Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy (the same guy who wrote "No Country for Old Men" ) is a chilling and enthralling read. To be sure.
If was the first subject that me and my now-boyfriend talked about when we were in that "awkward talking stage." We had both just finished it and had heared they were making a movie with Viggo Mortensen (sp?)---(that dude from "Lord of the Rings.")
Anyway, over a year later --- it finally came out! But only in limited release.
We saw it last weekend at this indie movie theater in Baltimore.
It was SO GOOD. I am usually not a fan of book-to-movie translations ... but this one was superb.
If you live somewhere where it's playing -- definitely go for it. I think it *may* be coming out it wide release soon, but, who knows.
It's not a particularly happy or up-lifting flick ... but even amidst the end of society, you find bits of humanity that remain.
I can't really talk about much without giving away crucial plot points .. but basically, there's been some kind of catastrophic nuclear event, and a young boy is born just as all this is going down.
After about a decade of enduring this harsh life, the father and son decide to head South (where it would be warmer.)
They follow the road.
Where does it lead? Read (or watch) to find out!!!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Well, It's officially the Christmas buying season. Again. I know I say this every year now, but (SERIOUSLY) didn't Christmas JUST happen?
I've gotten organized, bought some stuff ... but I still have a lot more to find.
And by find, I mean THINK OF! Why is this always such a problem for me?
You get the entire year to think of a great present for someone, and then you leave it up to the last 15 days to find it. RIDICULOUS.
Whatever. Gift cards all around.
But really, I've been trying to buy exclusively on Etsy and local shops in the downtown area here. I'm pretty lucky since there are a lot of super cute boutiques and specialty stores. I know a lot of places only have a Wal-Mart and a mall.
It just seems so much more special to get something that isn't mass-produced. Or, then again, maybe it is mass-produced, but it's just really marked up in the boutique store. Oh well. Buying local and supporting local business owners is almost like donating to charity. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside like you're doing something nice for your fellow human being. :)
Here is something that always gets me in a Christmasy mood. It's an old Disney cartoon about the night before Xmas and the toys come alive and all that. Classic!