Friday, June 30, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 30, 2006!!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Well, not tons of choices this week and I am very surprized to see that here on Canada Day weekend there are no Canadian films! I am so aching for a good Canadian film and I don't think there is one out there right now. But, I will forgive as there is a film that involves fashion with The Devil Wears Prada. I laugh each and every time I see the preview, I will admit it. We also have The Road to Guantanamo which appears to blur the lines between drama and documentary and doing so with critical acclaim. Maybe films don't want to compete agains Superman Returns, which is not just playing in regular theatres but also is playing in IMAX 3-D. Hehe, 3-D haven't heard that one in a while.

Peeve of the week: When while waiting to watch a film in the theatre, rented or on cable you are shown previews, trailers, teasers and product placement ads for the films you are about to see.

Favorite line of the week: "The line up doesn't start unless some starts the line" - one guy to his friend the first two who could possibly start the line for Superman Returns in IMAX

Have a great Canada Day weekend!!

Shannon

Wednesday June 28, 2006 Releases

Superman Returns
Dir: Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, Apt Pupil, The Usual Suspects)
Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden
USA / Australia

Friday June 30, 2006 Releases

The Devil Wears Prada
Dir: David Frankel (episodes of "Sex in the City" and "Entourage")
Cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blut, Stanley Tucci
USA

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
Dir: Lian Lunson (Willie Nelson: Down Home)
Documentary
USA
Limited

The Road to Guantanamo
Dir: Michael Winterbottom (Tristam Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story, 24 Hour Party People
& Mat Whitecross - directorial debut
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddiqui
UK
Limited

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 30, 2006**

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

SPC - Pop Art #4

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This is another stab at 'ordinary objects' for pop art. Although its more like a "What's that?" Which is exactly how I'm feeling right now which is why I decided it was the perfect choice.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

101 in 1001 Update #16!

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Although I have done at least 2 things on my list since my last update I am being unbelievable stubborn on not posting them until I can post and accompanying picture. My PC does *not* want to talk to my camera at the moment (I think she stood him up) and I am working to resolved that which should hopefuly bring some fun posts in the near future.

I did make headway with #20 - pay off my debt with 1 more item out of the way (and a big shout out to Revenue Canada for my tax return), I'm 2/6 complete for that one and loving every step I make closer to getting it done.

Here are our regular updates:

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

#94 - Read every day - Along with some newspapers (some are hard to call newspapers when on Page 2 an article references is only a TV show), I've also been reading The Artist Way - Julia Cameron, and I actually do read it every day to figure out what exercises to do.

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday June 18/06 - I love having a grocery store with diverse foods! You never know when your recipe will call for frozen octopus!
Monday June 19/06 - Going to corporate events can equal free food and prizes
Tuesday June 20/06 - I love marking stuff off my list! Today I completed a task (non 101 task) that was on my list for over 3 weeks and it felt so good!
Wednesday June 21/06 - Treats from coworkers give me a rockin' start to the day, as well as a lot about how Access Database works and how the different parts of it talk to each other. Organizations systems ftw!
Thursday June 22/06 - People are nicer to you when you dress nicer. Although this was nice to have people be nice, it really cheeses me off.
Friday June 23/06 - I can do the morning pages for a whole week (and hopefully longer)
Saturday June 24/06 - If you just miss the Carlton streetcar at 3am, be prepared to wait an hour for the next one (ugh)

See my full 101 in 1001 list here

Friday, June 23, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 23, 2006!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Well it is a much quieter week on the release front! Two releases today with Click as well as the basketball documentary The Heart of the Game. A few days later we have one of the most anticipated action films of the summer with Superman Returns. I have to say I am very surprized at its release date being so close to but not on the long weekend (Canadian as well as US). There is a late night preview on Tuesday at quite a few of the theatres if you just wait til Wednesday.

Peeve of the week: Reviews that start with "Had the final gripping moments of..."

Well that is about all I have to say about this weeks releases as I've been getting up to date on the following reviews: District B13 / Banlieue B13, Sympathy for Mr. Vengence / Boksuneun naui geot, Three Times / Zui hao de shi guang, Waiting for Guffman, X-Men: The Last Stand

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Festival Watch:
Splice This! Super-8 Film Festival June 23-24, 2006, Toronto

Friday June 23, 2006 Releases

Click
Dir: Frank Coraci (The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff
USA

The Heart of the Game
Dir: Ward Serrill - directorial debut
Narrator: Ludacris
Documentary
USA
Limited Release

Wednesday June 28, 2006 Releases

Superman Returns
Dir: Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, Apt Pupil, The Usual Suspects)
Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden,
USA / Australia

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 23, 2006**

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Sympathy for Mr. Vengence / Boksuneun naui geot

Director: Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance / Chinjeolhan geumjassi)
Cast: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Du-na Bae, Ji-Eun Lim
South Korea, 2002

Seen: June 18, 2006 on TMN

Reason to see: Heard amazing things about the director, and the third in this trilogy Lady Vengeance / Chinjeolhan geumjassi was recenty in theatres as well as the highly acclaimed Oldboy.

Too brutal for me. I have to remember not to watch revenge films as they don't do anything for me. There were some excellent shots and choices, the pacing was very good. It did keep you guessing, but it also felt like every turn something worse would happen, and then worse, and then worse, ... I will admit it was interesting to see the this kind of film not where all the violence was highly co-ordinated to music and flashy and stylized. It was very quite, cold and matter-of-fact. Also showcased brutality and apathy. Not for me, but I'm sure its got its audience.

Shannon's Overall View:
I'm not sure how I feel about it
I would not watch it again
I would only recommend it for those would like revenge films and can handle the warnings listed
Warnings: Extreme violence, torture, rape, kidnapping

Spoiler Zone: (content mentioned in the following)
I had a very hard time watching this film, and not just becuase of the warnings listed above. I had a hard time keeping the characters straight (sister/girlfriend mostly) and I'm still not sure who Mr. Vengence out of two possibilities. There was also lots of oddness that I just didn't know why it was there (the creepy guy in the lake area) and things I didn't believe would be possible (a non trained person performing organ removal) or would happen (1st autopsy scene - why would be he there? felt like a device to be used for comparative terms later). Curious to the choice of showing talking about future events and showing the result of key parts of the plot, but omitting showing the actual scenes (kidnapping).

Favorite Moment: When the girl hands out her manifesto flyers to the organ donor people

District B13 / Banlieue B13

Director: Pierre Morel - directorial debut
Writer: Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri
Cast: David Belle, Cyril Raffaelli, Dany Verissimo, Bibi Naceri, Tony D'Amario
France, 2006

Seen: June 19, 2006 at Paramount

Reason to see: I wanted to see something after work, I like films Luc Besson is involved in, I am also attempting my #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 3/52.

I absolutely loved this film. I had a few choices on the table for what would make my pick this week and I am thrilled at the result. Although I will say I'm confused at the classification being "Sci-Fi". Very engaging, fun, exciting action/martial arts flick with great cast, choreography and music. Add to that witty dialogue, a pretty good story and a lot of high flying stunts its a totally winner in my book. I wish I had seen it sooner so I could see it in the theatre again.

Shannon's Overall View:
I really enjoyed it
I will most likely buy it
I highly recommend it for martials arts and action fans

Warning: Strong violence

Three Times / Zui hao de shi guang

Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou (Cafe Lumiere, Flowers of Shanghai)
Cast: Chen Chang, Qi Shu
France / Taiwan, 2006

Seen: June 14, 2006 at the Royal

Reason to see: Premise sound intriging, and I am also attempting my #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 2/52.

This film was not exactly what I expected but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The two leads were familiar but I couldn't place them until I researched. Both have numerous film credits but where I know them from is: Chen Chang played Lo in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Qi Shu is from The Transporter. Wonderful chemistry between the two leads, especially in the first of the three stories which was my clear favorite of these tales of love. I loved the score, music and the singing - especially in the third story. All of the stories had quite gentle pacing and were quiet, which can come across in film as empty or boring but in this film it was a masterful choice as it was enough to allow the viewer room to effortlessly fill the space to unlimited depths. Although, the third section felt a little stereotypical. Ironically it may have been the one with the most dialogue and I understood it the least.

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

Spoiler Zone (specific content mentioned ahead)
I was very curious as to the choice of style for the 2nd section. Shown as silent film, but without the highly stylied reactionary shots. Also, often the speaker wasn't shown straight on in profile or not even facing the screen making it hard to tell who was saying what. There was singing and music used in some scenes that matched up, and then some talking at the end. I was confused by this choice. The singing was awesome though.

X-Men: The Last Stand

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Director: Brett Ratner
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Ben Foster, Ellen Page
USA, 2006

Seen: June 6, 2006 at Paramount

Reason to see: um.. Its X-men!!! Of course I'm going to see it!!! I am also attempting my #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 1/52.

I have to say I was really hoping for more. I loved the first two in the series, they were absolutely spectacular and really captured the essense of X-Men for me, I've been a fan for quite a while. Although when I thought about it after the fact I would have to say that they were techincally on with the story and with how the world of comics are. I had hoped for more character development, especially with the secondary characters. I also thought it copped out on its own morals. As a stand alone movie I think it would be enjoyable, but comparatively as part of a series I was dissapointed.

Shannon's Overall View:
I wanted to like it
I will most likely watch it again, although not with the love I have for the first 2 films
I would recommend it as a regular action movie

Waiting For Guffman - part of #3, 101 films to see

Director: Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, The Big Picture)
Cast: Christopher Guest, Cahterine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban
USA, 1996

Seen: June 11, 2006

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

Absolutely fabulous. I think it my mind I thought this was Waiting for Godot, which I've never read or seen but its ok.. I totally loved it. If you've seen and liked either A Mighty Wind or Best in Show or have ever worked/been involved in theatre you will definately get a kick out of this. I laughed at so many moments I wouldn't even be able to tell you everything and I'm not even going to try it as it would spoil it. A completely enjoyable film.

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

ABC's of me Meme

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The ABC's of me....

Found from Suzie blog, thanks for sharing :)

Accent: Not as far as I know!

Booze: Um, ok! A pint of Keith's, blush wine or a nice Shiraz. Oh.. or the summer Apricot beer is a great one too!

Chore I hate: putting sheets on the bed, I have to launch myself to get to those corners! Or mopping when you realized you forgot to sweep first, yuck.

Dogs/Cats: Cats ftw!! 1 cat

Essential Electronics: computer with FAST internet connection and capable of playing online games. TV, VCR/DVD, Cable, Call Answer, something portable to listen to music on

Favorite Perfume: Current looking for a new one, 2 I've loved in the past are Paco (which is cologne) and Activist (The Body Shop)

Gold/Silver: Silver all the way

Hometown: Definately Toronto, although I was born in Montreal.

Insomnia: all too often

Job Title: hmmm.. stumped on that is usually changes rather frequently. Oh, I mean: Artist.

Kids: Nope

Living Arrangements: Yes, I have those and I love 'em.

Most admired trait: Tough one. I tend to put people at ease. Or thinking outside the box.. I don't really believe this 'box' people talk about exists anyway...

Number of questions you modified on this meme: Just one ;)

Overnight hospital stays: Too many

Phobias: Too many

Quotes: "You only have to do it the first time once" - me, circa 1990

Religion: Define religon :P

Siblings: Yes! Two wonderful sisters Jamie & Suzie and my fantastic brother Jason (who should join the blog world!!!)

Time I usually wake up: theoretically 7:15am. Usually closer to 8am. Saturdays don't count

Unusual talent: I can pick up carpet with my toes, go go strong toes!

Veggies I refuse to Eat: Brussle sprouts, ick

Worst Habit: Staying up late

X rays: Too many, none recent

Yummy food I make: Stuffed Mushrooms

Zodiac Sign: Leo. rawr.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

100 Things I Love Today meme

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I saw this on Jamie's blog, and I love the idea!

A big fridge and a freezer that works Cold Beer
New Ideas That warm feeling under the covers on a cold winter day
Hagan Daaz coffee ice cream
Great Conversations
Foreign Film Tips & Tricks

MMORPG's (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games)
Social Dynamics Tea Maple Fudge

Soft Socks My Apartment
Brillant, functional and fabulous design

When things are resovled
Gerber Daisies
People who make plans
The feel of a black bic pen on a large pad of rough yellow paper
Sleeping in Rugby Being Independant
Fries & Gravy Mashed Potatoes
Baked Potatoes (see a theme?..)

Finding a great new recipe
The feel of the temperature change down my back of cold water into warm hair

Smooth skin
The smell of frying onions My cat's purr
Food in the fridge Balancing

Days when my knee doesn't hurt
Seeing improvement
Candid photo's Getting email Eating at restaurants

The feel of shading with charcoal on paper with my hands
Great Sunglases Boots

Finding people with similiar values
Laughing
Positive Feedback Perfection Being in water

Colour The sound of rain
Going to the pub after a movie to discuss it

French Onion Soup
Peas from the pod The cooing of pigeon outside my window

A positive bank balance
Empty streetcars
Orange Popsicles
Waking up to the smell of coffee Canadian Film my neighbourhood

The indent between the clavicle & the neck
Savasanah Dancing Lime
Awake Tea from Starbucks Going to second run movie theatres

Stadium seating When people 'get' what I mean
A great laugh Lightbulb moments

Clothes that I like and fit off the rack
My new system of lists Finding a new band I like Finding a new director I like

Accomplishment People who are great at their craft
Puzzles

Films with great scores
Sharing! My family

The cats in my life Feathers
Happy Surprizes Festivals
Days like today

Being Happy Organizational Systems
Being Right
Typing quickly

Sparklers
A well constructed garment Bumping into friends
Hearing people speak other languages

Comfy footwear Unconvential point of views
Gossip
When things go according to plan
Nicknames Little dogs who think they are big dogs

Fearlessness
When people know what they want
The seat past the back doors on the window side

Chocolate
Taking a stand A shiny sink
Dreams

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Self Portrait Challenge - Pop Art 3

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Think I got the hang of the Pop Art this time.

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Monday, June 19, 2006

20 Things I Don't Like

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-->I forgot to mention I got this by being tagged by Jamie

1. Being late
2. Going ‘back’ – be it going to long way around or really anything that isn't the most direct route, having to redo something I’ve already done, picking up something I forgot. I want to go forward, not back!
3. Letting people down
4. Denial (myself or others – learn from it and live on)
5. Previews that give away the whole movie! Or when they show a preview of the film you are seeing before the film (in theatre or otherwise)
6. When I see something that really annoys me and realize I’m having a strong reaction because I do/did that
7. Liars
8. Cheaters
9. Chicken livers (a world of ewww)
10. When people don’t treat people as individuals but as a stereotype
11. Prejudice
12. sexism, racism, anti-gay/lesbian/hetro-ness, hate based on people’s culture, religion, etc
13. Violence
14. Anything that doesn't fit, clothes, chairs, things being out of reach/awkward
15. People that only talk about themselves
16. That everyone can’t just get along! (I have hope though!!)
17. Having regrets
18. Silly combination of items packed at the grocery store (rotisserie chicken with the cream? Cans with the eggs?)
19. When the laundry machine eats your quarters!!
20. Self sabotage

Sunday, June 18, 2006

101 in 1001 Update #15!

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Oh wow its cool to look at that pic and see a clean desk. Not that I don't like mine the way it is atm with my computer and tea and converters and such on it, hehe. Another on my 101 bit the dust this week: #45 - Throw out the wedding photo's. Yay me. I wonder which one I will do next. Until then, here are our regular updates:

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

#94 - Read every day - Ok, I'm reassessing this one a little bit because unless I'm bed stricken & without glasses I will read every day be it an email, the clock, a streetsign or a book. I think my intent was read something out of a book, magazine or newspaper everyday but I'm not quite just ready to commit to rephrasing it. Its also the first time something on my list is not sitting quite right. But, I am going to say done! for this week and see how it evolves now that I've said this outloud-ish. This weeks highlights:

Disposable Heroes - written by my own brother - yay Jason!! Great story in the Oct/Nov iss of Andromeda Spaceways
Children of the Mind - Orson Scott Card
Guide to Lower Blackrock Spire by Jame
The Artist Way - Julia Cameron

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday June 11/06 - wiffleball is like baseball with plastic ball & bat
Monday June 12/06 - its nice to have time to do stuff in the am before work
Tuesday June 13/06 - sometimes if you don't know what you want but know you need a change, you have to try something - ANYTHING - so you can at least react to it. Reacting (good or bad) is better than being ambivalent or doing nothing (a.k.a I didn't like the haircut I got - hehe)
Wednesday June 14/06 - I hate feeling behind!
Thursday June 15/06 - What prime is in terms of banking - so its the Bank of Canada, not my own personal bank that I have a beef with on my interest rates!! 6%! o.m.G!
Friday June 16/06 - the difference between osteo (joint specific, pain & limited movement due to wore down cartilage) and rheumatoid (body wide, immune system attacking body, symmetrical reactions) arthritis
Saturday June 17/06 - Tetrapack bouillon is to be used within 4 days from opening!! OMG had no idea - guess I need to freeze 'em into ice cubes or go back to using powder.

See my full 101 in 1001 list here

#45 - Throw out the wedding photo's

I can't even begin to articulate the irony that as I did this one, my camera isn't working. Well it still takes pics but I can't upload them. Fascinating timing. This one took me longer than I expected... I knew where they were and planned on doing this pretty much every day for two weeks. Going through pictures always takes longer than expected and I wasn't sure what my reaction to doing this would be. I didn't want to throw out anything that wasn't wedding related so I actually went through them... the showers, parties, nights out, getting hair done, the big day, etc. Lots of great ones of friends & family and touching moments. And then me, happier than I ever was. Grinning from ear to ear, sparklie eyes, the works. That used to make me so angry, but now just a little sad. At least I know its possible. Out with the old, out out out! I wonder what in the the new will bring.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Colour week: Friday Red

This is from the series of first ever pics I tooks with my digital camera.

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Many to choose from for the topic of red for todays colour week submission. My camera has a thing about red - a lot of my indoor shots like this one are red for no apparent reason. OK I think that was partially a red wall.. but still.. the rest of it.. is unmistakably looking red.

Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 16, 2006!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Well we might be at a record for this year so far with an impressive 11 releases this week! With my ear to the ground I have heard the most anticipation out of our choices for Nacho Libre starring Jack Black and from Jared Hess the director of Napoleon Dynamite. I have my eye on Taepung / Typhoon, as I quite enjoyed Champion from director Kyung Taek-Kwak a compassionate and telling film about boxing and working against odds. I also have to admit I'm going to have to see The Lake House it appears to be totally compelling to me. If documentaries are more you style this week we have not one but two to choose from! Will you explore the world of crosswords with Wordplay or that of art with Sketches of Frank Gehry? I wonder if there will be any hint of Frank Gehry's current AGO transformation here in Toronto. On the other side of the planet, we have the location for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift I was surprized at the director choice of Justin Lin who brought us Better Luck Tomorrow. However, I did uncover a new description for a rating of a film with Furious for, "reckless and illegal behavior involving teens" (from imdb). Very interesting. Its almost a little shocking to see this film considering how street racing appears to be a crime that is on the rise. Enjoy your options this week!

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Festival Watch:
Worldwide Short Film Festival continues until June 18, 2006, Toronto

Friday June 16, 2006 Releases

CSA: The Confederate States of America
Writer/Dir: Kevin Willmott (Ninth Street)
Cast: Charles Frank, Larry Peterson, Greg Kirsch, Renee Patrick,
USA
Limited Release

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Dir: Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow)
Cast: Lucas Black, Zachery Ty Bryan, Nikki Griffin
USA

Garfield: A Tail fo Two Kitties
Dir: Tim Hill (Max Keeble's Big Move, Muppets from Space)
Cast: Bill Murray, Brecklin Meyer, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Love Hewitt
USA

Keane
Writer/Dir: Lodge Kerrigan (Claire Dolan, Clean, Shaven)
Cast: Damian Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Amy Ryan
USA
Limited Release

The King
Dir: James Marsh (The Team, Wisconsin Death Trip)
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, William Hurt, Laura Harring, Pell James, Paul Dano
USA/UK
Limited Release

The Lake House
Dir: Alejandro Agresti (Valentin, Buenos Aires Vice Versa)
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
USA

The Lost City
Dir: Andy Garcia (Cachao... Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos)
Cast: Andy Garcia, Ines Sastre, Tomas Milian, Richard Bradford
USA
Limited Release

Nacho Libre
Dir: Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Peluca)
Cast: Jack Black, Hector Jimenez, Ana de la Reguera, Darius Rose
USA

Sketches of Frank Gehry
Dir: Sydney Pollack (The Interpreter, The Firm, Out of Africa)
Documentary
Germany/USA
Limited Release

Taepung / Typhoon
Writer/Dir: Kyung Taek-Kwak (Champion, Ddong gae, Chingoo)
Cast: Jung Jae-Lee, Dong-Kun Jang, Mi-yeon Lee, David McInnis
South Korea
Limited Release

Wordplay
Dir: Patrick Creadon - directorial debut
Documentary
USA
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 16, 2006**

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Colour week: Thursday, Blue

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A bit ago I decided to try to pick and stick to a 2-3 colours that work together in terms of shopping/wearing clothes. I picked blue, grey and black and went shopping, and here is what I found. This was a few months ago, and I'm wearing 2 of these today, so far I would have to say its a pretty good system!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Colour week: Wednesday, Black/Grey

Wednesday submission for colour week, Black/Grey.

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Snow tracks from a mysterious thing called a 'car'. It isn't a creature as it require the mind and actions or another for it to be set in motion. Covers distances very quickly, and in many terrains. Maybe we will see more of this 'car' thing, or maybe it is all a hoax.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Self Portrait Challenge - Pop Art 2

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I've gone the 'ordinary object' route this week, although I don't know how ordinary one of these thingies is. I'm not sure even if they have a name. I wanted one of these from before I even went to art school, and the funniest things is - I've never used it for its intended purpose. But I've always been happy I've had him, sometimes he is posed calm and cool like above, other times zany and crazy. I think I wanna be there right now - in the calm. Ahh....

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Colour Week: Tuesday, Brown

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I wasn't sure if I would be able to find something for brown for colour week, but then I thought - BEER!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Colour Week: Monday, White

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Here is my take on white, for colour week. I found this fun activity from Claudia, who has posted some wonderful pictures recently which inspired me. Check out Jamie's great pic too!!!

White has never been a favorite of mine, and in fact I was lucky that I took so many pics of the painting process of my new apartment so that I would have something to work with!! This is my primed bedroom before it became red, really really red! I am trying to think of other things I have that are white - some socks, some dish towels, kleenex, manniquin heads and the baseboards, that is about it. I have a few white shirts for moments where I think looking 'polished' is important, but inevitable that is the day I am using a stamp and end up with ink on my cuff. But, I do like white over cream, vanilla ice cream, cream for coffee and nothing looks as clean as white.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

101 in 1001 Update #14!

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Well another week, another update! I completed another item on my list with #78 - Monitor my blood pressure for 3 months, which means we are more than 3 months in - hard to imagine. But I have been trying to do about 1 task a week and now I'm 13/101 - woohoo! I have a few more that are really within grasp but I'm having issues with my camera which I think is making me a little slacks-ville on that. Hopefully I will figure it out soon. Good news is I've really pared down the boxes and my place is starting to really feel like an apartment now!

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

#94 - Read every day - done! Still reading "Children of the Mind" by Orson Scott Card and the fact I'm still reading it makes me feel like I'm giving the impression its really long. It isn't just put-put-puttering along. I actually spent some time reading on my deck Saturday afternoon in the sun, was so nice.

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday June 4/06 - I wasn't unpacking becuase I hadn't finished painting
Monday June 5/06 - Sleep is good. Would be better to think this at 1am, instead of 7am
Tuesday June 6/06 - That I wasn't overly impressed with the latest X-Men film
Wednesday June 7/06 - I would rather leave early then be on a busy streetcar
Thursday June 8/06 - Kumquats are tarty goodness!
Friday June 9/06 - the reverse of Wed Jun 7/06, lol
Saturday June 10/06 - Where the regular (read: not organic) bananas are at the grocery store - this took 3 tries as they are nowhere near the rest of the produce!

See my full 101 in 1001 list here

Friday, June 09, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 9, 2006!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Its Festival madness this week with the new releases and festivals being the same number at 4 of each! Speaking of festivals it come to a great shock and sadness to me when I discovered that 4 of the 5 Festival Cinemas are closing. Many a time I have spent at those theatres, from seeing films I knew nothing about such as Delicatesent or a film by Jean-Luc Godard (which I sadly don’t remember what film it was), to falling out of the seat laughing at (not funny) parts of Independence Day, or to double bills like Highlander and Aliens. Then of course there were times I spend freezing the Paradise, or rocking in the chairs of the Revue during Sunday matinee’s and seeing kids watch the screen in wonder. I also found they were a great resource to snag those Oscar nom’s before the big show (Monsters Inc, Ali) They will be open until the end of June and then all but The Fox will sadly close there doors. For their final months schedule, visit here.

Festival Watch:

The Toronto Italian Film Festival continues until June 11, 2006, Toronto

Alucine, Toronto Latin@ Media Festival continues until June 10, 2006, Toronto

North by Northwest Film Festival June 8-11, 2006, Toronto

Worldwide Short Film Festival runs June 13 – 18, 2006, Toronto

Shannon

Tuesday June 6, 2006 Releases

The Omen
Dir: John Moore (Flight of the Phoenix, Yeager, Behind Enemy Lines)
Cast: Julia Stiles, Live Schreiber, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Predrag Bjelac
USA

Friday June 9, 2006 Releases

12 and Holding
Dir: Michael Cuesta (L.I.E)
Cast: Zeo Weizenbaum, Annabella Sciorra, Jesse Camacho, Conor Donovan
USA
Limited

Cars
Dir: John Lasseter (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life)
Voices: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Tony Shalboub
USA

A Prairie Home Companion
Dir: Robert Altman (The Company, Gosford Park, Pret-a-Porter)
Cast: Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly
USA

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 9, 2006**

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday: Functional Art

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I heard about this topic of Functional Art for Inspire Me Thursday and I really wanted to get it in, and I am .... just under the wire! My piece of functional art is a prosperity jar, also known as to some as a piggy bank. I picked rich colours like green and red and some ornate patterns as well as a pair of eyes to watch over the jar itself. We shall see how it goes, and how it grows.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

#78 - Monitor my blood pressure for 3 months

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Woohoo another one bites the dust - almost. I started this task on my 101 list right away, which means a few things.. 1, its been 3 months (wow!), 2, now that I've monitored it I should like... do something about it (lol) and 3, in the past 2 weeks is been totally different then the prior 2 1/2 months (arg). Different in a better sense though. Which is good although, confusing... lol. I guess its true that sometimes you never know what will happen. Maybe I'll watch it for a little longer.

Monday, June 05, 2006

SPC: Pop Art 1

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Ok so this isn't technically I picture of me, but it is an everyday item! Its amazing how many chairs I have ended up with in this exact colour over the years, I guess it is just meant to be meant for.. me.

See more Self Portrait Challenges, here.

Sunday Scribblings: Earliest Memory

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I've been lurking around Sunday Scribblings for a few weeks, and decided to dive in this time round.

My memory on when I was younger is not very good. I'm not sure when people actually start having memories but when people talk things they did and have stories to tell I always sense a void. It could be from what what my siblings and I call "the year of hell" (although I have had 2 other years that could almost rival it .. lol), I could be blocking it out, or maybe I just literally not remember. It's ironic, as I actually have a ridiculously good memory. I remember what everyone likes on their pizza, or how I first met someone, or all the phone numbers I've ever had. And, being the youngest I do tend to hear about things that I did, and often those are reinforced by seeing pictures but the following are all things that I actually have memory of:

- I remember the crayons melting in the car door on the way to Florida (age 5 or less)
- I remember be so sad that cried for ages because I was too young to take dance like my sisters, Suzie & Jamie did (age 5)
- I remember having to take having to take "fish" level lessons twice in swimming class because I was too short to advance to the 'normal' classes (somewhere between 5-7)
- I remember my first dance recital and somehow being outside through the window and walking on gravel (age 6 - no idea why I did that)
- I rememeber taking a bunch of tests I thought were 'fun' but ended up landing me into a different school and oh joy, gave me yet another reason to be labelled 'different' (age 7)
- I remember going to a friends cottage, which lead to getting a really bad sunburn, realizing for the first time that I didn't like grapefruit juice and really disliking being anywhere strange or anywhere that I didn't know how to get home (age 7 or less)
- I remember 1 normal family dinner (age 7 or less). One.
- Fun with puzzles and numbers with Magic Squares (age 8)
- I remember telling off a bully at school, I didn't realize he was one at the time though! (age 11)

Ironically, I have no idea when this picture was taken. Although I do remember that wallpaper and exactly the feel and smell of that comforter. On top of that, I have no idea, why I was reading a French dictionary, but then again - I told you my memory of when I was young wasn't very good. ;)

Sunday, June 04, 2006

101 in 1001 Update #13!!!

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My plan for today was to relax like Gobo pictured here. Then I decided it would be a good idea to paint the bathroom. Oh my. 5 1/2 hours later I'm covered in blue paint, it isn't done and last time I looked - it didn't look good. What was I thinking...

I can't believe it. I must have been really busy (not that I didn't know that or anything..) because I went through the ENTIRE month of May without watching any new movies! But I have gotten up to date on #14 - Write about all the film including: Some Like It Hot and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. I have completed one task: #82 - Try 5 new foods, what an adventure!! I also have done #31- Read 1 fashion magazine a month for May, reading Vogue as well as W - well I flipped though it at Shopper's there was an interesting spread on Madonna, 34 pages or something like. A lot of them were amazing but I am surprized to continue to see that style which does seem kinda dated. Was Matrix/bondage/S&M kinda stuff. And .. kinda equestrian too. Wierd.

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

#94 - Read every day - done! Still reading "Children of the Mind" by Orson Scott Card

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday May 28/06 - Having only a bathtub and no shower - ain't all that bad. Its kinda like being a mermaid
Monday May 29/06 - Wanna know who your MPP is? or Cabinet peoples?
Tuesday May 30/06 - Hearing the flip-flop sound of sandals at work drives me nuts. Even if *I'm* the one making the sound
Wednesday May 31/06 - Canada's Next Top Model is of so very different then the US version
Thursday June 1/06 - The show 'The Office' is completely compelling. Also I leared somehting about moving.. but I can't make out my writing to what it was!
Friday June 2/06 - Something at work, but can't say what it is. Nothing overly interesting but I'm sure it makes me a better employee and all that jazz
Saturday June 3/06 - There was water in my cable line which was messing up my internet connection and it is now, gloriously - resolved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See my full 101 in 1001 list here

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Nothing is as fun as doing laundry when it rains...

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Ok maybe there are things that are slightly more fun as in sleeping in :)

I am shocked that not only are these probably the same plants in the window of the Lavandaria from the last time it was my local laundromat (we are talking more than a few years here), but that they are actually still alive.

Friday, June 02, 2006

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

Director: Ken Kwapis (The Beautician and the Beast, He Said, She Said)
Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Jenna Boyd
USA, 2005

Seen: June 1, 2006

Reason to see: #10 on my 101 things in 1001 days is to see the next 5 movies (OMG I said movies not films!!) recommended to me regardless of what I think of them. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was recommended to me by Jamie. Thank-you very much for recommending it!!!

It took me a few times to actually get through this film. Nothing against it, I've just been really really busy. But wow, it was amazing. Initially I was surprized as for some reason I thought it was a foreign film, but then I saw Rory from Gilmore Girls and was like, huh? I might have thought that it was foreign becuase it got such great reviews, isn't that funny. It was truly wonderful. Amazing, believeable stories about girls that you care about. Some things hit really hard, some moments were completely touching, but mostly it felt really real. It also got me, yes I will admit it.. a more that a little ...teary.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I will watch it again
I most definately recommend it

Underworld: Evolution

Director: Len Wiseman (Underworld)
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Tony Curran, Bill Nighy, Derek Jacobi
USA, 2006

Seen: Feb 14, 2006

Reason to see: Loved the original

I have to admit I was dissapointed in this film. I enjoyed the first one so much as it was full, rich and highly stylized. This one was not so. I also will admit I know the *exact* moment where I completely dismissed the film, a completely gratuatous t&a shot of a dead woman. It also really felt like it was just a stepping stone to the next installment. I do know people who have enjoyed it, but it wasn't a film for me.

Shannon's Overall View:
I did not like it
I will not watch it again
I would recommend it only if you just want to see an action flick

Some Like it Hot - part of #3 101 films

Director: Billy Wilder (The Apartment, Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd)
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
1959, USA

Seen: April 2006

Reason to see: Its on my 101 list of films I can't believe I haven't seen, and when decided which films to see there were so many directed by Billy Wilder, but this one stars Marilyn Monroe so it made the cut :)

I find it so interesting when I watch an older movie where you now have seen similiar plot lines a zillion times and I wonder "Wow, is this where the idea came from?" That was my reaction to this film, for sure but I enjoyed it very much. It was definately a lot of fun to watch, with charming characters and great acting. It almost might be the first film I've actually seen Marilyn Monroe in and it is so refreshing to see a woman that looks like a real woman.

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

Film Fan Friday for Friday June 2, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!

Ok, real Dragnet version this week I want to get this up before I lose my internet connection... again! What a week!

Festival Watch:
The Toronto Italian Film Festival runs June 7-11, 2006, Toronto

Alucine, Toronto Latin@ Media Festival runs June 1-10, 2006, Toronto

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Friday June 2, 2006 Releases

The Break-Up
Dir: Peyton Reed (Down with Love, Bring it On, Almost Beat)
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Joey Lauren Adams, Cole Hauser
USA

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
Dir/Writer: Fatih Akin (Genen die Wand, Solino, Im Juli)
Documentary
Germany/Turkey
Limited Release

District 13 / Banlieue 13
Dir: Pierre Morel - directorial debut
Cast: David Belle, Bibi Naceri, Cyril Raffaelli, Tony D'Amario, Dany Verissimo
France

Free Zone
Dir: Amos Gitai (Promised Land, Alila, Bem-Vindo a Sao Paulo)
Cast: Natalie Portman, Hanna Laslo, Hiam Abbass
Israel/Belgium/France/Spain
Limited Release

An Inconvenient Truth
Dir/Writer: Davis Guggenheim (Teach, Gossip)
Documentary
Featuring: Al Gore
USA
Limited Release

The Omen
Dir: John Moore (Flight of the Phoenix, Yeager, Behind Enemy Lines)
Cast: Julia Stiles, Live Schreiber, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Predrag Bjelac
USA

Wah-Wah
Dir: Richard E. Grant - directorial debut
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Nicholas, Julie Walters
UK/France/South Africa
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 2, 2006**

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Photo Friday: Home

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Great timing for the theme of home for Photo Friday, as I just moved!

I couldn't decide between these two pics, the top is my new street - who says Toronto has no trees??? Bah... The bottom is my kitchen, and as long as you can make tea - you know you are in a place you can call home.

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