Archive for August, 2010

Movie Reviews

Within the past month, I have gone to see a few movies and wanted to share my thoughts.  I will go in order of: go see in theater to wait til cable.

Go see in theater!!

The Kids Are All Right – this was an excellent movie.  The interactions between two married women (so irrelevant – I have had similar issues when I was married) are both stark, laughable and thought-provoking. It is a truly real look at marriage, in all its complexity.  You can clearly see their individuality but also how they interact with each other. Sometimes the incongruity is shocking.  The basic premise is that each mom gave birth to a child using the same sperm.  The half-siblings (remember, different moms, same dad so to speak) decide to meet the sperm donor, who is then invited into the family for a bit.  I will not share some of other things that occur because I think that it would ruin the experience. Rest assured, it is not plucky, not a typical or predictable movie. Or at least not for me.

Wait for Netflix, or cable

Eat, Pray, Love – sorry, thought this movie was disappointing as heck based on the previews. Bland, boring even at times. The things they added to the story to manipulate things actually made things worse, when usually it helps with stories like this.  The main character comes across as whiny, selfish, mad, moody, and unevolved by the end. I did not compare this to the book because I hadn’t read the book in about 3 years. For stories like this, I don’t tend to remember little details. I remember I liked the Italy part because I enjoyed hearing about the history. I liked the India part because I am half Indian and been interested in meditation at the time (and still). I hated the Bali part because of the house storyline (it annoyed me) and the love story (how friggin predictable). In one year’s time, she goes from a person broken and running away to the opposite side of the earth, only to fall in love and tie it all up like a bow.  VOMIT. And I don’t care that this is a true story – or her version of the truth. Because I still don’t buy it.  I didn’t when I read the book and I didn’t when I saw the movie. The best review I read of this movie and absolutely agreed with was “sit, stare, yawn” — holy crap, YES, that is exactly what this movie was. And Julie Roberts was not the right person for this movie. She was chosen to sell tickets.

Just wait for cable

Switch – I love Jason Bateman and therefore the main reason why I wanted to see the movie.  The previews reeled me in with him.  Jennifer Aniston – I think she’s a one-trick pony .. similar roles, similar movies.  Jason Bateman did not disappoint. I could have watched the entire movie with just him or just him and that kid. Yes, he was that good, that funny.  But overall, the movie was predictable as heck, archetypes and all, and basically contrived.  I knew this going in though – so shame on me!!

I am someone who goes to movies with a general perspective of ‘entertain me’. I can fully suspend disbelief, I have no thoughts of what’s next, and just sink in to the chair and enjoy.  When a movie becomes too predictable and I start thinking that is just like that other movie “….” and not nearly as good, then I made a bad choice. And no, I don’t often to listen to the reviews. I go see what I think will be fun.  The Eat, Pray, Love review came back to me after the movie when we were all talking about the movie and I mentioned it to everyone.

By the way, some tips to seeing a movie – general wisdom (or if you go with me):

1) Quit worrying about calories and other BS.  If you want popcorn, just friggin get it. And no, I don’t want to share.  I want my own.

2) I quite hate it when others turn to me in a whisper and tell me “this is going to happen next, just watch” or talk about other such drivel during the movie. No, you friggin watch! Turn your face to the screen and watch.  Quit talking.  The movie theater is not the place talk – the point is to be entertained and enthralled.  You want talk – go to a coffee shop or a party.

3) I repeat, do not talk during a movie. Ever.

4) Don’t friggin bump the back of the chair in front of you if a person is there. You know you hate it when it happens to you, so why do you feel the need to do it yourself? What makes you so dang special?

5) People go to the movies alone. It does not mean they are a loser.  People escape from work, their spouse, the heat, their kids.  Maybe no one else wanted to see the movie with them. Maybe they got stood up.  Maybe they are cooling off from a fight. You have no idea why the heck someone is in a theater alone so quit judging.

6) If someone is crying during the movie, because they are affected by something on the screen, quit staring!! Mind your own dang business! And don’t, and I repeat don’t, do that pat, pat, pat on the shoulder/leg/hand thing .. oh there, there your pat indicates.  Bite me!  I am enjoying the movie, I have an emotional connection to something, and you have to friggin ruin it because you think my world just crumbled???   Kind of goes back to point 2 – turn and face the movie screen. Watch. Remain this way.

7) If the person with you wants to watch the credits, let them watch the credits. If you are so dang anxious to get out, then go and plan on meeting in the lobby.

8)  If the movie says it starts at 8:45, then that means you are in your seat no later than 8:40.  I love the previews and hate to miss them. If you aren’t a fan, then come join me at 9:00 when they are most likely over.  I’ll save you a seat.

9) I love seeing movies. I like all kinds – comedy, drama, horror, documentary, independent.  Movies I have less desire to see – action/shoot’em up crap.  I feel like I am watching the same movie with different people.  I also know that others think the same of comedies, or Will Ferrell movies, etc.  Everyone has their preferences.  Honor that. If you realize that your friend Samantha only likes sci-fi and you like them on occasion, you aren’t really going to be movie buddies.   Don’t give in just so you can see a movie together unless you know the person will do the same for you.

10) Ultimately, it’s entertainment.  Sometimes it’s educational (did you ever see the documentary Murderball, Food Inc., Man on Wire, March of the Penguins?).  But ultimately, it can be an experience.  A memory of a first date for example.  Just enjoy!

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August 29, 2010 at 11:23 am 1 comment

This explains it

Now I know why I have such a hard time sleeping!!

August 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

Are you Struggling or a Super Star? Research Opportunity

From Lisa Haneberg:

My colleague and pal, Lisa Edwards, is working on her next book and would like to invite you to participate in her research. This book will be very cool and her research seeks to uncover how various types of performers approach their work and how they differ. If you would like to participate and then follow the progress of the research, click on through below. Here is the short invite from Lisa E.

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From Lisa Edwards:

I would love to invite you to be a part of my next book!

  • Are you energized by your job?
  • Do you believe you could be more effective?
  • Are you struggling to succeed in your work environment?
  • Do you have a track record of producing results?

If you agree with ANY of these statements, you may be eligible to be a part of my next book on personal effectiveness and performance at work.   Learn more about how you can get involved by clicking here.

Thanks!

August 26, 2010 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

Cancer-ish

I haven’t spoken much about this lately. Mainly because there isn’t a lot to say, from my perspective.  I am living each day the best I can.  I still seem to get tired most in the late afternoons, early evenings. The nausea is nothing like before and glad for that!  I still have that chemobrain thing where things take a bit of time to form before I can speak logically (and less jumbly) but this can easily be mistaken for exuberance or dorkiness too!! But really just living in the moment and taking it as it comes. I have more tests in September and that will provide more information of how things are going.

Other than  that, I continue my quest of doing new things or going to new places as much as possible and getting to know some friends more deeply than I had before. This has provided so many bright spots. It may sound trivial to some, but as a single, sometimes it does not come as easily to just go out to this festival or that concert.  Sometimes others cannot make it or join you and you really want to go.  Do I then go alone? Sometimes. I have also become more of a joiner as well as more spontaneous.

Some personal moments lately have really highlighted for me the love I have for Omaha. It is my home and I am wonderfully at peace here. I have not had a place, in my adult life, that has felt this way to me. So I continue to embrace this with less trepidation and more gusto.

So the cancer is a part of me that guides me.  Sometimes I nap for 3 hours or sleep for 13. Sometimes I spend the entire day with friends in Lincoln, or go to the Outdoor Market, or Jazz on the Green, or join a new book club. Or like today, go to a wine tasting (of sweet wines, my fave!!) and then to the Greek Fest with a gaggle of friends.  Life is made up of moments and I am enjoying all of them.

August 21, 2010 at 9:26 am 3 comments

Mess of Me

“Mess of Me”

I am my own affliction
I am my own disease
There ain´t no cure they could sell
Ah, there ain´t no drug to make me well
There ain´t no drug

There ain´t no drug
There ain´t no drug
It´s not enough
The sickness is myself

I made a mess of me I wanna get back the rest of me
I made a mess of me I wanna spend the rest of my life alive
I made a mess of me I wanna reverse this tragedy
I made a mess of me I wanna spend the rest of my life alive
The rest of my life alive!

We lock our souls in cages
We hide inside our shells
It´s hard to free the ones you love
Oh when you can´t forgive yourself
Yeah forgive yourself!

There ain´t no drug
No, There ain´t no drug
There ain´t no drug
The sickness is myself

I made a mess of me I wanna get back the rest of me
I´ve made a mess of me I wanna spend the rest of my life alive
I´ve made a mess of me I wanna reverse this tragedy
I´ve made a mess of me I wanna spend the rest of my life alive
The rest of my life alive!

AHHHHHHOOOOO!

There ain´t no drug
There ain´t no drug
There ain´t no drug
No drug to make me well
There ain´t no drug
It´s not enough
I´m breaking up
The sickness is myself
The sickness is myself

I made a mess of me I wanna get back the rest of me
I´ve made a mess of me I wanna spend the rest of my life alive
I´ve made a mess of me I wanna reverse this tragedy
I´ve made a mess of me I wanna spend the rest of my life alive
The rest of my life alive!!

Lyrics courtesy of Switchfoot

August 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Broken Dreams

“Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”

I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don’t know where it goes
But it’s home to me and I walk alone

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
and I’m the only one and I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk a…

My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart’s the only thing that’s beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
‘Til then I walk alone

I’m walking down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line
Of the edge and where I walk alone

Read between the lines
What’s fucked up and everything’s alright
Check my vital signs
To know I’m still alive and I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk a…

My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart’s the only thing that’s beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
‘Til then I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk a…

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I’m the only one and I walk a…

My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart’s the only thing that’s beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
‘Til then I walk alone…

Lyrics courtesy of Green Day.

August 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

charity: water

BigOmaha and Silicon Prairie News shared charity:water with Omaha and I was happy to donate to the cause. I received this email and wanted to share.

the 2010 september campaign launches August 16.

charity: water was born in September. It’s always been our biggest month of the year. A month where we work with all of you to make a huge impact. A month where thousands around the world give up their birthdays to fight the water crisis alongside us.

This September, we’re bringing clean water to a place many people have never heard of: Central African Republic (C.A.R.). It’s one of the poorest nations in the world, and three quarters of the people here live without access to safe water. Life expectancy is 47 years.

Our local drilling partner here is Integrated Community Development International (ICDI), started by Jim Hocking. Jim grew up and lived most of his life in C.A.R. and is passionate about a group of people called the Bayaka.

The Bayaka were one of the last hunter-gatherer societies in the world, until the logging industry pushed them out of the forest. Now, they live on the outskirts of villages, facing rejection and abuse by locals who see them as animals that belong in the jungle. They are often denied use of water sources and have to wait until dark to collect drinking water from village wells. Many end up using dirty streams and ponds instead. We recently traveled to C.A.R. to tell the story of the Bayaka people.

This September, charity: water hopes to bring clean water to 90,000 people in C.A.R., including 100% of the Bayaka people. We’ll need to raise $1.7 million to do that.

You can lend your support to our cause right now by “liking” charity: water on Facebook. We’ll be posting exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of our team in Central African Republic, and other updates throughout the September Campaign — all on our Facebook page. But you have to “like” us to get them! Join our community on Facebook and help us spread the word by recommending us to your friends!

– the charity: water team

August 16, 2010 at 8:50 am 2 comments

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