Sunday, November 16, 2008

October Movies/Events - Dinner with Jorge

Okay, here is the list of movies I watched in October. I don't feel like linking, so you're on your own!

10/5 - Newsies (N) - I watched this with Sal & Coy while in SF. Coy had recommended it to Sal, and they started watching it Sunday morning when I was there. It was a musical which I wasn't expecting, but it was a good movie. If I remember correctly, it had a very young Christian Bale in it.

10/25 - Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (N) - 2000 - This is a Jim Jarmusch film which I had somehow missed. Forest Whitaker was the Ghost Dog who was an assassin for a crime family - kind of a cross between Sho-gun (with an African-American samurai) and The Sopranos. It wasn't exactly a happy movie, but I still liked it...especially after the next movie.

10/25 - Before the Rain (N) - 1994 - This dealt with the tensions between Christians and Muslims in Macedonia (if I remember correctly). The lead character was an award-winning photograph who was living in England, but decided to return home to Macedonia and discovers that things have changed in the many years since he had left. It was a very good movie, but bloody depressing.

10/26 - The Good German (Enc) - 2006 - I had read the book a while back (May 2006, apparently) and have been meaning to see the movie and finally got around to it. They didn't follow the book as much as I would have liked (from what I could remember), but since I didn't re-read it, I can't really tell how different it was. Yeah, I should probably do this more often, so I wouldn't get so upset. I'd say read the book, though, if you're only going to do one.

10/26 - Reality Bites (End) - 1994 - Yeah, I know, I'm the only person of my generation who didn't see it when it first came out. I liked it. After the three previous movies (which were all a bit on the depressing side), I needed something a bit more light-hearted. I'd definitely watch it again. I liked it better than Singles (I think, but it's been a long time since I've seen that).


10/7 - The Cruxshadows - DNA Lounge in SF - What an excellent night this was. I met the Zombieslayer and Badman that night. I had a lovely time with them. Zombieslayer is not the hardass he pretends to be. Badman is exactly as he puts himself out there, which is rare, I think in the blogging world. I:Scintilla and Ayria opened for The Cruxshadows and I have to say that I liked I:Scintilla better than Ayria. The lead singer for I:Scintilla is very sweet. Zombieslayer bought their CD and then got the whole band to sign it. If they're coming to your town, do yourself a favor and go see them. You get a kickass show for $15 ($12, if you buy ahead of time).

10/31 - Regis Philbin - Casino Windsor - Don't laugh. Yes, in one month I saw a goth/darkwave band and Regis. HRH *loves* Regis and since she's a gambler, she got free tickets and a free hotel room. She drove down from Toronto and I crossed the river. I have to admit that I laughed awfully damn hard but it was mostly *at* the people from the audience that he pulled up on stage to talk to. Other than the woman's granddaughter next to me, we were pretty much the youngest people at the show.

Movie of the Month - Hmmm, this is tough...I think I have to go with Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.

Event of the Month - No offense to HRH or Rege, but I have to go with the Cruxshadows. I got to wear my kickass boots, which are fabulous, and relatively comfortable - I was even able to dance in them.

I just got home (okay, it was close to an hour ago at this point) (Oh crap, I forgot to call my sister-in-law back) from dinner with Jorge - which makes him my fourth blogging meet in a month (Knucklehead, Zombieslayer, Badman and Jorge) - and his lovely wife, Mona and daughter, Peanut. I had a very nice time and just hope that meeting a person from on-line didn't freak Mona out too much. I"m used to it, considering I've been meeting people from the Internet since 1995.

Have I told you that Thanksgiving this year is going to suck? No? Well, it is. It's my favorite holiday and it's going to suck. I'm ready to chuck it all in and just stay home, but I have a feeling that Mom, the BAB, SIL and Terror Children would be offended that they weren't good enough. Seven people does not make a Thanksgiving, although SIL said she'd invite her mother, brother, sister and BIL which will at least put us into double digits. Barely. *sigh*

Time to go to bed. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. I really need to get to work by 5:30. I just hope I got enough sleep this weekend, so I can get up in the morning. I haven't been able to get up on time for at least two weeks. That has to change tomorrow!

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At Monday, 17 November, 2008, Blogger Beth said...

The whole Regis Philbin and goth band thing -- hysterical. And I really love the movie "Reality Bites" although I don't know why. Ethan Hawke looks so dang dirty, but so appealing. =/

At Monday, 17 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Oh Beth, I'm right there with you on the Ethan Hawke thing!!! ;-)

At Monday, 17 November, 2008, Blogger Evil Twin's Wife said...

I've meet loads of blogger friends myself. It's fun and I've made many friendships, too.

At Monday, 17 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

ETW - Some of my best friends I met on-line back in 1995, so I'm not scared of meeting people from the Internet. Other people aren't so open. Heck, you should have seen the look on my sister's face when I said that I stayed with Knucklehead in SF and only knew her through the WVSR.

At Monday, 17 November, 2008, Blogger dr sardonicus said...

You saw The Cruxshadows and Regis the same month! ROTFLMAO!

That's an intriguing thought, meeting people in RL that you know online. On the nets, we have the ability to reveal as much or as little of ourselves as we choose to do, which isn't as easy in real life. My disc jockeying experience has given me a unique perspective on this. I met several of my listeners during my DJ days, and it always seemed to turn out disappointing. It got to the point where I decided to no longer accept invitations to meet up from my listeners, and keep my on-air life as separate as I could from my off-air life.

At Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Dr. - I can see that re: DJing and listeners, but I think there's a difference. Bloggers are, at least, our version of blogging, all on the same level - if you know what I mean, while DJs could be minor celebrities in their cities. Different expectations are present, I think.

At Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, Blogger Glenn said...

Ghost Dog was a pretty interesting movie. I saw it one late night and it appears to have the makings of a "cult classic."

I've met one blogger that I've been in contact with and it was hella fun. Hard to get a real coversation going about everything though when my wife (who was with me at the time) doesn't know about plaingeek.

...And making you laugh on Ben's blog made my day.

At Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...

For the record, Mona and I very much enjoyed our meeting. The Peanut hasn't really said anything about it beyond "Mystery trip?"

Since I had seen your pictures in various postings there was no mystery there. I was curious about how you would sound. I had no preconcieved notion, I just wondered.

And I think I agree with you about "regualr people" versus even minor celebrities like DJs.

You tend to think these voices come with really cool, attractive, genius people attached to them. And when you find out they're just regular people after all it can be dissapointing.

Does anyone remember the scene in Waynes World 2 where they meet the big DJ in town, Handsome Dan? He turns out to be Harry Shearer, who is not nearly as cool in person as he seemed.

As an FYI, I'm 100% Macedonian. I haven't seen Before the Rain but I can tell you that in Macedonia (like the rest of the balkans) a good war is better than Soccer. I don't know why they seem to love it so much, but we make the Hatfields and McCoys look like rank amatures.

How many people are needed for a proper Thanksgiving anyway?

At Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Glennn - Are you a Jim Jarmusch fan, in general? Or just happened to catch Ghost Dog? Just thinking about what you wrote at Ben O's is enough to make giggle again. It was stinking hilarious. Hmm, wonder if it's time to rewatch Star Wars.

Jorge - Mystery trip? I guess that's better than Mystery Woman. I've only met one DJ and I liked her (Cristina from 89X). She's very nice. I think you should check out Before the Rain, but make sure you have something cheerful afterwards because it is unbelievably depressing.

At Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, Blogger Heather said...

Don't worry - I still haven't seen Reality Bites....I had the poster in my room after it came out and bought the soundtrack but never never saw the movie. Weird.

FYI, in case you're interested - I started posting my books & movies on the MySpace blog....

At Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Heather - Thanks for letting me know. Darn it. I never go to myspace and now I have to join facebook...what a PITA! ;-)

At Wednesday, 19 November, 2008, Blogger Glen said...

Thanksgiving is a tough holiday for me these days. I think it's because for all of my life it was quite constant, with my immediate family of 7 people(including my only living grandparent...the other 3 were all gone by the time I was a year old) gathered at our house on Beech-Daly.

For the last couple of years there are only the 3 of us left so there is a palpable sense of emptiness...a temporary dysthymia I guess. Fortunately my remaining siblings and I have chosen to acknowledge and discuss these shared feelings so that, while we may at times feel like just staying home, we make the decision to get together even if it is just a small gathering.

I have a copy of "It's Time For Regis"(1968) on CD, by the way....and I love death metal, as you know.


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