October 15, 2008

sex, drugs & chuck klosterman

Posted in aging, divorce, movie review, nostalgia at 9:33 pm by Marise Phillips

i started reading his book — you know, that one with the cocoa puffs in it — and i felt too old for it in some ways, yet the perfect age for it in others. especially when he goes off on how all the women he’s known, born anytime between like 1965 and 1975 (I’m paraphrasing, but my year was in there,) are in love with john cusack.

i’m not, not with him specifically, but the more i thought about chuck’s argument, that pop culture has ruined real life, because it makes us mere humans believe we can attain perfect love, symbolized by that scene in say anything where lloyd dobler serenades ione skye with his boombox in the rain. the sad point that chuck is trying to make is that regular real life can never measure up to what we see in movies.

and i know what he means. i’ve been there, i still have to struggle to drag myself out of that, those dreams of true love and happily ever after, riding off into the sunset. and it’s at once horrifying and also okay.

tonight, i watched before sunset and despite all my assumptions that it would suck (eg it could never be as good as my faint happy memory of before sunrise, etc), that i was too much older than the characters to take anything they had to say seriously, etc etc… i was pleasantly surprised.

1, i’m only a couple years older than they are in real life (maybe 3-4 yrs older than their characters); and

2, their love lives — both when they met and in the interim — share certain themes with mine.

Case in point, Ethan/Jesse’s line:

I don’t want to be one of those people who are getting divorced at 52, falling down into tears, admitting that they never really loved their spouse, and they feel that their life has been suck– sucked up into… a… vacuum cleaner. You know, I want to have a great life. I want her to have a great life. She deserves that. All right? But we’re just living in a pretense of a marriage, responsibility, of all these — just these ideas of how people are supposed to live.

Oh. Oh yes, I know that one. And I gotta say, it sounded both weaselly and fucking true, in equal measures. It made me feel just that little bit more serene about where I’ve been and how I’ve gotten to today.

January 26, 2007

i’m so… not picky :-)

Posted in movie review at 8:02 pm by Marise Phillips

at least when it comes to movies, i spose.

this is why:

i really liked Talladega Nights. when i admitted this to kiki a couple weeks ago, she patted my hand, shook her head and said, “oh honey…”

but, but, but — it was funny!

worse, I just got out of Smokin’ Aces, and while the ending was sooooo never-gonna-happen kind of ridiculous, i STILL liked it. sure, it’s a total Tarantino rip-off, but all the performances were really good. i really like seeing actors doing something wildly different than what they’re known for doing.

my faves were Jason Bateman (his role, alone, validated the ticket price for me), Common, and Alicia Keys. i hope her acting career flourishes.

September 6, 2006

Film Fest Fun

Posted in movie review, travel, weekend at 9:55 pm by Marise Phillips

Telluride Film Fest 06 – 52.jpg, originally uploaded by RiseyP.

J & I spent 5 days in Telluride for the film fest. I only got to see one movie cause i am a big loser. Every time we go, I’m affected by the altitude change in a different way, Last time, my head really hurt – like it was caught in a big vice grip. This time, I was just listless and antsy. Sigh.

Regardless, we still managed to have some fun – and the film we saw was fantastic – a world premiere of Fur with Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. Also, we made some new friends: a documentary-filmmaking couple who live 6 blocks away from us in SF!

July 9, 2006

SO. Good.

Posted in aging, movie review, weekend at 7:39 pm by Marise Phillips

best movie i’ve seen all year.

*and* i had the best birthday since i turned 25 — the year a surprise party was thrown for me.

just, wow. my friends astound me.

guess 38’s my lucky number for a real reason!

April 5, 2006

worth the wait.

Posted in movie review at 10:35 pm by Marise Phillips

So I finally saw Brokeback. which i bought from walmart.com no less! stickin' it to the man! or somethin' – heh.

anyway, oh MY.

i spent the first 5-10 minutes thinking to myself, "Self, you know you're a big gay-man-lovin' sort of girl… don't be so EASY. Be critical. Maybe it's not all it's cracked up to be." And so, I did find it took a teeny-tiny while to believe Jake Gyllenhaal's character. But as for Heath Ledger… he had me at "Ennis."

I won't post any spoilers, cause believe me, I *hate* that shit. I'll just say I fucking LOVED this movie. Utterly naturalistic and believable and painful and real.

guess all cowboys ain't so bad*, after all.

*when i was little, i loved my cousin Nick everso much. but when my mom jokingly asked me if i wanted to marry him, i said, "Nah. he wants to be a cowboy." Dunno why that was such a deal-breaker, but anyway.

December 18, 2005

whatta weekend (not quite)

Posted in knitting, movie review, quizzes, weekend at 12:02 pm by Marise Phillips

ugh. i’ve been in bed for 36 hours straight.

i forced myself to go out to J’s friend Ian’s birthday dinner on Friday nite, a dinner at which we arrived late and were therefore obligated to sit at different tables, and at which i knew only three people out of the entire gathering… not fun when i wasn’t feeling well 😦 fortunately, the people at my table were very nice and we got along perfectly well. but boy, was i ready to head home and crash.

yesterday, i did very little besides sleep the entire day, with the cats serving as furry hot water bottles. j was even sicker than i. and seeing that we were supposed to spend the day doing errands to get ready for a party that i had actually really been looking forward to (as opposed to the dinner on friday), we did not get a single thing done. besides sleeping. no costume making, white elephant finding, bacon-wrapped date broiling, no driving over and pre-partying… none of it. BOOOOO.

at about 9pm, though, i was sick of sleeping and woke up to watch Bad Santa on DVD, which was quite funny. i knitted some of my ribbed pale brown alpaca scarf, as well. and successfully made a felted join, thanks to crazy aunt purl’s helpful photo directions!

i woke up this morning to a huge thunderstorm, a leaking bedroom window and two scared kitties. luckily, the storm has subsided somewhat at this point. but, still. eek! the frame of our kitchen window is also starting to rot out. times like these, i actually don’t mind not being a homeowner (ok, i do own a condo, but it’s 1000 miles away and, therefore, not exactly “home” 😉

then, I got curious to see what kind of princess i was…

The Traditional Princess

You are generous, graceful, and practical with both
feet planted firmly on the ground. You tend to
be a little on the old-fashioned side. You
value home, hearth, and family life and love to
be of service to others.

Role Models: Snow White, Maid Marian

You are most likely to: Discover a hidden talent
for spinning straw into gold.

What Kind of Princess are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

November 27, 2005

evil cats. of doooooom.

Posted in movie review, pets, weekend at 10:13 am by Marise Phillips

this morning, the cats decided to ruin the last morning of my NOT-long-weekend (I had to work Friday, rkr frkr!!!!) by very loudly scampering and fighting and being otherwise annoying all over the bed. starting at about 7am and continuing on through to about 9:30.

i got up at about 8 to go walk Nellie-dog, but poor J had to endure the evil cats of doom while i was gone, so much so that he actually got up, showered and dressed, went out & got himself coffee, all by the time I returned from my dogsitting duties, bearing my own set of coffee and croissants. this kind of early rising thing is unheard of for j. especially during his sabbatical.

so now that we are both awake and rather cranky, i am trying to decide what to do with this day. we saw Harry Potter yesterday – FINALLY – and it was soooooooooooo excellent, rip-roaring and FUN!! Love me some HP!!! So that goal is complete.

LOVE Cedric!!

I have about 600 more photos to edit, but I’m not feeling that at the moment… hmm… The house is a complete mess, and the cleaners are coming tomorrow, so I’ll definitely have to do some tidying up.

So many potential errands, so little time!!

  • Buy rice cooker, go grocery shopping at Ranch 99 in Daly City
  • Return stuff at Old Navy & Ross
  • Bag up piles of unused clothes and things & take to Goodwill
  • Box up various toys and send to Haji in Afghanistan
  • Go to Good Vibes & look for Hitachi Magic Wand attachments
  • Investigate potential places to stay for Xmas – my bro will be in town!!
  • Type up my Asia trip diary

At least a nice portion of my Xmas shopping is already done. Thank you, internets!!! I have been good so far and have resisted the urge to buy myself all sorts of tempting things: a cashmere throw, various on-sale DVDs, etc… OH yes, the holidays once again are about temporary self-denial! I s’pose it’s good for me.

So far this weekend, I’ve been wasting a lot of time reading Megatokyo, all the way from the very beginning… So well done (art-wise at least!)

October 27, 2005

i have to put pants on. for the feds.

Posted in movie review at 6:53 pm by Marise Phillips

and anyone who doesn't love wallace and gromit is the DEVIL.

September 5, 2005

a pretty nice weekend

Posted in lovey, movie review, weekend at 6:30 pm by Marise Phillips

Despite the bad news down South and J's work being CRAP again…

This is what we did…

  • Watched Amarcord on Friday night
  • Slept in late on Saturday
  • Obsessive RSS news feed reading all weekend
  • Attended Bernice & Rob's BBQ solo (while J was needlessly at work, waiting for a build that never arrived)
  • Took care of the kitties
  • Went to the gym (!!!) for 2 hours: elliptical, weight machines, crunches/stretches, hot tub, steam room (AH!)
  • Brunch at Frjtz with K & P, followed by light shopping on Hayes
  • Watched Team America Sunday nite
  • Slept in late today – woke up to the sun for the first time in a while
  • Brunch at Kate's
  • Surfed from laptops at Bean There
  • Grocery shopping
  • Back home to a clean house!!
  • Made guacamole, and baked banana-nut bread and corn muffins while J recorded bass

And for tonight:

  • Stuffed salmon filets, green beans and corn muffins for dindin
  • A screening of Barbarella
  • ???


June 11, 2005

Howl’s Moving Castle

Posted in movie review, reading at 8:35 am by Marise Phillips

Last night at the Kabuki Theatre in SF's Japantown, J and I saw Howl's Moving Castle with our friends Mike and Trish (fellow huge fans of Hayao Miyazaki). For those unfamiliar with Miyazaki, he co-founded Japanese anime Studio Ghibli and directed Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Graveyard of the Fireflies, Kiki's Delivery Service, etc.

Apparently it was a preview showing as the film hasn't been officially released yet; if that is indeed true, then I am a bigger geek than I originally thought! (Though this is usually the case, I don't know why it surprises me any more…)

As expected, the film was spectacular visually; the hand-painted backgrounds just keep getting more and more impressive. It was full of strange and wonderful characters, plenty of humor, silly and surreal. However, it is not the near-masterpiece that Spirited Away was.

J read a review last night that blamed the movie's shortcomings on the fact that the story was adapted from a 2001 children's fantasy novel, rather than from Miyazaki's own imagination. Mike said he thought it felt a bit too "Hollywood" — a point I agree with more and more as I think about it.

But J and I both agreed to see it at least one more time in the theatre, and of course we'll buy it as soon as it comes out on DVD. For eye-candy junkies, it's certainly worth seeing multiple times. We're also going to buy the book, which fits right in with my reading habits lately (having just finished all the Lemony Snicket books.)