Archive for January, 2011

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Movie #2 of 2011: Black Swan

January 13, 2011

Viewed at the AMC Loews Metreon (1st theater movie)

It’s been days since we watched this, and I still can’t say for sure if I liked it or not. The acting was good, the dancing was amazing, but I generally don’t like horror movies. I don’t enjoy being scared or grossed out. And as a lifelong nail biter, the bits with the fingernails were especially horrifying to me. I was fascinated and repulsed, and I suppose that’s what Aronofsky was aiming for.

(3 of 5 stars)

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Resolutions ’11

January 3, 2011

Through work, I have discovered SMART goals, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Sure, I want to “be a better person” and “get in better shape,” but what does that mean? How do you know you’re a better person? Using these guidelines, I was able to clarify my resolutions for 2011. But unlike work, if I don’t show progress on these, the only disappointed person is me. Oh, and I still get paid. So without further ado:

1. Help others
.      a. Volunteer for 3 events
2. Improve myself
.      a. Perform 2 pull-ups
.      b. Drop a pant size (and keep it that way)
3. Do more of the things I like to do
.      a. Read 35 books
.      b. See 10 live music shows
.      c. See 15 new movies (at least 5 in a theater)

I’ll be tracking these at 43 Things, and crossposting here, to encourage myself.

What are YOUR resolutions for 2011?

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Movie #1 of 2011: The Girl Who Played With Fire

January 3, 2011

Viewed via Netflix Movie Viewer

The second movie of a trilogy is always a bit of a let-down. There’s advancement of the story, but you know the most exciting parts are being saved for the third installment. I felt the same way about the book. Regardless, the movie kept my attention and now I’m really looking forward to seeing the third.

(3 of 5 stars)

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Music Wrap-Up for 2010

January 1, 2011

So I didn’t make my goal of 10 shows, but I actually came a lot closer than I thought I would. For 2011, I’m setting the same goal, and hpoing that I get to see some class acts. I know I can be hard to reach, and there’s often scheduling conflicts, but never stop inviting me to shows. Please!

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Show #9: Mumford & Sons

January 1, 2011

After trying to see them earlier in the year and failing due to a 100+ fever, I was relieved to finally get to the Warfield in October and bliss out for a few hours. These guys are just as good live as they are recorded and the harmonies are spot on. This was about the time that I realized that I need to start elbowing to the front again, as I felt kind of removed from the music and distracted by those around me, but I blame me and the audience, not the band. So, so good.

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Show #8: Ricardo Diaz and friends

January 1, 2011

Last Octber, while I was in Vancouver visiting the best person alive, it so happened that a local Flamenco guitarist who I’ve worked with and admired was doing a small show at a church in town. I easily convinced -j to come with me and it was phenomenal. Three singers, each emotive, though I was particularly impressed with Cristo Cortez. The dancer was pleasant enough, though I wasn’t particularly impressed. But the guitar and singing made this possibly the best show of the year.

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Show #7: Aida

January 1, 2011

There’s something special about watching opera with several thousand people for free in a ballpark. And extra special while eating greasy ballpark pizza. And extra extra special with friends who appreciate opera but are also terribly bored by the third act and enjoy instead writing our own opera about Koreans who sing in Swedish in Ethiopia. Man, that third act was boring.

(A note about the picture – that was just the stands. The entire outfield was also crammed full of poeple.)