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Last night David and I made our way to the Landmark Theater in the Westside Pavilion to see the Swedish film adaption of the world-wide best selling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’ve had this book on my reading list for MONTHS but haven’t yet found the time to read it … so when I discovered that the original Swedish adaptation, titled Män som hatar kvinnor, is playing in theaters now I had to rush out to see it. The reviews for the film have been exceptional so I had high hopes the film would be good … little did I know that the film would actually turn out to be spectacular:
Män som hatar kvinnor can be described as the Swedish Silence of the Lambs (in that creepy, graphic psychological drama/horror film sort of way). I understand the film version follows the book very closely and altho I have not read the book (yet), I found the film to be very good in every single way. The acting was superb, the direction was quite good and the story — OY! So good! I knew 20 mins. into the film that I was going to love it. I should warn that the film has a run time of 2 hours and 40 minutes which sounds daunting (especially for a foreign film with subtitles) but I promise, you don’t even realize how long the film is once you get engrossed in the story. I understand the 2 sequel novels have already been made into films in Sweden so I’m anxious to see those, too. I will be reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as well as the sequel books The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (which make up the Millennium Trilogy of books written by Stieg Larsson) as soon as I can. I think I was most impressed by actress Noomi Rapace, the troubled computer hacker lead female, who was unbelievable in this film. I cannot endorse this film enough … it’s the best movie I’ve seen in AGES. Trust me on this, check out this film. It’s really fantastic. I’m curious to hear what others who have either seen the film or read the book think. I don’t personally know anyone who’s done either.
The beautiful weather is taking a vacy this weekend as I hear storms are on their way. Still, I plan to get out and enjoy as much sunshine as I can. I see a visit to Chick-Fil-A in my near future as well ;) Happy Saturday!!
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Initially I had planned to make last night a quiet one but because I had a few errands to take care of, I ended up spending most of my evening running all over town. I did make a quick stop at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to pick up some java and spent a short bit of time chillin’ out at the Beverly Hills Glen park in Beverly Hills, CA last night to recharge in between errands:
I’m coming up on my 4th year living in SoCal and I couldn’t be happier here. I try not to take my surroundings for granted. It’s crazy that I live minutes away from Beverly Hills, minutes away from Hollywood and a few more minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. I thank my lucky stars each and every day that I get to live in Los Angeles and last night I took some time to think back on my time here thus far. With Summer approaching, I’m planning to spend more time outdoors … which is new for me (as my long-time friends can attest). I’m kicking around the idea of taking up running … but it’s more likely I’ll just buy myself a bike so that I can get to know LA on two wheels. We’ll see if my plans actually pan out in any real way … but sometimes, it’s a good idea to make plans like this. I don’t want to waste the opportunities I have living here in SoCal.
It’s the weekend and I certainly hope yours is a fantastic one. Enjoy the glorious weather, y’all! This is the best time of the year :D
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I was very fortunate to receive a promo package from Fox this week that included a fun t-shirt and 3 new episodes of Glee, which returns from hiatus next Tuesday April 13:
The eps included are Hell-O (April 13), The Power of Madonna (April 20) and Home (April 27). I’ve been DYING to watch the Madonna ep (which will come with its own soundtrack in just a couple of weeks) so I watched the DVDs as soon as I could. OMG … people, the Madonna ep is THE best ep of Glee ever. I can’t really say much nor can I share any amazing screencaps just yet but — trust me — the Vogue performance is EPIC! That performance alone will become a viral hit of its own, you can count on that. I know there are many Gleeks out there anxious to see these new eps … I’m happy to report that they are deffo worth the wait.
No big plans for tonight … I’ve been running around all week, it’ll be nice to stay in and do nothing. Wee!
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Last night David and I met up with our friends Josh and Emma for a fun Happy Hour at Marix in West Hollywood, CA before we made our way to Book Soup to attend a book-signing event there for our dear friend and author Christopher Rice:
It was really great to see so many folks come out to support our boy last night. He gave a stunning reading of his newly released book The Moonlit Earth before he signed books for everyone in attendance. After the jump, check out some of the photos I snapped at last night’s event … More »
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Tonight, David and I will be making our way to Book Soup in West Hollywood, CA to attend a book signing by our good friend Christopher Rice. Christoper‘s new book The Moonlit Earth is available TODAY and while I already downloaded the Kindle version of the book at midnight, I’m really looking forward to getting a hardcopy in person tonight:
If you are in the area, you should come out to see Christopher in person! Hope to see you there!!
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For Easter yesterday, I was able to celebrate with David’s family in Connecticut before we had to fly back home to LA and we had a blast … but I, first, wanna talk about the amazing free movies we got to see on our plane ride home. Our Delta flight was not wifi enabled but it did offer us an amazing selection of movies — both new and old — to watch for free! At last, I was able to watch 2 films I’ve been dying to see for months! First I watched A Single Man, second I watched Crazy Heart:
Because I read A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood in college, I knew what was gonna happen in the film … plot-wise, the film was great. It managed to really bring the powerful novel to life. I did take some issue with the artiness of the film. It seemed like Tom Ford, the fashion designer turned movie director, threw everything AND the kitchen sink into the mix. Quick scene cuts, languid music, slow-motion … you name it, if it is taught in film school … it was utilized in A Single Man. I will say that the acting performances were spectacular. The film really turned out beautifully, I just wish it wasn’t chock full of so many film school cliches. For a first film, tho, Ford should be commended. I really liked the movie … and was so happy that I finally got to see it.
Next, I watched Crazy Heart … the film that won Jeff Bridges his first Academy Award:
This movie was a delight … altho predictable, it was really easy to get sucked into the story. I was very surprised how much I loved the original songs that were featured in the film. Bridges deffo deserved his Oscar and I actually enjoyed Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s performance (she’s not my fave actress but she was really good in this). Colin Farrell delivers a very solid performance but it was his singing that impressed me more than anything. I was sure they had some real Country singer perform his songs in the film … I was very surprised to learn it was really him singing. Crazy Heart isn’t usally the kind of movie that appeals to me … but I had to see it and really, really enjoyed it.
After the jump, if you are interested, you can see photos from the Hauslaib Family Easter Egg Hunt which took place yesterday morning before we had to say goodbye and return home … More »
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Yesterday was a very full day here in Connecticut … because it was my only full day here, David and I wanted to really make the most of it. After I got my work done in the morning, I asked David to take me out into the woods behind his house so he can show me the places he and his brother Aram used to play when they were little … cut to David leading me thru thorn bushes, skunk cabbage and leech-filled streams. Honestly tho, it was really fun:
I feel I must call your attention to the fact that David is wearing Crocs … which is, apparently, the shoe to wear in the wilderness. David showed me where he and his brother erected a “real” tee-pee when they were kids and also showed me where they tortured their G.I. Joes. ‘Twas fun, ’twas fun.
After our little adventure, we had to return to the homestead so that we could dye Easter eggs before we sat down for Passover Seder dinner. Yes, folks, David’s family gets to enjoy both holidays ;) Check out some fun photos after the jump … More »
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At last … I made it successfully to Connecticut! As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve made my way East so that I can spend some time with David’s family for Passover/Easter and I’m happy to report that my travels were quite enjoyable. Despite the fact that my flight was not non-stop, I managed to make it thru the day with the help of a few travel tools:
I had a quick lay-over in Detroit so I was able to sup on a couple of Coney dogs and a pile of chili fries at National Coney Island during my stop. The plane was wifi enabled so I didn’t feel so disconnected to the world below and my beloved Kindle came thru to keep my mind off the flight. While reading another e-book, I was reminded of the amazing book The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I read it many years ago and LOVE it. While I was on the tarmac, about to leave the gate at the airport I was able to buy and download the book so I could read it on the final leg of my journey. Needless to say, I kept myself very entertained.
Tonight, I will enjoy Seder with the Hauslaibs and then tomorrow, we Easter egg hunt before David and I fly back to LA. Yes, it’s a quick trip but I’m glad to be home with David’s fam. Happy Easter Weekend, y’all!
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Last night my friend Josh and I made our way to the ArcLight Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA to attend an early 8pm showing of Clash of the Titans. As you may recall, I’ve been blogging about this movie for months excitedly anticipating its release. On the whole, I enjoyed myself last night but, very unfortunately, the movie does not measure up to my hopeful expectations:
First things first … the reviews bashing the 3D effects in this film are, sadly, very right on. The movie was not filmed in 3D so the effect was added in post-production … and it shows. Never does the movie come out at the screen at you … and a lot of it is blurry and distracting. I should say there are some big battle scenes that look cool in 3D but not enough to save the film. I didn’t like many of the changes to the original story. In the original 1981 film, the humans defied the gods out of careless naivety … in this version, they outright declare war on the gods. It’s an interesting concept but it doesn’t make much sense. Many of the cute things about the original film have been glossed over or “upgraded” but they do not, in my opinion, surpass the original film. I was happy to see that the mechanical owl Bubo makes a cameo … but it’s brief and quickly discounted. I will say that the movie is fun for mindless fare … over all I’d give it a B- but the crappy effects lower the grade to C or C-. It’s worth seeing but is NOT a must see.
Now … after the movie, I had to get to West Hollywood so that I could see my girl Laura Bell Bundy perform at The Abbey. She is doing some promo appearances for the release of her new album Achin’ & Shakin’ (due out on April 13) and her first LA gig was last night. After the jump, check out some photos I snapped of her performance last night … More »
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I am very excited for tonight … firstly, Josh and I are going to an 8PM showing of Clash of the Titans … and while the reviews have been pretty bad all around for the film, I’m still excited to see it. I’m hoping against hope that the reviews are wrong … or something. I’m such a fan of the original film and I really enjoy 3D films and, well … I just want it to be good!
But that’s not the best part of tonight … my girl Laura Bell Bundy, who starred on Broadway as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical, is performing at The Abbey in West Hollywood, CA tonight!
Her new album Achin’ & Shakin’ comes out in a couple of weeks and to promote it, she is performing at The Abbey tonight and at Cherry Pop on Saturday night:
Unfortch, I leave for Connecticut tomorrow so I won’t be able to make the Saturday show but I’m gonna try to get my buns down to The Abbey to see her tonight … I should be able to make a cameo to see my girl. If you’re in the area, you MUST check her out at one of these shows. She is just the best … I love her entirely!!
Lots to do today … cleaning and packing before tonight’s activities. OH … and how’s your April Fool’s Day been going? Fall for any pranks?
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