The TV Guide
Yesterday was a very nice, very quiet Xmas Day for me. I spent a lot of time reading — books, old journals, etc. — and really reconnecting with myself. I dunno, something about Xmas resonated with me this year to get back to my roots and refocus my energies. I spent some time with old books of mine that explain and reminded me of traditional Pagan Yule celebrations … ’twas a very nice day, I must say.
Last night, I met up with my friends David, Adriana and Etay for a showing of Sherlock Holmes:
I am SO happy to report that I loved the film. I fear that staunch Holmes fans (of the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) may not take too kindly to the “modern” feel of the movie but I loved it entirely. Robert Downey, Jr. is a delight to watch on screen and his interplay with Jude Law as Dr. John Watson is so fun. To be honest, it’s hard NOT to see the manlove between these two characters … and the chemistry between RDJ and Jude does much to fortify that love. The story is really good and the direction, I must confess, wasn’t half bad. The only think I didn’t really care for was how Rachel McAdams‘s character Irene Adler was shoved into the storyline. She was fine as Adler but the character just felt imposed upon the story. There is a lot of action, lots of fast pace and great acting. Also, watch closely for a quick cameo by Guy Ritchie and Madonna‘s eldest son Rocco John. Everyone in our party really enjoyed ourselves immensely. I think you will either love this film or hate it … I am deffo on the love side :)
I have to give a shout-out to Pink reader Jennifer who, as luck would have it, I was seated next to at the movies. It was my pleasure meeting you … and btw, she loved the film too :)
I’m gonna get in some more reading today … I’ve been on a roll and I’ve been LOVING it. David arrives tomorrow morning so I’m excited for his return home. Happy Boxing and First Day of Kwanzaa, y’all!!
Posted under: 'Sherlock Holmes'
The TV Guide
Yesterday was a pretty fantastic day, what being Xmas Eve and all, mainly because I was able to enjoy it with some of my amazing friends :) My good friend Darion and I met up for brunch at Hugo’s before he had to jet off to be with his family up North. We were both dressed in a festive manner and had a fun gift exchange together:
Last night I met up with David, another of my fave peeps ever, so that we could meet up with my dear Adriana and her friends for an Xmas Eve dinner at Buca di Beppo:
It was Adrianna’s idea to gather together the Xmas orphans for dinner and we had an absolute blast! It was a really special, really fun night.
This afternoon, the bunch of us are meeting up again to see Sherlock Holmes … it shall be fun. I sincerely hope all y’all are having a fantastic day, whatever it is that you are doing :) XOXOXO
Season's Greetings, and all that jazz
Just want to send out some happy vibes to all y’all out there today, wherever in the world you are, whatever you are doing today. Whether you are celebrating the season today (talking to you Xmas folks), have already celebrated the season (that means you Solstice and Chanukah folks), plan to celebrate the season (Kwanzaa and Boxing Day folks) or won’t be celebrating any season at all — I hope you have a fantastic day today:
2009 has been a pretty rough year but I hope all y’all can take some time today to reflect on the great things going on in your lives, bask in the love and affection from family and/or friends and just be thankful that we are present to enjoy life. 2010 and an entire new decade awaits us in just about a week’s time … but for now, let’s just take some time to stop, be merry and just … be. Happy, Happy Holidays y’all!!
Posted under: Snoopy
The TV Guide
Last night was a very quite night for me … after I dropped off David at the airport, I ran out to take care of a few errands before retiring at home for the rest of the night. We put out our Charlie Brown Xmas tree to make the place look more festive …
… and I spent much of the night reading by the fireplace. It was a very relaxing evening.
This afternoon, I’m meeting up for a quick brunch with Darion before he jets home for the holidays and tonight I’m meeting up with my friend David and Adriana for an Xmas Eve dinner in Pasadena. This will be my first Xmas spent here in SoCal … I’m really excited. While I’ll miss the hoopla of family and friends back home in Detroit, there is something very appealing to me this year about the prospect of a very quiet Xmas as home ;)
Today is a very quiet day for goss so I’m treating today and tomorrow as shorter weekend days. Ho Ho Ho and Happy Holidays!!
The TV Guide
Last night I enjoyed a lovely dinner date with my dear friend Adriana. She and I have committed to spending at least one night a month dining together in a restaurant that at least one of us has never been to before. She was in the mood for sushi so I took her to Fat Fish in West Hollywood:
We had a great night together … I’m really glad we decided to start seeing each other on a more regular basis. It looks like I’ll be spending part of Xmas Eve and Day with AY as well … we’re both misfit strays staying in town for the holidays so we’re gonna have a blast!! After dinner, David and I spent a nice night together with a bottle of wine and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. If you can believe it, he had never seen it before! OY! I told him that I wanted a misfit toy for Xmas:
We shall see if I will actually get a water pistol that shoots jelly ;)
This afternoon, David jets off to be with his family for Xmas … I’ll be dropping him off at the hellhole known as LAX very soon. While I’m bummed we’ll be apart for the next few days, I’m happy that he’ll be back by Sunday night :)
The TV Guide
I am happy to report that I made it back to SoCal without incident and am currently enjoying the lovely weather here. On my flight out from Detroit, I was able to finally get around to watching a screener of the film The Hurt Locker:
The Hurt Locker stars Jeremy Renner and tells the tale of a US military bomb tech in Iraq. Director Kathryn Bigelow does a superb job of capturing that gritty “documentary” feel thruout the film, making the audience feel like they are in the movie. I’m not a big war movie fan but this movie really impressed me. There are cameos by Ralph Finnes and Evangeline Lilly but Renner is the star of the film. The only film I remember seeing him in before Hurt Locker is 28 Weeks Later but he had such a small part in that film. He really shines in this movie. I can now understand why the film is getting so much attention this awards show season. I’d be shocked if Renner did not recieve an Oscar nom for his performance but I would bet good money that director Bigelow will get herself an Oscar nom. If she wins, she will be the first female director to win that prize. It’s a great film, prolly one of the best I’ve seen all year.
After I finished watching The Hurt Locker, I still had quite a bit of time to devote to reading … I brought along with me the new selection of The Turtle Party: Book Club and OMG, do I love it! I’m almost halfway thru The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon and I cannot get enough. Each chapter is like a short story, I’m really enjoying this book. I cannot wait to discuss it with the rest of the Turtle Partiers when next we meet!
Tonight, I have a date with Adriana … ’tis good to be home!!
Posted under: 'The Hurt Locker'
The TV Guide
Last night, Sarah and I enjoyed a lovely dinner just the two of us so that we could spend some time talking before I fly back to LA today. My whirlwind trip is practically over so I’m glad I had the chance to hang out with Sarah one on one before I leave. We grabbed a bite to eat at Bahama Breeze and then went to see Avatar in IMAX 3D:
I’m sure you’ve heard many good things about Avatar so I’m really just joining the chorus here. The movie is really spectacular. In IMAX 3D, you are totally sucked into the world that James Cameron has created. Truth be told, I was more impressed with the 3D of Beowulf but this film really made the movie seem … real. The FX were flawless … FLAWLESS and the story, altho told many times before, is a very compelling one. It did take me about an hour to “get into” the film. The Na’vi people looked too much like Zoobilee Zoo to me while the animal life on Pandora looked like evolved Pokémon monsters. But you really do warm up to the FX and then BAM! get sucked in. By the end of the film, I was literally cheering out loud. The final battle scene reminded me a lot of the battle scene in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (ie. Ewoks vs. Empire) which is prolly why I loved it so much. I am NOT a fan of Titanic, not by any stretch of the imagination but I’m a big fan of Avatar. James Cameron is a great storyteller, yes, but it’s the marriage of special effects and storytelling that really make this movie great. If you have the chance, see this movie in IMAX 3D — you won’t be sorry!
After the jump, check out a few fun pics that Sarah and I snapped at the movie theater last night … More »
Posted under: 'Avatar'
The TV Guide
Last night was Sarah and Mark’s annual Xmas party and it should go without saying that it was another fabulous night in Detroit. Before the festivities got started last night, I met up with Tracey and Zakiya for dinner and gift exchanging:
It was very nice getting to spend some alonetime with Tracey and Z. We had a very nice conversation and a very nice dinner together.
But then … it was partytime! After the jump, check out some of the photos that Mike G. snapped of last night’s fete … More »
The TV Guide
Yesterday was my first full day here back home in Detroit and what a fun day it was. I got to catch up and be lazy with my Sarah before we ventured out into the cold night to see the last performance by Reggie Smith & the After Party. The band are calling it quits and chose Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. in Warren, MI as the venue for their last performance together. After 3, yes 3 bottles of wine … a bunch of great tunes … a group of great friends … and some snowfall later … the night was a roaring success:
Grrr … as much as I’m not a fan of the snow, it was a nice little surprise to see when we emerged from the brewery last night/this morning. Lots to do today before Sarah’s big Xmas party gets underway tonight. I’ll have lots of great photos to share tomorrow … Woot!!
The TV Guide
I am happy to report that I made it home to Detroit safe, sound and without incident. The flight was pretty run-of-the-mill and nothing out of sorts took place. I was seated next to a first time flier and a first time LA visitor to Detroit … she handed the flying part fairly well and tried to tell me that she was prepared to handle the cold weather here. As soon as the airplane door opened on the tarmac upon arrival, she was all Oh shizz! Hahahah … I think she’ll be fine tho.
While perusing the amazing SkyMall catalog, I came upon this advertisement for a great last minute Xmas gift idea:
Clearly the gift for that special someone who has everything. First thing, I love that the taser comes in colors with fun names (my fave is “Red Hot Red”) and second thing, I love how happy the family is in the photo. This advertisement is ACES!
So yeah, I’m home again. Sarah’s got some things planned for us to do tonight but I have to see my parents first. It’s good to be home again!!