Tuesday, March 15, 2005

eyestrain

movie mania, man! i spent the weekend damaging my much-abused eyesight by cramming Raising Helen, SuperSize Me, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby and Sideways into 3 short days (imagine watching a movie, then pausing to watch Shrek 2, then trying to finish the original movie, only to be subjected to peter pan and junge book... you get the picture).

oscar fever -- every year i get afflicted and try to catch as many of the nominated films as i can.

loved clint eastwood in million dollar baby. was he nominated? hillary swank was superb, as always. flick was kinda too dramatic for my taste. i prefer mystic river. now that was subdued acting, highly-charged script, flowing scenes. as much as i treasure my Tolkiens, i still think mystic should've won.

couldn't concentrate on finding neverland. if j.m. barrie looked that good, hell, he should be forgiven his eccentricities! johnny depp was so gorgeous the set, kate winslet, heck, the whole story was background. pale, insignificant background. that jaw, those intense eyes... a married woman should not be allowed within a few hundred meters of this guy! leo looks like a wuss compared to johnny.

now sideways. ahhh. the best of the best. for me, anyway. reminded me of my beverage management class in college when, for an exam, we'd be asked to sip and smell several bottles of alcoholic stuff and identify them. boy, did we get drunk after! tequila+whiskey+brandy+vodka+rum+wine+beer do not mix.
i like wine, but honestly, can't smell and taste beyond the woodsy, citrus, floral notes. they sure as hell don't exude an "asparagus" flavor for me. no career as a sommelier, then.
and with a friend as absurd as Jack, who needs enemies?
and Miles, loser that he is, was so lovable and endearing and wine-smart and heartsick (why was Paul Giamatti forgotten when the best actor nominations were handed out?) he carried the whole show, swept the boredom away; his treatise on pinoit noir was fanatical, sensual, impassioned, and struck a chord! emotionally, this film rocks! if it were wine, i'd savour a whole bottle and get drunk-delirious-demented. it's just so damn real.
and the 2 short naked sex scenes, it wasn't arousing or sexy, but the profanity of it!
and the scenery, the vineyards a shining endless green in the sun.
and the thought of a roadtrip involving food, wine, sex, conversation... fantastic!

2 Comments:

Blogger shyguy said...

Yeah, Sideways rocks!!! My favorite scene was when Maya answered Miles' question on how and why she became interested wine, "...I do like to think about the life of wine, how it’s a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing, how the sun was shining that summer or if it rained... what the weather was like. I think about all those people who tended and picked the grapes, and if it’s an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I love how wine continues to evolve, how every time I open a bottle its going to taste different than if I had opened it on any other day. Because a bottle of wine is actually alive -- it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks -- like your ‘61 -- and begins its steady, inevitable decline. And it tastes so fucking good." WOW!!!

6:30 PM, March 15, 2005  
Blogger ragamuffin girl said...

You, or in this case Maya, could'nt have said it better!

6:18 PM, March 16, 2005  

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