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While David and I spent most of the day at home together we managed to get out of the house last night for a pizza dinner date at Prizzi’s Piazza before going to the ArcLight in Hollywood, CA to see the final Dragon Tattoo film The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Luftslottet som Sprangdes):
I am very happy to report that Hornet’s Nest is a fantastic close to a fantastic movie trilogy. The first film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is by far my fave of the bunch, The Girl Who Played with Fire and this final film Hornet’s Nest really work together to tell the amazing story of Lisbeth Salander. Salander has quickly become one of my fave fictional characters and I have enjoyed seeing her live in the acting prowess of Noomi Rapace. The original Swedish films have set a very high benchmark for the US version films to reach … but I am quite pleased that I was able to see the original films, in their original form well in advance of any remakes.
Tonight, David and I will be making our way to The Wiltern to see Florence + the Machine and we couldn’t be more excited! Mondays aren’t always the best days … but today promises to be a doozy :)
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Yesterday afternoon, David and I enjoyed a nice brunch together at Mauro Cafe at Fred Segal in West Hollywood, CA … it was the first time we had been out on a “date” in a while. David has been sick all week long and we’ve been pretty much holed up in our apartment for days. It was nice to get out of the house and enjoy the beautifully warm SoCal weather:
We were seated by an amazing photograph of Audrey Hepburn which I took an iPhone photo of and manipulated/destroyed with a photo app called Satromizer. I’ve been playing with a few new photo iPhone apps like this one this week including Decim8 and the new Salvador Dalí photopack for Hipstamatic (plus, I’m newly obsessed with Instagram). It’s amazing how many more fun photos I take with just these few photo apps. I don’t even carry around a camera anymore cuz all I need is my iPhone. But, I’m digressing.
After brunch, David wanted to see the new Danny Boyle film 127 Hours which is based on the true story of Aron Ralston who was forced to cut off his own arm to free himself from being trapped under a rock in the wilderness. The film is mostly fantastic if a wee bit heavy-handed (pardon the pun):
While I LOVED the movie, I do feel that the fantasy scenes that Boyle uses way too much in the film took away from my overall enjoyment of the movie. James Franco is fantastic as Ralston and much of the film looked great (a credit to Boyle) but I honestly feel the movie would be so much better if had less fantasy scenes (which, I’m guessing, is meant to convey the stuff going on in Rolston‘s mind in those 127 hours he was trapped) and focused more on Ralston in the moment. Buried is movie that I loved very much and is similar in the way the story of 127 Hours is told … and I personally feel that that movie did a better job of making the audience feel like they were in the movie more successfully. When the movie focused on Ralston trapped in the canyon, I found it entirely gripping and really compelling. There is a moment of realization where Franco as Ralston determines that the rock pinning his arm spent millions of years waiting for the moment he would be trapped … that he was fated to endure this particular situation. I don’t know … something about that part of the film really struck me as profound. Once the actual arm cutting off takes place, the story gets frantic and intense (as you can well imagine) and really finishes off the movie very well. Again, I really loved the best parts of the movie … but really could’ve done with a lot less over-the-top fantasy scenes thruout.
After the movie, we met up with Josh and Emma for dinner and then made our way to Hamburger Mary’s for a drag show called Stunning:
‘Twas a fun and crazy night. It was really great getting out of the house … we may even do it again today!
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Last night ended up being a pretty quiet one for me. After a quick trip to get my hair did, I ended up staying in for the night. David and I talked about going to see a movie but it got kinda late and I got caught up in watching a Season 2 two-part episode of Wonder Woman titled Mind Stealers from Outer Space:
Desipte the fact that I had not seen this two-part episode since it first aired back in the late 70′s, I still vividly remembered much of the plot. Wonder Woman battled alien invaders called The Skrill and managed to foil their plan to steal the minds of the most intelligent human beings on Earth. For the most part, WW battled human villains but sometimes the producers would throw in some aliens and some horrible special FX to mix things up for a bit. As a kid, I loved every second of shizz like this … but what I can’t understand is how adult viewers were able to stomach the cheesiness. I’m just glad that shows like Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Buck Rogers in the 21st Century and more introduced us to the fun of Sci-Fi ridiculousness at such a young age. I still have quite a few WW eps to get thru before I start watching The Bionic Woman Season 1 on DVD :)
Today, we are getting out of the house. David has been sick all week long and he has gotten stir crazy … not sure the plan just yet but I’m sure we’ll think of something fun to do. Happy Saturday!
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Last night I got together with Tam, Ollie, Rob and Caleb for an impromptu zombie movie party that we planned when we all hung out together last Monday night. For the most part, we kinda just hung out and talked but we did make some time to watch the hilariously funny zombie film Fido:
Apparently Fido wasn’t well revived when it was released in theaters back in 2006 because it wasn’t really promoted very well. Set in the 50′s, Fido tells the tale of a world where people keep zombies at pets/servants/whatever. It’s a pretty good movie and I think many people would’ve loved to have seen it in theaters but, again, I myself never knew it existed until last night. It’s worth seeking out … we all loved it.
I don’t have big plans for tonight just yet … I’m in desperate need of a haircut so I have to take care of that. I’m sure David and I will be able to think of something fun to do on our Friday night. It’s the weekend, y’all … have a great one!
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Last night I met up with my dear friend Adriana for a dinner and catch-up session at a restaurant called Reservoir in Silver Lake, CA:
Unfortch, I was so wrapped up in our conversation that I failed to snap a pic of us hanging out together … but, I think this adorable pic of Adriana rockin’ her Wonder Woman Underoos back in the say will suffice. Big, exciting things are happening for AY these days and I’m so happy to hear that she is doing well. I wish we got to hang out more often but I’m very happy with the time we do get.
Tonight the Turtle Party will be gettin’ together for a Zombie movie night … should be fun. Temps are still in the record-breaking high 90s today. Zoiks! Happy Thursday!!
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Yesterday was Election Day here in the US and for the most part, all of the candidates and propositions that I voted for here in California either won or passed … so, on that front, I am happy:
Naturally, I’m not at all happy with the way many elections turned out in the rest of the country but as a student of political science, I was not only prepared for it … I was expecting it. Midterm elections tend to swing back and forth wildly from one party to the other so it came as no surprise that control of the House of Representatives went to the Republican party. All 435 seats in the House go up for reelection every 2 years so it’s natural that control can change drastically from election to election. I’m actually most concerned about the 2012 election more than anything. We’ll have to see how things turn out in 2 years time.
Last night I met up with my dear Angi for dinner at La Boheme in West Hollywood, CA and we had a fantastic time together. I always have a great time just hanging out and chatting with Angi … tho, eating together adds to the fun, too ;) We had a fine night.
I have tentative plans to hang out with Adriana tonight, so hopefully those plans will pan out. It’s gonna be in the 90′s today here in La today … so, yeah, it’s gonna be a Hot Hump Day!
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Last night I met up with Tamar, Ollie, Caleb and Rob at Olvera Street in downtown LA so that we could all partake of the annual Day of the Dead celebration together. Altho today is the actual Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos), participants march in the parade and dance in the celebration on the nights leading up to and including November 2. Last year I got my face painted in fun skull make-up, this year I decided to go the paper mask route:
After we ate a sumptuous meal at El Paseo, we watched as the parade marched by and marveled at the beautiful pageantry, amazing costumes and very cool make-up. After the jump, check out some of the photos that me and my friends snapped last night at the Olvera Street Dia De Los Muertos Celebration … More »
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And so … another Hallowe’en has come and gone. November 1 always feels to me the way it feels for Charlie Brown and Linus on the day after Hallowe’en … there’s so much anticipation and then, in a flash, it’s over. October 31 last year was the day that David and I met our good friends Emma and Josh and we had to celebrate our Friendiversary … unfortch, Josh got sick and was MIA all weekend long. He was feeling better yesterday but still couldn’t come out to any parties … so David and I trekked down to Manhattan Beach, CA so that we could all celebrate our 1 year together:
Our plan all along was to be the Super Mario Gang this Hallowe’en but because Josh was sick, he wasn’t able to partake in any of the fun … despite the fact that he got his Toad costume and everything. So, at the very least, we snapped a couple of photos to commemorate the occasion. We had a fun dinner and hang out session together … but it was then time for Josh to go back to bed and David and I had to get back to West Hollywood for the 23rd annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval! As you can see, David and I dressed up as Pac-Man characters:
We then met up with our friend Dino and hit Santa Monica Blvd. to take in the all the fun and crazy Halloween sights. Check out some of our fun photos, after the jump … More »
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Yesterday was Day 2 of this year’s EPIC 3-day Hallowe’en weekend and David and I spent the whole day with our BFF Darion. As you can see from the following photo, I was dressed up as Super Mario all day long:
And David was dressed up as Luigi:
And in costume, we made our way to the movies to see SAW 3D:
Speaking of SAW 3D, I have to say … it was pretty good. While the film’s storyline wasn’t the best (I mean — that fact, you prolly already knew), I have to say that seeing the death scenes in 3D was pretty rad. We all enjoyed the film very much:
It was very disconcerting to have the traps come out of the screen and into your face as if YOU were the one being tortured in the film. The SAW movies have been pretty much the same cringe-worthy fare for years but adding the 3D element and putting the viewer in the hot seat was a convention that worked very well. Again, the story is kind of a throw-away (tho, I did love the surprise revelation at the end) but overall, I think it was the best SAW film since the first one. We had a blast.
After the movies, we went to dinner at Pink Taco (still in full costume) and then made our way to a too fabulous Masquerade Party in the Hollywood Hills. Check out some of the fun photos we snapped last night, after the jump … More »
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Last night Darion and I attended a Heroes & Villains themed Hallowe’en party hosted by our friends PJ and Tara and we had a total blast. I decided to dress up like one of my all-time fave villains … Cobra Commander:
Unfortch, Cobra Commander‘s hood isn’t really conducive for Hallowe’en parties so I pretty much only wore it for photos … but we had a blast at PJ and Tara’s party. After the jump, check out some of the photos we snapped last night … More »