Summertime, and the livin’ is… busy

This has been one busy summer! I have work as usual, plus two summer school classes. I took a drawing class and a Medieval art class. Both were fantastic classes, but they sucked away all my free time!

Here is still life I did in my drawing class of a bunch of random stuff. More pictures from my phone can be found [here].

Now I’m on my two week vacation (half over) until the semester starts (my last semester!). I’ve been doing a lot of reading. Sadly, I finished my last Sharon Kay Penman book. Luckily she’s writing a new one, but I will have to wait a whole YEAR for it! Luckily I have had several great books to keep my mind off of it 🙂
I also discovered Netflix. I’ve avoided it for years because… well, I don’t rent many movies. Most movies these days are utter crap. Eric and I go to the independent movie theater, but we usually can’t rent those movies because places like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video have an abysmal independent/foreign section.
WELL, I signed up for a free trial of Netflix and… OMFG. All the classics/independent/foreign/documentaries I’ve been searching for are on there! The best part is that several of them can be watched INSTANTLY on my computer and, even better, through my xbox (and therefore TV)! It’s fantastic!

Eric and I have been waiting for the house stuff to come through. We are pretty close to getting a contract, just have to update the bank on some stuff and we should be good to go! Woo!


Lost All My Mirth

This semester is coming to a close. As I’m cramming for finals and writing research papers, there is one assignment I’m actually looking forward to. After a semester of writing analysis papers  in my Shakespeare, we actually get a “fun” assignment (they were all fun to me!) – we have to write a movie remake of one of the plays we read. Naturally, I’m doing my favorite play ever: Hamlet.

My favorite version of Hamlet is, surprisingly (even to me), a “modern” remake of it starring Ethan Hawke. Here is his delivery of, quite possibly, my favorite part of Hamlet:

I have of late – but wherefore I know not – lost all my mirth…
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet,
to me, what is this quintessence of dust?

I haven’t started writing my paper yet, but I think I’m going to set Hamlet in 1950s France. Why? Because I see Hamlet as an existential play, and he should be right there with Camus and Sartre!

Ok, time to get back to studying 🙂

Less Anatomical?

Long time no see, bitches.

The first thing I have to bring up is the movie Atonement. It is a remake of Ian McEwan’s novel, which happens to be in the Top 3 best novels I’ve ever read… Ian McEwan is just a total genius!
The movie was directed by Joe Wright, the same guy who made Pride and Prejudice, which is one of my all time favorite movies… plus the soundtrack was made by Dario Marianelli, the guy who wrote the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack, and that incredible soundtrack is up there with The Hours soundtrack!
Anyway, the movie was so good…. words can’t even explain. As you can tell by this rambling post, I am having a hard time putting it all together because it was just so.. AMAZING.

Speaking of amazing, Eric and I saw Amazing Grace – total crap. It all seemed to contrived and it was just.. boring. and I love historical films! What a shame…
We also watched Paris, Je T’aime – a series of short films about love and Paris. It was.. interesting. Some of the films were stupid or I totally didn’t understand them. Others were incredible. So I had a roller coaster of emotions the entire movie!

Since my last book post, I’ve read: Enduring Love (another amazing Ian McEwan novel), The Thorn Birds, Affair of the Poisons, The Boleyn Inheritance (one of the worst books I’ve ever read), Slaughterhouse Five, Amsterdam (*another* Ian McEwan novel), and Count of Monte Cristo (not the abridged version like most pussies! it was amazing).
I’ll spare you all my other thoughts on the subject.

/end rambling.

one mistress and no master

Last night Eric and I saw “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” I have been looking forward to this movie for FOREVER and I wasn’t disappointed! Of course, it wasn’t as good as the first one, but I didn’t expect it to be…. how could any movie be as good as the first!? My two biggest complaints: 1) the should have used Mozart again lol 🙂 and 2) They made Mary Stuart FUGLY. Which is weird since she was widely known for her incredibly beauty. But yeah.. it was AMAZING!!! Although historically inaccurate, but so is the first film (widely inaccurate!).

Cate Blanchett is SUCH an amazing actress, I just can’t even believe it…!! Even the people who didn’t like the film (whiners), agree on that much.
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We also saw “The Heartbreak Kid” which was horrible. I mean… just… TERRIBLE. One of the worst movies I’ve seen in the theaters in a LONG LONG time. and we finally watched “The Lives of Others” – a German film that was amazing!! Now THAT is good story telling and character development!

As far as books go (I know I know, boring, but I’ll try to be quick), the best one I’ve read since my last book-post was
The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir. Seriously, Weir is the best historical non-fiction writer EVER. Her Elizabeth book was so ridiculously good..!!!!!!! but… I’m not going to gush about it anymore because I would take up pages and pages lol
– I also read The Way of the Gladiator by Daniel P. Mannix which is all about all the messed up stuff they did in the Colosseum. It basically scarred me for life. I almost couldn’t finish it because it was SO graphic. And I handle stuff like that pretty damn well!
– Next was On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. McEwan is one of the most incredible writers I’ve ever had the enjoyment of reading!! I *loved* his “Atonement” and “The Daydreamer” was one of my favorite books as a child. This book did NOT disappoint!!! A.Maz.Ing.
– Then I read The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. For being an evolutionary biologist he is an amazing writer! I already knew a lot of the stuff he covered in the book, but he still entertained me with his wit and style.
– Next was Breaking The Spell: Religion As A Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennett. It was… interesting. Good interesting. but different from most atheistic texts I’ve read recently. It was like one long rambling account of all of his thoughts on the subject.. but they were interesting thoughts so I hung on. Not the greatest thing I’ve ever read, but not the worst… so, eh.
– And then…. I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen T. Colbert D.F.A.! One of THE FUNNIEST things I’ve ever read. The whole time I was just giggling my ass off!! it takes a lot for a book to make me laugh out loud… You must read it!

Ok I think I’ve bored you long enough 🙂
Now I’m off to get wasted at Outback Steakhouse with my family! hahaha (it’s my birthday dinner… even though my birthday was Sept. 6th….)

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Ok It’s been a while since I’ve updated. I’ve ended one class (literature) and started another (history)

First and formost, I saw Sicko with Eric and Boo the day it came out. Oh. My. God. It was AMAZING. I basically cried the entire time… I’ve had a lot of issues with health insurance, and there is basically nothing in the world I hate more than the American health insurance system. Due to my chronic pain condition, I have to take several meds and go to many doctor visits. Even with insurance, it all REALLY adds up. Just ONE of my medication costs me $50 a month with insurance. If I didn’t have insurance it would be $300 a month – just for ONE kind of medication I take. The only reason I have insurance is because I’m a full time student. There were two semesters in the past where I was in too much pain to be a full time student, so I lost my insurance. My poor parents spent more money in medical bills than I’d like to even think about. It enraged me. The people who can be full time students are NOT the ones who need health insurance the most! Just a week or two ago I really wanted to go to the ER because I was in a boat load of pain, but I couldn’t afford the co-pay so I couldn’t go.
Anyway, the movie was amazing. Not only did it show how shitty the American health care system is, but it showed how much better other health care systems are in other countries like Canada, England, France, and even Cuba! If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend that you do!

On a happier note, Eric and I started watching the new HBO series “Flight of the Conchords
My mom and her boyfriend Scott watched it and said it was HORRIBLE so we’ve been putting it off for a long time. We finally sat down and watched it…
OH MY JESUS. IT’S HILARIOUS!!!!!! It’s one of the funniest shows I have ever seen.
It’s technically a “musical” but it’s not a traditional musical by any means. it’s full of music because the two New Zealand guys in it are a real band and it’s a show about them trying to make it big. HOWEVER, all their songs are like parodies of popular music genres and … you just have to watch them to really get what it’s all about.
So I’m going to post one of their songs… It took me a long time to decide which one – i picked The Humans Are Dead. It’s supposed to be “like daft punk”
I’m going to post the “music video” they made in the show (with the camera on a camera phone), and also the live version. I think the live version is better (it has more stuff in it), BUT only after you’ve seen the music video… so it’s worth it to watch both!!