Wednesday, November 29, 2006

#85 - Be on time for a month

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Completed: Oct 27 - Nov 27, 2006

Number of attempts to complete sucessfully: 17

This has been the hardest thing to do on my 101 so far. Getting 8 hrs sleep/night is a close runner up though. I never really thought of myself as someone who was late to things. Usually I'm early and have to kill time. But then I remember years ago either Jamie or my friend Gala said 'you are always late, well always rushed' when we would go out on Sunday nights. That was true! I would put on my makeup on the subway using my watch for a mirror. I would run outta the house holding the laces my my Doc's in my hand and lace them up while waiting for the streetcar.

This particular challenge, to be more succinct, was to get to work on time. I'm the back up person for the phones (don't get me started on that...), and they have to be answered at 8:30am. So, technically does it matter if I'm a little late? No.. not unless the primary person isn't there and I wouldn't know that in advance so I really feel I should always been on time. Now that I think about a fair number of the jobs I've had that has been the case. Also, it makes me feel like a goof that I find it so hard to get my butt outta bed and out the door to get there on time.

But I did it - a whole month on time! Once I got into the groove of it, it was fine. I'm not sure why. A lot of times I ended up being earlier. It's easier to be earlier or late than on time... on time is a very small window.

Edit: I forgot to mention that it only takes me 15min to get ready. Once I realized that is isn't really possible to get to work on time without 15min prep, I was more likely to actually get up and outta bed 15min before I had to leave.

Ironically... today I was a 1/2 hr late. haha.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Fountain

Dir: Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Pi)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn
USA, 2006

Seen: November 24, 2006 at Paramount with Jamie

Reason to see: It's fantastical, sci-fi-y and from the director of Pi

A beautiful and ambitious film. Ethereal. I was worried that it might scare me, as some ethereal/fantastical stuff can sometimes but it was all good. I am always amazed when films can create such a strong mood, sometimes it was almost trance like. Hugh Jackman's performance is very strong and it was quite wonderful to see him in a difference role. The sound, as well as the music, was awesome. It really contributed to the mood and emotions of the film. It also explores some really interesting issues about life and also about relationships, and how different people experience the same situation in different way. I was very happy had the opportunity to see this one.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'd watch it again
I'd recommend it, especially those interested in the blending of SciFi and spiritual. That being said fair warning for those who aren't into films that are kinda 'out there'

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SPC: Glam 4

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This one was so much fun! It also provided me an opportunity to complete one more thing off my 101 things in 1001 days list: #30 - Perfect the smoky eye look. This one turned out a bit fuzzy, but it's still my favorite shot of the ones I took.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

101 in 1001 Weekly Update #38!!!

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Another Monday, another update! The weather this week has been all over the place. There was one morning I woke up and saw hints of snow, yet this weekend it was so mild I saw people on patios (14C... Torontonians are crazy about patios I tell you). Anyway, the pic above was from Sat morning - and it looked... fuzzy outside. Like it was snowing maybe but if time stood still. A fog of snow. But there was no snow. Weird!

On to the update! One full task complete with #30 - Perfect the smoky eye look . This one was a lot of fun. I actually completely filled up my camera space taking pics for it.

Two reviews done for #14 - Write something about all the films I see: Thin and Casino Royale . Only 45 reviews films outstanding, lol. I'll get to them! I will!!

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#38 - Keep a plant alive from ‘The Auction’ from one year to the next
They are still alive!!!! After my unexpected repotting on my very little Berry plant, its actually looking much happier! Maybe it needed a little tlc to help set its roots:

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#21 - Save a part of every paycheque - done.

#94 - Read every day - done! I'm finished reading "Tiger Eyes" by Judy Blume as well as continuing to read "True Balance" as part of the True Balance group. I'm still deciding what to read next, possible an adult Judy Blume book or maybe the 5th Harry Potter. I actually even bought and read (some of) the Globe & Mail on Saturday. Can you believe it?

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Monday Nov 20/06 - This fun site that has challenges
Tuesday Nov 21/06 - definition: bonhomie - good-natured friendliness (Thanks Jamie!)
Wednesday Nov 22/06 - personal stuff
Thursday Nov 23/06 - How to tell how rare-well done a steak is by using your hand (yay for cooking shows!)
Friday Nov 24/06 - Today is the biggest shopping day in the US (day after Thanksgiving... did you know their Thanksgiving is always on Thurs therefore = 4day weekend?)
Saturday Nov 25/06 - 1 load of laundry isn't as heavy as 2, unless the dryer isn't really making things dry
Sunday Nov 26/06 - How cold my place gets when the heat is off

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True Balance - Third Eye Chakra

This is one of, or might be the first chapter where I was nodding my head a lot. My quiz only had 1 No. A lot of the suggested activities I already do. Often. A lot of the things it's about I really believe I have strong skills in: analyzing, thinking, reasoning, percieving, understanding, having vivid dreams... and then.. there is of course one lone wolf that sticks out: Memory.

Memory is a funny thing. I've often been called upon my memory, usually for details in very specific situations. I remember every phone number and postal codes I've had (which is quite a few). I know when all the tv shows are on. I remember odd things about situations like what someone was wearing or what they ordered. It is almost always associative, ie, it was X's graduation therefore it was close to Y school which is in this area and at that time of year and they were dating him whom would only go to somewhere with parking so, logically we were at Fran's and they ordered the big breakfast even though it was 10 pm which is how I know.. they prefer scambled eggs with sausage as oppose to fried with bacon.

Things like that y'know? But other things.. bigger, important things... complete blank. No idea. It's one of the reasons I write things down, it helps me remember. You should remember the important things, right? No. I remember that they like scambled eggs.

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Before I read this chapter I took the picture above. I happened to be in the neighbourhood I grew up in. It is fitting that the image turned out blurred even though normally in daylight I get crisp clean images. As I was up there I was thinking: This is where I grew up, that is the store I bought candy in and I would figure out what the total would be with tax and have it all ready. That is the place where we got out Christmas tree, and had animals we could feed carrots (the llama's eat the whole carrot!). That is the place with the best burgers, ever. That is the coffee shop you'd go to if there was nothing else going on. And that was just one block. The blocks up in suburbia are large though.

As I thought about my memories up in that 'hood, I realized I don't have tons of good ones. Everything was FAR to get to. A walk to the bus. The bus that I always just missed, or in the winter was too full to pick up more people. The school I went to across the street, then closed down and was the first place I voted. It was also where I tried riding my bike on ice and finding out that isn't a good idea. Many nights walking home, scared, listening careful... should I go the short way that has a restricted view or the longer 'safer' way. Getting carded buying a Swiss army knife at Canadian Tire (ok that is a funny memory).

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But then I had a moment where I decided to let it go. So what if there weren't good memories. How could there be? I mean ... look at it. It looks barren. Everything is so far away. I want to be minutes from a multitude of coffeeshops and a quick walk from a convience store. I don't want to be on a sidewalk where I am the only person walking and cars are zooming by and pedestrians are an annoyance. I want to be where the people are, where people are living their lives. Give me the hustle and bustle of the city, suburia can kiss my a... well, you know :)

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

#30 - Perfect the smoky eye look

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Completed: November 25, 2006

I want to put a big shout out to Self-Portrait Challenge for this one. It wasn't really one the radar to work on it, but with the November theme being 'Glam' I felt that smoky eyes go hand in hand.

I'm a huge fan of dark make up, always have been and I always will be. I'm not a 'natural look' kinda girl. But, I was never able to capture the smoky eye thing, I think because my eye shape is a little different that example I've seen so I felt a little lost. When I was getting all 'Glam'ed up I totally made a breakthrough in 'seeing' what to do. When I angled my head slightly down, I found I could 'see' where to put the dark make up to achieve this effect (upper, outer lid and not anywhere near the middle). Success!!! Now, to find somewhere to go play....

The process:

My inspiriation (for this try):

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The tools:

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Starting with (putting this up makes me feel brave!):

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Blank slate (rarely do I wear foundation/powder but it helps when going all out):

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Blend, blend, blend:

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From the side:

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Complete:

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday November 24th, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

We have a couple of heavy hitters this week with Bobby and Volver. I am surprized to see that Volver is in limited release, I though an Almodóvar film would be on more screens. It will be on my list to see for sure, just as The History Boys is - I just can't resist inspirational teacher flicks. Add to that it's British and based on a play, I'm so hooked. For those looking for a tone, or should I say tune? check out Jack Black and Kyle Gass in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.

The rational behind our mid-week releases last week has now become clear... It was US Thanksgiving on the 23rd. Happy Turkey Day to those celebrating, have a good long weekend.

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Wednesday November 22, 2006 Releases

Deck the Halls
Dir: John Whitesell (Malibu's Most Wanted, Big Momma's House)
Cast: Danny Devito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis, Kristin Chenoweth
USA

Déjà Vu
Dir: Tony Scott (Domino, Man on Fire, Spy Game, Top Gun)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel
USA

The Fountain
Dir: Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Pi)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn
USA

Friday November 24, 2006 Releases

Bobby
Writer/Dir: Emilio Estevez (Men at Work, Wisdom)
Cast: William H Macy, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Laurence Fishburne
USA

The History Boys
Dir: Nicholas Hytner (Centre Stage, The Madness of King George)
Cast: Richard Griffiths, Stephan Campbell, Samuel Anderson, James Corden
UK
Limited Release

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
Dir: Liam Lynch (Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic)
Cast: Jack Black, Kyle Gass
USA

Volver
Writer/Dir: Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown)
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Antonio de la Torre
Spain
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Nov 24, 2006**

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thin

Director: Lauren Greenfield - directorial debut
Documentary following four women with eating disorders
USA, 2006

Seen: Nov 15, 2006 on TMN

Reason to see: I was literally flipping channels and it completely pulled me in. I even missed one of my regular shows to watch it.

It is hard to describe my reaction to this film. It is brillant. Ok, maybe it isn't so hard. I've never been a huge fan of documentaries but this topic fascinates me. Why do people go to the lenghts they do to be thin? And it is never enough. There never seems to be an acheivable goal or light at the end of the tunnel. There is always more, or less that they want to be. It was also interesting to see this stories unfold in the setting of a clinic which in a lot of ways reminded me of camp in an odd way, the cliques, group sessions and shared meals. Not that anyone ate much, or at least not that they showed. They also refered to themselves as 'restrictors' as oppose to anorexic or bulimic, which I found an interesting term. One thing I will say for these women is they are not weak. The power and strength of will they have is phenominal, you just wish you could react out to them and persuade them to use it in another way. Gripping, heart-breaking and very honest this film is one to watch.

This is currently playing on TMN on Demand and I did read somewhere that it is also on HBO (Nov 2006)

Shannon's Overall View:
I was captivated by it
I'd watch it again
I'd recommend it

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Casino Royale

Dir: Martin Campbell (Beyond Borders, Vertical Limit, The Mask of Zorro)
Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judy Dench, Jeffrey Wright
UK/USA/Czeck Republic, 2006

Seen: November 19, 2006 at Paramount 3

Reason to see: Jamie invited me to go with her and her husband! I almost said no as I had already spend/allocated all my funds for that week but thank goodness for change purses & piggy banks! $11.95 in change = fun at the movies!!

I have to say that I believe that casting Daniel Craig was a good choice. He's a different Bond for sure, not like Pierce Brosnan playful take on Bond (the rest of the actors I would have to do a little refresher research to make some whitty remarks), more serious and more subtle. Initially I couldn't even tell if he had and accent so I waited to hear his voice again... and waited.. and waited.. and... well.. it made me realize there were huge expanses of time without dialogue. Of course that isn't all that shocking for an action flick. Speaking of action flicks there was an action sequence near the beginning of the film that quite reminded me of one in district b13 / banlieue b13 both of which remind me of gaming, needing to hit a series of complex moves in a particular sequence, order with perfect timing. At least it wasn't a car chase! It is fascinating to see things such as this change and evolve with time.

Odd experiential moment: There were some techincal issues with the film at the beginning, it looks misaligned with a line through it, and was turned off momentary. During which someone behind us said "What is this, Borat?"

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'll watch it again
I'd recommend it to James Bond and action/adventure film fans

1 preview for Spiderman 3, no commercials (what a shocker!)

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Ten on Tuesday

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Found a new meme weekly site - yay for Ten on Tuesday

This week's topic: 10 Things You Love to Eat During the Holidays

1. Veggies & Dip
2. Mashed Potatoes!
3. Yorkshire Pudding
4. Anything that involves adding gravy
5. 'The Breakfast'
6. Anything brought, bought or made by someone else!
7. Cider
8. Cashews
9. The little oranges in multiples of 2 (tangerines? mandarins? nectarines?)
10. Asti

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Self Portrait Challenge: Glam 3

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Too tired to write.
Too stubborn to let Tuesday get away without my SPC post.
53min before midnight - har!

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Monday, November 20, 2006

101 in 1001 Weekly Update #37!!!

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Another Monday, another update! One full task complete with #46 - Draw a self portrait done, and a partial with getting to 5/10 of #83 - Try out 10 new restaurants. I also have a few other set in motion of planned but no actual steps taken yet. I was hoping to have more reviews up for #14 - Write something about all the films I see, but I've been doing more seeing that writing. One day it will even out :)

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#38 - Keep a plant alive from ‘The Auction’ from one year to the next - they are still alive!!! YAY!!! My begonia even have 4 new things sticking up from the soil! Very exciting! And the transplant of the little plant seems to be doing alright too.

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#21 - Save a part of every paycheque - done.

#94 - Read every day - done! I'm continuing to read "True Balance" as part of the True Balance group. I've decided to give a pass, at least for now with "The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger, and I'm currently reading "Tiger Eyes" by Judy Blume. I couldn't resist picking it up from Value Village at there 1/2 off sale, which means I got it for 24cents.

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#31 - Read 1 fashion magazine a month, for November 06 I read Oct Vogue - which is really backwards as magazines are available ahead of schedule not behind. But I had this one on hand and hadn't read it yet so there ya go.

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Monday Nov 13/06 - An easy way to check out my student loan
Tuesday Nov 14/06 - there is a application process for cpp to get compensation for child bearing years
Wednesday Nov 15/06 - Training takes longer than anticipated
Thursday Nov 16/06 - Letters with accents!!! in Word: control+'+e = é
Friday Nov 17/06 - def. of amelioration - to make better or more tolerable
Saturday Nov 18/06 - its time to switch from fun clothes to warm clothes
Sunday Nov 19/06 - my things to always carry with my is increased by 1

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#83 - Try out 10 new restaurants #5 Artful Dodger

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Went to Artful Dodger on November 17, 2006 with Jamie
12 Isabella Street in Toronto, Ontario

This pub I've heard of for ages but I hadn't been there until recently. Technically I went there for the first time in Sept 06 with the folks from TIFF but since I didn't order any food at that time I don't think I could qualify it as a 'restaurant'. But last weekend went there kind of spur of the moment with Jamie. Great place! Good was very tasty as well as reasonably priced, the staff was very nice, there are a few different rooms with different vibes, the one we chilled at had no music! But it was perfect. Cozy warm on a chilly November night and cushy seating, a helping of Fish & Chips, frosty Keith's in had and great company. A great night! I will definately return.

please note the 'stock footage' pic is not of this evening in question but rather another time of frosty beverages... I just don't like having a post w/o pics.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

#46 - Draw a self portrait

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Completed: Nov 19, 2006

The drawing ended up not being quite what I expected. Initially I thought I would do a charcoal drawing, most likely all grey then erased out and darked but no, I just plunked down in front of my hallway mirror as I was drawing a bath and playing Johnny Cash in the background sketched this sucker in less then 10 min.

That may not seem like a lot of time but I've never been one to spend hours on 1 subject, pose, thought, etc. As I was drawing this I thought to myself what was I thinking? Out of all the classes I look in art school I hated Portraiture the most. Actually it might have been the only class I hated. I actually technically failed it because I tried to drop out to late. I appealled it but didn't get exempt and I hate the fact that is on my school record. Then there was the class itself, an all day class - 6hrs wih a break in the middle. Some poses laster longer that a whole class. To top it all off, I wasn't any good at it. I love drawing. Love it. Out of all the arts I would say as a process, its my favorite. But I've never actually created a true likeness in my life. Anything else I can do, and love to do - hands, toes, clavicles (oh man, do I love a nice clavicle) bodies, chairs, houses, whatever... I get get a sense of it, or at least and interesting interpretation of it. Faces? Nope. Never quite figured it out.

I think I used to think that I didn't care but I think I do. I don't have to be great at it but I would like to figure out what it is that I can't figure out about it. How articulate is that! I think I may try and do these as regular practice and in different ways and mediums.

My first ever self portrait I did was not in a mirror but in the window of my bedroom of the house I grew up in. It was double paned glass so it looked like an optical illusion and the drawing looked like my head was emerging from some kind of body of water. I wonder where it is now.

Here is a pic of the subject as I was seeing it for comparision:

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday November 17th, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Many highly anticipated films in release this week! The biggest is arguable Casino Royale where we will finally get to decide for ourselves if Daniel Craig lives up to the shoes of Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan as the new 007. We also have Christopher Guest's latest with For Your Consideration, let's see if this one goes to 11. The one film I just can't figure out is Fast Food Nation. It's based on a non-fiction book but the film has actors playing characters. I just don't get it. It doesn't appear to be a documentary. Maybe it needs to be seen to be understood but after watching the preview its clear that you don't want to eat out before going.

A special limited release of the 1973 Canadian film Paperback Hero will be showing at the Carlton for one week only! I know I'm going to try to make it!

It has been a while since we've had some mid-week releases but this week (or next depending on your point of view) we have three opening on Wednesday November 22: Déjà Vu, The Fountain and Deck the Halls our 2nd Christmas film! 'Tis the season to get all excited before it's here I guess!

Festival Watch:
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
November 9 - 18, 2006 at the Workman Theatre, Toronto
www.rendezvouswithmadness.com

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
November 15 - 19, 2006, various locations, Toronto
www.reelasian.com

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Friday November 17, 2006 Releases

Casino Royale
Dir: Martin Campbell (Beyond Borders, Vertical Limit, The Mask of Zorro)
Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judy Dench, Jeffrey Wright
UK/USA/Czeck Republic

Fast Food Nation
Writer/Dir: Richard Linklater (A Scanner Darkly, Before Sunset, School of Rock)
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Cataline Sandino Moreno, Luis Guzmàn
UK/USA
Limited Release

For Your Consideration
Dir: Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind, Best In Show, Waiting for Guffman)
Cast: Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shear, Eugene Levy, Ed Begley Jr.
USA

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Writer/Dir: Dito Montiel - debut
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chazz Palminteri, Rosario Dawson
USA
Limited Release

Happy Feet
Dir: George Miller (Babe: Pig in the City, Lorenzo's Oil)
Voices: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman
Australia/USA

Let's Go to Prison
Dir: Bob Odenkirk (The Pity Card, Melvin Goes to Dinner)
Cast: Will Arnett, Chi McBride, David Koechner
USA

Paperback Hero
**re-release of original 1973 film
Dir: Peter Pearson (Snowbirds, "The Littlest Hobo")
Cast: Keir Dullea, Elizabeth Ashley, John Beck, Dayle Haddon, Franz Russell
Canada
Limited Release

Wednesday November 22, 2006 Releases

Deck the Halls
Dir: John Whitesell (Malibu's Most Wanted, Big Momma's House)
Cast: Danny Devito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis, Kristin Chenoweth
USA

Déjà Vu
Dir: Tony Scott (Domino, Man on Fire, Spy Game, Top Gun)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel
USA

The Fountain
Dir: Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Pi)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn
USA

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Nov 17, 2006**

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

True Balance: Chapter 5, Balanced Expression

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I think the considering the people working through True Balance is made up of bloggers I am anticipating that we might being doing ok on being expressive.

One of the most interesting things I've found in this one is to write down unexpressed feelings or communications at the end of the day and ask your the messages to be send to those whom they were unexpressed to and for them to reply in your dreams (p. 155) I was totally all over this until it said to have them reply! Isn't that funny. I ran across this when I went through the Artist's Way (and it still comes up in my morning pages) that I enjoy the exercise but don't necessary want the results/answers. Anyway, I think its a great idea and although I haven't been writing these things down yet I have started remember my dreams again after a bit of a dry spell. I've written them in my Dream Journal.

I think I'm a lot more balanced in this chakra than a lot of other ones. I've finished reading the chapter but I'm still thinking about it. Maybe I should talk about it, heh. We'll see.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

SPC: Glam 2

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So, this isn't the glamist of glam pics I have but its the most recent that is anything close, which is what I was going for. It made me remember and realize that there are times in my life where *every* pic I had of myself I would consider glam in some way even if it was nonchalant. Actually quite often it was nonchalant - that was kinda my thing, I was gonna wear, do, say what I meant and if you don't like it tough. I think that is kinda glam, because glam is about owning it. Your moment, your space, your time, and quite possibily everyone else's attention. I've not been in that time/space/mindset for a while but I think I'm ready to visit it, and my glam self again. We shall see how it progresses.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

101 in 1001 Weekly Update #36!!!

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Well its been a pretty good week, made steps forward on a few of my tasks. I'm getting closer on #14 Write something about all the films I see (for the first time) throughout these 1001 days, with writing about five more films: The African Queen, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Chungking Express / Chung Hing Sam Lam, Conversations With Other Women and Water. I've now caught up as my film viewing as of August 06, with 42 new ones to write but I plan to keep trucking on this one and hoping to be up to date by the end of 06, and then keep it more up to date.

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#38 - Keep a plant alive from ‘The Auction’ from one year to the next - my 3 plants are still alive! I had a 'moment' with little Berry though.. I noticed the soil was really hard so I kinda poked it a little and the plant came out!!! Barely a root did it have! I felt so bad! I dropped it down then left the room for a moment having plant killer guilt pangs. Then I pulled myself together, and repotted it using soil from a plant in a really big pot. I hope it survives! Ironically, my 'ugly plant' from the last years auction is doing really well! Its got all these new cactus-y looking bits:

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#21 - Save a part of every paycheque - done.

#94 - Read every day - done! I've finished reading "Servant of the Empire" by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts which makes me at 4/20 on my List of 20 books to read. I'm continuing to read "True Balance" as part of the True Balance, and I've started reading "The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger which so far I'm not overly liking as it feels pretty materialistic but I've only got to about page 20 so I shall see how it goes.


#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Monday Nov 6/06 - definition: hypotonia - condition of abnormally low muscle tone & often reduced muscle strenght. congenital - medical condition present from birth
Tuesday Nov 7/06 - How to do things on my shiny new iPod - egads, I've become one of 'them'
Wednesday Nov 8/06 - Where to go to vote!
Thursday Nov 9/06 - I'm working on more than double the projects I thought I was (at work this time, I'm completely aware of how many personal projects I have going... hehe)
Friday Nov 10/06 - That I really need to find a way to make my cat not wake me up 4-5 times an hour in the middle of the night!
Saturday Nov 11/06 - That my sister Suzie is coming to T.O for a visit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOT!
Sunday Nov 12/06 - The majority of the films on My 101 Films to See List that I can't believe I haven't seen are available from the Toronto Public Library!! YAY!

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Bon Cop, Bad Cop

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Dir: Eric Canuel (Le Survenant, Le Dernier Tunnel, Nez Rouge)
Cast: Colm Feore, Patrick Huard, Pierre Lebeau, Rick Mercer
Canada, 2006

Seen: August 30, 2006 at Paramount

Reason to see: It's Canadian!!!! Also, I am on my second attempt of #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 9/52.

This film is so Canadian, and it is so great. I enjoyed it from start to finish. I was thrilled to see that on a Wednesday night screening the theatre had a healthy crowd who was enjoying the film. There was lots of laughter. I've heard that it's apparently considered the first bilingual film, in English speaking cities it was shown with English subtitles and in French speaking cities it was show with French subtitles. Lots of word/language play - which is... so Canadian. Look here's a action packed Canadian film and lets have a little rapport on language, hehe. I wasn't expecting the level of violence which may have been a bit of naive on my part, considering its a cop buddy movie. I think anyone would enjoys any kind of action film will definitely get a kick out of it. Both Patrick Huard and Colm Feore are excellent.

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

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Chungking Express / Chung Hing Sam Lam - part of #3 list of 101 films

Writer/Director: Kar Wai Wong (In the Mood for Love / Fa yeung nin wa, Happy Together / Cheun gwong tsa sit, 2046)
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brigitte Lin, Faye Wong, Chen Jinquan
Hong Kong, 1994

Seen: Aug 26, 2006 thanks to Rogers Direct

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

After watching about the first 15 minutes I realized that this was not the film I expected it to be, I must have gotten it confused with another film, possible something on imdb's top 250 or something like that. Turns out for me, that this isn't a bad thing, I quite enjoyed this film and may not have seen it otherwise. Now realizing that come from Kar Wai Wong who brought us In the Mood for Love, all things are good. I loved that film. Add to that Tony Leung? Happy sigh. It's all good. There was a lot of quirkiness in this film, some of which I believed wholeheartedly as the zany things people do, or the stories they make up to themselves to pass the time or to create a sense of meaning. There was some other quirkiness I didn't quite believe. However you really get a sense of their present-ness. Where they are at that moment, how life if affecting them. What they are thinking, doing, hoping, remembering, dreaming and all of this without feeling like a cliché. A wonderful portrait of 2 lives.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I look forward to watching it again, this time with fresh eyes
I'd recommend it

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The African Queen - part of #3 list of 101 films

Director: John Huston (Across the Pacific, The Maltese Falcon)
Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morely
UK/USA, 1951

Seen: Aug 15, 2006 on Mpix

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

I absolutely loved Katharine Hepburn's character in the film. Not so much the properness, but the optimism, sense of strong will, that she would get in the thick of things, believed anything was possible... it was so great. Then I realized the character bore a strong resemblance to Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager (one of my favorite shows). After thinking this was cool, then I actually ended up feeling a little cheated. Not about The African Queen but about Star Trek, how many years later was Voyager made? Couldn't their been a different strong female character? Alas.. I digress.

I did enjoy the film. Like Bridge on the River Kwai it had that whole British proper thing going on which is great. Pretty good adventure story, very interesting characters... which is great I don't always like films with Humphrey Bogart. I also have to mention, although it is very 'of it's time' the depiction of 'the natives' feels so inappropriate.

I think this is a new record... took me almost 3 months to write the review!

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

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Conversations With Other Women

Director: Hans Canosa (Alma Mater)
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart
UK / USA, 2006

Seen: Aug 16, 2006 at Cumberland

Reason to see: I am on my second attempting my #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 6/52. It was beginning to look like a tough call of what to see between Pulse and The Descent, but then I saw I could make it to see this.

Helena Bonham Carter was really wonderful in this film, not that I would ever expect anything less. I sometimes get Aaron Eckhart (The Core, Thank You For Smoking) confused with Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea, The Sweetest Thing) but I think after seeing this one I got them figured out. The film is really dependant on them and their performance although there was a bit of a cinematography 'trick' used throughout the film that was sometimes compelling and sometimes distracting. I'm not entirely sure what they were trying to achieve with it, could be the tone of the film, showing how the same thing experience can be seen/remembered differently depending on the person, and their point of view.

There was one line in this film that I will remember forever. I laughed out loud in the theatre. It was so shocking and so true, but I'm not going spoil it for anyone.

Confession: Even after watching it, I don't get the title

Shannon's Overall View:
I thought it was pretty good
I would watch it again
I would recommend it, if you are up to something a little different pace.

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Water

Writer/Director: Deepa Mehta (Fire, Earth, Bollywood/Hollywood)
Cast: Sarala, Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, John Abraham
Canada/India, 2005

Seen: August 23, 2006 on DvD thanks to a co-worker

Reason to see: Highly acclaimed Canadian Film, won 3 Genies

Although I had only a vague idea what this film was about it's Canadian (yay!) and was highly acclaimed in general as well as from a few women I know. I found it quite hard to watch. Most people I know felt it very emotional and beautiful. I found that I was not expecting the harshness of the characters nor the situation. The situation being widows sent into exile to live in poverty with almost zero choices after their husbands die, for the rest of their lives. The film states this is still happening. I know awareness can lead to power but just the thought of this left me feeling angered and hopeless. I do again stress that this is not the reaction most people had, most felt it was emotionally charged and important. I was just shocked, angered and felt hopeless. The one thing that made up for it was the wonderful performace by the young Sarala, a remarkable performance from such a young actor - I was impressed.

Shannon's Overall View:
I don't think I could fairly say I 'enjoyed' it but I am glad to have learned things from it
I will not watch it again
Tough call on who to recommend it to, those who enjoy deeply emotional films about struggle

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Fifth Chakra: Balanced Expression

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Only 1/2 way through this chapter of True Balance which is about the throat chakra, which is about expression. The colour is sky blue woohoo, although my pic is a little darker blue than that.

First off I have my word association:

Speaking - Easy
Honesty - Silence
Laughter - Joyful
Listening - I am *or* waiting
Creativity - Sparkle
Telepathy - Light
Rapport - Retort
Connection - Function
Revealing - Sexy
Expression - Phrase
Truth - Lies

Friday, November 10, 2006

#93, 4/20 - Servant of the Empire by Raymond

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Completed: November 10, 2006

Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts

A great book! It's the second book in a series, the first of which I read last year (Daughter of the Empire) and I really enjoyed it, although it took me a good long time to finish (almost a year). Thin pages foiled me! The title itself slightly put me off but I'm glad I stuck it out it was a really great read. Strong female protagonist in a fantasy setting it's pretty epic in a political sense. It that is your game, then definately try it out but read the first one... first. The third book is also in my list of 20 books but I think I might try something a little lighter first. I'm really surprized that after 7+ months I've only made it through 5 books (my 4th was a double entry). But then again I've started many of them. As you can see, I have many to choose from....

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Film Fan Fridays for Friday November 10th, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

I don't have much to say this week so enjoy the festival links and film info!

Festival Watch:
Regent Park Film Festival
November 8 - 12, 2006, Nelson Mandela Park Public School, Toronto
http://www.regentparkfilmfestival.com/rp/

Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
November 9 - 18, 2006 at the Workman Theatre, Toronto
www.rendezvouswithmadness.com

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
November 15 - 19, 2006, various locations, Toronto
www.reelasian.com

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Friday November 10, 2006 Releases

Conversations with God
Dir: Stephen Simon (Indigo)
Cast: Henry Czerny, Ingrid Boulting, Vilma Silva, T. Bruce Page
USA
Limited Release

Driving Lessons
Dir: Jeremy Brock - directorial debut
Cast: Rupert Grint, Nicholas Farrell, Laura Linney, Julie Walters
UK
Limited Release

A Good Year
Dir: Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven)
Cast: Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard, Albert Finney, Abbie Cornish, Freddie Highmore
USA

Harsh Times
Writer/Dir: David Ayer - directorial debut
Cast: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodriguez, Eva Longoria
USA

The Return
Dir: Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, The Waiting Room)
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sam Shepard, Peter O'Brien, Adam Scott
USA

Stranger than Fiction
Dir: Marc Forster (Stay, Finding Neverland, Monster's Ball)
Cast: Emma Thompson, Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah
USA

A Year in the Death of Jack Richards
Dir: Benjamin P. Paquette (A Woman of Ahhs)
Cast: Vlasta Vrana, Micheline Lanctôt, Darryl Hunter, Allone Koffkinski
Canada
Limited Release

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

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

True Balance: Chapter 4, heart chakra

I'm a little behind of my TB reading, I usually read the chapter while I do laundry and that got pushed back when I was sick. It's and excuse I know.. I feel late but not overly so. I read the chapter on Saturday and I did a little trekking around on Sunday in search of green things and here is one of the things I found:

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A stoplight.... with the green 'go' sign broken. Yep. That kinda wraps up my feelings/experience on this one. I wish I could be all gushy and say how I love this one and related to it and the heart chakra rocks and we should all be open and happy and accepting.... but that has not been my experience. After reading the chapter I felt angry. Yes angry. I didn't like the fact that she says you need a balanced 3rd to go on to a great 4th (so...unless someone is balanced up to 3 they don't see/feel/experience .... love?), I do not like the inference that its the 'most important' and to top all that off I was shocked and completely unimpressed by the sudden or just clear-er religion/God references.

Here is another fine example. A lot of the suggestions are be more happy, open, enthusiastic with your life/situation and good things will come. Ok, sounds good. I was walking about and saw a nice sunset, pulled out my camera and here we go:

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Although I think this is a pretty cool picture it doesn't really show what I saw (which had way more pink/purple and was completely breath taking) not my experience of that particular walk which was paired with hearing someone from across the street yelling in anger. Mostly profanities and then the occasional "Get off my..... " something. Land, doorstep, I'm not sure. But he really wanted people out of 'his space' that is for sure.

This is one of the only sorta happy/positive pics I got. I think with the time of year there isn't tons of green going on but this really had some nice green, although it feels very seperate from everything its near. As well as being more fragile:

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This one, although I don't see any green really feels like it captured the day. You can't see much but you can see some and that some isn't that clear. It really feels like what the day was like to me:

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

SPC: Glam 1

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Heavy black eye makeup is an absolute requirement for glam for me. It can be the beginning or the end all be all.

That being said this looks a little scarier and slightly Clockwork Orange-y that was ever intended.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

101 in 1001 Weekly Update #35!!!

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#67 - Floss every day for a month - complete! This brings me to 28/101 complete, how very exciting!!

#38 - Keep a plant alive from ‘The Auction’ from one year to the next - my 3 plants are still alive although still looking pretty droopy. Well, maybe 'reach-y' is a better term.

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#21 - Save a part of every paycheque - done.

#94 - Read every day - done! Still reading "Servant of the Empire" by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts as well as "True Balance" as part of the True Balance Group.

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Monday Oct 30/06 - You must get approval from the French Government to be called a couturier (see definition of haute couture here) Thank you to Project Runway for this tidbit :)
Tuesday Oct 31/06 - included in definitions of perfect: having both stamens and pistals
and having to do with the intervals or original consonances of unison, a fourth, firth and octave as contrasted with the major intervals of the third and sixth
Wednesday Nov 1/06 - matte lipstick is hard to find but it exists
Thursday Nov 2/06 - definition of aberrant: deviating from what is regular, normal or right
Friday Nov 3/06 - the existance and location of the service elevator at work
Saturday Nov 4/06 - I really need to go through my in box
Sunday Nov 5/06 - definiton of epoch: a period of time, a period of time which striking things happened, the starting point of sucha period

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

#67 - Floss every day for a month & hopefully forever

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Completed: Oct 2006

This has been something on my unofficial list or pre-101 in 1001 list for ages. I mean ages! Could be 10 years easy. I've never, or shall I say until now, been able to get the hang of this even though every time I go to the dentist they suggest, remind, tell scary stories, etc to get me to do this.

I was happy to find out this was in no way as hard as I thought it would be and I would equate that to two things:

1) my tickler file which is a concept from the Getting Things Done where you have a file folder for each day. With my trusty reminder I would know to do this every day, and then pop it in the next day's folder (see my GTD post here).

2) picking the right time to actually do this every day, and I think this is a very individual thing. Myself, I am *not* a morning person so that way out. On the other hand, I am a total night owl.. but... by the time I actually finally say to myself that I'm gonna get some shut eye, the last thing I want to do is think about flossing, or flossing well. So, I decided the best idea was the middle of the evening, often when I was running a bath and after I've gotten stuff ready for the next day. Or, if I was going out for the evening I would do it then so I didn't have to think about it later - plus, what a better way to get a pretty smile?

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2001: A Space Odyssey

Dir: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
UK/USA, 1968

Yes, this film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time. While researching just reading the name “Dr. Dave Bowman” scared me. I have yet to see the end of the it because I get too freaked out. It is so creepy. Things that happen that you know can actually happen but you see happen and believed? Omg… it doesn’t get scarier than that.

Open the pod bay doors Hal....

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Abandoned, The

Dir: Nacho Cerdà
Cast: Anastasia Hille, Karel Roden, Valentine Ganev, Carlos ReigSpain,
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This film was part of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and I would say its one to watch for folks who love horror. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve seen some refreshing innovativeness in terms of storytelling and imagery as oppose to shock value and gore in this genre. At some points it was a little confusing and the acting could be a little better, but on the whole I was impressed.. and scared!!

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Alien

Dir: Ridley Scott
Cast: Signourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Ian Holm
UK, 1979

The definitive, classic thriller that still stands the test of time. I can’t think of another film that holds an atmosphere of tension as well this film. Brilliant direction, stellar casting, great writing and design I would have to say this film is about as flawless as you can get.

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Changeling, The

Dir: Peter Medak
Cast: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh
Canada, 1980

This may be one of the lesser known on this least but is in no way less scary. Steeped in the supernatural and set in a house of secrets we experience some very freaky stuff. I remember the second time I watched this film, and then collectively decided with my fellow viewers that we were insane to watch it again, it is just too scary.

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Fire in the Sky

Dir: Robert Lieberman
Cast: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Henry Thomas
USA, 1993

Released in the midst of the rise of stories of crop circles and TV series “The X-Files” this is my alien abduction submission for scary movies. It may not the best film but it sure is scary, for me more so because at that time I was really into that kinda stuff. Plus, it stars D.B. Sweeney, who will forever in my family known as “The Navigator”.

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Halloween 2

Dir: Rick Rosenthal
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Jeffrey Kramer
USA, 1981

I’m not entirely sure why I am including this film over the original, it could be the creepiness of the setting. This is another high tension, eye closing, popcorn jolting scary film. It’s another classic for sure, not film in general but for sure in terms of scary films but.

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Haunting, The (1963)

Dir: Robert Wise
Cast: Julie Harris, Richard Johnson, Claire Bloom, Fay Compton
USA, 1963

This one is not to be confused with its 1999 remake. See the original please. I would have to say that for me this is the classic scary movie. Not a horror film perse but a thriller about the things that go bump in the night. Great tension, imagery and sound accompany a great story. I think it might be the root of my curious love of stairways.

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Poltergeist

Dir: Tobe Hooper
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Heather O’Rourke, Beatrice Straight
USA, 1982

If you haven’t seen this make sure you see the original and not the sequels, or the TV show. It truly is one of the scariest films I’ve seen. Some everyday objects will not appear the same after seeing this film. I think also seeing kids being scared also turns up the creepy and believability factor. A hair-raiser for sure.

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Ring, The

Dir: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman
USA/Japan, 2002

It is refreshing to have a more current entry! Although I did also quite enjoy the original Japanese version, Ringu, I include The Ring over it as I saw it first and it’s heavily plot based therefore the original didn’t hold as much POW! for me. The imagery is unbelieveably scary. I think I had to spend at least 30% of the film not watching the screen. If you’ve seen neither and are ok with subtitles I’d recommend Ringu first (and if you can get it), but this version does hold its own.

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Runaway

Writer/Dir: Michael Crichton
Cast: Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, Kirstie Alley
USA, 1984

It’s slightly humorous to see a film over 20 years old that is ‘futuristic’, but if you can get past (or enjoy) the 80’s-ness of this film its is completely worth it. Gene Simmons plays an excellent bad guy in this ‘high tech’ thriller.

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Shining, The

Dir: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, Danny Lloyd
USA/UK, 1980

It has been many years since I have seen this film, in fact I think I only saw it once at a friends birthday party where I remember the host trying to calm down her brother who was also watching it but saying “Don’t worry, it’s just ketchup”. I’ll tell ya one thing, it ain’t ketchup. Again, Stanley Kubrick brought us this visually stunning and scary as hell horror movie with imagery I will never forget, although with this one I almost wish I could.

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Signs

Writer/Dir: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigal Breslin
USA, 2002

I think the fans of this genre have a clean split in opinion on M. Night Shyamalan. Those who like is films, and those who don’t. I, myself am a fan of his work. I think the comment that the films are too similar is really more reflective of the fact that there aren’t currently a lot of thrillers out there. Horror & gore-fest, yes .. but actual thrillers, not so much. I think Signs is a great film and it scares me every time I watch it, I think because of how accessible the situation is. Joaquin Phoenix’s acting in particular is in my opinion, one of the keys as to why this film works so well. Amazing tension building techniques as well as less-is-more philosophy make this thriller an edge of your seat viewing pleasure.

This film is including in my list of Scariest Movies of all Time!!

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Watcher in the Woods

Dir: John Hough
Cast: Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker, David McCallum
UK/USA, 1980

If someone told me I would be including a Disney film in my list of scary movies, I would think there was something fishy going on. But, this is a Disney film and it is scary. Some say it doesn’t hold up as a scary film to adults but I watched it a few years ago and I was still scared, it could have been reflective of the first viewing though. For this one I would say it’s all in the imagery.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday November 3rd, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

I am thrilled to announce the World Premiere of BLUE, a short dance film by Elif Isikozlu showing this Saturday November 4th at 9pm as part of the Moving Pictures Festival of Dance and Video on Film. Elif is an abundantly talented woman who directed, choreographed and performed BLUE and I am over the moon with joy to see her vision come to life. Congratulations Elif! See below for festival website which features a still from the film.

All other film news pales in comparison but I do feel the need to inform of a few things here and there. Controversy continues with week with Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan which seems about as culturally inappropriate as you can get but it was a ridiculously HUGE success as part of the Midnight Madness program (read: cult & horror) as part of the film fest. On opening night apparently something went wrong with the projector and Michael Moore tried to fix it. Yes, Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore. He came out of the audience and went to fix it. It didn't get fixed and they had to re-schedule for the next night but everyone was talking about it. We also have Babel in surprizingly limited release but with tons of buzz featuring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchette.

Festival Watch:
Moving Pictures Festival of Dance and Film on Video
November 2 - 4, 2006 at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
www.movingpicturesfestival.com

Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival
November 1 - 6, 2006, various locations, Toronto
http://www.planetinfocus.org/

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Friday November 3, 2006 Releases

Babel
Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Amores Perros)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchette, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji Yakusho
USA
Limited Release

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Dir: Larry Charles (Masked and Anonymous)
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen
USA

The Boynton Beach Club
Dir: Susan Seidelman (Gaudi Afternoon, She-Devil, Desperately Seeking Susan)
Cast: Renee Taylor, Sally Kellerman, Brenda Vaccaro, Dyan Cannon
USA
Limited Release

Flushed Away
Dir: David Bowers & Sam Fell - feature film directorial debut
Voices: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellan, Jean Reno, Bill Nighy
UK/USA

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape
Dir: Michael Lembeck (Connie and Carla, The Santa Clause 2)
Cast: Tim Allen, Martin Short, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell
USA

Sleeping Dogs Lie
Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait (Snakes the Clown)
Cast: Melinda Page Hamilton, Bryce Johnson
USA
Limited Release

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

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

#100 - 3 of 8 - Celebrate Samhain

Part of my 101 list is to Celebrate Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh, Mabon, Samhain, Yule & Imbolc at least once for the duration of the 1001 days.

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Celebrate Samhain, Completed: Oct 31, 2006

I can tell you it was an amazing day. What is better than getting to sleep in a bit, leisurely have tea and do a tarot reading to start your day? I did a Keltic Kross reading as well as yearly spread.

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As it is a new year's, I also always try to think back on the previous year (boy, am I happy where I am at now!) as well as think =about who I want to be in the next year. After much thinking I decided that I want to be ... me! So, there I am:

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And off and over to Jamie's for Halloween festivies with her and her hubby! Fun stuff!! Look at those great cookies! YAY for skeleton gingerbread men!

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We had a ghoulishly great day with scary movies and yummy treats! Chocolately goodness as well as a savourly dinner and wonderful company. Halloween is one of the best holidays there is, and I think our happy Jack'o'Latern agrees!

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