Sunday, July 31, 2011

Movie Releases for the Week of July 31, 2011

Nothing too interesting in this week's movies. Unless you like apes and cgi. One strange thing about these movies, a few of them were actually made last year. I guess they made the film festival circuit and have finally gotten wide release. Oh, and there's a Canadian film too.

August 1

Julia's Eyes
Director - Guillem Morales
Cast - Francesc Orella, Boris Ruiz, Daniel Grao, Clara Segura Andrea Hermosa

August 5

Director - Rupert Wyatt
Cast - James Franco, Brian Cox, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto

Director - David Dobkin
Cast - Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann

Director - Larysa Kondracki
Cast - Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, David Hewlett

Director - Abe Sylvia
Cast - Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Juno Temple, Lisa Kudrow, Sally Hawkins

Director - Evan Glodell
Cast - Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes, Vincent Grashaw

Director - Scott D. Rosenbaum
Cast - Eileen Alana, Angelina Aucello, Brooke Bickford,Sugar Blue, Jasin Cadic

Director - Alison Ellwood, Alex Gibney

Director - Fernando Barreda Luna
Cast - Rafael Amaya, Jose Masegosa, Chus Pereiro, Cristian Valencia

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dove Conditioner

I sent away for a sample of the new Dove conditioner “with Weightless Nutri-Oils”. What exactly does that mean anyway? I imagine oils floating up to the ceiling of my shower when I open the tube. And what the hell are Nutri-Oils? I am so tired of ad speak.

The little piece of paper that came with my sample said “Controls up to 100% frizz.” Why in the world would anyone want a product that comes out and states that it can only solve part of the problem you bought it for? At least they were telling the truth. It only controlled about 95% of my frizz. I guess the frizz that I most needed to control was beyond this product.

As I've stated before, I'm really sensitive to chemical smells. The new Dove conditioner smelled awful. Not as bad as some but still enough to make me want to hold my breath. Someone who isn't as sensitive as me probably won't have a problem with it. It's got a good, thick consistency so it stays where you put it. I really hate conditioners that are so runny they seem to run right off your hair.

I tried this product twice and got the same results both times. 95% of my hair was smooth and silky but a patch at the top of my head was undaunted. I had to use another product to finish the job. Needless to say I won't be buying the new Dove conditioner.  

Brighton Rock

John Hurt as “Phil Corkery” and Helen Mirren as “Ida” in Brighton Rock, directed by Rowan Joffe. Photo by Alex Bailey IFC Films Release

I got a promo email for a movie called Brighton Rock. It's opening in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 26th. I've never read the Graham Greene novel it's based on but I want to after reading this little blurb:
With the aesthetics of a British gangster flick and the soul of classic film noir, screenwriter Rowan Joffe's debut feature Brighton Rock tells the story of Pinkie, an ambitious teenage gangster who will stop at nothing to make a name for himself in Britain's sinister world of organized crime. His aspirations are nearly derailed when Rose, a naïve local waitress, stumbles upon evidence linking him to a revenge killing. To keep his alibi alive, Pinkie seduces Rose, weaving a chilling web of deception and passion, violence and love. Set in the picturesque seaside resort of Brighton, England, the film updates Graham Greene's iconic 1939 novel to 1964-at the height of Britain's Mods and Rockers riots-and stars the sexy, up-and-coming British pair Sam Riley (Control On the Road), in a performance of intense cunning and charm, and Andrea Riseborough (Made in Dagenham and the upcoming W.E. directed by Madonna) as the young couple. Veterans Helen Mirren and John Hurt co-star as friends who set out to protect Rose from Pinkie and the dangerous world she is quickly falling into. Rowan Jaffe's first feature is a triumph, perfectly capturing Graham Greene's violent and sexually daring masterpiece.

Friday, July 29, 2011

T.G.I.F - Save Me

Save Me, from the album The Game, is one of my favorite Queen songs. I don't remember if it was released as a single here in Canada or not. I guess I'm just a sucker for a rock ballad.

The official video:

Live version from Montreal (1981) said to be the best.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Getting Creative - Week 13

Last week was all about gathering your previous work so you could see how much you'd improved. I spent a couple of unproductive hours reading some of my older stuff. I had the idea that I might find something in that file that I could work with. I didn't.

Don't mind me. My sleep has been disturbed for the past two months. I get really grouchy when I don't get enough sleep. I also find it hard to concentrate on things. Eventually it will all work itself out. I hope.

This week's card:
Easy Art Access 
Remember that multicolored mobile Mom hung over your crib to keep your infant eyes alert and your imagination piqued? Well, it's your job to keep yourself stimulated now, and one good way is to surround yourself with supplies that tickle your inner artist. Hide vials of glitter in the medicine cabinet. Trip over boxes of modeling clay. Slip pieces of construction paper in with your business letterhead. Stick assorted Day-Glo markers into the silverware drawer. Stash Rubber stamp pads where you keep your envelopes. You'll keep yourself tickled by creativity.

I laughed when I read this. I have art supplies all over the apartment. I keep buying them and not using them. I have very limited storage space so I am often literally tripping over things. When I look for something I'm always finding glitter or stickers or stamps that somehow haven't made their way to my makeshift creativity trunk.

You guys remember Mr. Dressup right? The Tickle Trunk? It was a wondrous thing that contained everything they needed to play dress up. I'm working towards the same kind of thing but with art supplies. Right now it's just a box but I can see it turning into a trunk.

Sometimes when I'm looking for inspiration, I look at video tutorials from artists. Here's one I found the other day on drawing Manga.

Creativity Resources

How to Make Modeling Clay – Four different recipes for you to try.

201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity - Interesting suggestions for writers. A lot of them can be modified to fit other creative forms.

About the image: I got this stamp set at the  PADS garage sale a couple of weeks ago. I need to get some ink pads and funky paper now. It's a cute set. I could argue about the sounds they assigned to a few of the symbols but what the heck. There is a new version available along with a lot of other Egyptian stuff for kids.

Getting Creative is a 52 week project where I will try to work my way through 52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity by Lynn Gordon. You're welcome to come along as I do a card a week for a year.

(RED) Lazarus Effect Campaign

Find out more about The Lazarus Effect

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

PSA: Media Literacy

More information.

Grand Prize Winner - Porcelain Unicorn

The Philips Parallel Lines: Tell It Your Way film contest gave contestants three minutes to use this dialogue:

What’s That?
It’s a Unicorn
Never seen one up close before
Get away, get away
I’m sorry.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Movie Releases for the Week of July 24, 2011

Is there something I should know? Four “alien” movies this week. I'm including The Smurfs in that group. I really thought it was a joke when I heard they were making a smuf movie. Does anyone really remember the show? I watched the trailer and I think I just smurfed in my mouth a little bit.

July 26

Director – Neil Johnson
Cast - Katharine McEwan, Don Scribner, Rochelle Vallese, Benjamin J. Cain Jr., William David Tulin

July 29

Director - Raja Gosnell
Cast - Sofía Vergara, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, Anton Yelchin, Alan Cumming, Tim Gunn

Director – Jon Favreau
Cast - Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Abigail Spencer, Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde

Director - John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
Cast - Steve Carell, Kevin Bacon, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Analeigh Tipton

Director - Kevin Macdonald, Joseph Michael

Director – Joe Cornish
Cast - Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway, Flaminia Cinque, Joey Ansah

Director - Jacob Tierney
Cast - Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman, Xavier Dolan, Emily Hampshire, Gary Farmer

Director – Lee Tamahori
Cast - Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mem Ferda, Dar Salim

Director -
Cast - Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan

Director – Miranda July
Cast - Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky

Director - Steve James

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I Get the Weirdest Things in the Mail

You can't really tell from the picture but that is a black bubble wrap envelope. When I pulled it out of my mailbox this morning I had no idea what it was. The Human Preservation Project seemed familiar but I couldn't put my finger on it.

It was a big envelope for what was in it.  The black rectangle has an "icefly" on top and says: We are both creatures of the senses, you and I - we inhabit the same reality, simmering just below the perceivable world. THE PULSE IS GROWING CAN YOU FEEL IT?

At the very bottom it says [To activate, remove the tab and twist together]

The other thing in the envelope was a piece of paper with an LED light on one end and on of those code thingies on the other. I removed the tab but some of it was stuck. I can't find my exacto knife so it's stuck in there for now. The light is very small and I couldn't "activate it".

I wasn't sure that this was all about until I saw "Mission Icefly" on the piece of paper holding the light. A few weeks ago I followed a link to a site for the Human Preservation Project. They were looking for "test subjects." There was a little quiz and then you put in your info. You also had to upload a picture for your ID card.

I did all that and promptly forgot about it. After I got the package I went back to the Mission Icefly site and watched this weird, disjointed video. After watching for a few minutes I realized that a URL was flashing on the screen every few seconds.

I followed the URL and watched another short video. This is where it finally dawned on me that this was a game.  I had suspected that it was a promo for a movie a la 2012. So that last thing that I got in my envelop was that code thing. I don't have anything to read it with. My iPhone is too old. ::sigh::  I need the code to play the game. Anyone have any ideas about how I can see it?

Friday, July 22, 2011

T.G.I.F. - A Kind of Magic

A Kind of Magic is the name of a Queen album released in 1986. The song was written for the film Highlander. Why don't I remember it? ::shrug::

I watched this video for the first time today. It reminds me of Harlem Shuffle by the Stones which was out the same year. I suspect they used the same animators.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Getting Creative - Week 12

Me in 1965
A day late. Again. I couldn't get my brain to function properly yesterday. As often happens with my migraines, the next day I can be completely useless. I call it a migraine recovery day. Sometimes I need two of them.

I think I was also avoiding writing this because I have nothing to say. I did not work on last week's card at all. I can easily be childish but I have real problems with being childlike. I know which one I'd prefer to be but I haven't worked out how to get there yet. As with many aspects of my life, it is a work in progress.

This week's card:
Capture Your Past 
This is nothing more reassuring than seeing how much your work has evolved over the years. Deig up those finger paintings you proudly made at age four and have them framed. If your earlier work is no longer available, gather up all the stuff you have lying around your place, or better yet, hold a retrospective and request friends and family to return your early masterpieces for archival documentation, ie Polaroid snapshots or Xerox copies. It will be amusing, enlightening, reassuring, and hopefully, inspiring!*

This is another card that has me saying, “Hell NO!” I have no relationship with my past. I have no relationships with most of the people in my past. That's the way I like it. Getting beyond my issues, I don't do “art” that you can frame. I have copies of a lot of my writing but I'm not going to post them online (the 21st Century version of a scrapbook).

Some of my best writing (IMHO) I've lost. For example, there's six chapters of a mystery novel that I wrote when I was 14. It was called The Ice-Cream Blonde. I remember the basic story but I have no idea what happened to it. I don't like going back over my old writing because I'll always find things I want to change. I need to go forward instead of back.

Creativity Resources:

Scrap by Color – an online tool to help you find colors that complement your photos.

Scrapbook Freebies – a bunch of free downloads for your scrapbook.

Collect-A-Kit – Daily freebies. A new kit each month.

A Scrapbook Tutorial

*I'm typing EXACTLY what is on the card. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors belong to the original author. I realize that some of these cards are dated (Polaroid, Xerox?) but the ideas are still valid.

Getting Creative is a 52 week project where I will try to work my way through 52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity by Lynn Gordon. You're welcome to come along as I do a card a week for a year.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Raise Your Glass - The Right Way

You might remember a while back I was ranting about how Pink's Raise Your Glass was the worst song the Warblers could sing. I just found a version that I think is perfect:

New Show: Alphas

Last month, I was ranting about a character getting killed off on Bones. Last night I found out why something had to be done about the character. The actor who played Vincent Nigel-Murray, Ryan Cartwright, got cast in a TV series called Alphas.*  

I watched the pilot last night. I think the show has promise which means it's not long for this world. I have some kind of bad TV mojo. Shows I like from the pilot don't last long. Two seasons tops. Most don't even get that far. The Others, John Doe, Firefly, Endgame the list goes on and on. Maybe I can do a preemptive strike against the curse by getting people to watch the show.

Here's the official synopsis:
When a witness is inexplicably murdered in a locked room at a federal courthouse, Dr. Lee Rosen is put on the case. He leads a team of "Alphas", human beings with enhanced abilities due to differences in their brain structure: Gary Bell, a highly functioning autistic with an ability to process information that rivals most computers; Bill Harken, a former FBI agent who can amp up his "fight or flight" reflex, giving him extraordinary strength for a brief period of time; Nina Theroux, a beautiful woman who can reprogram other people's minds to do as she bids; and Rachel Pirzad, a sheltered Persian girl who can intensify one sense at the expense of the others. However, with said powers comes a price - for Gary, autism which makes him a child for all intents and purposes; for Harken, severe anger issues that cost him his job and family; for Rachel, struggling to overcome her parents shame at her "illness"; and Nina, never really knowing how those close to her actually feel. In any case, they've all come together for the common good with Rosen as their mentor, teaching them to further control their abilities with each passing day. As for the courthouse murder, it's not long before the team uncovers that one of their own kind was responsible - Cameron Hicks, a former Marine sharpshooter with supernatural balance and aim (he guided the bullet through a ventilation duct). After bringing him in, however, they realize someone even more powerful was pulling the strings... someone with a new technology that can be used to mimic one of the team's gifts.

Along with Cartwright, Alphas stars David Strathairn as Dr. Lee Rosen. I don't know what it is but there is something inherently likable about Strathairn. I'm glad to see him as the leader of the Alphas.

If you liked Heroes, No Ordinary Family or even X-Men you might like what Alphas has in store. I think the show has promise and just maybe SyFy won't kill a good show.

*I still think that they could have had him go back to England to look after his ailing mother. Killing him just so Booth and Bones could have comfort sex is just a waste.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Movie Releases for the Week of July 17, 2011

Two Kirks. A screenshot from The Captains

I learned something new this week. Patrick Stewart has a film opening on Monday. I'll bet you didn't know that either. I haven't heard diddly about Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage. Yeah. That's right. A Sinbad movie. I tried to find more information about this film but the website says “Coming Soon” and the Facebook page hasn't been updated since June of 2010. The movie is opening in TOMORROW!!! This does not bode well.

In a strange coinkydink, Sir Patrick is making his first appearance at SDCC this weekend in support of an animated film called Dorothy of Oz. Maybe someone will ask him what the hell was he thinking when he signed on to a Sinbad film. I really hope the money was good. At least he got top billing. Strangely enough, if you watch the trailer, he's not in it.

In other news: A Little Help was originally scheduled to open in June but it didn't. The new release date (according to the IMDb) is July 22.

July 18
Director - Shahin Sean Solimon
Cast - Patrick Stewart, Lorna Raver, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Said Faraj, Shahin Sean Solimon

July 21

Director – William Shatner
Cast - Chris Pine, Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Kate Mulgrew

July 22

Director – Joe Johnston
Cast - Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Neal McDonough, Sebastian Stan

Director – Wil Gluck
Cast - Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Patricia Clarkson

Director – Mike Cahill
Cast - William Mapother, Brit Marling, Jordan Baker, Flint Beverage, Robin Taylor

Director – David Robert Mitchell
Cast - Nikita Ramsey, Jade Ramsey, Amy Seimetz, Jean Louise O'Sullivan, Amanda Bauer

Director -Michael J. Wiethorn
Cast - Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell, Kim Coates, Lesley Ann Warren, Brooke Smith

Director - Fred Cavayé
Cast - Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin

Director - Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Cast - Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot, Michel Duchaussoy

Director – Justin Lerner
Cast - Jackson Rathbone, Amanda Plummer, Shannon Woodward, Rachel Melvin, Evan Sneider

Director - Julie Bertuccelli
Cast - Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgana Davies, Marton Csokas, Christian Byers, Tom Russell

Friday, July 15, 2011

T.G.I.F. - Nevermore

Yet another song Queen never made a video for. Not even a live performance. I keep forgetting that videos are relatively new. It was only in the 80s that singles started getting the full on video treatment.

I would have like to have seen Freddie sing this one. According to Wikipedia the band never performed this live. It also states that it's only Freddie on the record. I have no idea. I got the song as part of something called The BBC Sessions. I don't know where I got it or when.

Nevermore was recorded in 1973 and was on the album Queen II.

Here are two fan interpretations of Nevermore:

Nevermore Lyrics

There's no living in my life anymore
The seas have gone dry
And the rain's stopped falling
Please don't you cry any more
Can't you see
Listen to the breeze
Whisper to me please
Don't send me to the path of nevermore

Even the valley's below
Where the rays of the sun
Were so warm and tender
Now haven't anything to grow
Can't you see?
Why did you have to leave me? (nevermore)
Why did you deceive me? (nevermore)
You sent me to the path of nevermore
When you say you didn't love me anymore
Ah ah nevermore nevermore

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Getting Creative - Week 11

Last week's card was all about immersion. The only thing I managed to immerse myself in was an online blogging conference. Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was glued to my computer even more than usual learning different aspects of the blogging world. I learned that I'm supposed to have a goal for my blog. Huh. I don't have goals. Especially not for this blog. Exotic Hadron is a personal blog. I write about things that interest me. I don't really care if anyone reads it or not. I no some people do read it every week even though they never comment. That's fine with me. I have other blogs.

The Conjurer's Kitchen is a semi-personal blog. It's part food blog and part Pagan blog. I've been neglecting it (again). One of these days I'm really going to get serious about it. I've got a few things that I should have posted already.

Genre Wench, my book blog, seems to be doing okay in spite of me. It has more followers than I ever expected. I've just started a Facebook page for Genre Wench.

Viridian Passion is my eco-sex blog. I've been neglecting it as well. I don't know what happened. I was really into it when I started but then things just faded. I want to get back to it. I see a lot of things that I think I could write about there but then I don't do it. I don't know why. I am starting to revive it. I'm in the process of making a Facebook page for it. We'll see how it goes.

This week's card:
Play With Kids 
There is nothing like experiencing the joyful and uncritical creative process of making things in the company of children. The rarely have performance anxiety or feel pressure to achieve unattainable goals. They don't sit at a piano banging away while fretting that Mozart was pre-pubescent when he composed his first symphony. Nor do that stare at the finished product thinking they should have use more red paint and less yellow to portray that sunset. There is as much to be learned from the unencumbered creative process of a child as there is in studying with a great master.

When I first saw the title of this card my reaction was NO WAY. I don't like kids. I try to avoid them at all costs. I have very few RL friends with kids. I very rarely see the kids my friends have. I just don't have the patience to deal with children any more. I avoid going places where a lot of kids will be.

I'm wondering how “unencumbered” childhood is these days. I suppose it's mostly the same for most kids. Then there are those kids whose parents are determined for them to get ahead. Interviewing for pre-school, lessons in multiple languages and not wasting a moment on frivolous things like finger painting. I wouldn't be surprised if those kids were stressed out.

I'm not really sure what I'll do this week. Maybe get some finger paints...

Creativity Resources:

Childlike Creativity: Nurturing Your Creative Mindset - A short but interesting blog post.

The evolution of a painting:

About the Image: The only semi-creative thing I did all week was try out different online avatar creators  to see if I could make something usable. Results were so-so.

Getting Creative is a 52 week project where I will try to work my way through  52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity by Lynn Gordon. You're welcome to come along as I do a card a week for a year.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The ABCs of me

I don't usually do memes on this blog but I found this interesting one at Carol's CornerHere's some music to get you in the mood:

Age: A little less than two weeks from 47 (July 22 for all of you playing the home game).

Bed Size: Double. Boring. I doubt I could fit a bigger bed in my bedroom. Not if I wanted to have a nightstand.

Chore I hate: All of them. Isn't that why they're called CHORES? Cleaning the bathroom is probably the worst.

Dog: Don't have one at the moment. I've wanted an akita since a friend's roomie got one. Big. Cuddly and full of attitude.

Essential start of your day: That first trip to the bathroom. Is that being too literal? TMI?

Favorite color: Purple, purple and purple. I will put up with green and black. Can't stand orange, red, rust, brown, gold, most yellows, pastels of any kind.

Gold or Silver: See above. I cannot stand gold unless it is white gold. What the heck is white gold anyway?

Height: 5 feet, 6 inches. It is what it is.

Instruments: I've taken accordion and clarinet lessons. Can't actually play either. I sing.

Job title: Ruler of my own private universe.

Kids: No, thank you. I'm good.

Live: 49° 15′ 0″ N, 123° 6′ 0″ W

Mom's Name: Wicked Witch of.... um... Lorraine

Nickname: Mad, Red, Toots

Overnight hospital stays: Two. Had my tonsils out on my birthday (1971) and salmonella poisoning (done in by a cream cheese bagel from a stall on Granville Island) on the same day (1995).

Pet Peeves: People using "alot" when they mean “a lot”.  People who comb their hair or fix their makeup in public. That is what restrooms are for. People who talk on their cell phones but don't use their “indoor” voice. Rudeness of any shape or form unless I'm in a bad mood and it's me being rude. THEN it's perfectly fine, maybe even justified.

Quote from a movie: "I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way." from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. "Damaged people are dangerous because they know they can survive." from Damage. "I always get stuck with the fuzzy end of the lollipop." From Some Like It Hot. "I was afraid you'd find out I wasn't fabulous." from St. Elmo's Fire. If you think that says something about me, I don't want to hear it.

Right or left handed: Right. I worked very hard at being ambidextrous but the handwriting didn't get any better.

Siblings: I am the third out of four born. I have an older brother and sister living. My baby brother died when he was less than a month old. Technically that makes me the baby.

Time you wake up: Whenever. Unless I have an appointment then I set my alarm for the last possible moment.

Underware: Is that like the boxers or briefs question? Victoria's Secret or Walmart? Walmart with delusions of being Victoria's Secret.

egetables you dislike: I love veggies. Except okra. Anything that I know to be GMO. In North America that means corn, soy, canola. I won't eat those unless they are organic. Now that I think about it, I don't love veggies the way PETA does:

What makes you run late: I'm chronically early. I always add extra time for transit problems or puppy problems. If I'm late it's because I forgot to set an alarm.

X-rays: My legs. My arms.

Yummy food you make: It's all yummy. Otherwise why make it? Weird question. I make a mean deep dish, 3 cheese lasagna. Do not even bother if you count calories. I think low fat cheese is an abomination.

Zoo animal: I do not like zoos. Or circuses. My favorite non-domestic animal is probably any of the big cats.

So what about you? If you do the meme put a link to it in the comments.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Movie Releases for the Week of July 10, 2011

WTF? Transformers does $500+ million in 9 days? What is wrong with the world? Is everyone really that in love with 3D? According to Box Office Mojo, on Friday (July 8) Transformers took in $14,920,000. The next closest movie was Horrible Bosses (with Kevin Spacey) with $9,920,000. In what universe is this a good sign? And no, I did not have money on Horrible Bosses.

Do I dare hope for better next week? Let's see how Transformers does against the boy wizard.

July 15

Director – David Yates
Cast - Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman

Director – Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall
Cast - Craig Ferguson, Jim Cummings, John Cleese, Tom Kenny, Travis Oates

Director – Wayne Wang
Cast – Hugh Jackman, Archie Kao, Viviane Wu, Gianna Jun, Li Bing Bing

Director – Gil Cates Jr.
Cast - Colin Hanks, Jeffrey Tambor, Mimi Rogers, Ari Graynor, Ann-Margret

Director – Oliver Schmitz
Cast - Khomotso Manyaka, Keaobaka Makanyane, Harriet Lenabe, Lerato Mvelase, Tinah Mnumzana

Salvation Boulevard
Director – George Ratliff
Cast - Jennifer Connelly, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Isabelle Fuhrman, Greg Kinnear

Director – David Barker
Cast - Brian Bickerstaff, Michael Godere, Ivan Martin, Alexandra Meierhans, Aylam Orian

Tabloid (Documentary)
Director – Errol Morris

Director – Nicolas Goldbart
Cast - Daniel Hendler, Jazmín Stuart, Yayo Guridi, Federico Luppi, Carlos Bermejo

Friday, July 8, 2011

T.G.I.F. - Too Much Love Will Kill You

This song was recorded in the late 80s but didn't make it to an album until Made In Heaven (1995) four years after Freddie's death. It's odd how many of my favorite Queen songs do not have videos made by the band. The first video that I saw for Too Much Love Will Kill You  featured Queen with Luciano Pavarotti. It was recorded at a benefit concert in 2003.

Video posted by Larry Lurex

Queen with Luciano Pavarotti

I think Freddie would have loved to have performed with Pavarotti. He was a fan of opera. Most people don't know that he recorded an album with soprano Montserrat Caballe.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Getting Creative - Week 10

I started reading Ken Robinson's Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. As I've mentioned before, I totally “heart” Ken Robinson. I think my life would have taken a much different path if his ideas about intelligence, education and creativity had been put in place during my school years.

All children are born artists. The problem is to remain artist as we grow up. - Pablo Picasso

I'm always reminded of that quote whenever I listen to Ken Robinson's TED talks (below). He says that children are not afraid of failure. If they don't know they'll “have a go”.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. - Pablo Picasso

I can relate to that quote. I get all kinds of idea but when I sit down to work on them I run out of steam quickly. That's if I even remember what the idea was by the time I get to the computer. I've tried keeping a pen and paper handy. Problem is that I usually can't read my handwriting after 10 minutes or so. I'm told that bad handwriting is part of being dyslexic. Don't really know how but there you go.

This week's card:

Soak In It 

Although many people are just Sunday painters, it can take more than the couple of hours left after the crossword puzzle and cup of coffee to get into the mood to create a masterpiece. Once a month (or more if you can) create an open-ended day allowing yourself to move through a number of moods, energy levels and epiphanous artistic moments. Better still, take a week-long ceramics vacation soaking in clay (or whatever your medium is) and the company of others who thrive on that medium. Total immersion might be just what it takes to reach critical creative mass.

I'll admit to being at a loss for what to do this week. I don't really have the time/energy/money to take another art class. Especially a one week intensive. I'm going to have to rub my brain a little longer before I come up with something. Unless anyone out there has a suggestion.

Creativity Resources.

Picasso Quotes – a bunch of quotes on creativity and being an artist. Links to other quotes by other people.

Getting Creative is a 52 week project where I will try to work my way through  52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity by Lynn Gordon. You're welcome to come along as I do a card a week for a year.