Sunday, November 23, 2008

I Can Has Cheezburger

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

I love this one!

Ms. Manitoba is often waaaaay behind the times. I just started looking in on the blog I Can Has Cheezburger. I'm about to have knee-replacement surgery so to relieve the stress of it I am reading funny stuff more often ... watching funny movies ... etc.

You can sign up on the I Can Has Cheezburger blog to get emails of their photos w/ captions. Go here.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

David Letterman: You're an Asshole and a Bigot!

And, James Franco, you're a wimp!

Did you see James Franco being interviewed by David Letterman last night? The interview was about Franco's involvement with the movie Milk. He plays Harvey Milk's lover. So, of course, the asshole interviewer has to pull out those old tired jokes: "So, how drunk did you have to be to kiss Sean Penn?'


I am so sick of those kinds of jokes. We lesbiqueerTrans folk have had to endure these stupid questions our whole lives. Bigots, do you get it? It is homophobic to ask those kinds of questions. You're all trying to act so liberal because you're actually talking about queers ... but you really think that we are literally Q-U-E-E-R. The whole dialog is about your discomfort with our sexuality -- it has nothing to do with us and our magnificent sexuality.

I mean really, James Franco, the whole point of the movie is liberation from homophobia so how come you couldn't say something strong about this issue to David Letterman?

Be an ally. A true ally. Not some fake Hollywood "Oh-I-voted-against-Prop-8" kinda ally. Be real. Put yourself on the line .... like we have to in our jobs sometimes. Good golly -- grow a backbone!!!

Another thing: YOU ARE ACTORS!!! You act all kinds of things that are not about you as a person. Stick up for yourself as an actor ... don't get all kinds of squirmy when people ask "How could you kiss Sean Penn?" I'm a lesbian and I don't think it would be a big deal to kiss Sean Penn if I were acting!!!! So, that's why I think this entire line of questioning is homophobic.

Have some class like Susan Sarandon when someone asked that stupid question of her ... in The Hunger she kissed Catherine Deneuve: "Who wouldn't want to kiss Catherine Deneuve?"

I've always really respected Susan Sarandon for that.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

This Week's New YOrker

Have you seen this week's New Yorker cover?

Gorgeous ... clever ... and meaningful.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Go see "I Have Loved You So Long": c'est magnifique!

Today I went to see Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (I Have Loved You So Long). I’ve read several reviews that raved about it so I went with some skepticism. No need. It is so very good. I highly recommend it.

To generalize wildly ... there are two kinds of European arty films:
  • ones that tell the story slowly and are boring
  • ones that tell the story slowly -- but with great precision and artfulness -- and puts me on the edge of my seat -- my attention is razor sharp wanting to catch every moment
Il y a longtemps que je t'aime is like the second kind. The director tells the story just so ... with small (and large) surprises along the way. Several scenes are only about 30 seconds long. So much told in those seconds. Artfully told. The actors are their characters -- deeply so. The writing is crisp as toast.

The story is about a woman, Juliette, (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who has just been released from 15 years in prison. She was convicted for murder. She is picked up by her much younger sister who has a family. Juliette goes to live with her sister. Her sister’s family is interesting: husband, husband’s father who cannot speak due to a stroke, and two adopted daughters (around 8 years old and 3 years old). At least one of the daughters is from Vietnam (maybe both).

I will say no more. Do not read any articles about this movie that will reveal more than I have. You want the story to unfold while you’re sitting in the theater -- not before you go.

If Kirstin Scott Thomas does not win the Oscar for this, I will weep ... and be resentful for days.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

El Dia de los Muertos

Some poems from the wonderful website El Dia de los Muertos ...

?Que es la Muerte? Es el vaso de la vida roto en mil
pedazos y el alma dispersa como el perfume, que se
escapa de un pomo, en el silencio de la noche

Autor anonimo

Fuente: Poema originado en Michoacan- Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico

What is Death?

What is death? It is the glass of life broken into a
thousand pieces, where the soul disperses like
perfume from a flask, into the silence of the eternal

Unknown Author

Source: Poem found in Michoacan- Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico

Titulo Desconocido 2

Hace tiempo que no la veo,
hace tiempo que no la visto,
desde el ultimo dia
en que fui a su tumba
a llevarle flores.
Ayer tome el camino grande
que va al camposanto
y me percate de cuan grande
e innolvidable es su recuerdo.
Hace tiempo que no la veo
hace tiempo que no la visito.

Ignacio Garcia Cuevas

Fuente: Poema originado en Oaxaca- Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico

Unnamed 2

It has been so long since I have seen her,
it has been so long since I have visited her,
since the last day
I went to her tomb
to bring her flowers

Yesterday I took the long road
to the cemetery
and I realized how profound
and unforgettable is her memory.

It has been so long since I have seen her,
it has been so long since I have visited her.

Ignacio Garcia Cuevas

Source: Poem found in Oaxaca- Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico