Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President OBAMA!

This is the day the Lord hath made!!!

P.S. Michelle is smokin'. I'm going to be o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with her the next four years.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

What does it take to change your destiny? When you're born a poor child, your family is killed, making you an orphan, and as a result you spend your childhood and adolescence scamming and scavenging to get by, what possible hope is there for you to win a millions of dollars on a popular game show?

Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine)answers that question in Slumdog Millionaire which is a heartfelt tale of Jamal, an orphan that takes up a life of innocent crime with his brother Salim after his mother is killed.

The movie focuses on three periods in the boys' lives. Jamal, the innocent doe-eyed boy who fawns after a young girl who also lost her family, struggles to find his footing eventually growing up and working for a call center. Salim, the tough-as-nails older brother turns to a life of crime, killing fellow con-men, serving his own interests, and even using the object of his brothers affections, Latika, to his advantage.

Latika, as Jamal finds out, is a fan of the Hindi version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" after a failed attempt to take her from her current life where she lives with a wealthy criminal. Jamal then decides to take a chance with his fate and becomes a contestant on the game show with the simple hope of having Latika see him again.

The movie is told through three vignettes. The first where Jamal, played by doe-eyed Dev Patel, is being interrogated by police after the first night on the game show where he successfully answers questions that doctors and lawyers can't even answer. They suspect him of cheating. The second where Jamal is on the game show answering question after question with much trepidation and lack of expression. The third and final is the narrative which explains how this boy, this kid from the slums, who wasn't meant for greater things, knows the answers to the questions he's being asked.

What transpires in the following two hours is a tale of hope and tragedy, love and loss. And what occurs emotionally is more important and fulfilling than the desire for Jamal to win, both the money and the girl, but the realization that sometimes when you don't know the questions, the answers are already written out for you. ***A***

Sunday, January 11, 2009


You Are a Ski Cap

You are a comfortable, low maintenance, and even practical person.

You use fashion to look good, and you don't stray too far from the mainstream.

You are friendly and accepting. You don't really judge other people for their fashion choices.

You enjoy clothes and accessories as much as the next person, but you're not superficial about it!

You Are Buttermilk Pancakes

Your prefer traditional, old fashioned foods.

You shy away from anything fake, and you like meals with simple ingredients.

It's not likely someone would find margarine or diet soda in your kitchen.

Instead, someone might find a loaf of homemade bread baking or a soup simmering.

Your Word is "Fearless"

You see life as your one chance to experience everything, and you just go for it!

You believe the biggest risk is being afraid and missing out on something amazing.

Sometimes your fearlessness means you're daring. You enjoy risky activities.

And sometimes your fearlessness means you're courageous. You're brave enough to do the right thing, even when it's scary.

You Feel Misunderstood By Your Family

You get along with everyone in your family, and you tend to play the peacemaker. You can see issues from all sides.

You feel like your family is prone to too many arguments and instability. You never feel like things can be completely peaceful.

It's sometimes hard for your family to understand who you are now. You've changed a lot, and they have trouble accepting the new you.

You are honest and very outspoken with your family. You sometimes hurt feelings by saying things they don't want to hear.

You Are Copper

You are provocative and challenging. You help people realize who they really are.

You live a very balanced life. You always take time for love and art.

You are both a powerful and generous person. You always have time to give back.

People find you to be incredibly ethical and loyal.

What Your Nose Says About You

You are impulsive and tend to follow your heart.

You tend to be stubborn. You don't take other people's opinions seriously.

You are objective and logical. You make a good businessperson.

You are helpful and giving. You like cooperating, and you're always willing to lend a hand.

You are pessimistic and cynical. You expect the worst from people.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

R.I.P. 2008

Thank God 2008 is over. It was pretty tough year. But we're all the wiser, right?

I had some ridiculous number of jobs. Like five. I'm working out my finances which hopefully will be more prosperous this year. (Supposedly 2009 is going to be great for Aquarius'. I'll keep breathing to be sure). Uh, the rest is too long, boring, frustrating and wasteful to dwell on. I'm thankful for all my friends, who I've cemented as my make-shift family. Rachael, Rachel, Ben, and of course Jordan, have all been noticeable shining stars in my life.

Now my top picks. They're few. Especially the movies.

(My apologies to Beyonce and Britney for not getting their albums in time. I have to purchase them out of principle).

5. Madonna - Hard Candy

4. Robin Thicke - Something Else

3. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

2. Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak

1. Coldplay - Viva La Vida

** Honorable Mentions - T.I. - Paper Trail, Panic At the Disco - Pretty.Odd., Jason Mraz - We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, Estelle - Shine, Ludacris - Theater of the Mind

(A lot of movies I saw this year were comedies. And they all have something to do with Judd Apatow)

5. Role Models

4. Step Brothers

3. Pineapple Express

2. The Dark Knight

1. Milk