first 12 beads (I only have 12 mandrels). They're cooling overnight and we'll see in the morning if they come off of the mandrels or not... The hardest part of making them was getting the torch to light...


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June 01, 2004

Reading Rainbow

readingrainbow.gifI didn't realize that Reading Rainbow was still on the air. (Carrie says she knew it was, but her siblings are younger -- and read more)

It was mentioned in one of my homework articles on the history of children's literature (Multiculturalism takes root (Part 2) by Barbara Bader in The Horn Book Magazine, March-April 2003 v79 i2 p 143-63) I don't remember actually watching the show (it didn't start until 1983, so I suppose I was too old already) but to my amusement I found that I did know all the words to the theme song. I had Tivo grab a few episodes today (it seems to be on at least twice a day) and enjoyed LeVar Burton and all the little kids. In today's, they read Three by the Sea, watched people build sand sculptures, did some improv, and sang quite a nice song about making your own books out of cardboard, construction paper and a whole lot of glue. And if you liked that book, you might like these: Regards to the Man in the Moon, Frog and Toad Together, and Come away from the water, Shirley -- but you don't have to take my word for it (you can watch quicktime movies of the cute little kids giving reviews).

... butterfly in the sky... I can go twice as high... take a look, it's in a book... a reading rainbow...

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May 30, 2004

Mean Girls

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Calling someone fat will not make you any thinner.
Calling somebody stupid will not make you any smarter.
And you've got to stop calling each other sluts and whores.
It just makes it all right for guys to call you that.

-Math teacher Ms. Norbury (Tina Fey) addressing a student assembly of all the junior girls

Thank you to Emy who organized today's outting to Mean Girls (which I've been dying to see for weeks!)

Emy, Ilona and I ducked out of knitting group early (which was too bad because we were 3 of the 4 people there this week) and treated ourselves to some wonderful summer movie fun.

I absolutely loved it and am SO glad not to be in high school anymore!! Plus its hard not to want to see movies written by SNL's Tina Fey!

I wonder if Betty and Liz have seen it yet...

Check out the web site for the movie as well -- my horoscope on it says:
"Capricorn, I don't know what to tell you. i think you should drop out of school and be a runaway, go to Hollywood or Tokyo or something. That would be crazy. I mean, I'm sure it would have a terrible ending, but I don't think your life is going to leave you many options. Maybe try marrying a Leo? This week, concentrate your hard work on making yourself better for others." Huh.



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May 24, 2004

Shrek 2

I decided that I wanted popcorn for dinner, and since there wasn't anything on TV I decided to see Shrek 2 (mostly for cultural literacy and since Emy recommended it -- I can't say I really even liked the first one). But it was cute and funny and while there is still a certain amount of 3rd grade bathroom humor (for which I have a very low tolerance), there were some great lines and its definitely a feel-good movie. Plus, they added some great cast members (Julie Andrews as the Queen, John Cleese as the King, Jennifer Saunders from Ab Fab as the Fairy Godmother, etc.)

And the popcorn was excellent.

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May 23, 2004

Reversible Errors

Tonight and Tuesday CBS is showing a made-for-TV movie of Scott Turow's Reversible Errors starring Tom Selleck and William H. Macy! The CBS site has an interview with Scott. I read the book of course when it came out (in 2002?) (Dad gets to read them in proofs since he and Scott were roommates at Amherst) and look forward to see how the TV version comes out. It certainly has a great cast!
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May 18, 2004

Front Row!

An update on my friends BobbiLynn and Glen on Ellen today:

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Front row!!!

Can't wait to hear all about it when I see BobbiLynn on Friday!

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May 17, 2004

BobbiLynn on Ellen?

BobbiLynn and Glen are down in LA this weekend and today got to go watch a taping of the Ellen Degeneres show! I asked Tivo to record it so I could see if we could see her in the audience, but it didn't manage to change the channel! Oh no! Did anyone see it? Luckily, it looks like Oxygen will be rerunning today's episode in a couple of days, so I should have another shot at it (and I bet BobbiLynn's extra-cool Direct TV Tivo caught it).

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May 13, 2004

Super Size Me

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Emy, Ilona and I saw the documentary Super Size Me this evening -- definitely worth seeing (especially after reading Fast Food Nation - which Carrie had recommend as a must-read) and definitely disturbing. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock spends 30 days eating nothing but McDonalds for three meals a day, tracking his progress, visiting doctors who are increasingly alarmed by what's happening to his liver and heart, talking to nutritionists and others. And if watching what he goes through isn't enough to put you off fast food forever, there's also some all-too-up-close-and-personal gastric bypass surgery. The stats are extremely depressing...


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May 11, 2004

Wrinkle, II

Ok, I stayed up late and watched the rest of my Tivo'ed Wrinkle in Time -- and, while I can see there are some problems with the adaptation, it really is hard to beat a brother-and-sister pair saving the world from darkness. It has all the great elements of jr. high girl fiction -- the girl that feels like she doesn't fit in but finds that she actually is special, manages to save her little brother, fix her family, and even get the coolest boy in the class (who secretly worries that he's too normal and not different like her). I can see why I would have loved it when I first read it. Sigh.

Now I'm going to have to go reread the rest of the series...

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May 10, 2004

Wrinkle in Time

Got home from class too late to watch very much of A Wrinkle in Time (which I had of course immediately asked Tivo to tape for me once I heard about it). It got pretty terrible reviews, but its always so interesting to see books I loved as a kid be made into TV movies... Brian had heard the NPR piece about it and also reminded me to watch tonight. There's also a Newsweek interview where Madeleine L'Engle didn't exactly say positive things about the production either...

Any of you watch?

I was doing research today at the library for my report on gazeteers, and looking through the Dictionary of Imaginary Places, but was very sad to see thay hadn't included Camazotz in it.

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May 04, 2004

13 Going on 30

13goingon30.gifEmy and I saw 13 Going on 30 which I thoroughly enjoyed

It was part be-careful-what-you-wish-for, part appreciate who your real friends are, part Big, part romance, part magazine editor dream-job...

"One minute you’re celebrating your thirteenth birthday. Then, one day you wake up…and you’re thirty." -- hmm....

The web site has lots of cheesy 80s stuff as well, including romance quiz and magic 80s ball. I took the career quiz and it said I should be:

Magazine Editor-In-Chief
Ambitious. Driven. Valedictorian. Do these words sound familiar? Calling you an over-achiever would be a huge understatement. Besides, you’ve probably known what you’ve wanted to do since you were like twelve and were the first person in your class to get a PalmPilot. Someone like you would never waste their time in a dead-end field. You need a fast-paced environment with lots of room for advancement and personal recognition. And what better way to show everyone just how much you rock than with your own byline and eventually your own magazine. You could so rule the world – of publishing, that is.

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May 02, 2004

TV Quake

Hmm... got back to the West Coast just in time to watch NBC shake up the place in their new 10.5 miniseries. Eek.

Of course I'm only watching in case visitors to our Earthquake exhibit at The Tech ask :) It certainly has an all-star cast though!

CNN reports that "Seismologists who have previewed "10.5" expressed both alarm and mirth." Lucy Jones, scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey office in Pasadena says "It's complete science fantasy, but as long as people know that nothing about it could be true, they can sit back and enjoy it."

I do like how the news people pop into to reassure us: "We hope that you are enjoying tonight's fictional drama about earthquakes. To learn more about real earthquakes, you can visit our web site at nbc11.com.

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April 23, 2004

Iron Chef America

ironchef.jpgIron Chef America has begun! I'm of course a HUGE Iron Chef fan -- but I think the appeal was that it was such a goofy Japanese thing (though when I was in Tokyo, everyone I asked about the show laughed at me). The really awful time they did one in New York was so utterly painful (including Bobby Flay standing on his cutting board -- after almost electricuting himself during the cooking) that I really didn't think they would bring it here. But I'm impressed that Alton Brown (BobbiLynn's favorite) is the commentator, and the celebrity judges include Ted Allen, the food guy from Queer Eye.

I'm watching the behind-the-scenes preview special now, and will reserve judgement until tonight's first battle between Bobby Flay and Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai (who has won more battles than any other Iron Chef) -- and Sunday night we'll get to see Wolfgang Puck go head to head with Iron Chef Japanese Masaharu Morimoto!

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April 22, 2004

Bon Voyage

bonvoyage.jpgSnuck out and saw Bon Voyage (in French with subtitles) at the neighborhood movie theater tonight. I'm not entirely sure what to make of it, but I did enjoy it.

According to the MovieFone synopsis, "In this comic drama set during the early days of World War II, the lives of several Parisians intertwine: a Resistance fighter, a femme-fatale movie star (Adjani), a professor with the key to a terrible weapon, his beautiful student, and a French politician (Depardieu). All struggle to save their country and sort out their lives and loves."

Bon Voyage to Lisa and John too, who are about to head off for an anniversary vacation to France!

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March 21, 2004

Eternal Sunshine

spotless.jpgDad, Jane and I saw Jim Carrey's new movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- very strange, but I liked it. Left feeling rather lonely though :(


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March 20, 2004

Good Bye Lenin

goodbyelenin.jpgSaw Good Bye Lenin with Dad, Jane, Laurel and (Bigger) Brian. It was on the top of the list of movies I've been wanting to see (kept seeing previews in other independent flicks). Its the story of a family in 1989 Berlin -- the mother has a heart attack and goes into a coma for 8 months, missing the fall of the Wall and collapse of communism. When she wakes up, her kids are told that she can't have any excitement or shock or she'll have another heart attack and die, so they recreate life as it was, creatively explaining away things like the large Coca Cola billboard that appeared on the building next door.


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March 07, 2004

Trading Spaces Home Free

There's a new twist to Trading Spaces (one of my favorite TV shows) starting this week, where its now a competition between different sets of neighbors and the audience votes on who wins and gets their mortgage paid off! Plus, one set of viewers get their's paid off too (BobbiLynn! You should enter!) I especially love that there's one gay couple in the mix (I hope they do a good job so we can vote for them next week!)

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March 06, 2004

Monsieur Ibrahim

ibrahim_poster1.jpgSaw Monsieur Ibrahim this afternoon at the local theater. I LOVE having a movie theater in walking distance that shows foreign and art flicks!

This is a lovely French movie about a young Jewish boy and older Muslim man who become friends in late 1960s Paris. It will have you wanting to dance in the street (with absolutely fantastic music). Omar Sharif was great and Pierre Boulanger is the world's cutest 16 year old.


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March 03, 2004

West Wing meets Sesame Street!

I'm so excited for tonight's West Wing episode with the Sesame Street folks!
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And I found this fabulous Muppet Site which has exciting news like a book signing with Big Bird here in San Jose later this month! Sadly its the day after Eduard leaves or I'd make him come with me!

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February 29, 2004

Oscar Night

Came home, made popcorn, and watched the Oscars. It was great that they were on at the same time here as back East so I could chat with Carrie during the commercials and not have to wait while everyone else knew who won (like with Miss America... sigh...) Of course I didn't realize this in advance, so I didn't TIVO it or get home in time to watch any of the red-carpet or hours and hours of pre-show.

The best thing though is not having to stay up so late to last until Best Picture. The whole thing was over by 9!

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February 26, 2004

Tupperware

brownie.jpgI don't know why, but I've always been facinated by Tupperware. I heard a piece on NPR a couple of weeks ago about a PBS documentary which talked about Brownie Wise, the saleswoman who revolutionized selling Tupperware through parties. I finally managed to watch the show tonight, complete with tons of vintage footage from training videos and advertisements.

Here's the blurb on the show:

American Experience premieres "Tupperware!," charting the origins of the small plastics company that unpredictably became a cultural phenomenon. Narrated by Kathy Bates, this funny, thought-provoking film reveals the secret behind Tupperware’s success: the women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who discovered they could move up in the world without leaving the house. At a time when women, who had been celebrated for working in factories during World War II, were being pushed back to the kitchen, self-taught marketing whiz Brownie Wise showed them how to defy the limitations they faced by starting up their own businesses. Their funny, browniecover.jpgstraightforward and often poignant stories tell us a lot about the history of selling, the changes in expectations for women, and the importance of recognition and applause in all of our lives.

Among other things, Brownie was the first woman to make the cover of Business Week! Sadly, things fell apart for her at the end and Mr. Tupper fired her and they pretty much wrote her out of the company history.

Plus, the KTEH Pledge drive has started so I had a chance to see the camera shots! (They warned us that we wouldn't be able to watch without wanting to critique the shots -- and yes, they could have used a bit more headroom on camera 3) If you pledge now, you can get the video or DVD of the show...

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February 22, 2004

No!! It can't be over.

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Thank you Sex and the City for great TV. We'll miss you :(

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February 21, 2004

The Best Week Ever

I have to admit that one of my secret TV obsessions these days is VH1's I love the 80s, which is like one big you-know-you're-a-child-of-the-80's-if test (not that I needed any additional TV shows to keep track of). Tonight I watched their new scary show, The Best Week Ever, which is the same format -- but just reviews the entertainment news of the past week with commentary from strange current TV personalities like Mo Rocco and the weird guy from Ed. And of course, they have a blog where they discuss the week as it happens. I think I just like their concept of the best week ever being the past seven days, every week.

And yes, I should be doing my homework.

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February 15, 2004

Iron Jawed Angels

IronJawedAngels.jpgWatched Iron Jawed Angels on HBO (after Sex and the City). I wish I had heard about it in advance and could have had a viewing party. I'm excited that Betty's doing a voter registration drive at her school and hope that she gets a copy of the film to show there, it seems clearly aimed at young women and hopefully will get them excited and involved. The cast is great and the production is modern-looking, it rings some off-notes and some crazy anachronisms, but I'm glad I got to watch and hope others did!


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February 14, 2004

Charlie Brown

cbavalentine.jpgIt wouldn't be Valentine's Day without Charlie Brown waiting by the mailbox. [sigh]

Chocolate chip cookies are red.
Chocolate chip cookies are blue.
Chocolate chip cookies are sweet
So are you.


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The Company

the-company.jpgTina and I went to see The Company starring Neve Campbell and the Joffrey Ballet company at the Los Gatos theater. While seriously short on plot, it is beautiful and the dancing is wonderful. There's a fabulous dance on a swing to music by Angelo Badalamenti (right out of Twin Peaks).


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February 06, 2004

Love Letters

laura54.jpgTonight Lifetime showed a tv version of one of my favorite plays of all time, A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, starting Laura Linney and Steven Weber. I've seen it performed a couple of different times on stage (my favorite is still when Mr. Decker and Ms. Luster -- two of my high school English teachers -- performed the play for us.) It always makes me cry.

Thanks Mom for calling and telling me it was on tonight!

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February 01, 2004

Big Fish

wp_bigfish_800x600.jpgRather than staying home and watching the Super Bowl, Ellen and I went out and saw Big Fish. I'm so glad I finally got to see it! I thought it was great and really beautiful to watch.


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January 19, 2004

TV Tonight

I'm planning an evening in to watch the very strange juxtaposition of American Idol and the returns from the Iowa Caucuses...

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January 18, 2004

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Time for a Sunday afternoon matinee: 06m.jpgSaw Girl with A Pearl Earring. I really liked the book -- and think it worked better than the movie did. The movie looked great, but was painfully slow at times and really missed the perspective the book allowed us on the girl's feelings.

The movie did fit in well with what I'm reading now, which is Home: A short history of an idea by Witold Rybczynski. He uses art and literature to show the evolution of the idea of home and comfort through the ages. Of Vermeer, he writes:

Jan Vermeer, another Delft painer, was predominantly interested in the female human figure and less in the domestic interior, but since almost all his masterly paintings are set in the home, they also convey something of its character. His subjects act with a concentration that is mirrored in the still atmosphere of the room and its furnishings. Through Vermeer's paintings we can see how the house has changed: it has become a setting for private acts and personal moments. (71)

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December 25, 2003

The Last Samurai

For our Christmas movie, Eduard and I saw The Last Samurai. Followed, of course, by going out to Chinese food with the whole gang.

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December 22, 2003

Double Feature

eowyn.jpgSpent A LOT of time at the movies today! Saw Lord of the Rings: Return of the King with Eduard and then Mona Lisa Smile with Betty and Mom. LOTR was amazing! I came home feeling like we had just returned triumphant from saving Middle Earth. There were a lot of things that they had cut from the book -- I just wish I could convince Eduard to read it so we could compare notes! I couldn't get the music out of my head.

MLS was pretty good -- certainly the costumes and design were fabulous (the 50s always look so great).

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December 21, 2003

Love Actually, again

Saw Love Actually again tonight with Mom and Bill but hope to see some of the other ones on my list while I'm here (especially LOTR and Mona Lisa Smile)

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December 17, 2003

Santa vs. The Snowman

snowminion.jpgSaw the Santa vs. The Snowman IMAX movie tonight at the Tech's 5th Birthday party/staff holiday party. It was SO much fun -- I really didn't expect it to be that funny! We'll have it at the Tech for the next two years around the holidays, and it definitely should be part of everyone's holiday tradition.

This morning was my last Tech shift of the year, and my last time working in Grossology (since its leaving 1/4).

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December 14, 2003

In America

Saw In America earlier today and am now watching part II of Angels in America on HBO.

"Anything can happen -- any awful thing."

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December 13, 2003

Young Black Stallion

blackstallion.jpgSaw a sneak preview of The Young Black Stallion Imax movie at the Tech today.

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December 08, 2003

Angels

angelsinamerica.jpgStayed up quite late watching HBO's absolutely amazing Angels in America. I never managed to see the play, but everyone always said how wonderful it was. I think they did an amazing job with the movie and can't wait to see the second part next week!

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November 14, 2003

Love Actually

Not me personally... but after a day where nothing seemed to go right -- my DSL went down for hours (over an hour and a half of which I was talking to the tech support folks), my computer died again (luckily I now know how to reset the PMU), my heat stopped working (but they're coming to look at it in the morning), and I had to wait for the bus in the rain (though I only have a few more days until I can drive again!) -- I decided to take myself out to the movies and saw Love Actually which just opened at the theater down the street.

Not only did it cheer me up quite a bit (It even stopped raining for the walk back :)) but I'm now definitely looking forward to arriving at Heathrow Airport at the end of December (you have to see the movie to understand)

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November 09, 2003

Runaway Jury

runawayjury.jpgRunaway Jury today at the movie theater down the street. I wasn't going to go, but my computer is not working (luckily I can work from my laptop) and it was a yucky rainy day, so I decided to go for it. It was a perfect Sunday afternoon escapist film! Great cast, lots of surprises... I really liked it!

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October 25, 2003

Pieces of April

april.jpgSaw Pieces of April at the Pruneyard. Katie Holmes makes thanksgiving dinner for her dysfunctional family.

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October 11, 2003

Intolerable Cruelty

Saw Intolerable Cruelty at the local movie theater. Not bad but not as good as the last movie I saw (Lost in Translation). Still, a nice way to spend an afternoon...

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September 21, 2003

Lost in Translation

Saw Lost in Translation this evening (by myself - possibly only the second time I've ever gone to the movies on my own) at the movie theater that's walking distance (of course). Great movie! Fabulous scenes of Tokyo!

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September 20, 2003

Miss America

crowning.jpg One of the hardest things about living on the West Coast is that they tape-delay Miss America so I can't call Mom and Lisa during the commercials to compare notes! This year, Lisa's without power anyway, so Mom's taping it for her, but Mom and Betty watched, and Carrie called in at the end.

Some highlights:


  • every christmas, miss arkansas and her family play hot potato with a ball of fire!
  • miss ct was a former member of the us tap dancing team!
  • miss iowa is fork-lift safety certified...
  • miss kansas is a baton twirler!! (we love the baton twirlers... and the one year that one contestant walked on broken glass... watching singing as everyone's talent just isn't as interesting)
  • miss kentucky says she likes watching trading spaces (there are two new ones on tonight! luckily they're replaying them later so I can Tivo them too)
  • miss west virginia is an expert bargain shopper
  • miss wyoming is also a fork lift driver!
  • miss hawaii is a roller-skating limbo queen!

Tom Bergeron may have been the world's worst host -- but Carrie warned me that he goes on and on and that I should just fast-forward to Clay Aiken singing (I love Tivo!). I think we could have done without Trista and her friends as well. I guess there's a reason I don't watch many ABC shows. I'm still not sure who the strange people on the chairs giving the individual scores were (but they were pretty painful to watch!) The casual wear was a bit odd -- not sure what was up with some of those hats and the goofy parading around in them).

My picks from the quick intros were FL, MS, OR, TN. The top 15 ended up being MO (amber - who must be 8 ft tall), MI (madonna), VA (nancy), IN (bryn), MD (marina), RI (laurie), CA (nicole), FL (ericka), AL (catherine), HI (kanoelani), NH (candace), GA (andrea), OK (kelley), WI (tina), and NJ (jenniefer) -- so I only got one of my picks that far.
Of course, the Miss America web site gave the winner away East Coast time (grumble, i only went to the site to look up the contestant bios) So it looks like I picked right afterall! Yay!

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