Saturday, October 02, 2004

Dar Williams - The Beauty of the Rain

The Beauty of the Rain [DVD Audio]The songs are nice, mostly soft and mellow. It's a great album to listen to on a rainy day.
1 Mercy of the Fallen 4:11
2 Farewell to the Old Me 2:45
3 I Saw a Bird Fly Away 2:51
4 The Beauty of the Rain 3:00
5 The World's Not Falling Apart 4:24
6 The One Who Knows 3:47
7 Closer to Me 3:42
8 Fishing in the Morning 2:38
9 Whispering Pines 4:00
10 Your Fire Your Soul 3:04
11 I Have Lost My Dreams 3:05
Her first novel Amalee came out in May of this year to a positive review locally.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindI was surprised when he showed up yesterday afternoon with the DVD. It can't be true, this is not his type of movie. But when he told me he plan to watch it with his girlfriend later, it all made sense. The things guys do for gals they like. That his twin brother said afterward that he liked it too was initially a surprise. Then I remember that he enjoys eclectic and unpredictable movie. So, it wasn't all that surprising after all. Teenagers!

So, I watch it with them. I liked the movie too. Too bad I was distracted with other things that I didn't give it my full attention. Kate Winslet is fabulous as usual. But most remarkable is Mark Ruffalo who plays Stan, a role radically different from the charcter Detective Malloy in In the Cut. If you like Being John Malkovich, you'll be sure to like this one. They were both written by Charlie Kaufman, whom I had to pleasure to watch the interview of him by Charlie Rose last March.

As a final note, what a coincidence that closeyoureyes watched the movie yesterday as well (albeit with a more personal impact). What are the odd?

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Closeyoureyes on the air

It was nice to wake up to Closeyoureyes' voice this morning. On the radio, of course. She's a real trooper to get up at 5am to get over to the studio this morning in the dark and pouring rain. You couldn't tell that by her clear, crisp voice. So, give her a listen on WERS. If you're not in the Boston area, you can listen online:
Weekdays 6-10 AM
Wake up to the Coffeehouse! Tune in to hear the best in local and national folk, light rock, and electric pop. The Coffeehouse features music from international legends like Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell, emerging independent favorites like Tegan & Sara and Wilco, and local heroes like Brian Webb and Meg Hutchinson.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

He's Just Not That into You

A friend called last night to tell me this book she saw discussed on Oprah recently:
He's Just Not That into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

From the Publisher

He says:
Oh sure, they say they're busy. They say that they didn't have even a moment in their insanely busy day to pick up the phone. It was just that crazy. All lies. With the advent of cell phones and speed dialing, it is almost impossible not to call you. Sometimes I call people from my pants pocket when I don't even mean to. If I were into you, you would be the bright spot in my horribly busy day. Which would be a day that I would never be too busy to call you.

She says:
There is something great about knowing that my only job is to be as happy as I can be about my life, and feel as good as I can about myself, and to lead as full and eventful a life as I can, so that it doesn't ever feel like I'm just waiting around for some guy to ask me out. And most importantly, it's good for us all to remember that we don't need to scheme and plot, or beg anyone to ask us out. We're fantastic.

For ages women have come together over coffee, cocktails, or late-night phone chats to analyze the puzzling behavior of men.

He's afraid to get hurt again.
Maybe he doesn't want to ruin the friendship.
Maybe he's intimidated by me.
He just got out of a relationship.

Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo are here to say that -- despite good intentions -- you're wasting your time. Men are not complicated, although they'd like you to think they are. And there are no mixed messages.

The truth may be He's just not that into you.

Unfortunately guys are too terrified to ever directly tell a woman, "You're not the one." But their actions absolutely show how they feel.

He's Just Not That Into You -- based on a popular episode of Sex and the City -- educates otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn't like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship.

Reexamining familiar scenarios and classic mindsets that keep us in unsatisfying relationships, Behrendt and Tuccillo's wise and wry understanding of the sexes spares women hours of waiting by the phone, obsessing over the details with sympathetic girlfriends, and hoping his mixed messages really mean "I'm in love with you and want to be with you."

Wanting to learn more she decided to ordered the book, but found that all the copies have been sold. How's that for Oprah's influence?

I think my friend wants to figure out what happened to her last relationship that ended nine months ago. In my opinion, he was just not that into her in the way that she wanted him to be. Besides, the timing was off. He really wasn't ready for a relationship with her. In the end, I told her to end the speculation and just ask him outright about what happened. Accept the answer and move on.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Cold Mountain

The book has been sitting on floor for over a year waiting to be read. ·But the movie adaptation got the priority last night.

One of the most touching sequences is about Sara the widow and her infant son. Your heart breaks at the circumstances that war had put her in. ·Then to have someone like Inman come into her life, hoping to ease her lonliness. ·I think that had not for Ada, Inman would have stayed and had Inman found that Ada died, he would have returned to her.

This is the third movie I've seen directed by Anthony Minghella. ·The other two were The English Patient, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. ·It was the latter that I had the pleasure of seeing the director's commentary and hear him describe the emotions behind the expressions and gestures of the characters as portrayed by the actors. ·He was on the mark 100 percent. ·That's what I like, when I understand exactly what an artist wanted to communicate. ·Therefore, I'm looking forward to the director's commentary of this movie (I saw the VHS version). ·Better yet, maybe I should read the book first.