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Movie #7 of 2011: Midnight in Paris

June 20, 2011

Viewed at the Embarcadero Theater (3rd theater movie)

In one word? Charming! The plot bounced along nicely, it was funny (and I’m pretty sure I missed a few jokes), and Owen Wilson makes a good Woody Allen. I liked that they didn’t make Rachel McAdam’s character unlikable, just not entirely compatible with our hero. Definitely worth watching.

(4 of 5 stars)

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More Nocturnal Conversation

June 20, 2011

So this happened last night, and I have no memory of it. According to the awesome guy I share a bed with:

I rolled over in my sleep and my pinky finger hit your face and you went AARAOOAAOOOOOAAHAHGHAARGH!! I apologized and you were like “you need to be more careful in your sleep” and I was like “how can I be more anything when I’m asleep, I’m asleep” and you said “zzZZzZZzZZzz.”

I’m really looking forward to his dramatic re-enactment of this, so I can find out how some of these things are pronounced.

Also, hi! Thanks for sticking around.

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The radio wants me to cry.

May 4, 2011

I was listening to the radio on the way to work this morning, and KFOG played the following songs back to back:

Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills & Nash
(a song about the end of a relationship)
The Old Apartment – Barenaked Ladies
(such chipper music for such a downer song)
Beg Steal or Borrow – Ray Lamontagne
(so good, so sad)

By the end of this, I wanted to drive my car off a bridge. Luckily, there are no bridges on my commute.

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Ask and ye shall receive.

April 28, 2011

Let’s start with this:

Suffice to say, I have excellent friends, who have excellent friends, and less than an hour later,  ended up with this:

Photo by Matthew Oden

Thank you, internet!

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Movie #6 of 2011: Shall We Dance

April 14, 2011

Viewed on DVD at home

I love Rogers/Astaire movies, so it’s hard for me not to like this one. The addition of Gershwin tunes certainly didn’t hurt, either. And it’s funny! William Brisbane as Jim Montgomery, with his goofy facial expressions, just made me die laughing.

(4 of 5 stars)

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Movie #4 of 2011: True Grit

March 2, 2011

Viewed at the AMC Loews Metreon (2nd theater movie)

I loved this movie. Having not seen the original, it was all fresh and interesting and much funnier then I thought it would be. The acting was amazing, and I even loved Matt Damon, who I was wary of, it being a cowboy movie and all. Disappointed that it won zero Academy Awards.

(5 of 5 stars)

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Show #2 (2011): Geographer

March 2, 2011

Seen at the Independent with Jenn and Nomi

Photo by Nomi

I finally made it to a Noise Pop show! I manage to miss all of them year after year. This show was four bands, and I was only familiar with Geographer, the headliner, going in. The Funeral Party wasn’t bad, but I just didn’t connect with them or their sound. K. Flay, a white girl who makes her own beats and then raps over them, kept my attention. My only complaint is that her voice is quite breathy and so I couldn’t understand a lot of what she was saying. But she had excellent flow and some intriguing musical choices. As for Butterfly Bones, just not my thing. It made me feel like I was in an 80s movie and we were at the prom, but not in a good way. Everything sounded the same very quickly.

Geographer was way beyond the other acts, and they deserved to be the headliners. I’ve seen them several times now, and they continue to improve. The new songs are in a different direction but a natural evolution of their sound. I am officially a fan.