Thursday, March 30, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 31, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!

Interesting combination of films this week, 2 sequels both with ice references (Ice Age: The Meltdown and Basic Instinct 2). Or ice pick references... We also have Three Times which has received critical acclaim and was nominated for awards at both Cannes and the Hong Kong Film Awards. I don't even know what to say about Slither so I might just leave it at that. Don't forget the Genie nominated Six Figures starts in limited release as well. Either Six Figures or Three Times would be my pick for the week.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch:
Cinefranco, A Celebration of International Francophone Cinema, March 31-April 9th, Toronto

Friday March 31, 2006 Releases

ATL
Dir: Chris Robinson - directorial debut
Cast: Tip Harris, Lauren London, Khadijah, April Clark
USA

Basic Instinct 2
Dir: Michael Caton-Jones (Shooting Dogs, City by the Sea, The Jackal)
Cast: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis
USA/UK/Germany/Spain

Ice Age: The Meltdown
Dir: Carlost Saldanha (Ice Age, Robots)
Voices: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Queen Latifal, John Leguizamo
USA

Six Figures
Dir/Writer: David Christensen (Fit)
Cast: J.R. Bourne, Caroline Cave, Deborah Grover, Joyce Gordon
Canada
Limited Release

Slither
Dir/Writer: James Gunn (Hamster PSA)
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, Tania Saulnier
Canada/USA

Three Times / Zui hao de shi guang
Dir: Hou Hsiao-hsien (Cafe Lumiere, Millennium Mambo, Flowers of Shanghai)
Cast: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Di Mei, Mei Fang
Taiwan
Mandarin/Taiwanese
Limited Release

Photo Friday: Smooth

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First entry for Photo Friday, challenge is Smooth.

Smooth leather of boots on smooth hardwood floors. Years of walking in them have now resulted in almost no treads which makes walking on icy surfaces to require some smooth moves but more often leads to sliding or, slipping.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday - Time #4

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Time for Tuesdays Self Portrait Tuesday entry. Today is the four entry on the theme of time, and taking a picture every day. I realized I never explained that or the pictures before. I decided to take pictures before I go to sleep and/or when I wake up as it was the only thing I thought that I do every day & would have my camera near me for. I wake up with my alarm 6/7 days a week, Mon-Fri at various time for work, Sunday to watch Cornation Street (I still would like to find the person who agreed to its new timeslot of 7:30am-10. Oh, how I remember fondly the days of 10am-noon). Saturdays I sleep in. I love sleeping, well I like the am part of it, I often have a lot of trouble getting to sleep for years I had really bad insomnia however now I uaully don't have too much trouble. I do often sleep through my alarm though. I often wish I had more time to sleep but I like staying up late so these 2 things are often in conflict. Staying up usually wins out though :)

The Chronicles of Narnia, 1/20 of #93

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I quite enjoyed reading this. Its on my list of books to read, and I picked it first as I was already reading it and it felt pretty non intimidated as I've already read it, and its really a kids book. Now that being said, its feels a little oh-so embarrasing that it took me 2-3 weeks to read. But I can handle that!! The character's are great and I really enjoyed the story which was fresh in my mind as I saw the film a few months ago. I did find that at a certain point I started to like it a little less when the religious overtones came into light and I remember when I read this as a kid I was not happy when I realized this either - I felt as if I had been tricked. This time I tried to tell myself not to think of it as religious and just enjoy it but it was tough to not see it in that light. Other than that, I enjoyed it and loved that it was told in a way as if someone was reading it to you, when the author would refer to you, the reader, and what you might be thinking at that moment. That totally hooked me! I was like Yes! I was thinking that!!! What can I say, I love the participation factor. I loved how much the animals and creatures were involved and them working together with the humans, side by side. Yep, that got me. Totally.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Double Happiness - part of #3 101 Film list

Director: Mina Shum - 'Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity', 'Drive, She Said'
Cast: Sandra Oh, Alannah Ong, Stephen Chang, Frances You, Callum Keith Rennie, Greg Chen
Canada, 1994

Seen: March 26, 2006 thanks to Mpix

Reason to see: I saw a clip of this film in Weird Sex and Snowshoes, a documentary on Canadian film and I was captivating by it. Its on my 101 list of films I can't believe I haven't seen.

I completely enjoyed this film. Its *so* Canadian. You know when you watch a film and some parts feel like a play but it wasn't actually based on a play? Bingo. Its a very interesting look at identity, be it personal identity, family identity, cultural identity or all three at the same time. It was really real. It felt like you were really seeing someones life, crazy family moments, work life, friends or dating experiences. Some moments were touching, painfully real and some were so funny I almost had tears in my eyes. A joy to watch.

Its also really cool to see Canadian actors before they hit it big, both Sandra Oh (Gray's Anatomy, Sideways) and Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galatica, Blade: Trinity, Flower & Garnet) gave really wonderful performances.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I would watch it again
I would recommend it

Sunday, March 26, 2006

101 in 1001 Weekly Update #3!

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Complete: #73 Go to the eye doctor even though it isn't free anymore, although it turns out I didn't have to pay, how much does that rock!!! I've done 1 of 10 of #83 try 10 new restaurants, and made progress on #14 write about all the movies I see over this 101 days: Night Watch, Ong-Bak, and In the Heat of the Night - which is 1 out of the 101 of my 'to see list'.

The task that is my current focus now that my class is done, is #33 - Find a new apartment. I've seen 2 so far. One was gorgeous, nice layout, good price but way too far from the subway for me. It was a brisk 15 minute walk. That just isn't going to work for me. I walked home after which was an hour of walking/standing/etc and my knee hurt so much I had to take aspirin. Now, it was near 2 buses but it really felt totally isolated & way too quiet, even though it was close to major streets. Then I went to see an apartment on this street:

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It was a lot further west than I would normally consider, but I totally fell in love with it before I even got there. This is where I should be living, somewhere where people actually live. It wasn't noisy perse, but there were people there. Gardens are in various states of care and my sister said she saw things sprouting, so that is a good sign! Its 1 1/2 blocks from 3 major streets with places to eat, go for coffee, bars & lounges, laundromats, there are even 2 movie theaters (2nd run) nearby. Its clearly mostly renters (passed 2 or 3 moving trucks on the way there you can see one in the distance of the pic), and the houses all look similiar but are all different. Every apartment I've seen, and any I've lived in always had something a little different. Odd different, like once the fridge was outside my actual apartment. This one had a tub, but no shower and you walk through someone else's apartment to get to yours. Well, walk by not through, but anyhow, someone saw it before me and really wants it so I'm next in line after that. I'll keep looking - but it was really good even just to reinforce that this is the 'hood I'm really wanting to be in.

And now for our regular updates:

#22 - Save a part of every paycheque - done!

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every
Monday March 20/06 - Greenland is part of Denmark, and not a country to itself
Tuesday March 21/06 - my right eye is higher than my left
Wednesday March 22/06 - there are LOTS of rectagular frames for glasses out there right now!
Thursday March 23/06 - a 15 min walk from the subway is too far for wherever I will be living next
Friday March 24/06 - I do not own any nice but non-work-ish shirts (this has already been resolved, woot)
Saturday March 25/06 - there are 24 doors to enter/exit on the subway
Sunday March 26/06 - my measurements don't actually all match up to a size, they span across 3 different sizes, no wonder shopping can be such a challenge!

#94 - Read every day
Monday March 20/06 -The Chronlicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Tuesday March 21/06 - The Chronlicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Wednesday March 22/06 - The Chronlicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Thursday March 23/06 - Eye, Now
Friday March 24/06 - The Chronlicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Saturday March 25/06 - The Chronlicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Sunday March 26/06 - Vogue, March 06

#83 - 1/10th complete, Try 10 New Resturants

I've done 1 of 10 of #83 try 10 new restaurants, as I went to the Elephant and Castle this Friday. Pretty nice place, a little price for pub grub but it was nicer than a normal put. I was tempted to included what I had there as one of the try 5 new foods but it didn't included any foods I never had before. It was Stuffed Yorkshire Pudding - yorkshire pudding on top of mashed potatoes with roast beef and gravy, green beans on the side. Wowza. Great description, but I thought it would have been a little better. I am very picky on yorkshire pud's and gravy cuz well, I really like the kind I make! But, nice atmosphere & good company and pints all around so would have to say thumbs up.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 24, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!

We have 5 new releases this week one of which I felt like I already saw the whole thing during the preview, yes that is Inside Man. I find it so strange when they do that with films that obviously are built around suspense. We also have Thank You For Smoking the most shocking title I have heard in a while, even if its tongue-in-cheek. The 2 Canadian releases are These Girls as well as Niagara Motel which from the poster I really was under the impression it was a film based on the show "This Is Wonderland", which it isn't - I think that must have been the day I got my eyes checked. Yeah, that's it. Last but not least we have Stay Alive a horror film based in gaming with a tag line of "You Die In Game - You Die For Real", obviously they forgot to check with any actual gamers cuz that *should* have been "You Die In Real Life" or IRL. I mean really what noob thought that up? w/e...

I've recently decided to take on a few film challenges as a part of my 101 things to do in 1001 days. One of which includes writing about all the films I see over the 1001 days, which I've started, another is seeing the next 5 films recommended to me so if you think there is a film out there that you think I'd like, now is your chance!

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch:
Canadian Filmmakers Festival March 23-26, 2006 in Toronto

Releases for Friday March 24, 2006

Inside Man
Dir: Spike Lee (25th Hour, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, School Daze)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster
USA

Niagara Motel
Dir: Gary Yates (Seven Times Lucky, Without Rockets, Made for TV)
Cast: Anna Friel, Craig Ferguston, Kevin Pollak, Caroline Dhavernas
Canada
Limited

Stay Alive
Dir: William Brent Bell (Sparkle and Charm)
Cast: Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz, Sophia Bush
USA

Thank you for Smoking
Dir: Jason Reitman (Consent, Uncle Sam, In God We Trust)
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Sam Elliott
USA
Limited

These Girls
Dir: John Hazlett (Bad Money)
Cast: Caroline Dhavernas, Amanda Walsh, Holly Lewis, David Boreanaz
Canada
Limited

**please note list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the week of March 24, 2006**

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

#73 Go to the eye doctor even though it isn't free anymore!

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Woohoo one more thing crossed off my list!! After all the brouhaha about worrying about going, I found out it isn't outrageously expensive ($65), I got an appointment for the same day I called, and I didn't actually didn't have to pay because my right eye has a 'slight turn', talk about exciting! Well that was my first reaction, and then of course a few hours later I was like hmmm... I wonder if that is like, really bad or something. Amazing how things like that it doesn't all settle in right away. The doc wasn't overly concerned and hopefully once I get some snazzy new glasses and contacts everything will become clear.

In the Heat of the Night - 101 FIlm List

Director: Norman Jewison
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger
USA, 1967

Seen: March 18/06 on Mpix

Reason to see: on my list of 101 films I can't believe I haven't seen

Wow, this really is as good as everyone says. Excellent story, amazing acting and interestingly enough it feels timeless in terms on theme however you can clearly pinpoint it to a particular place and time.

Although I thought I would end up posting movie reviews that included spoilers I just can't do it for this film as it is particularly centred around the plot. Thinking back to the best film class I took I would say you could argue that it could be classified as either a character study or based around a moral question.

"They call me Mr. Tibbs!" gooooooooooooooo Sidney Poitier!! Gotta love him.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I would watch it again
I would highly recommend it

Ong-Bak

Dir: Prachya Pinkaew
Cast: Tony Jaa/Panom Yeerum, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol
Thailand
Thai/English

Seen: March 2006 on TMNonDemand

Reason to see: I had heard a lot about this film before seeing it. Or at least I thought I had, and then now when I think back to it I realized all I heard was that the main actor Tony Jaa is amazing, does his own stunts, doesn't use wires nor any special effects. So, I guess he is kinda like the Fred Astaire of martial arts.

The plot is a little thin but that did not really surprize me. The fighting was excellent, and you will see a lot of it. A lot of the 'physical' feats or impressive moves are show multiple times from a variety of angles which does give it a bit of a feeling like a promotional video. Surprizingly the thing that has stayed with me the most from this film, other than the skill, precision and grace of Tony Jaa - which really is quite extrodinary, is the sound. It sounded, different... its hard to place words, but even from the music at the begninning which was initially was a little unnerving as it felt continous with no beginning middle or end to all the music throughout. Also the sound of the voice of one of the characters really sticks in my head. It was a fun movie.

Shannon's overall view:
I enjoyed it
I would probably watch it again
I would reccommend it to fans of martial arts films

Night Watch / Nochnoi Dozor

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshove, Galina Tyunina, Iiya Lagutenko
Russian, 2004
Russian

Seen: March 2006 at Paramount

Reason to see: had heard about this from a friend for a while, and the description of a Action/Horror/Fantasy/Thriller present day light vs. dark is a genre I tend to like so I couldn't let it pass by.

I was almost horrified at the beginning when there was an English voice over. I am not a fan of dubbed movies! I want to hear what that actor said at that moment, regardless of whether or not I can understand the language in which it was spoken. Thankfully, subtitles appeared and wow they were the best subtitles I've seen. They actually were always readable and worked thematically with the film.

Stunning art direction, cinematography and excellent sound. Everything really gelled in terms of creating this work. Innovative ideas, sometimes explained, sometimes not but you knew that the characters knew what was going on and lived in this created world. For me that was one of the greatest things about the film, you would see something and had no idea what the person was doing, why they were doing it or what the effect would be but it made sense regardless if whether or not it was actually 'explained' later. The world felt very real. The characters felt real and you felt for them. I can honestly say for the most part watching it I was completely captivated.

Shannon's Overall View:
I LOVED it
I will buy it
I would highly recommend it

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday - Time #3

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Its Self Portrait Tuesday 'time' again. I gotta say was um, interesting, to pick my pics tonight as I went to the eye doctor today and every thing is still a little on the fuzzy side. Which is quite fitting as my pics tend to be fuzzy in some way shape or form. I think this week I will let the pics speak for themselves and give my eyes a rest. :)

Sunday, March 19, 2006

101 in 1001 Weekly Update #2















Ah, another week has past, lets see how I've done! Its been a listy week, so I think next week it maybe time to switch to a 'do' kinda thing, but we shall see. This week I have done the first part of #3 and created my list of film I can't believe I haven't seen, as well as the first part of #93 creating a list of 20 books to read and read them. I have been happily working through #16 Attempt all the puzzles in a Variety Crossword puzzle book, I managed to find one with zero traditional crosswords and lots of fun crazy puzzles. I don't always get the answers right but it sure works the brain! I've been slacking on #14 Write something about all the films I've seen over this 1001 days, as I've seen 3 films and have yet to write about them. But I will! I will!

And now for our regular updates:

#22 - Save a part of every paycheque - done!

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Monday March 13/06 - getting more sleep makes you feel more rested the next day (and I thought this was a myth!! grr!!!)
Tuesday March 14/06 - getting home before the sun sets, is actually pretty great
Wednesday March 15/06 - Viewit website - so great, they have picutures of the apartments!
Thursday March 16/06 - that I couldn't find/was too impatient to find out what the daily amount of sodium intake should be
Friday March 17/06 - kale is part of the broccoli family
Saturday March 18/06 - That the line "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs!!!!" comes from the film In the Heat of the Night.
Sunday March 19/06 - a weekend without homework ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

#94 - Read every day
Monday March 13/06 - the Metro
Tuesday March 14/06 - The Chronlicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Wednesday March 15/06 - The Chronlicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Thursday March 16/06 - Eye, Now
Friday March 17/06 - the Metro
Saturday March 18/06 - kinda slacked, only read blogs and the WoW forums
Sunday March 19/06 - The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman

#93 (part 1) Make a list of 20 books that I want to read ...

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Woohoo another list complete that I can, mark off my list! I do hope to get through this list, I was going to make it less ominous for me and be only 10 but I think 20 is doable. I've been reading less and less over the years and I find it really odd becuase there were days where I know I couldn't put down a book and now its like pulling teeth to pick one up or carry one around. Of course, I used to work in a bookstore so at that point I had an over abundance of books! Anyway hoping to get back in it and was really excited to come up with this list, a combination of fiction and non fiction, about 1/2 of which I own and many more I can get really easily. In my search I was so thrilled to see that a series I loved in the past, The Adventures of Del and Tiger by Jennifer Roberson has 2 new books that continue the series. Talk about exciting!! I'm currently reading Narnia, I figured that would be a pretty easy way to get back in the groove considering its a kid's book and I read it as a kid. My favorite quote so far is Peter saying "This looks like it will be exciting enough without pretending!", what a wonderful way to look at things.

Read: 7.5/20 see update on partial post

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman (read)
  3. Away by Jane Urquhart
  4. The Beach (started, didn't like it)
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  6. The DaVinci Code
  7. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald (started, too sad for the time)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  9. How to Walk in High Heels - The Girl’s Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton (partial
  10. The Midwifery Option – A Canadian Guild to the Birth Experience by Miranda Hawkins and Sarah Knox
  11. The Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts
  12. Never Coming to a Theatre Near You by Kenneth Turan
  13. Omega by Jack Mcdevitt (in process)
  14. Oxford Guide to Plain English by Martin Cutts
  15. The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman
  16. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  17. Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts
  18. Sword-Born and Sword-Sworn by Jennifer Roberson (will be released April 4/06)
  19. The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton (read)
  20. 1 non fiction workbook (like the Artist’s Way) - The Artist's Way, Getting Things Done, True Balance

Saturday, March 18, 2006

#3 - List of 101 Films I Can't Believe I Haven't Seen

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This was a fascinating list to come up with. The rationale was films I can't believe I haven't seen. To narrow it down to 101 was a bit of a challenge, but I decided on a group that included classics, films that 'everyone' has seen, things that are always on 'best of' lists, actors I love, directors I love, or look so odd I have to see them, some are Canadian and a fair few, are films I already OWN (see picture).

Seen: 24/100 (1 I'd already seen)
  1. 8 1/2
  2. African Queen, The (Aug 15, 2006)
  3. All About Eve
  4. All About My Mother
  5. All Quiet on the Western Front
  6. All the President's Men
  7. An Affair to Remember
  8. Anastasia (Aug 6, 2006)
  9. Annie Hall
  10. Atanajuat: The Fast Runner
  11. Bay Boy, The
  12. Before Sunset
  13. Ben-Hur
  14. Bonnie and Clyde
  15. Born on the Fourth of July
  16. Boys, Les
  17. Bridge on the River Kwai (April 23, 2006)
  18. Bubba Ho-Tep (April 8, 2006)
  19. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  20. C.R.A.Z.Y. (September 2, 2006)
  21. Cabaret
  22. Chorus, The / Les Choristes (July 1, 2006)
  23. Chungking Express / Chung Hing Sam Lam (Aug 26, 2006)
  24. Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The
  25. Corporation, The
  26. Das Boot
  27. Day the Earth Stood Still, The (Aug 14,2006)
  28. Decline of the American Empire, The (Aug 7, 2006)
  29. Double Happiness (March 26, 2006)
  30. East of Eden
  31. Eve & the Fire Horse
  32. Far Side of the Moon, The / Face Cachee de la Luna
  33. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  34. Frankenstein <1931> (August 14, 2006)
  35. From Here to Eternity
  36. Gandhi
  37. Gone with the Wind
  38. Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The
  39. Graduate, The
  40. Grosse Pointe Blank (August 12, 2006)
  41. High Noon
  42. In America (July 29/06)
  43. In the Heat of the Night (March 17, 2006)
  44. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  45. Iron Giant, The
  46. It Happened One Night
  47. Jerry Maguire
  48. Jesus of Montreal
  49. Killer, The
  50. King & I, The
  51. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
  52. Last Night
  53. Lawrence of Arabia
  54. Life is Beautiful / La Vita e Bella
  55. Love Story
  56. Love, Sex and Eating the Bones
  57. M (July 30, 2006)
  58. Maelstrom
  59. Magnificent Seven, The
  60. Malcolm X
  61. Maltese Falcon, The (September 25, 2006)
  62. Manchurian Candidate, The
  63. Maria Full of Grace
  64. MASH
  65. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  66. Memoirs of a Geisha
  67. Metropolis
  68. Midnight Cowboy
  69. Modern Times
  70. Mutiny on the Bountay
  71. Nashville (March 25, 2007)
  72. Of Mice and Men
  73. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  74. Patton
  75. Philadelphia Story, The
  76. Postman Always Rings Twice, The (already seen)
  77. Quebec-Montreal (April 26, 2006)
  78. Raging Bull
  79. Rashoman
  80. Red Shoes, The
  81. Rosemary's Baby
  82. Rushmore
  83. Saddist Music in the World, The (April 2, 2006)
  84. Seducing Dr. Lewis / La Grande Seduction
  85. Seven Samurai
  86. Seventh Seal, The
  87. Some Like it Hot (April 26, 2006)
  88. Spartacus
  89. Strangers on a Train
  90. Streetcar Named Desire, A
  91. Sunshine
  92. Third Man, The
  93. Thirty-Two Short Stories About Glenn Gould
  94. Un Chien Andalou (April 12, 2006)
  95. Videodrome
  96. Waiting for Guffman (June 11, 2006)
  97. What's Love Got to Do With It?
  98. Wicker Man, The
  99. Xanadu (April 14, 2006)
  100. Year of Living Dangerously, The
  101. Zoo La Nuit, Un (March 25, 2007)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 17, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Big news on the Canadian film front is the Genies, held this past Monday night. I was all geared up to watch the awards and then was sorely disapointed that the "Live at the Genies!" was really "Live at the after party!" show that was glitzy which felt a little strange to me. The awards had already been given out, they recapped 9 of the categories, and the 'hosts' introduced the nominee's instead of showing the actual presenters. There were portions of the speeches shown but they did show pre-recorded speeches, the funniest of which was Atom Egoyan's speech in which he revealed that its the first time he has made a pre-recorded speech without knowing if he won. It was quite charming. The big winner this year was C.R.A.Z.Y. winning a total of 11 categories including Best Film, Best Direction and the Golden Reel for highest grossing film. Water came in with 3 wins, and Atom Egoyan did snag the award for Adapted Screenplay for Where the Truth Lies. Which reminds me, I must add Familia to my must see list, great acting and compelling story. For a complete list of winners, visit here.

Its quite fitting that this week we have 2 Canadian releases Lucid and The Last Trapper and I still have not been able to quite figure out if The Last Trapper is a documentary or not. I checked out the films website and its cool... and in French. It looks gorgeous though, and how can you pass up seeing something filmed in Yukon? I think the film with the biggest buzz this week is actually V for Vendetta, which until today I thought was directed by the Wachowski brothers of The Matrix fame. This is not the case, the wrote it, but not directed it. Huge difference. The previews and posters I've seen for it always leave me with a completely different impression so I think I just have to see it to see what the fuss is about!

I would like to mention a few things about the films released last week!! I was so focused on the Oscar's I completely forgot to mention anything about them. We had 2 films based on true stories Omagh and The Worlds Fastest Indian both of which I found the previews quite compelling. The heart and strength in both stories really got to me. Although Ebert really like The Worlds Fastest Indian, and he & I don't tend to see... eye to eye. I also am looking forward to seeing Beowulf and Grendel even though I don't know the story at all.

Have a great weekend!!!

Shannon

New Releases for Friday March 17, 2006

Ask The Dust
Dir: Robert Towne (Without Limits, Tequila Sunrise)
Cast: Salma Hayek, Colin Farrell, Eileen Atkins, Donald Sutherland
Limited Release
USA

Joyeux Noel
Dir: Christian Carion (Une Hirondelle a fait le Printemps, Monsieur le Depute)
Cast: Dany Boon, Diane Kruger, Benno Furmann, Guillaume Canet
Limited Release
*Oscar nomination for best foriegn film

The Last Trapper / Le Dernier Trappeur
Dir: Nicolas Vanier (L'enfant de Neiges)
Featuring: Norman Winther, Alex Van Bibber, May Loo
Limited Release
Canada/France/Switzerland/Germany/Italy
In English & French

Lucid
Dir: Sean Garrity (Inertia, Buenos Aires Souvenier)
Cast: Jonas Chernick, Callum Keith Rennie, Lindy Booth
Limited Release
Canada

She's the Man
Dir: Andy Fickman - directorial film debut
Cast: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey
USA

V for Vendetta
Dir: James McTeigue - directorial debut
Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry
USA/Germany

Saved by the bell...

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It is official, I am finished the bookkeeping course. Had my exam last night and I am thrilled. THRILLED. There was a lot of useful knowledge gained, and really ironed out the reasoning behind a lot of things I have actually done numerous times in the past but had no idea how or why they worked. I finally understand debits & credits, which people tried to explain to me before and I didn't get it - until now when the prof said they are a given. DUH! Logic not required, just memorization... a world of difference. I will say I am rusty at school I'll tell ya. I signed up on the day of the course back Jan and I had no idea how draining it would be to spend 2 nights a week in class with 3hrs (at least) of homework in between classes. I was not impressed. I wanted to really spend my time on other things but I am a sucker for getting a good mark so I really stuck it out. But the crazy thing is, I did not find it hard, it just took up so much time and believe you-me I won't take a class during Oscar season again! It also made me realize that most of the classes I have taken in the past and this one to, I just don't really feel on the same page. Clearly show above in my drawing, er nots...my attention seemed to wander at times. Either I find it way to easy, or I don't understand it at all. It would be so refreshing to find something that was 'just right'. I totally feel like the baby bear in Goldilocks. I want it 'just right' not to hot and not to cold. Is that to much to ask?

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday - Time #2

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Ah, again... Tuesday. That means its time for Self Portrait Tuesday, with its March focus of time. I often feel like I never have enough of this 'time' concept. Especially never enough time to sleep.. and seeing these pics of pre and post sleep it seems like there isn't tons of sleep time. Disclaimer: I never actually GET up at 5am.. but often wake up then due to my cat causing trouble. I think my favorite pics are the 2nd and 3rd from the bottom. The third because you can actually see Harry Potter playing in the reflection of my clock radio, and the second, well, just cuz I like it. The last one there is the ever familiar 'I will just check/double check/triple check that I set the alarm and that its loud enough'. Now there is a ritual for ya - 6 days a weeks for like.. ever.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

101 in 1001 Weekly Update #1!

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One of my co-workers this week said she is going to start calling me 'the List Lady', which made me laugh and smile. I love lists, which I am sure is no surprize as here we are one week after the big list 101 in 1001 was released! I am happy to say that I have completed 1 of the 101 tasks (#11) and made steps towards a few others including: buying the March issue of Vogue for #31 and Variety Crossword Puzzles for #16. I am also working on my list of books to read (#93) and my list of 101 films I can't believe I've seen (#3 - pictured above). The film list was more challenging than I though, I had way more than 101 but then had a hard time deciding if films I've never even heard of should be on that list. I would think no, but then when I come across something that makes me go O.M.GGG!!!!!!!!! then I'm like.. hmmm.. maybe I should included it. Hopefully I will decide soon!

Regular Updates:

#22 - Save a part of every paycheque - done!

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Thursday March 9/06 - people think its odd that I can continue typing while I listen to and/or answer a question
Friday March 10/06 - if I leave and arrive somewhere early, I do not stress about being late
Saturday March 11/06 - Toronto has 2 fashion weeks, one beginning next week and another in the fall
Sunday March 12/06 - Rogers offers renting DVD via direct mail. Very tempting.....

#94 - Read every day
Thursday March 9/06 - Eye, Now, movie guide from MA-ME
Friday March 10/06 - The Metro, movie guide from ME-NI
Saturday March 11/06 - The Toronto Star
Sunday March 12/06 - Basic Bookkeeping 5th Edition by Brooke C.W. Barker

#11 Complete! Try something I think I hate and reassess

Item under scrutiny: Tomatoes

Situation: Tomato and Cheese Bagel Sandwich

Assessment: I really wanted to like this but alas, I did not.

Tomatoes are great for you but this squishy, mushy, soggy excuse for a sandwich did not bring me joy. I can see if a tomato was cut like a green pepper will all the icky gooey-ness gone, and this was prepare freshly it *might* be somewhat enjoyable.

Moving forward into a non mushy world I go....

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Tagged: 3 things

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Tagged by Jamie!

3 things you wish for (just for you):
that I had finished fashion school and/or will at some point finish
that my first job wasn't retail - boy did that spin off into a lot of jobs I neither liked, was well paid for, or generated a lot of useful skills
to have an entire wardrobe of clothes that fit, are functional, and flatter

3 things you would do to/for you if there was no one to judge you (or if you had the guts.)
not big on being judged by others, if they don't like it, they can stuff it

3 bad habits you have.
tea
salty snacks
sleeping in/being late

3 insecurities you feel:
in general, that no one understands me
that people don't believe me
that messing with anything electronic will result in blowing something up, including myself

3 talents/skills you wish you had:
driving skills
practical skills
being able to make casual conversation

3 things you would do if you had more time:
sleep
go to the movies!
have everything organized

3 things you would do if you had enough money:
throw parties for people for all occasions
treat people for dinner out
finish school

3 things that bring you peace and relaxation:
chair
stare
purring or sleepying cat in lap

3 things that spark your creativity:
the questions my Mom asks me
idea's when I hear them for the first time
almost anything in the world, you just have to look for it.. look that dust bunny looks like a slipper! or an alien! or an elephant... I could go on all day

Oscar Winner's

2006 Oscar Winners

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
George Clooney in SYRIANA

Achievement in Visual Effects
Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard Taylor for KING KONG

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
WALLACE & GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
Nick Park and Steve Box

Best Live Action Short Film
SIX SHOOTER - Martin McDonagh

Best Animated Short Film
THE MOON AND THE SON: AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION
John Canemaker and Peggy Stern

Achievement in Costume Design
Colleen Atwood for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

Achievement in Makeup
Howard Berger and Tami Lane for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Rachel Weisz in THE CONSTANT GARDENER

Best Documentary Short Subject
A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORMAN CORWIN
Corinne Marrinan and Eric Simonson

Best Documentary Feature
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS - Luc Jacquet and Yves Darondeau

Achievement in Art Direction
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
John Myhre (Art Direction); Gretchen Rau (Set Decoration) Achievement in

Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
Gustavo Santaolalla - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Achievement in Sound Mixing
Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek
for KING KONG

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)
"IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP" FROM HUSTLE & FLOW
Music and Lyric by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard

Achievement in Sound Editing
Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn for KING KONG

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
TSOTSI
South Africa

Achievement in Film Editing
Hughes Winborne for CRASH

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Philip Seymour Hoffman in CAPOTE

Achievement in Cinematography
Dion Beebe for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Reese Witherspoon in WALK THE LINE

Adapted Screenplay
Screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Original Screenplay
Screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco; Story by Paul Haggis for CRASH

Achievement in Directing
Ang Lee for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Best Motion Picture of the Year
CRASH
Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 10, 2006

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Well, it is sure a full week film wise! First we had the Oscar's on Sunday and I am happy to here that a lot of people enjoyed them. I myself wasn't overly impressed with almost anything, I am not a fan of the host, I didn't like the dresses (I swear one red dress would have made me happy in the sea of beige...), and peoples speeches got cut off way to often for my liking. I think for me the speeches are what I like the most, and there were some really touching ones including Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana accepting for adapted screenplay for Brokeback Mountain, the guys from Wallace & Gromit, the guys from March of the Penguins, Philip Seymour Hoffman's speech and of course, Reese Witherspoon's speech was very touching. I would have to say that my favorite speech was the acceptance speech for best foreign language film. Some other memorable moments include the fabulous montage of western films, Jack Nicholson's reaction as he read Crash as the winner for best picture, Jennifer Garner saying she 'does her own stunts' after almost slipping, and my personal favourite was Dustin Hoffman saying 'Acting is so much easier than this'.

But don't put away your Awards party outfit yet!! In just 3 days we have the Genie Awards!
Celebrate Canadian film, this Monday March 13, 2006 9pm EST on CityTV, Bravo! and Star!.

I would highly recommend seeing Night Watch. Great movie, interesting story & characters and I just loved the art direction. I even loved, and I mean LOVED, how the subtitles where done. A more detailed/spoiler review will be posted on planetshannon in the near future.

Festival Watch:
The World of Comedy Film Festival runs March 8-12/06, in Toronto.

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

New Releases for Friday March 10, 2006

Beowulf and Grendel
Dir: Sturia Gunnarsson (Rare Birds, Such a Long Journey)
Cast: Gerard Butler, Sarah Polley, Stellan Skarsgard
Canada/Iceland/UK

Failure to Launch
Dir: Tom Dey (Showtime, Shangai Noon)
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey, Kathy Bates, Terry Bradshaw
USA

The Hills Have Eyes
Dir: Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Furian, Over the Rainbow)
Cast: Kathleen Quinlan, Ted Levine, Aaron Stanford, Vinessa Shaw
USA

The Libertine
Dir: Lawrence Dumore - directorial debut
Cast: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Paul Ritter
UK

Omagh
Dir: Pete Travis (Henvy VIII , Cold Feet )
Cast: Gerard McSorley, Michele Forbes, Brenda Fricker, Stuart Graham
Limited
Ireland/UK

Rhinoceros Eyes
Dir: Aaron Woodley (Bed and Breakfast, Downpour)
Cast: Michael Pitt, Paige Turco, Gale Harold, James Allodi
USA

The Shaggy Dog
Dir: Brian Robbins (The Perfect Score, Hard Ball, Ready to Rumble)
Cast: Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Zena Grey, Danny Glover
USA

The Worlds Fastest Indian
Dir: Roger Donaldson (The Recruit, Thriteen Days, Dante's Peak)
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Jessica Cauffiel, Saginaw Grant
Limited
New Zealand/UK

**please note list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 10, 2006**

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday - Time, Week 1

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Well, its been an interesting week. I was really excited about March's theme for Self Portrait Tuesday begin time, and to take a images to represent time, and at least seven of them. Well lets just say that it wasn't the week for electronics as not only did I somehow delete all my pics from the first 2 days, I also changed the 'time' on my watch so that it was ahead by 2hrs, 20 min and somehow in military time. It took a few days to figure out how to change it.

So, here are some of the ways I spend my time:

I like to watch a lot of movies, The first image is of Serenity on my lil 13" Toshiba TV, its my current favorite bedtime story.

The second image is World of Warcraft (completely moved the camera too fast so its all crazy, but if you know the game you will recognize the icons on the tb ;) which I tend to, y'know.. here or there.. play .. on occasion.. (read: everyday, usually for hours)

Then, I had the strangest sense on time on Thursday, when I was home sick (see me sleeping? or pseudo sleeping?) and slept until 7:30 at night. Of course then I was up til - 2am but that part isn't unusual for me. That counts as Friday as its post midnight.. if you are tracking this .

Finally - woohoo its Saturday, I love Saturday as I try not to do much of anything so there is me.. not doing anything!

Sunday - Oscar's night!! One of the most treasured nights of the year, as is any night where there is the opportunity to get dressed up (Thanks for taking the pic Jamie!!)

And back we are again to Monday. Monday's have never been my favourite day, I tend to sleep in by accident. I used to even have a notebook that said "MONDAY'S SUCK" on it. And how have I been spending my Monday's you ask? I've been taking a Bookkeeping class - which although it has been interesting and insightful it really feels like it has sucked out all of my free time this year so far. It finished next Wednesday, and I can't wait!

#92 & #94 for March 5th and 6th.... and 7th!!! and 8th!

Of course now that I said I would do these two things 'every day', I feel compelled to share.

#92 - learn/discover something new every day
Sunday March 5/06 - I learned I would much rather hear acceptance speeches at the Oscar's than... music cutting in.. commercials... the host or presentors. Take your pick.
Monday March 6/06 - I learned I am very rusty at crosswords! Out of 4 or so questions I only got 4, and most were fill in the blanks. One was "Tour __ Force" and I'm not even sure if it was de or du... sigh. I also learned that 'The Worksheet' is not a part of the Accounting cycle, but is a tool that you use to help generate financial statements, and can help reduce errors.
Tuesday March 7/06 - I discovered it IS possible to go by the sweets aisle in the grocery store without buying anything! Although I did look really hard at these apple caramel filled things that were disgused in the form of 'mini-muffins'. HA! I will not be fooled!!
Wednesday March 8/06- discovered that I really like listening to CKLN in the AM over the other stations (which I won't mention as would rather promote happy stuff than diss stuff), was a great to start the day hearing inspirational stories for International Women's day as oppose to mostly commercials and offensive commentary.

#94 - read every day
Sun March 5/06 - I read the Weekend edition of Dose.
Monday March 6/06 - I read the daily issue of the Metro & pamphelt for K-Phos Neutral, which I know I read before but I was really bored in class so I thought I would give it a whirl.
Tuesday March 7/06 - I read the daily edition of Dose.
Wednesday March 8/06 - I read the daily edition of Dose. Ok yes this is getting repetative but it was a pretty good issue, had a lot of interesting stuff regarding International Women's day and my fave piece was by d'bi.young an amazing dub poet and a truely inspiring woman. Unfortunalety I couldn't find it on the Dose site and I already recycled the paper.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Shannon's 101 in 1001

I found this idea on this site, and the original idea and links to many lists is here.

Well here we are! I have been working on this list for the past few weeks ever since I heard about this idea of setting 101 goals to accomplish in 1001 days. I had a lot of fun coming up with the list and there were quite a few things that didn't make the cut, and some that were added last minute. All in all I'm quite excited and can't wait to get started!

Start date is today, March 5, 2006
End date will be December 1, 2008

Tasks complete: 57/101

  1. Be a patron one year at The Toronto International Film Festival (September 07)
  2. Compile a list of all the films I've seen (May 13, 2007)
  3. Compile of list of 101 ‘I can’t believe I haven’t seen yet’ films to see & see those films (complete)
  4. Get a copy of 2005 issue of Film Review year in review (for films released in 2004)- not possible, out of print
  5. Go to a film festival outside Toronto
  6. Make a list of my favourite films, by genre (partial)
  7. See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year (52 weeks straight, not necessarily Jan - Dec) Complete: 2007 - The Films, The Experience
  8. See all the Canadian films released in one calendar year (ie all the films released in 2004, but not necessarily see them in 2004)(partial)
  9. See all the Oscar nominated films before the Oscar’s are presented (partial)
  10. See the next 5 movies recommended to me regardless of what I think of them
  11. Try something I think I hate and reassess (March 7, 2006)
  12. Wear a wig in public
  13. Wink at someone
  14. Write something about all the films I see (for the first time) throughout these 1001 days. (partial)
  15. Analyze my spending and create a budget (April 19, 2006)
  16. Attempt all the puzzles in a Variety Crossword puzzle book (partial)
  17. Figure out how RSP, RRSP and Insurance work and why people use them (partial)
  18. Fill out & send in the form for drug coverage (April 13, 2006)
  19. Find out what the practical applications of trigonometry are
  20. Pay off my debt (May 2008)
  21. Save a part of every paycheque (done!)
  22. Create pattern blocks for my figure
  23. Go to a fashion show
  24. Have a Make Up consultation
  25. Have everything I consider in 'the basic's' wardrobe.
  26. Have my sewing machine & serger out as well as a place to cut, draft and iron (July 2006)
  27. Have something tailored
  28. Learn to alter clothes to fit
  29. Learn to knit or relearn to crochet (Jan 20 & 27, 2007)
  30. Perfect the smoky eye look (November 25, 2006)
  31. Read 1 fashion magazine a month (in process). Revisioned: Find a new podcast a month (partial)
  32. Fall in Love
  33. Find a new apartment (April 20, 2006)
  34. Get a divorce (June 18, 2007)
  35. Get another tattoo
  36. Go on a date
  37. Have a red bedroom (May 2006)
  38. Keep a plant alive from ‘The Auction’ from one year to the next (Oct 2007 - Oct 2008 and beyond!)
  39. Learn something practical about house stuff (drywall, electric, I don't even know where to begin)
  40. Meet at least 1 online friend irl (Tae, Jarris & Rock, Melba, Jana and Firstborn)
  41. Own only things that are beautiful or useful, or both (partial)
  42. Tell someone a secret (May 2006)
  43. Tell someone they are beautiful
  44. Throw a housewarming party (July 22, 2006)
  45. Throw out the wedding photo's (June 17, 2006)
  46. Draw a self portrait (November 19, 2006)
  47. Go to an art gallery (September 2007)
  48. Go to Ffida (August 2006)
  49. Go to Summerworks
  50. Go to the Bata Shoe Museum (April 6, 2006)
  51. Take a lifedrawing class
  52. Crash an event
  53. Curl my toes in the sand (October 12, 2007)
  54. Drive or ride a motorcycle
  55. Go on a trip (October 2007)
  56. Go to a club
  57. Go to a concert (Oct 9, 2006)
  58. Go to a party (June 24, 2006)
  59. Go to a sporting event (Sept 22, 2006)
  60. Go to the Toronto Zoo
  61. Hold a baby
  62. Stay out all night and watch the sunrise
  63. Do a 'day in the life of me' set of pictures (Aug 1, 2006)
  64. Play NTN Trivia at Las Iguana's - not possible
  65. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for 1 week (July 5-11, 2006)
  66. Find, buy and try stevia (sugar substitute) (July 2006)
  67. Floss every day for a month & hopefully forever (October 2006)
  68. Bake a pie (April 8, 2007)
  69. Get 8hrs sleep a night for 1 week (July 11-18, 2006)
  70. Give blood
  71. Go swimming (July 2007)
  72. Go for a run
  73. Go to the eye doctor even though it isn't free anymore (March 21, 2006)
  74. Go to the Spa (July 2007)
  75. Go vegetarian for a month (August 2006)
  76. Go without caffeine for 1 week (Jan 2-8, 2007)
  77. Join a gym (Aug 8, 2006)
  78. Monitor my blood pressure for 3 months (March-June 06)
  79. Play a sport
  80. Take a martial arts class
  81. Treat my Mom to Red Lobster (May 14, 2006)
  82. Try 5 new foods (April->May, 2006)
  83. Try out 10 new restaurants (March 06 - May 07)
  84. Ask for what I want (Sept 6, 2006)
  85. Be on time for a month (Oct 27 - Nov 27, 2006)
  86. Be able to spell the following correctly without looking them up: eligible, sufficient, inconsistent, necessary, decision
  87. Do something before I feel ready (May 2006)
  88. For one day smile at everyone I see (LOL I had this twice!!) (Jan 13, 2007)
  89. Go 1 day without complaining about anything (December 28, 2006)
  90. Go 1 week without a daytimer or watch (Jan 1 - 7, 2007)
  91. Go into Holt Renfrew
  92. Learn/discover something new every day (done)
  93. Make a list of 20 books that I want to read and read them (5.5/20) (partial)
  94. Read every day (done)
  95. Stand up against something/someone being rude, racist or discriminatory
  96. Take someone up on an offer I would normally decline
  97. Take the subway end to end on both lines and time how long each stop is
  98. Teach someone something (March 2007)
  99. Cast a spell (February 2, 2007)
  100. Celebrate Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh, Mabon, Samhain, Yule & Imbolc at least once for the duration of the 1001 days
  101. Relearn the tarot

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Comments:

Jamie said...
This is an awesome list! What's so cool is that it feels like you and it also feels like there's real stretches in there. I can't wait to follow your progress. I especially want to hear about what you learn every day :)Cheers to the beginning!
9:16 AM

Shannon said...
Thanks Jamie!!! I'll be sure and keep ya up to date :)
11:23 AM

Danette said...
I must confess...I am a regular here on Planet Shannon, quietly lurking about, checking out the terrain. I LOVE your list (and your planet). Jamie really put it well. I can't wait to make my own list...And, whenever you are ready to scratch 39 off that list, I'.m sure we'll have plenty for you to "learn" here at 110 Hiawatha.:)Though I am also game to join you at the museum, the spa, a new restaurant, and definatley to go around winking and smiling.
9:00 PM

Shannon said...
Danette!!!!!!!!!!!!I never would never have thought of you as a lurker! Thanks so much for your post & offer to join me in some of the adventures! (especially #39, I didn't think I would have any resources there but I guess I do) I'm smiling already! I can't wait to see your list!
11:28 AM

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 3, 2006

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!

Well, its a 2 day countdown to the Oscar's!!! That is enough time to find a pretty dress to wear and pick my picks! Well, to pick my picks for who I *want* to win. I make my predictions for who I *think* will win moments after I print off the nominations list with my handy dandy highligher in hand. Oscar's will be on this Sunday March 5, 2006 at 8pm EST.

I did get out to see and would highly recommend Metal: A Headbangers Journey. Its a fascinating look at metal music as a genre and as a culture. Some of my favorite interviews were with Dee Snider, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Zombie and Ronnie James Dio. Its currently playing in Toronto at Paramount, Empress Walk and a few other locations. To see when its coming near you, or see the trailer, check out its website.

Festival Watch:
Voices Forward, A Festival of Israeli & Palestinian Film and Culture runs March 3-5, 2006, in Toronto.

Have a great weekend!!!

Shannon

New Releases for Friday March 3, 2006

16 Blocks
Dir: Richard Donner (Timeline, Lethal Weapon 4, Conspiracy Theory)
Cast: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse, Jenna Stern
USA

Aquamarine
Dir: Elizabeth Allen (Eyeball Eddie)
Cast: Emma Roberts, Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque, Sara Paxton, Jake McDorman
USA

Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Dir: Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Human Nature)
Featuring: Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu, Big Daddy Kane, The Roots, The Fugees
USA

Tsotsi
Dir: Gavin Hood (A Reasonable Man, The Storekeeper)
Cast: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Isreal Makoe
UK/South Africa
Zulu/Xhosa/Afrikaans
Limited Release

Ultraviolet
Writer/Dir: Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium)
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund, William Fichtner
USA

**please note list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 3, 2006**

Announcing: Countdown to 101 in 1001

Recently I've come across and monumental idea of completing 101 tasks in 1001 days. Usually if I'm prompted to come up with a list of anything past 10 things I'm like "Oh, man, I dunno...." but my initial list for this was 150+ things!!! How very exciting!!! I will be posting my list on Sunday March 5/06 with an anticipated end date to the tasks of Dec 1/08. My sister Jamie will be posting on the same day with her list. If you would like, I think it would but just spectacular if more join in the same time frame and we can all support one another though this journey. I initially stumbled across the idea from this blogger's site while looking for film blogs, and the original idea/poster seems to have come from here which is a great resourse if you are looking for ideas. I am totally excited about the idea and I can't wait to post my list, who's with me? :)

Food Challenge

I have been tagged yet again by my sister on an exciting challenge, the 5 food challenges! When I started thinking about this it really felt like not tons of them were actually about food but more about habits so it will be interesting to see what path it ends up taking.

1. Try 5 new foods
2. Have (only) 4 cups of tea a day
3. Don't eat if I'm not hungry
4. Make what I would call pidag, but is actually piragi. Latvian bacon buns. Often traditionally made at Christmas or Easter these are one of the most wonderful things on the planet. I wouldn't mind trying to make Krenil (sp?) now that I think about it.
5. New idea for snacks. If I'm craving something....
Sweet - grab some fruit
Crunchy - try some cut veggies!
Savory - spicy is the key
Salty - small (I repeat small!) amount of nuts/seeds

I would love to only have food that is considered 'close to nature'. Organic is good yes, but fresh produce over packaged makes a difference too. One of the things I continually notice is anything that is 'lite' or 'light' or 'whatever-free' is just LOADED with chemicals. I would rather consume something that doesn't require and expiry date (other than your nose) than something that would outlast my possible future grandchildren. I would rather have the natural product, with its natural sweetness/fat/what-have-you than something chemical that would better be used to grease spark plugs. I am NOT a spark plug! Well, if I was going to be a type of machinery then maybe... hold it, I'm going off to a tangent again.....

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday - All of Me 3

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Last Tuesday for the "All of Me" theme on Self Portrait Tuesday and it ain't a Tuesday too soon. Theme was to look at all of yourself, even the ugly bits. I find this pic really shows one thing I tend to do: focus. I can focus on something so much that I don't see the rest of what is going on. Sure, I have general awareness of stuff as I'm way to much of a multitasker not to but I can sure focus on something and really let everything else slide. I get hung up on 1 idea or 1 flaw or 1 thing that seems impossible to overcome and it can totally shut me down from doing anything else.

Mind you here I was just lighting candles for my Mom's Anti-Retirement birthday party and I'm sure I finished that and then started singing Happy Birthday, etc. I am just astonished how many pic's I have where I doing this, or making food or cupcakes or stuffed mushrooms or ... whatever. Its kinda freaky.