Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Very cute place. Kat and I met for tea and tapas and thoroughly enjoyed it, though that could have been because of the company! My salad (of arugula, spinach, and mozzarella) was delicious albeit a little pricey for what I got. Low-lit, seductive, ethnic atmosphere for dinner and around 9:00 it shifts into nightclub mode, which would have been great if conversation hadn't been our goal! I hear they have live performances of belly-dance and flamenco on certain nights. Fun!
I watched this movie with Billy, my mom, and Ray. It's not bad, but didn't really do anything for me. The portrayal of relationship fell so closely in the lines of our current popular culture's ideas on love, but the excitement of a married couple moving in together for the first time and the wife's aspirations for making the king his castle, admist less than ideal conditions, was endearing. However, Jane Fonda's character seemed too over the top and too volatile and shallow to make up for her sexy legs. And speaking of sexy-- two words-- Robert Redford.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Wow. This movie was awesome, though completely too gory for me. No wonder Mel Gibson has problems; he's a genius-- don't lots of real geniuses have a hard time living in the real world? :)
The hero Jaguar Paw is perfect. Cleverly, his intense masculinity is portrayed in his feelings and reactions and persistence instead of an overt masculine stature. For me, the focus is on his interior life, (while he does have an idyllic face and body.) I just wished he hadn't tricked his brother into eating tapir testicles...
His wife was beautiful and there is an amazing birthing scene. Her character also came across as complimentary expression of the feminine person, (and complementary!)
I also liked the portrayal of the natives. They were given true human characteristics with the capability of being harmonious and genuine, but also oppressive and self-seeking to the point of committing human sacrifices. They weren't caricatured into noble savages who knew no evil until the white man had arrived...
Never did I ever think that I'd like his music... I don't know what's happened to me. Perhaps the Atlanta traffic finally pushed me over the edge, but I actually sit in my van skimming through channels on the radio, just hoping that I'll hear the falsetto crooning...