Monday, July 31, 2006

The Devil Wears Prada

Director: David Frankel ("Entourage", "Sex and the City")
Cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Adrian Grenier, Simon Baker
USA, 2006

Seen: July 21, 2006 at Varisty with Jamie

Reason to see: A film about fashion is *always* a must see for me. Also, I'm on my second try of #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 2/52 (try 2).

Totally loved it. It's a film that isn't just about fashion but dang there are some great clothes in it! I love stories that show people coming into their own, kinda like a grown up coming of age story. The performances are so great and Meryl Streep, whom I'm not normally a fan of, is absolutely perfect. I find it really odd that I don't have more to say other than I really really liked it!!

Favorite music: Gah, I don't know the name of the song but its also on "So You Think You Can Dance" and has the line She's such a beautiful girl in it. Haha I'm like one of those evil people that comes into the store only partially knowing what I'm looking for!

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'll buy it
I recommend it

Spoiler Zone
I thought it was lame how they dealt with Emily & the Paris trip. Wasn't believable. I thought they would have made that situation more of an active choice instead of a more 'I have to do it'.

In America - part of #3 list of 101 films

Director: Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot)
Cast: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger, Djimon Hounsou
Ireland / UK, 2002

Seen: July 29, 2006 thanks to Rogers Direct

Reason to see: Its on my 101 list of films I can't believe I haven't seen, received critical acclaim and has been reccomended by friends.

Oh My Goodness. This is the best film that I've seen in a while. Very touching family story, one that really captures everyday life trials and tribulations. It also has one of my favourite things as well: unconventional relationships. Also, all of the actors are amazing. I don't even really want to say anything about it other than to go see it. Thinking of some moments still get me choked up.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I would watch it again
I highly recommend it - but have kleenex handy

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Director: Richard Fleischer (Soylent Green, Conan the Destroyer, Red Sonja)
Cast: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke
USA, 1954

Seen: July 29, 2006 thanks to Rogers Direct, as well ask when I was a kid

Reason to see: Nostalgia

I hadn't seen this film in many years. To be honest all I really could recollect was Kirk Douglas looking all buff in that striped shirt. I swore it was in black and white - but the version I saw this time was in colour. Seeing this as an adult it was a little less exciting/engaging. It's very Disney and I'll bet at the time the underwater effects were quite spectacular. They still hold their own though. The story is good as well as the acting. Its definitely a Sunday afternoon with popcorn kinda film.

Favourite Line: "Professor... professor!! I think we should check with the professor"

Shannon's Overall View:
I liked it
I'd most likey watch it again
I recommend it to fans of old adventure movies

Sunday, July 30, 2006

101 in 1001 update #21!!!

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Well, this week has one of the funnest so far to complete cross of the list, which is #44 - Throw a housewarming party! This is one of my fave pics, floating candles in the bathtub - talk about atmo!

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I finished up my monthly installment of #31 - Read 1 fashion magazine a month with reading Vogue. A lot of clothes with structure coming for the fall/winter. And the comeback of the... tunic? Oh my. Well I like it better than the flower-y, flowy, feminine-y stuff that we've had all spring. Gimme something more bold, more fun and for the love of fashion something that *isn't* throwback 80's.

I just looked at my total completed and being at 20/101 is roughtly 1/5 way through list at 1/6 way through challenge (ish) Not sure what to pick next! Well actually I have a bunch that I foresee happening in the near future and there is a lot I update regulary but.. I have to say I'm surprized I've done so much!

I sadly had an awful week trying to do # 85 - Be on time for a month. I had 2 full weeks going strong then was late every single freaking day this week ranging from 10min to 1 1/2hours (new personal record). Sigh.

Here are our regular updates:

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

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#94 - Read every day - Currently reading "The Naming" by Alison Croggon, as well as "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron (in week 6). I've finally realized after well, lets say 2 months that reading before bed isn't working for me. I fall asleep and forget what I read and so have to re-read it again and again. I'm trying reading a bit after work with tea or after dinner with tea and that is a lot better. Sometimes reading on the deck can be nice too.

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday July 23/06 - Sometimes timing just works out perfectly
Monday July 24/06 - How to resize pics (like in terms of bites). Save as a PNG file in Paint it makes them a lot smaller.
Tuesday July 25/06 - The capital city of America Samoa (in the South Pacific) is Pago Pago. Its considered a 'strategic location', doesn't really have a government.
Wednesday July 26/06 - Andorra (SW Europe b/t France & Spain) has no income taxes, no military, no disputes. Brings in tourism for skiing and duty-freeness.
Thursday July 27/06 - 47% of Angolian's (west side of South Africa) religion is classified as 'indigenous beliefs'. The country has 243 airports and a $2 billion line of credit with China.
Friday July 28/06 - A guy using Craiglists for trading started with a red paperclip and ended up with a house. He met all the people he traded with in person.
Saturday July 29/06 - My grocery store sells Endame!! (Soy beans, you boil 'em, salt 'em and then just eat the peas in the pod - yum yum!). This put me over my budget by $2 but was worth it, lol.

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For my full 101 list, look here.

Constantine

Dir: Francis Lawrence
USA/Germany , 2005

This is quite likely my favorite film from 2005. It gives me hope for art and style in film. The art direction and costuming are absolutely perfect. What a wonderful re-interpretation of characters that have been shown a million times over. I often get asked as I'm interested in fashion as well as film and worked in theatre whether I would ever do costuming and I always have said no. After seeing this film I can see why people would do it.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

The Core

Dir: Jon Amiel
UK/USA, 2003

You may be confused at this point of the journey. I know this film probably comes as a surprize and it surprizes me to included it. What has stuck with me about this film is depiction of and what it says about leadership. A line from it that has stuck with me is (paraphrased) "You can't be a leader until you failed". I still think about this and wonder if I agree with it, and what it means. I really didn't expect this reaction from what is essentially a action/adventure disaster-ish film. You can sometimes never tell what will make an impact.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

Shall We Dance / Shall we dansu?

Dir: Masayuki Suo
Japan, 1996

Please do not get this confused with the US version. Go and see the original Japanese one and you will be so much happier. This is such a beautiful film, I don't mean visually but rather it speaks of desire and longing and can really pull on your heart. I find it comments on loneliness, and even when we can be surrounded by people in many different areas of our lives you are always having your own experience seperate from what is going on around you. It also found it showed that once you start on a journey, you may not end up where you expect.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

Tank Girl

Dir: Rachel Talalay
USA, 1995

"She's just a girl.. just a girl.. the girl you want" I love this movie. I love the clothes, the humour, the fact that it doesn't take itself to seriously. Plus, its actually a great cast: Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Ice T and Malcolm McDowell. I would say that Tank Girl is definately one of my idols. She knows what she wants and she goes and gets it. No hesistation, no fear, no restraint. She is just the coolest. I remember almost dating a guy who said he thought Jet Girl was cooler than Tank Girl. Which explains the 'almost' part of that sentence. To quote Tank Girl herself "Well, *that's* a bore!".

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

Once Were Warriors

Dir: Lee Tamohari
New Zealand, 1994

I've seen this film twice, and I will not watch it again. Even though the story is compelling, the acting is spectacular and it pulls all your emotions throughout the film. But it is so painful, its is almost too much to watch. Well quite frankly for me, now it is too much to watch. This was the first film that shifted my view on violence in film/tv. The odd thing is, this didn't happen while I was watching it. I was working at a bookstore and someone asked me what I had read most recently, and it was the book based on this film. She asked me to describe it. (HUGE content spoiler inc....) I said "Its about a Maori Family where the husband is extremely abusive to his wife, and how the family copes with that in their day to day life". And she said.... "That sounds interesting". I stared at her. I thought about what I had just said. I was like, what do you mean interesting? That's awful!! Why do you want to see that? Why did I want to see it? And I realized I don't, I have since then developed having almost zero tolerance for that kind of violence and abuse in film. It isn't 'entertainment' in my book.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

The Abyss

Dir: James Cameron
USA, 1989

I think I would consider this the first film in one of my favourite film genre's that I call: "Blue" films. I would put The Big Blue in this genre as well but only retrospectively. This was again a multiple viewing in the theatre film and I even saw it in IMAX. I think it might have been the first time I was looking forward to seeing something because of the director. I enjoyed it for a lot of reasons, an large ensemble cast of kinda outcasts, another strong women character and well... it was a lot of blue. But it influenced me in ways such as it showed the military not as the good guys, people taking care of their own (I loved Ed Harris in this film...) but mostly because its about belief. Belief that something could be good over something bad. Believing that you are going to make it, believing in yourself and trusting others as well. Dangit I'm getting teary eyed! hehe.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

Aliens

Dir: James Cameron
UK/USA, 1986

I remember losing a art contest about creating a 'futuristic' ship/planet because I designed in on Aliens. It wasn't that they noticed and thought I was 'copying' but that it was based in military and violence "Those are the guns with grenade launchers.. and those ones have flame throwers.. and there is the ammo". The guy who won did a happy-dappy version of the future with people holding hands across the globe. How ironic that is, as now I'm really anti-gun/violence. I loved Aliens. It was scary, it had lots of characters to like and great lines (Anytime, Anywhere..., Why don't you put her in charge!" and it had not just one but 2 really great, strong, cool women in it. Ripley and Vasquez. I love how there were just as strong and just as tough and that gender was never an issue. Well, never a power issue. Actually if you include Newt it would be 3 strong female characters and I think I will. Ok, its 3.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

The Big Blue

Dir: Luc Besson
France/USA/Italy, 1988

This is the first film I saw directed by Luc Besson, one of my favourite directors and most likely the first film I saw with Jean Reno in it. I think I watched it on First Choice one afternoon when I was sick. It was quirky, it was French, I had no idea what it was about... I loved it. It showed people with a different perspective & value and how someone else may place an high level of importance on something you never would think of. Some things are almost in the vein of magical realism, but I believed it. I think that is why I liked it so much. I believed it could be true, even if it was meant to be fiction or ambiguous.

Fair warning: watching it more recently the music is *very* 80's pop-like.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

Jesus Christ Superstar

Dir: Norman Jewison
USA, 1973

I remember finishing my Grade 9 Math exam earlier but wasn't allowed to leave so I started writing the lyrics to songs from this musical to pass the time. "Christ you know I love you, did you see I waved? I believe in you and God so tell me that I'm saved". My teacher was this, looked at me and said: "Are you... OK?". Ha. A fan of musicals I guess he wasn't. I love the 70's-ness of this film. I love the costumes, the multiculturalism of the casting, the music, I even love the hats. But really what does it for me is the dancing and the singing. I could watch the scene of Simon Zealot's a million times. I usually stop watched after Blood Money or maybe I Only Want to Say, as it gets too sad . The tanks scene still scares me. For me this is what defines a musical for me.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

Some Kind of Wonderful

Dir: Howard Deutch
USA, 1987

I saw this film 3 times in the theatre during March Break on year, and at least 2 of those times was with my sister Suzie. I wanted to be Watts. She was cool, tough, a tomboy, was best friends with a guy, had a car, tattoo, wore boxer shorts and she played the drums. I don't think it was possible to be cooler than that. And she was from the other side of the tracks. I always wanted to be from the other side of the tracks.. or whatever the marker it would have been. Ironically I have no idea what her character saw in Eric Stoltz, especially when there were 2 really cute guys with shaven heads in the film, but to each their own. This is definitely my favourite teen/coming of age film. This is my Dirty Dancing.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

Star Wars

The original, aka Episode IV: A New Hope
Dir: George Lucas
USA, 1977

When people ask my "What's your favourite film" I answer: "You mean, after Star Wars?". I love this movie. I don't know and don't care if there are flaws. To me this film when I'm watching it I'm not even sure what I'm seeing as I've seen it so many times. It makes me happy, it reminds me of my childhood I remember actually seeing reels of it through a projector in our green room when my family still all lived together. We would watch it as it rewound and I remember laughing so hard when the stormtroopers fell 'up' to a standing position. To me it feels like home, it makes me feel safe. It's about people doing something they believe in and fighting for the greater good against all the odds. And then there are the moments that I watch for every time, the moments Hans eyes change colour, Mark Hamill shouting "Carrie", and of course the shoe. I am so happy I have a VHS version pre the remastering so I can watch it with all the 'flaws'.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

Cheaper By the Dozen

Dir: Walter Lang
USA, 1950

This film had a profound effect on me. I don't think I knew what 'efficiency' was prior to watching it but I was very away of it after and ever since. The father is an 'efficiency engineer', I mean is that even a job anymore? What sticks with me the most is when he times how long it takes to button his vest from top to bottom, then from bottom to top. After which his bit 'A ha!' moment of now knowing which was faster so that he will save time and always button his vest this way. It takes logic to such a far extreme that it seems ridiculous. I love it. I love being efficient. I always take the sortest route to get somewhere or do some things in the 'correct' order just so I can do this. It totally influenced me to be the person who I am.

This film is part of The most influential films to me list.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday July 28, 2006!!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

I'm so excited that the dry spell of Canadian releases has ended and Familia is hitting the screens this week. It received multiple Genie nominations and was the winner of the 2006 Claude Jutra Award. I have heard a lot about it and I am really looking forward to seeing it. One of the more unusual releases this week is U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha, which is a contemporary version of Carmen set in South Africa. I would say that the most anticipated release we have this week is Miami Vice, which was a remake I was a little surprized to hear was being made but considering Michael Mann is at the helm I think I will give it a go.

Inspiration of the Week: Rep theatres live on!
The recent closing of the many of the festival cinemas has created a bit of a stir! The Royal will remain a theatre after some technical upgrades and will be reopened by Theatre D.
There is also an initiative to keep the Revue Cinema in the Roncesvalles community alive. For more information on the Saving the Revue click here.

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Friday July 28, 2006 Releases

The Ant Bully
Writer/Dir: John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius)
Voices: Nicholas Cage, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti
USA

Familia
Writer/Dir: Louise Archambault (Atomic Sake)
Cast: Sylvie Moreau, Macha Grenon, Juliette Gosselin, Mylene St-Sauveur
Canada
Limited Release

John Tucker Must Die
Dir: Betty Thomas ( Spy, 28 Days, Doctor Doolittle)
Cast: Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel
USA

Miami Vice
Dir: Michael Mann (Collateral, The Insider, Heat, Ali)
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Li Gong, Luis Tosar
USA

Mistress of Spices
Dir: Paul Mayeda Berges - directorial debut
Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Dylan McDermott
USA/UK

Scoop
Writer/Dir: Woody Allen (Match Point, Melinda and Melinda, Annie Hall)
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Woody Allen
UK/USA

Shooting Dogs
Dir: Michael Caton-Jones (City by the Sea, The Jackal, Memphis Belle)
Cast: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Dominique Horwitz, Louis Mahoney
UK/Germany
Limited Release

U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha
Writer/Dir: Mark Dornford-May - directorial debut
Cast: Pauline Malefane, Andile Tshoni, Lungelwa Blou
South Africa
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 28, 2006**

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

The most influential films to me

I found this idea on this blog (scroll down a lot to find it - there is also a great post on nostalgic books) and it has been on my mind since. I love film. I love lists. I've never seen or heard of doing one like this. Not 'favorite' films or 'best' films or 'successful' films but 'influential' films. Also, not influential in terms of the world or film or trending what-have-you but influential to.... me. Fascinating.

I thought a lot about what I consider influential and was suprized that quite of few of my favorites didn't meet the mark and land on this list. I consider something influencial if it changed me in some way, be it point of view, behaviour or interests. I also included films that reaffirmed things I believed but probably couldn't articulate those beliefs at the time.

Without further ado... Oh, and content of films *is* mentioned so if you hate spoilers proceed with caution. This are listed in the chronological order in which I saw them.

1. Cheaper By the Dozen
Dir: Walter Lang
USA, 1950

This film had a profound effect on me. I don't think I knew what 'efficiency' was prior to watching it but I was very away of it after and ever since. The father is an 'efficiency engineer', I mean is that even a job anymore? What sticks with me the most is when he times how long it takes to button his vest from top to bottom, then from bottom to top. After which his bit 'A ha!' moment of now knowing which was faster so that he will save time and always button his vest this way. It takes logic to such a far extreme that it seems ridiculous. I love it. I love being efficient. I always take the sortest route to get somewhere or do some things in the 'correct' order just so I can do this. It totally influenced me to be the person who I am.

2. Star Wars
The original, aka Episode IV: A New Hope
Dir: George Lucas
USA, 1977

When people ask my "What's your favourite film" I answer: "You mean, after Star Wars?". I love this movie. I don't know and don't care if there are flaws. To me this film when I'm watching it I'm not even sure what I'm seeing as I've seen it so many times. It makes me happy, it reminds me of my childhood I remember actually seeing reels of it through a projector in our green room when my family still all lived together. We would watch it as it rewound and I remember laughing so hard when the stormtroopers fell 'up' to a standing position. To me it feels like home, it makes me feel safe. It's about people doing something they believe in and fighting for the greater good against all the odds. And then there are the moments that I watch for every time, the moments Hans eyes change colour, Mark Hamill shouting "Carrie", and of course the shoe. I am so happy I have a VHS version pre the remastering so I can watch it with all the 'flaws'.

3. Some Kind of Wonderful
Dir: Howard Deutch
USA, 1987

I saw this film 3 times in the theatre during March Break on year, and at least 2 of those times was with my sister Suzie. I wanted to be Watts. She was cool, tough, a tomboy, was best friends with a guy, had a car, tattoo, wore boxer shorts and she played the drums. I don't think it was possible to be cooler than that. And she was from the other side of the tracks. I always wanted to be from the other side of the tracks.. or whatever the marker it would have been. Ironically I have no idea what her character saw in Eric Stoltz, especially when there were 2 really cute guys with shaven heads in the film, but to each their own. This is definitely my favourite teen/coming of age film. This is my Dirty Dancing.

4. Jesus Christ Superstar
Dir: Norman Jewison
USA, 1973

I remember finishing my Grade 9 Math exam earlier but wasn't allowed to leave so I started writing the lyrics to songs from this musical to pass the time. "Christ you know I love you, did you see I waved? I believe in you and God so tell me that I'm saved". My teacher was this, looked at me and said: "Are you... OK?". Ha. A fan of musicals I guess he wasn't. I love the 70's-ness of this film. I love the costumes, the multiculturalism of the casting, the music, I even love the hats. But really what does it for me is the dancing and the singing. I could watch the scene of Simon Zealot's a million times. I usually stop watched after Blood Money or maybe I Only Want to Say, as it gets too sad . The tanks scene still scares me. For me this is what defines a musical for me.

5. The Big Blue
Dir: Luc Besson
France/USA/Italy, 1988

This is the first film I saw directed by Luc Besson, one of my favourite directors and most likely the first film I saw with Jean Reno in it. I think I watched it on First Choice one afternoon when I was sick. It was quirky, it was French, I had no idea what it was about... I loved it. It showed people with a different perspective & value and how someone else may place an high level of importance on something you never would think of. Some things are almost in the vein of magical realism, but I believed it. I think that is why I liked it so much. I believed it could be true, even if it was meant to be fiction or ambiguous.
Fair warning: watching it more recently the music is *very* 80's pop-like.


6. Aliens
Dir: James Cameron
UK/USA, 1986

I remember losing a art contest about creating a 'futuristic' ship/planet because I designed in on Aliens. It wasn't that they noticed and thought I was 'copying' but that it was based in military and violence "Those are the guns with grenade launchers.. and those ones have flame throwers.. and there is the ammo". The guy who won did a happy-dappy version of the future with people holding hands across the globe. How ironic that is, as now I'm really anti-gun/violence. I loved Aliens. It was scary, it had lots of characters to like and great lines (Anytime, Anywhere..., Why don't you put her in charge!" and it had not just one but 2 really great, strong, cool women in it. Ripley and Vasquez. I love how there were just as strong and just as tough and that gender was never an issue. Well, never a power issue. Actually if you include Newt it would be 3 strong female characters and I think I will. Ok, its 3.

7. The Abyss
Dir: James Cameron
USA, 1989

I think I would consider this the first film in one of my favourite film genre's that I call: "Blue" films. I would put The Big Blue in this genre as well but only retrospectively. This was again a multiple viewing in the theatre film and I even saw it in IMAX. I think it might have been the first time I was looking forward to seeing something because of the director. I enjoyed it for a lot of reasons, an large ensemble cast of kinda outcasts, another strong women character and well... it was a lot of blue. But it influenced me in ways such as it showed the military not as the good guys, people taking care of their own (I loved Ed Harris in this film...) but mostly because its about belief. Belief that something could be good over something bad. Believing that you are going to make it, believing in yourself and trusting others as well. Dangit I'm getting teary eyed! hehe.

8. Once Were Warriors
Dir: Lee Tamohari
New Zealand, 1994

I've seen this film twice, and I will not watch it again. Even though the story is compelling, the acting is spectacular and it pulls all your emotions throughout the film. But it is so painful, its is almost too much to watch. Well quite frankly for me, now it is too much to watch. This was the first film that shifted my view on violence in film/tv. The odd thing is, this didn't happen while I was watching it. I was working at a bookstore and someone asked me what I had read most recently, and it was the book based on this film. She asked me to describe it. (HUGE content spoiler inc....) I said "Its about a Maori Family where the husband is extremely abusive to his wife, and how the family copes with that in their day to day life". And she said.... "That sounds interesting". I stared at her. I thought about what I had just said. I was like, what do you mean interesting? That's awful!! Why do you want to see that? Why did I want to see it? And I realized I don't, I have since then developed having almost zero tolerance for that kind of violence and abuse in film. It isn't 'entertainment' in my book.

9. Tank Girl
Dir: Rachel Talalay
USA, 1995

"She's just a girl.. just a girl.. the girl you want" I love this movie. I love the clothes, the humour, the fact that it doesn't take itself to seriously. Plus, its actually a great cast: Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Ice T and Malcolm McDowell. I would say that Tank Girl is definately one of my idols. She knows what she wants and she goes and gets it. No hesistation, no fear, no restraint. She is just the coolest. I remember almost dating a guy who said he thought Jet Girl was cooler than Tank Girl. Which explains the 'almost' part of that sentence. To quote Tank Girl herself "Well, *that's* a bore!".

10. Shall We Dance / Shall we dansu?
Dir: Masayuki Suo
Japan, 1996

Please do not get this confused with the US version. Go and see the original Japanese one and you will be so much happier. This is such a beautiful film, I don't mean visually but rather it speaks of desire and longing and can really pull on your heart. I find it comments on loneliness, and even when we can be surrounded by people in many different areas of our lives you are always having your own experience seperate from what is going on around you. It also found it showed that once you start on a journey, you may not end up where you expect.

11. The Core
Dir: Jon Amiel
UK/USA, 2003

You may be confused at this point of the journey. I know this film probably comes as a surprize and it surprizes me to included it. What has stuck with me about this film is depiction of and what it says about leadership. A line from it that has stuck with me is (paraphrased) "You can't be a leader until you failed". I still think about this and wonder if I agree with it, and what it means. I really didn't expect this reaction from what is essentially a action/adventure disaster-ish film. You can sometimes never tell what will make an impact.

12. Constantine
Dir: Francis Lawrence
USA/Germany , 2005

This is quite likely my favorite film from 2005. It gives me hope for art and style in film. The art direction and costuming are absolutely perfect. What a wonderful re-interpretation of characters that have been shown a million times over. I often get asked as I'm interested in fashion as well as film and worked in theatre whether I would ever do costuming and I always have said no. After seeing this film I can see why people would do it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

#44 - Throw a housewarming party

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Woohoo! Now this was an great thing to have on my list I not only had a great time, got to see lots of my family & friends (some of which I hadn't seen for ages), I also was celebrating my Bday *and* it provided the incentive to finally (mostly ..sh!!!!) finish unpacking and clean up! Here are some before and afters:

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Woohoo, look - the floor! It exists!!! The party was a lot of fun, but apparentely we weren't making enough noise, maybe my sign was more pull than I thought:

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Thanks to everyone who came & for all the thoughtful gifts! Made some great memories and it was a great time :)

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Return to my 101 list.

Return to Planet Shannon.

SPC Me as the Birthday Woman! & Meme

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Happy Bday to me! Well was a few days ago but still yay for Bdays!!! This is a pic of me at my
Housewarming/Bday party and with a lovely mint chocolate chip ice cream cake with fudge icing (thank you Jamie!!!!!!!!). OH my it was so good... and I still have a little left lucky me!

I ran across this meme on Eliza's blog and as its Birthday-centric I figured it would be a fun double post:

1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. In the Search box, type your birth month and day (but not year).
3. List three events that happened on your birthday.
4. List two important birthdays and one interesting death.
5. One holiday or observance (if any).

Go go July 23rd fun-ness!

Events:
1. 1973 - Robert Anton Wilson, the occultist/philosopher, either achieved contact with extraterrestrials from Sirius or started a long-term period of having wild hallucinations. (I've been told I'm a Martian)
2. 1940 - US Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles`s declaration on the US non-recognition policy of the Soviet annexation and incorporation of three Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. (I'm Latvian)
3. 1904 - Probably the first Ice cream cone was sold at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. (LOL, Probably? what kind of info is this...)

Births:
1. 1961 - Martin Gore, English musician and songwriter (Depeche Mode)
2. 1906 - Vladimir Prelog, Croatian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)

Death:
1. 1878 - Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, Bohemian physician (b. 1804)

Holiday:
1.Rastafari movement - Celebration of the birthday of Haile Selassie

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Monday, July 24, 2006

101 in 1001 update #20!!!

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I have a HUGE thing to add, not cross off but add this week, I'm now at 3/6 of #20 Pay off my debt. I have now paid off all of my credit cards (excluding interest on the last month of the one I just paid). This one is HUGE for me, even though its not totally done yet. It wasn't easy, mostly because I wanted to spend the money on a lot of things (a couch, new clothes, a dress for my Bday, a make up consultation) and I also have never had that much money in the bank before and I wanted to save it. Ultimately I decided it felt right to do. I also had set a goal a year and a half ago to pay off all my debt by my birthday yesterday and for it felt like it was the right thing to do. I also decided to believe that it will be ok, that I'll make and save the money again - which I think is honestly a larger accomplishment than paying it off in it of itself.

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Here are our regular updates:

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

#94 - Read every day - Still reading "The Naming" by Alison Croggon, I think I'm in Chapter 2, lol. I've also been reading blogs like mad as well as learning about countries of the world but more of that in the next category....

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
About 1/2 way through this week I've really been thinking about this one. Although I found that there is definately value is some of the things I've learned & discovered they aren't always inline with the intent of this one. I really wanted to learn more about the world at large, so I thought I decided to start looking at the countries of the world. There is less than 365 so I figure in a year I will know something about each of them. We'll see how it goes.
Sunday July 16/06 - Ok.. I wrote I learned a work thing this day but I don't work Sundays... Oh... I also wrote "naps are good". There we go. See the cat demostrating this fact above.
Monday July 17/06 - Work thing :)
Tuesday July 18/06 - Project Runway is showing on NBC and I missed the first episode - NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday July 19/06 - Canada has people with the follow backgrounds: 28% - British, 23% - French, 26% - mixed. That is so cool. Source is either here or here.
Thursday July 20/06 - Albania is in SE Europe and has a population of around 3million
Friday July 21/06 - Algeria has roughly the same population as Canada but is about 1/4 the size.
Saturday July 22/06 - My family and friends ROCK!! Thank you all for making my Bday and my Bday/Housewarming party and absolute blast!!!! I love you all!!!!
My bday is the 23rd, but the party was tonight so deal with the 1 day difference, k? ;)

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday July 21, 2006!!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Well its definitely a little bit of everything this week. Is it just me or has there been a lot of animated film this year? This weeks animated release is Monster House. We also have comedies with My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Clerks II. Clerks II confuses me. The first Clerks was released over 10 years ago now, I still remember seeing it at the film festival at the Uptown. But that isn't what confuses me. Apparently its not only a sequel to Clerks but Mallrats, Chasing Amy, et al.. but how come is II then? Maybe its just the continuation of the 2 characters, I'm just not sure. We also have a summer spooky release with Lady in the Water, I find people tend to feel very strongly one way or the other with M. Night Shyamalan's work. Some are convinced he's a one trick pony but I tend to disagree... I think there is a style to thrillers and we just don't see tons of them as a whole so it feels like that. Mind you I haven't seen Lady in the Water as of yet... so that maybe a little premature to say. Although I've liked his last 4 films.

Delight of the Week: Screenings where the filmmaker is present!

Peeve of the Week: Screenings with intro's (um.. hello.. we are already here to see the movie you don't need to "sell it" to us) and weird questions at the Q&A.

Inspiration of the Week: An list of films that were influential to you. Not your favorites, your 'best' list, desert island list, repeat watching list but films that influenced you. I have no stopped thinking about this idea (which I found here), and am in process of making my own list. What would be on yours?

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Friday July 21, 2006 Releases

Clerks II
Writer/Dir: Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma)
Cast: Brian O'Holloran, Rosario Dawson, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
USA

Lady in the Water
Dir: M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village)
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Bob Balaban
USA

Monster House
Dir: Gil Kenan - directorial debut
Voices: Steve Buscemi, Jason Lee, Ryan Newman, Mitchel Musso, Catherine O'Hara
USA

My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Dir: Ivan Reitman (Meatballs, Stripes, Twins, Evolution)
Cast: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris
USA

Strangers With Candy
Dir: Paul Dinello (Whells of Fury, Shock Asylum)
Cast: Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello
USA
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 21, 2006**

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

#69 - Get 8hrs sleep a night for 1 week

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Completed: July 11-18, 2006

Well, this one I had quite an unexpected response to. I can't even think of why I wanted to do this one. Do you know that to get 8 hrs sleep when you have to wake up at 7:30am you have to go to bed at 11:30pm? And did you know that 11:30pm is .. before midnight? Oh my...

I've always been a night owl, from reading by flashlight as a kid to going clubbing. I've worked nights, I'll stay up and watch movies, I've had killer insomnia more than once throughout my life. Now, I think its just habit. Whether I'm home or I'm out, on the phone, gaming, chilling, whatever it is I'm usually up til about 2am. For work I get up about .. well.. to be on time for work I have to be out of the house by 8. So that is a maximum 5h45m of sleep a night. I'm usually workin on 5 to be honest. So.. I guess I wondered.. does it make a difference? Do we humans really need 8 hours sleep?

The answer I now know is... Yes. Yes, it makes a difference. I didn't yawn through out the day. I wasn't late for work. I didn't sleep through the alarm. I felt .. normal? Not energized or anything but like everything was.. fine. I was more productive (at work) but I didn't have as much time in the evening to do the things I wanted. All and all my reaction to this one was that I'm actually angry. I'm angry that I know it makes a difference. That its 'better for me' to get more sleep. But now that I know this... I guess its all about what I'll do about it. Sigh. Not yawn.. sigh.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

SPC - Me as a Valkyrie

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This is me as a Valkyrie. Yes, that is a cheese slicer in my hand. Sometimes ya work with what ya got, y'know?

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

101 in 1001 update #19!!

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Got a few to mark off this week, some that have been done for a bit like #26 - Have my sewing machine & serger out as well as a place to cut, draft and iron and a few that I've only finished recently #65 - Drink 8 glasses of water a day for 1 week, #66 - Find, buy and try stevia (sugar substitute). I've also been trying to keep up to day with #14 - Write something about all the films I see with: The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Heavenly Creatures, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and An Inconvenient Truth. I'm now in the middle of trying a few of the other things on my list but I think I'll wait and see how they turn out before writing about it ;).

Here are our regular updates:

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

#94 - Read every day - This week the Artist's way excercise was not to read, which I didn't really take to heart. I thought about it, I thought about ways of getting around it but ultimately I didn't really do it. I might try it later but I'm not too sure. I think it would be really hard to actually go a whole week without reading at all. Ironically, I bought and started reading a new book: "The Naming" by Alison Croggon, so far its been good!

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#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday July 9/06 - the NFB has an online film library called CineRoute
Monday July 10/06 - I really need a new umbrella.... I think I would have stayed dryer not even using on this day.
Tuesday July 11/06 - How to highlight text in Word (its under the review toolbar)
Wednesday July 12/06 - I want a couch! Sleeping on a chair is a little uncomfortable.
Thursday July 13/06 - Sometimes you don't realize you aren't 'all there' until someone asked you something and then....brain thinks its working but you aren't saying anything...
Friday July 14/06 - How to design a form in Access
Saturday July 15/06 -Sometimes its ok to not get a lot done (at least I hope so!)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

#66 - Find, buy and try stevia (sugar substitute)

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I have heard about Stevia for many years, an alternative to sugar (its some kind of plant... .). I initially 'found' it back in.. March or so when it was available at a (now) local restaurent as a sweetner, but I didn't 'try' it or 'buy' it until this week (thanks Jamie for letting me buy some off you!!). I am sad to say though that I didn't really like it. I tried it in tea and in coffee. The first time I got a huge headache after, but not the second. It also made my normally yummy hot beverages feel kinda 'light' or 'thin'. Not that normally they are full-bodied beverages or anything. Anyhow, I might try it again in a bit but in general I don't think its going to make it into my regular rotation.

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#26 - Have my sewing machine & serger out as well as a place to cut, draft and iron

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I'm counting this one done even though I have to rethread my serger before using it. It does say to have it 'out' not 'threaded' hehehe. For anyone whose threaded one you know its a very simple job, right?

Gotta love having a kitchen double as a sewing room. My inital idea was to have my sewing stuff in my front room (read: living room) but after moving in and casually glacing at all the baseboards I noticed an odd thing. 1 outlet. Biggest room in the apartment and 1 outlet. I knew it was where the computer & tv were going so that means sewing stuff needed a new home, and to the happy green kitchen it went. It isn't the first time and probably won't be the last time they've shared a space but there are quite like minded and so far are getting along a-okay.

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday July 14, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Wow, what a mixed bag this week. Two comedies of slightly different appeals with Little Man and You, Me and Dupree. Whenever I hear the title I think of Dupris, not Dupree. Is Dupree even a name? Anyhoo... We also have Peaceful Warrior based on the book "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman. I saw the trailer and I would have to say it looks interesting, although the trailer gave away way too much. I still might give it a go. Last but not least is the second environmentally oriented documentary in the past little while with Who Killed the Electric Car. Looks cute & informative.

Peeve of the Week: Cell phones and the people who use them in theatres. Specifically the guy who was on his cell phone during An Inconvenient Truth and said (loudly) "I'm outside the movie theatre...". You ain't buddy, you are inside, and yes, you were snickered at. He left 2x to use the phone as well as RAN up the aisle as if in some kind of crisis only to return 5 min later returned with popcorn. sheesh.

Irony of the week: An InconvenientTruth, a film about awareness of global warming and the climate crisis had not one, but two commercials for cars shown before the previews.

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Friday July 14, 2006 Releases

Little Man
Dir: Keenen Ivory Wayans (White Chicks, Scary Movie, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka)
Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Tracy Morgan, Kerry Washington
USA

Peaceful Warrior
Dir: Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers, Powder, The Nature of the Beast)
Cast: Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Tim DeKay
Germany / USA
Limited Release

Who Killed the Electric Car?
Dir: Chris Paine - directorial debut
Documentary
USA
Limited Release

You, Me and Dupree
Dir: Joe & Anthony Russo (Welcome to Collinwood, The Kiss)
Cast: Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon, Owen Wilson, Michael Douglas
USA

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 14, 2006**

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Director: Scott Derrickson (Love in the Ruins)
Cast: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Carpenter
USA, 2005

Seen: July 9, 2006 on TMN on Demand

Reason to see: I'm always intriged by the creepy films

To start, I feel compelleed to state the context of seeing this film. Sunday afternoon (I'm no idiot - I'm not gonna watch this at night), having lunch and watching this on On Demand (which you can stop/start rew/ff as you please). About 20 minutes in I'm thinking, this is pretty good I'm gonna keep watching but I want to make a tea. I hit pause. Nothing happens. Hmm that's odd. I hit stop. Nothing happens. I press the 'off' button. Nothing happens. I walk up to the cable box and turn the power off.. the film keeps playing. At this point I'm totally freakin out!! I turn off the tv make a tea come back and its still playing!! Aiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! I had to unplug the power to get it to finally turn off.

Ok, so back to our regularly schedule review....

For me this was a good combo for a scary film because it wasn't 100% full on scare fest all the time. It allowed you to relaxed a bit as the story unfolded before hitting you with more creepiness! Its hard to say more without giving anything away so I will leave it at that.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
Hesistant on watching it again only due to scary factor
I would reccomend it to fans of horror, thriller or drama

#65 - Drink 8 glasses of water a day for 1 week

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Well, I was going to try this one in combination with #76 - Go without caffeine for 1 week but I found having water - not to hard. Giving up caffeine, not so interested in that atm.

But, on the good side I felt this was a great one to do. It did make me feel better for sure, and I was also less hungry than normal. I had heard somewhere that often when you feel hungry you are actually dehydrated I now I think that might be right. I think I'm going to keep this one up, it wasn't to trying and it was one that was not hard to do at work or at home. If you are out and about all day, or in kinda constricted situation it might be harder but in general it gets a thumbs up from me.

Read 8 glasses as 8 cups, and 1/2 of my were accompanied by tea so it was probably only 4 but I'm counting it anyways!!!

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Heavenly Creatures

Director: Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Frighteners)
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent
UK / Germany / New Zealand, 1994

Seen: July 10, 2006 on VHS

Reason to see: I have it but hadn't seen it yet

Totally creepy. I had no idea this film was over 10 years old *or* based on a true story. Both Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet are amazing as oddball friends in this dramatic film. I think this is one of the cases where you know that its based on a true story not because you can feel how real the characters are but the opposite - they can be off the wall that you know that no one thought them up, and that they actually exsited. As this is a highly plot based film I will refrain from saying more.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'm not sure I would watch it again, being fussy on re-watching dramas
I would recommend it, especially to those drawn to artsy-independant films

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Director: Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, Sleepy Hollow)
& Mike Johnson (The Devil Went Down to Georgia)
Voices: Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Emily Watson
UK / USA, 2005

Seen: July 6, 2006 on TMN on Demand

Reason to see: I'm a big Tim Burton fan

My first association of this film is that it was showing during the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival 1-2 weeks prior to its theatrical release, as well as seeing a charming display in a jewelry store on Bloor Street for the time during that time. Who would have thought that would ever happen?

I am sad to say that it was not all what I expected. I was not expecting muscial numbers, I had a hard time understanding the words during the musical numbers. It reminded me too much of The Nightmare Before Christmas, I wasn't impressed with the gender stereotypes - ok the female character's stereotyping. I don't think I could fairly say Johnny Depp's character was a stereotype. But, on the other hand I'm not a huge fan of animation and it can lose my interest quickly so I would have to say I'm not the best judge of this film as I don't believe I'm the target market.

Shannon's Overall View:
I was dissapointed
I might give it another try
I would recommend it to people interested in dark-ish animated film

An Inconvenient Truth

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Dir/Writer: Davis Guggenheim (Teach, Gossip)
Documentary
Featuring: Al Gore
2006, USA

Seen: July 11, 2006 at the Cumberland

Reason to see: best of the choices at a convenient time, and I'm on my second try of #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 1/52 (try 2).

I wish I could just say that I liked this film. It was good, and it is an important issue and I hope it really helps everyone to see what is happening to the planet and everyone pitch in to make a difference. On the other hand, its very Americana. Canada wasn't even on the list of top offenders for this kind of thing (not saying we can't do our part or make a change for the better, its just kinda odd). It was also odd to see someone so well dressed and traveling the world by taxi, car, plane and helicopter to all these different sites (to speak and/or see the effects of global warming) and using a nice shiny laptop as well as cell phone when there is a regular phone in ther room. Most of the enviornmental types I know are more along the lines of folks who only wear cotton, buy fair trade coffee and smell of patchouli. But, I guess its good to that lots of people are interested and out there making a difference. Also, in contrast to some documentaries I've seen recently, it really did hold up as a film in it of itself. Very enlightening, well researched and very well presented. A very worthwhile see.

Official film site, which includes what everyone can do to make a difference here.

Shannon's Overall View:
I found it informative & interesting
I probably wouldn't watch it again, only as it its information based. Once ya got it, ya got it.
I would recommend it, especially to anyone interested in the world & enviornment.

Interesting to Note - Commercials & Previews

6 (!!!) Commericals total:
1 - missed it as I was a tad late
2 - beer
3 - 'manly' drink
4 - stop smoking ad
5 - car
6 - car
**huge irony with 2 car commercials shown prior to a film about raising awareness of global warming

4 previews:
Who Killed the Electric Car
Scoop
The War Within
Peaceful Warrior

Sunday, July 09, 2006

101 in 1001 update #18!!


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"Its Working!!!! IT'S WORKING!!!!!!!!!!!"

My camera is talking to my computer now, isn't that fabulous! I am so happy because I was getting really down on posting as I always like to include a pic and was getting sick of using 'stock footage'. I'm so thankful to have it working now hence the oodles of pics.

Its funny, I was all ready to do a big 'Woe is me post' and now I'm over the moon so it feels wierd. But still unfortunalety I am not publishing about completed tasks, but rather 2 failed attempts. First is my attempt at #7 - See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. I was going strong with 4 weeks running but I didn't get out to anything this week, so I will be starting again. I did see the following:

Week 1 - June 6, 2006 - X-Men: The Last Stand
Week 2 - June 14, 2006 - Three Times / Zui hao de shi guang
Week 3 - June 19, 2006 - District B13 / Banlieue B13
Week 4 - June 29, 2006 - Superman Returns

The next try was #85 - Be on time for a month. I knew this one would be a bit of a stuggle as I tend to stay up late and therefore might, perchance, on occasion, miss the alarm or snooze or second snooze... I've actually tried this for 2 weeks now, no luck, here was results:

0n time
8 min late
n/a (sick)
on time
on time
n/a (stat holiday)
19 min late (eep)
on time
15 min late
on time

Yikes only on time 50% of the time... oh my.. gotta work on that. This is exactly why I put it on the list.

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Since getting the camera issue solved I now have a more.. ok maybe not better but one that shows my lovely tacky formal dress better for: #58 - Go to a party. I must be giddy happy to be brave enough to post it!

Here are our regular updates:

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

#94 - Read every day - Again, technically I did this still working though same 2 books, The Artist's Way and Children of the Mind. Huge wrench thrown in the works as this week for the Artist Way one task is not to read. At this very moment I'm not lookin at the computer screen so technically - GAH the movie on just put up subtitles!!! NO FAIR. I don't know what to do as these tasks are in direct conflict. Grrr.

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#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday July 2/06 - Groceries are heavy - maybe I could pick them up more often and 1/week
Monday July 3/06 - How you win AV in WoW
Tuesday July 4/06 - Something at work
Wednesday July 5/06 - 8:05 is the *empty* streetcar - more incentive for #85!
Thursday July 6/06 - You can join the NFB for free!!!
Friday July 7/06 - Its almost inevitable that I'll run into someone I know at Future's
Saturday July 8/06 - A place that sells Beesting!!! $1.50 My Market Bakery in Kensington - 172 Baldwin - I am so going to be loyal customer. (see pic below - unbelieveable cookie that I haven' t had since I worked in baking classes, sugar paste cookie base with almost with sugar and I think honey on top, then baked. o.M.G!!!!!!! yummy goodness)

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Friday Feast

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Appetizer
When was the last time you visited a hospital?
Last month

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how ambitious are you?
Depends on what it is, but would say can range from 7-10

Salad
Make a sentence using the letters of a body part. (Example: (mouth) My other ukelele tings healthily.)
Either Like Bananas Or What?

Main Course
If you were to start a club, what would the subject matter be, and what would you name it?
The Everyone can do Anything and Everything club! Open membership, no rules and the sky is the limit!

Dessert
What color is the carpet/flooring in your home?
'natural brown' combo of finished and unfinished wood floors. Oh and some snazzy peach and blue & white tiling

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday June 7, 2006!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

I'm in Canadian film withdrawl... although all of the releases this week do look fun, interesting or are acclaimed (The War Within, Only Human) but none are Canadian! Hopefully this won't last too long.

One of our releases this week has something I have not seen before, A Scanner Darkly, animated flick but the characters are animated likeness of actors that go with the voices. My initial thoughts when I saw this preview were: "Wow, I guess you don't have to go to the location to film" and "That's an interesting way to get around any unsightly things (aging, weight gains/losses, signs of rehab). Amazing that my brain was racing with these kinds of thoughts that I retained nothing about what the film was actually.... about, or that it was based on a book by Philip K. Dick. I also have to say I'm surprized to see that it is showing in only 1 theatre considering the people involved in the film. However, that could very well be due to the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Eye Opener of the Week: Sold out show!!! I was so very excited to go see The Devil Wears Prada with my good friend Danette and it was SOLD OUT. The last time I couldn't get into a film due to sold-out-ness was back when Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon came out *and* it was a holiday/weekend matinee. But a Wednesday night??? Sheesh...

Favorite line of the week: "YAR!!!" Numerous people dressed as pirates around town on ... can we say Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest sneak preview? I say YAR we can!

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Friday July 7, 2006 Releases

Only Human / Seres Queridos
Written/Dir: Teresa de Pelegri (Roig, De nou a deu) & Dominic Harari - directorial film debut
Cast: Norma Aleandro, Guillermo Toledo, Marian Aguilera, Maria Botto
Spain/Argentina/Portugal/UK
Limited Release

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Dir: Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Ring, The Mexican, The Weather Man)
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy
USA

A Scanner Darkly
Writer/Dir: Richard Linklater (Fast Food Nation, Bad News Bears, Before Sunset)
Voices/Likeness: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson
USA
Limited Release

Switch Off / Apaga Y Vamanos
Dir: Manel Mayol - directorial film debut
Documentary
Spain
Limited Release

The War Within
Dir: Joseph Castelo (American Saint)
Cast: Ayad Akhtar, Firdous Bamji, Ajay Naidu
USA
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 7, 2006**

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Superman Returns

Dir: Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, Apt Pupil, The Usual Suspects)
Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden
USA / Australia, 2006

Seen: June 29, 2006 at Paramount

Reason to see: Initially I wanted to go the opening day just because I thought it would be fun, but I ended up going after work instead - I'm a sucker for things that are perfect timing. I am also attempting my #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 4/52.

I would compare this to a film like The Addams Family, a fair amount of the time you are going "That casting is perfect!" or "I love when they do this!" as it brings up a lot of things you recognized and remember and most likely feel nostalgic about. As a movie on its own I would say that I had hoped for more of an arch or plot (Did I just say that? Plot? What's come over me....). The casting was great, the acting was good and it was fun. I had hoped for more considering it was directed by Bryan Singer as I loved X-Men and it is a similiar genre but there was something that just wasn't perfect for me. I guess I'm more of a Marvel than a DC girl.

Shannon's Overall View:
I thought it was fun
I'll watch it again - on TV
I'd reccomend it to Superman fans, and as fun fare

Spoiler Zone (specific content mentioned ahead)
Did Clark ever do any work?? If I was his boss he would so be fired. I also question the costuming, if I remember correctly Lois is more of a pants kinda woman. Also seeing someone who is a smoker as a 'good' character as oppose to 'gritty/dark/cool-but-fringe' really felt kind of shocking.. oh how the times have changed.

Les Choristes / The Chorus - 101 films to see

Director: Christophe Barratier (Les Tombales)
Cast: Gerard Jugnot, Francois Berleand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Maxence Perrin, Gregory Gatignot, Cyril Bernicot
France/Swizerland/Germany, 2004

Seen: July 1, 2006 on TMN on Demand

Reason to see: It's on my 101 list of films I can't believe I haven't seen, and received Oscar nomiations.

I quite enjoyed this film. I admit I am biased as I tend to really like French film and inspirational stories, but even when I put that to the side I still would have to say it is great film. It's amazing how many films that I initally would say are 'heartwarming' but then when I think about it more they actually depict some harshness. Maybe its the contrast that makes it work. I love seeing people willing to go against the odds, and give a chance to people who have been overlooked. I think that is why this film resonated for me.

Favorite Quote: Action, Reaction! (pretend you're hearing it in French though)


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

Friday Feast Meme

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A new meme, that happens every week - YAY. I found this idea here, and the Friday Feast webside is here.

Appetizer
On average, approximately how many times per day do you yawn?
According to a co-worker, a lot more often if I went out for pints the night before.

Soup
What was your most memorable school field trip?
In grade 3-ish, we did a one week field trip (out and back each day) to Black Creek Pioneer Village. Dressed up in Pioneer gear, had classes in a old school house, learned to ..omg what is called... brush? wool and make yarn. It was really cool, although writing this now sounds like some kind of social experiment.

I'll also answer in reverse... most memorable school trip that didn't happen: each and everytime I was suppose to go to the planetarium I was sick.

Salad
Fill in the blank: I was extremely __________________ this week.
Busy

Main Course
Which color do you think of when you hear the word "soothing"?
Sage

Dessert
What is something that, if you had to, you could save up the money to buy within one month?
Wow I never thought of doing that. I would say a new pair of boots. Oh this is kinda inspirational.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

SPC - Self Portrait as .... the view from my hand

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I took this picture on a walk with my Mom through High Park. It was the first day I used my camera outside and I didn't remember to turn it off and would accidentally take pictures of my feet, the ground, the grass and some I still can't even decipher what they are. This is one of the 'clearer' ones :)

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

101 in 1001 update #17!!

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Oh I feel like I've been a bit of a slacker blogger. I'm totally in a land of technology not behaving. Camera, VCR and MP3 player are all being a little be off. I wonder if that means I should be frolicking outside or something. I'm not, but I guess it is one option. I just want everything to work! Is that so wrong? I feel like those aliens on Star Trek TNG that captured Geordi "Make it go". Yay, make it go!!!! Or Tank Girl "Work!! Work!!!".

Yippee to having one more crossed off the list: #58 - Go to a party, also worked on #31 - Read 1 fashion magazine a month and in June 06 I read Lou Lou, although technically its a 'shopping' magazine not a 'fashion' magazine but its all clothes so I'm counting it! Its like a Canadian version of Lucky, and its pretty good. Been less focused on fashion recently so I'm glad I'm keeping up to date on this one from my list as it brings me back to the world of style.

Here are our regular updates:

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

#94 - Read every day - Techincally I did this, hehe. Still working through The Artist's Way and Children of the Mind

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday June 25/06 - watching 4hrs of Cornation Street in 1 go is just too much
Monday June 26/06 - the unthinkable is happened, I actually laughed and enjoyed Dodgeball
Tuesday June 27/06 - A 60 can run something through most of the Uldaman quests (WoW)
Wednesday June 28/06 - /chatlist list the chats you are in (WoW)
Thursday June 29/06 - something at work, confidential
Friday June 30/06 - Turtles eat quickly
Saturday July 1/06 - Today is a holiday - almost everything is closed (oops)

See my full 101 in 1001 list here

#58 - Go to a party


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Thank you Heather for throwing your Tacky Formal Party & for sharing these pics!

What a fun theme and what a fun night! Never have I see so much hot pink, black & white combo dresses and showing bra straps. The guys did well too - overlay of many patterns, bright yellows, reds and flamboyant prints. Well done all around. Thanks again Heather & congratulation on your graduation!


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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber (Terry Tate, Office Linebacker)
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Alan Tudyk, Joel Moore, Chris Williams
USA/Germany, 2004

Seen: June 26/06 on TMN on Demand

Reason to see: It was exactly the amount of time I had to watch a movie, and the tracking on my tape of The Maltese Falcon was too messed up to watch it

Never did I think I would watch this film. Based on a game about hitting.. oh.. I mean 'dodging' balls. I should not underestimate comedies, this one really made me laugh. There is some stuff that is just plain silly/rude/slapstick but on the whole its... funny. It really is. I also didn't consider that technically you could call it a team sport movie, and once you throw in the whole underdog theme, I was totally there. I was also impressed by Vince Vaughn whom I tend to just not see his films, but in this he was believable, likeable and almost... endearing. Totally unexpectedly happily surprized.

Shannon's Overall View:
I can't believe I'm saying this... I enjoyed it
I may or may not watch it again
I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates goofball humour