26 December 2005

Deck the Halls

But first, a little holiday spirit thanks to Google:



Xmas, 2005... What a lovely Xmas it was!
I spent mine at my family's home, with my Mum, Dad, and brothers, Richard and David. After opening our presents, the 5 of us had a champagne breakfast - the first one in what I hope will become a tradition every Xmas morning. I was given many wonderful things from friends and family, from DVDs, earrings, necklaces, desk calendars, a book (Innocence by Kathleen Tessaro, which I loved!), PJs, vouchers, the new Ryan Adams CD... and so much more!
We served a late lunch to 5 others who joined us - 10 turned out to be about the perfect number! It was such a relaxed Xmas - normally everything is full of stress and panic; trying to get food ready etc. But this year it was easy and enjoyable. I ate a delicious lunch on the deck, under a sun umbrella :)
I'm looking forward to catching up with friends and family over the next few days, as I have friends visiting from Christchurch, and Alex back from the UK. Also, I'm looking forward to NOT working over Xmas/New Years. 2 weeks holiday for me! YAY :)

09 December 2005

Cats

My brother, Richard, has just forwarded me a couple of photos of Molly (black) and Beatrice (tabby), Mum's new cats.



01 November 2005

Halloween


No real Halloween celebrations here unfortunately. I didn't even end up watching a scary movie. This year it just kinda came... then went; drifted on by. I really wish Halloween was big here, like in the U.S.

31 October 2005

Movie Wish List #5

Currently: There are currently a heap of great movie coming out for the summer here. Not sure if I will see all of them at the movies, but there are some definite goers in this list.

Last Days
In her Shoes
Corpse Bride
Elizabethtown
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Transporter 2
Flightplan
Serenity
Must Love Dogs
The Constant Gardener
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Shopgirl
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
King Kong
Chicken Little

28 October 2005

American Gothic

On the "YAY!" side of things, 'American Gothic - Complete Series DVD' is on its way to me, thanks to Amazon. I loved that show when it was on tele, except the network here fucked up by playing some episodes out of order. I'm looking forward to rewatching the whole thing.

09 October 2005

Highlander in 30 seconds...

... re-enacted by bunnies!

I hadn't visited the Angry Alien website for a while, and what a hoot! Now enjoy Highlander and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Bless their little bunny hearts.

06 October 2005

Actually, "UnleaSHed"

Well, I thought it was funny. I make slight spelling errors like anyone else:

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, 6 October 2005 5:19 pm
To: Richard
Subject: 'Unleased' started TODAY at theatres!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-----Reply-----
From : Richard
Sent : Thursday, 6 October 2005 5:22:04 p.m.
Subject : RE: 'Unleased' started TODAY at theatres!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes I do want to see that one, I believe its about a property deal that doesn't go all the way through and the lease is removed.

However I really want to see "Unleashed"

~*~
Ok, I am sad, but my brother's reply made me laugh *smiles*

28 September 2005

Long time

Been a while, I know! And it looks like its been a little while for Google too - 7 years young!


I had the apartment to myself last weekend, which was lovely! I cooked a gourmet dinner for my parents on Saturday night (Chicken breasts stuffed with cream cheese, sundried tomatoes and capers, topped with a creamy mushroom and sundried tomato sauce, with courgettes and fresh beans on the side with a garlic aioli). The problem is now they know I can do more than stir and heat... they may expect that kind of food again!

22 September 2005

Desperate Hotel

I'm stunned...
I just finished watching 'Hotel Rwanda'. I cried, and cried, and cried some more. And its all true - 1 million people killed. Genocide. I can't understand... I can't fathom how people can do such things to other people. The hate... hot poison spreading so fast. 10 years ago - July 1994 - I was turning 15, with all that brings to a teenage girl. I wasn't thinking about the Hutus or Tutsis and the situation in Rwanda. Now I can't stop thinking about it all. The worst thing on my mind 2 hours ago was having to be at an international teleconference at 8am tomorrow with my divisional manager... now that seems like a gift. God I am shallow.

I shan't end on that note though. I got a wonderful card in the post from Nilly today. I don't realise who is reading my blog sometimes... and she had been much to my surprise actually (ed: Hi Nilly if you are reading this hehe). It was so sweet of her to think of me - and Ifeel a little sheepish if I've made people worry about me... but at the same time its nice to know yall care hehe

31 August 2005

29 August 2005

'no title' poem or whatever

I come and I come and I come again,
to a place I've always been.
Somehow the words seem different this time,
and I wonder what they mean;
definitions seem to be avoiding me.
Hollowed and shell-like, no substance at all.
When will the words come alive again?
How will they sing their song to me?
This place is full of silence now.
But I come, I come again once more.

22 August 2005

Monday - root of all evil

Gawd, I am soooo bored right now. I can’t even look out my window cos my view isn’t even a view… In fact I am just bored enough to take a photo of my so-called “view” and post it here. After all, I have this fandangled cell phone…



My view, which is ugly anyway, came out rather badly due to the weird lighting. If you can’t tell, I look out directly on to another building. I often watch the girl across the window playing ‘Solitaire’ on her PC. Please note I also have to look at a rubbish bin…



This is the “fun corner” of my desk at work – my Olivia the pig desk calendar, my ‘You Say I’m a Bitch like it’s a BAD thing’ flip book (today, displaying “Drink Coffee: do stupid things faster with more energy!”), and my Audrey Hepburn card.

I am also bored enough to share my current play-list:

I Turn My Camera On ...Spoon
Finding Out True Love is Blind ...Louis XIV
Red Moon ...Turin Brakes
Lotion ...The Greenskeepers
Last Night ...The Strokes
Not That Social ...The Von Bondies
Crabbuckit ...K-Os
It’s All in My Mind ...Teenage Fanclub
Maps ...Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Nothing Brings Me Down ...Emiliana Torrini
Chinese Burn ...The Curve
Ghostwriter ...RJD2
Destroy Everything You Touch ...Ladytron
Southern Belles in London Sing ...The Faint
Color Bars ...Elliot Smith
Lua ...Bright Eyes
Magnolia Mountain ...Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Life on Mars ...Seu Jorge

16 August 2005

Movie Wish List #4

Last updated: 31 October 2005

The Woodsman: Kevin Bacon
A Good Woman: Scarlett Johansson
The Wedding Crashers: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson
Exils
The Machinist
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
The Skeleton Key
Red Eye
Into The Blue
Unleashed
Corpse Bride
Serenity (After all, got to love Joss Whedon!!)

02 July 2005

Napoleon rocks my world!

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/ndsound.php

And laugh the night away...
(Flash required)

01 July 2005

Boot-i-licious

Yesterday I bought a fantastic pair of black boots for winter:

I really like them! They've cheered me up somewhat, which is lovely :)

I had dinner with Mum and Dad last night. I've been dying to see 'The Motorcycle Diaries' and managed to get my hands on the DVD - we all watched it together. What a fabulous, beauitful, and subtle film.... I adored it!

I don't have many plans for the weeked, except for checking out an apartment on Saturday. My DVD 'Cursed' arrived from Amazon too, so I will no doubt watch that.
Must get back to work now.

((Ed: I'm still wearing these boots May 2009!)

NZFF 2005

Here are the films I am off to for this year's festival

International Film Festival (nzff)

08 Jul: Delamu (China/Tibet)
11 Jul: Le Pont des Arts (France)
14 Jul: The Edukators (Germany)
15 Jul: Crash (USA)
18 Jul: Birth (USA)
19 Jul: Howl's Moving Castle (Japan)
21 Jul: Czech Dreams (Czech Repub.)
21 Jul: Life is a Miracle (Serbia)
22 Jul: High Tension (France)
24 Jul: Broken Flowers (USA)

28 June 2005

Movie Wish List #3

I've not done one of these for a while
Last Updated: 31 October 2005:

Hotel Rwanda
A Good Woman (Scarlett Johansson is so hot right now; fab actress!)
Mean Creek
Batman Begins (I am very over seeing more of Katie Holmes, but the movie does look good)
Enduring Love (Finished the book a few weeks ago)
Ladies in Lavendar
Madagascar
Fantastic Four
The Island (see first comment!)
The Machinist
The Wedding Crashes

20 June 2005

08 June 2005

Frank Lloyd Wright

It's time for another Google image, this time in celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday:


And who was Frank Lloyd Wright??
Frank Lloyd Wright is considered the most influential American architect of the 20th century. His legacy is an architectural style that departed from European influences to create a purely American form, one that included the idea that buildings can be in harmony with the natural environment. Over his long career Wright designed a wide variety of structures, both public and private, including the home known as Fallingwater, the Johnson Wax Building and New York's Guggenheim Museum.

30 May 2005

Wigging

Firstly, Melissa starts talking about chai lattes, when Richard had been talking to me about them yestersay... Noone has ever previously discussed this beverage with me before then! What's with that?
Then, on the way back from seeing a movie I see a parked car with the number plate: Fo shizzle yo nizzle... Did ya happen to see my previous post??! Weird!Last, but not least, we are almost back at the car - we start to talk about how there was supposed to be thunder storms all today. Sure, it was cold, and there was some heavy rain... I open my mouth to say we are lucky that neither of us got caught in a heavy shower on the way to work when, low and behold, the heavens open up and dump on us!! There wasn't even a spit to warn us - it just poured for about 2 minutes!! Talk about wiggy happenings!

29 May 2005

Gizoogle

What an absolute hoot, but then I am easily amused!

Gizoogle - Fo all you beotches who wanna find shiznit (*lol*)

You gotta try a search using it - and then translate a whole website.

For example, this is part of the my previous blog entry translated:

May The Force Pleaze Go Away Now?
(Article by Mark Morford, SF Gate)
Here is 13 reasons ta celebrate tha end of tha cute, overblown SW shot calla. Reasons fo` normal thugz ta git bizzle ta car'n `bout decent movies wit subtle dialogue n true motherfucka develizzles n nuanced plot lines not blingin' around a monochromizzles good/evil dialectic executed by barely emotive cartoon characta who hizzle somehow been brainwashed into think'n they're spendin' art so show some love niggaz. Admit these now, git it over wit, move on ta stoked th'n like wine n sex n pleasures T-H-to-tha-izzat hizzle absolutely zero ta do wit whoosh'n brotha . Snoop dogg is in this bitch. OK?

Hours of fun.

28 May 2005

Down with the Force

May The Force Please Go Away Now?
(Article by Mark Morford, SF Gate)


Here are 13 reasons to celebrate the end of the cute, overblown SW monster. Reasons for normal people to get back to caring about decent movies with subtle dialogue and true character development and nuanced plot lines not revolving around a monochromatic good/evil dialectic executed by barely emotive cartoon characters who have somehow been brainwashed into thinking they're making art. Admit these now, get it over with, move on to happy things like wine and sex and pleasures that have absolutely zero to do with whooshing lightsabers. OK?

1) Begone, Star Wars ubergeeks. Begone, terrifically strange and tragically lonely fan boys who camp out, weeks and months in advance, for SW tickets, even at the wrong theater. Drink the Kool-Aid if you must, boys. Your 15 minutes are way, way up. Never has a culture wished so deeply for a group of people to get deep into online porn and pop more Ritalin and stay the hell home.
2) Unfortunately, now the media coverage of such geeks will simply switch over to sad psychochristian fanatics who are already lining up for Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" sequel, "Dead Things I Pulverize with a Cuisinart and Then Smear All Over My Hairy Catholic Chest."
3) Poor Ewan McGregor. Poor Natalie Portman. Poor Liam Neeson. Fabulous actors so completely drained of nuance and character you are left wishing Obi Wan would shoot heroin and dive into a toilet and have a deformed religious experience, and that Neeson might veer off and start asking Princess Amidala what her favorite sexual position is and how many orgasms she has in a month and what she really thinks about when she sees Vader's throbbing red lightsaber.
4) Farewell, the odd and recurring hype that claims, every few years, that George Lucas might, in fact, be one of the truly great, visionary directors of all time. He isn't. Not by a long shot.
5) Darth Vader choking a giant red M&M candy. Darth Vader staring down that creepy Burger King mascot thing. Darth Vader hawking cell phones and Energizer batteries and floor cleaner and breakfast cereal and who the hell knows what else. Good riddance, odious sea of SW product tie-ins. Like the goddamn franchise needs more cash? Like seeing Darth Vader hawking tampons and aspirin and Darth Vader-branded bunion pads is in any way necessary? Please.
6) Let's just say it outright: Harrison Ford carried the first three movies, period. Carrie Fisher was amusing enough, the droids were cute and infinitely annoying, James Earl Jones' Vader voice work was nearly a character unto itself. But no one topped Ford at delivering a cynical line or expressing incredulity or offering up that famous "Who, me?" look that would later come to such wondrous fruition with Indiana Jones. "Star Wars" without Ford's dry humor and bewildered mug is like a cheesy pinball machine without the ball: all bells and whistles, few genuine pleasures.
7) Two words: Jim Henson. Next to Ford, Henson's astonishing Creature Shop gave the first movies brilliantly wacky life, silly and tangible and honest. The last three flicks are just painful reminders of how much he, and his entire Muppet universe, are missed in this world, and how much computers have drained many movies of their soul.
8) Did I mention Chewbacca? Did I mention that maddening commercial where Chewbacca is in the booth recording sounds for the new series of "Star Wars" cell phone ring tones and oh my freaking God let's just imagine that for a moment, the pale little sexually denuded dude sitting next to you in the café who gets a call on his Nokia and when it rings it sounds like that weird famous Chewbacca howl, and you turn and look at him and wonder what he might look like if he exploded into a million bloody little geek-boy pieces like, right now.
9) Enough with the dissecting of SW plot lines. Enough with the seeking of deep mythological parallels. Despite all those blogs and articles insisting SW is some sort of modern iteration of "Crime and Punishment" crossed with "Dr. Spock's Guide to Parenting," there is little of true intellectual substance to speak of in any of the SW flicks, and say what you will about old-time '60s radical Lucas' commendable desire to criticize current rabid right-wing ideology via his simple good/evil allegories, the overarching plot of SW is so basic and the execution so orthodox, you might as well be watching "The Bad News Bears," stoned. It's true.
10) The late, great master of myth Joseph Campbell loved the first three "Star Wars" movies. He saw in them a wonderful modern-day example of his favorite allegory and recurring cultural theme, the hero's journey. Joseph Campbell is dead now. Even he was ready to move the hell on.
11) This is from the recent Rolling Stone interview with Lucas, with Lucas examining a plot thread: "Is Anakin a product of a super-Sith who influenced the midichlorians to create him, or is he simply created by the midichlorians to bring forth prophecy, or was he created by the Force through the midichlorians? It's left up to the audience to decide." Note to George: You are 61 years old. Stop speaking like this before you hemorrhage something. And see item No. 9, above.
12) Raise your hand if you love the concept of prequels. Ten years of crappy CGI and 10 years of lumpy stiff acting and 28 years of waiting and you watch "Sith" where only the last 30 minutes really finds any sort of cinematic footing, and after all that screaming and all the cheeseball animation and all the slaughtered Jedis and the stilted, lifeless dialogue and heavy Vader wheezing and Yoda's irritating speech impediment, where do we finally end up at the end of Episode III? That's right: 1977. And who the hell wants to be back there?
13) I'll happily admit that the first three films were breathtakingly rich allegories for their time, landmark filmmaking, funny and quirky and cutting edge and cute fun for the kids, full of wry characters and state-of-the-art special effects saddled to a rather generic, by-the-numbers hero's journey sprinkled with the occasional subreference to Buddhism or the fine art of egolessness.

Read the full article at the SF Gate website

29 April 2005

Emperor or Pope?



On that note, I'm not a Star Wars fan per say but I am going to "the world premiere" on May 16th. It's only the "world premiere" because of the time zones... but it is a slightly VIP night. A friend at work won the tickets and is taking me - yay!

25 April 2005

Anzac Google



Find out about Anzac Day - more than a day off work.

22 April 2005

New Evil Plan

Congratulations on being the creator of a new Evil Plan (tm)!

Your objective is simple: World Domination
Your motive is a little bit more complex: To show them all
Stage One:
To begin your plan, you must first Seduce a Pope. This will cause the world to sit up and take notice, stunned by your arrival. Who is this Sadistic Fiend? Where did they come from? And why do they look so good as an Evil twin/Opposite?
Stage Two:
Next, you will Seize control of the Eiffel Tower. This will cause countless hordes of Mean English Teachers to flock to you, begging to do your every bidding. Your name will become synonymous with Dear God No, as lesser men whisper your name in terror.
Stage Three:
Finally, you will Covertly Move your Secret Death Ray, bringing about Horrors beyond Man's Comprehension. This will all be done from a Amusement Park, an excellent choice if we might say. These three deeds will herald the end, and the citizens of this planet will have no choice but to elect you their new god.
Trust us, it'll all come together in the end.

Want to create your own evil plan? By all means do so right with the Evil Plan Generator.

20 April 2005

Love Steals Us From Loneliness

Every step takes a beat of your heart
Through a city that's falling apart
On a night that rises and clears
In a sky that's clouded by years
My anger is a form of madness
So I'd rather have hope than sadness
And you said something
You said something stupid like
Love steals us from loneliness
Happy birthday
Are you lonely yet?

I misplaced your face in the shape of a smile
On a night that could never surprise me
Don't tell me you're afraid of the past
It's only the future that didn't last
You're kidding yourself, kidding yourself
You're going nowhere and you're going there fast

(Idlewild, from 'Love Steals Us From Loneliness')

19 April 2005

Life it rents us

... There are so many great lines in this song. I've posted an abridged version below. Infact, the whole album is just great.

The View : Modest Mouse
(Album: Good News for People Who Love Bad News)
Your gun went off.
Well you shot off your mouth and look where it got you.
My mouth runs on too.

Shouts from both sides,
"Well we've got the land but they've got the view!"
Well now here's the clue.

Life it rents us.
And yeah I hope it put plenty on you.
Well I hope mine did too.

As life gets longer, awful feels softer.
Well it feels pretty soft to me.
And if it takes shit to make bliss,
then I feel pretty blissfully.

We are fixed right where we stand.

For every invention made how much time did we save?
We're not much farther than we were in the cave.

If life's not beautiful without the pain,
well I'd just rather never ever even see beauty again.

For every good deed done there is a crime committed.
We are fixed.
For every step ahead we could have just been seated.
We are fixed.

We are fixed.
We are fixed.
We are fixed right where we stand.

15 April 2005

Google... dolls

No, not the Goo Goo Dolls, or even Google Dolls (whatever that may be... but google having mastered the blog market, wishlist market etc etc, I am sure dolls will be next on the list).

But, Google, and The Dresden Dolls. I do love both. Just not together...

So, Google went and got pretty again today:



And, The Dresden Dolls, who I just can't seem to stop listening to (I took CD out of my discman only to put it straight into my PC):



you can tell
from the scars on my arms
and cracks in my hips
and the dents in my car
and the blisters on my lips
that i'm not the carefullest of girls

you can tell
from the glass on the floor
and the strings that're breaking
and i keep on breaking more
and it looks like i am shaking
but it's just the temperature
and then again if it were any colder i could disengage
if i were any older i could act my age
but i dont think that you'd believe me
it's not the way i'm meant to be
it's just the way the operation made me

and you can tell
from the state of my room
that they let me out too soon
and the pills that i ate
came a couple years too late
and ive got some issues to work through
there i go again
pretending to be you
make-believing that i have a soul beneath the surface
trying to convince you
it was accidentally on purpose

i am not so serious
this passion is a plagiarism
i might join your century
but only on a rare occasion
i was taken out
before the labor pains set in and now
behold the world's worst accident
i am the girl anachronism

and you can tell
by the red in my eyes
and the bruises on my thighs
and the knots in my hair
and the bathtub full of flies
that i'm not right now at all
there i go again pretending that i'll fall
don't call the doctors
cause they've seen it all before
they'll say just let her crash and burn she'll learn
the attention just encourages her

and you can tell
from the full-body cast
that i'm sorry that i asked
though you did everything you could
(like any decent person would)
but i might be catching so don't touch
you'll start believeing youre immune to gravity and stuff
don't get me wet
because the bandages will all come off

and you can tell
from the smoke at the stake
that the current state is critical
well it is the little things, for instance:
in the time it takes to break it she can make up ten excuses:
please excuse her for the day, its just the way the medication makes her...

i dont necessarily believe there is a cure for this
so i might join your century but only as a doubtful guest
i was too precarious removed as a caesarian
behold the worlds worst accident
I AM THE GIRL ANACHRONISM

04 April 2005

That all-grown-up feeling

And why do I feel that way?
Because my business cards finally arrived. I am excited - if this makes me a geek, then that's what I am right now!
To think, I have business cards to hand to people, to network... its all just too divine *floats away in a cloud of fairy dust*

03 April 2005

V

Ahhh... V, I do love you so. Its been with me through the hard times - at University, late nights of studying; and the good times - at the movies, on the road, in Thames where there was nothing to do but drink V and cook from our beds (Ahhh Sarah, don't you miss being able to do that?!).
I feel I must post a very appropriate advert now:

02 April 2005

I'm home

I'm back from my weekend away, and I am back from dinner with my family. It almost feels strange to be lying on my bed typing this - I mean, last week I was hardly at home, then I was in Christchurch, then it was off to Whitianga, then when I finally get back, I go out for dinner.
The weekend was great though - we had glorious weather - Sarah even managed to get sunburnt. We spent Saturday walking into town and looking around, then returning to the house to read and relax. I took a few picks, but I will have to develop them before scanning them (I am not special enough to have a digital camera... oh, but I am madly grateful to Sarah for giving me her old camera!).
I managed to finish 'Second Glance' by Jodi Picoult - thoroughly enjoyed it!! She writes such great characters, and the plot twists were really cool (I saw a few of them coming, and others were a complete surprise).

Oh, I almost forgot... I was inspired by the weekend away to write a haiku *lol*:

Relaxing sun rays,
Deafening silence surrounds,
This could be perfect.


I have no idea why, but I wrote that in the car on the way back from Whitianga. I have some serious haiku practising to do! I think its my first one since primary school though.
One thing we did notice about our mini-break was how quiet everything was - on that beautiful Saturday afternoon the 3 of us were scattered about the house reading: Sarah was in a hammock, I was curled on a bed/couch with huge pillows, and Cath was on a lounger... and the CD stopped playing. It was like the incredible lack of noise was deafening. I live in the city - and I mean in it - and I am used to endless sirens, cars, horns, music etc.. Even the suburbs have noise. It was almost like I had been playing CD after CD to create some noise - any noise - so I wasn't unsettled by the silence! It was just so peaceful...

Anyways, it was a great weekend - and its back to work tomorrow waaaaah! I just hope that nothing too bad happened on Friday while I was away - I hate starting Monday on drama. I need to eaaaase into the week!

Ok, I think I have bored myself enough with this post - I need some sleep before my eyeballs explode.
And as I don't have any holiday pics to post yet, enjoy this pic from one of my fav movies ever:



Such a dreamer... but then so am I. And speaking of dreams... *yawns* that's what I should be doing right about now.

30 March 2005

Van-google

I am impressed by google's ever changing icon:


Awww... pretty van-gogh-google! Or, as I like to call it: vangoogle

27 March 2005

REM rocked my world

Also rocking my world right now is rock candy - wonderful sweets that they are... unfortunately for me I am a candy muncher - I can't help but chew no matter how hard the sweets are! Result? Ouchy! Though I don't think I have chipped any teeth... yet.

Anyways, I am baaaaaccck! I had a wonderful trip down to Christchurch to see R.E.M live in concert *huge grin*. Sarah and I flew down on Thursday morning, dumped our luggage, and headed straight to the mall. Man, that sounds shallow, but our motel was opposite a mall and we had to wait for Mel's bus to arrive in Christchurch. We shopped around, grabbed some food, and headed back to our room.
Mel turned up after 4pm - we had a catch-up: she'd been down in Queenstown for a few days.
We grabbed some yummy pizza for tea, which complimented our Jacob's Creek bubbly wonderfully hehe. Then it was off to the concert! Except the first time we set off, it turns out we went completely the wrong direction! Doh!
So, half an hour and a couple of blisters later, we arrived. The opening act was Bright Eyes - Conor Oberst was fricken great! All I'd heard of him was the 20 minutes I spent listening to Mel's CD before we left for the concert. He reminded me incredibly of Ryan Adams, and that is certainly not a bad thing. I will be looking for his CDs.
R.E.M played from around 9:30 to 11:30pm, and it was magic *sigh*. Michael Stipe was just mad (in a genius way!) - he had a blue stripe painted across his face, and he danced like he was one with the music. He had me smiling nearly the whole time.
They played around 25 songs - some new ones, and some favourites (Losing my Religion, Everybody Hurts, Orange Crush, Drive...)
It was worth the airfares, and the $127 tickets. I'd do it all again in a flash.

Unfortunately the guests who had our motel room before us *kindly* left the alarm clock set for 6:30am. And it was right next to me. I had my earplugs on... In the end I ripped the clock out of the wall.. So, even though post-REM Friday started off rather horridly, it turned out to be a great day. Dad called me and pretended to be Michael Stipe, which was very cute and amusing for all who overheard the conversation.
Once we had injected V drink straight into blood-stream (caffeine was urgently required!), the three of us set off 5 minutes down that road to visit my friends Angela and Paul.
I hadn't seen either of them for a couple of years so it was great to catch-up. Mel, Sarah and I ended up spending the whole day with them - we had lunch at the Boat Shed Cafe (complete with a beautiful black and white cat that helped eat the bacon from my panini!), looked around Cathedral Square and inside the Cathedral, and the Gardens.
We had $5 Thai for dinner, played xbox games, and then watched Rove (Rove also rocks!). It was such a great day - Cheers to Angela and Paul!!

Saturday was check-out day, and more shopping. I bought waaaaay too many DVDs, and spent heaps of money on other wonderful and pretty things.
It feels damn good to be back home though - in my own room and listening to my new Pluto CD *sighs with happiness*

18 March 2005

Movie Wish List #2

When they eventually come out in NZ, I want to see:
Last Updated: 31 October 2005

Darkness (Go kiwi Anna Paquin!)
Hitch (It just looks sooo cute!)
Assault on Precinct 13 (I know it’s a remake but: Ethan Hawke and GABRIEL BRYNE!)
Cursed (Wes Craven and werewolves)
Sahara (looks big, dumb, and fun! Steve Zahn rocks)
Friday Night Lights (Billy Bob Thorton and Lucas Black… might take my brother to this one)
Sin City (yes yes YES!)


And on a less commercial note:

Somersault
Seducing Doctor Lewis
The Door in the Floor

Something a little less complicated

I forgot to mention that I saw Constantine a little while back: for something a little less complicated (as far as movies out at the moment go e.g. Closer, I Heart Huckabees), try Constantine. Keanu Reeves plays demon detective John Constantine who has the ability to see half-breed angels and demons that disguise themselves as humans. He's doing God's work. But he doesn't necessarily get on with his boss.

I also had to mention that director Francis Lawrence second project (the first project is 'Awful End' which is a 'dark, gothic fairytale' based on the first in Philip Ardagh's 'Eddie Dickens Trilogy') is an adaptation of Richard Matheson's classic sci-fi novella 'I Am Legend'.
Originally published more than 50 years ago, 'I Am Legend' is the thrilling story of Richard Neville, the last surviving human on earth after a mysterious plague turns everyone else into bloodsucking vampires.The brilliant book was loosely made as 'The Last Man on Earth' in 1964 and 'The Omega Man' in 1971, while versions starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Will Smith have both stalled in the last decade, though a truly faithful adaptation of Matheson's story has yet to be made. But with Lawrence (whose stunning 'Constantine' visuals really make the movie) at the helm and a script that stays loyal to Matheson's original story, the results could be nothing short of spectacular.

15 March 2005

Long Distance

Well if this gets ugly,
I’d swear,
This ain’t our last chance,
The vultures that circle,
My head,
Are flying alongside,
The world’s turning.

I let somebody get under my skin,
Long distance losing is all that I’ve seen,
Now there’s a river,
Now there’s a river.

Nothing can save me,
My reserve betrayed me,
It calmed the hurricanes,
I’m burning to get there,
The middle of nowhere,
Storm warnings flicker while,
The world’s turning.

I let somebody get under my skin,
Long distance losing is all that I’ve seen,
Now there’s a river,
Now there’s a river.
(Turin Brakes)

14 March 2005

Sarah McLachlan concert

I'd forgotten to be excited about seeing Sarah McLachlan. Sarah (my friend) and I bought our tickets ages ago (and fabulous seats they were!). But then I've forgotten a few things lately.
For example, did you hear the one about the tired and stressed out girl who could have done with having Friday off? Yeah, well, it turns out she DID have Friday off and she completely forgot and came into work anyways . I tell you, I feel like an idiot! I had a half day instead - went home at lunchtime

Well, the concert was brilliant - again! Seeing Sarah Mc live is such a warm and emotional experience. Every song she sings comes from her soul; she becomes the lyrics. And being in the audience means you feel the pain or the love; I felt everything. The vibes off her are incredible. She is completely natural infront of her audience, and you find yourself smiling when she smiles. I think I will continue to see her whenever she comes - that kind of 'voyage' is worth every cent. Sarah McLachlan is a beautiful person.

On a strange 'think I'll just add this cos its on my mind' note: the music playing while we were waiting for her was Sigur Ros... Maybe I need to visit an existential detective to talk about my coincidences (I saw I Heart Huckabees on Thursday night - oh, but that's not the coincidence, but there were Existential Detectives in the movie!).

The right shoes CAN change your life

I can't believe this - but Judy*, a co-worker, just gave me a birthday card... 5 months early!
She saw this card and thought of me ; she couldn't wait until it was my actual birthday so she signed it and gave it to me today.

It was a cute picture of Disney's Cinderella and her Prince Charming dancing on the front and it says:

Once she was a lowly housemaid
dressed in rags.
Now she's got
a fairy godmother,
she's filthy rich,
and she lives in a palace
with her dreamboat husband.

Inside it says:
It's further proof,
my friend -
the right shoes
CAN change your life.
Happy Birthday.

(It's true... I do love my shoes!)

She's written in glitter pen:
"May all the next shoes have the right twinkle"

Fabulous! Judy was about to write: May the next shoes always have the right twinkle" but that of course implies that I am ready to be with the same someone for the rest of my life...
Right now I think I need to try on maaaaaany shoes... at the moment all that I wear seem to pinch, cause blisters, rub (the men and the shoes :P)

So, may I have many loves...

*Judy: is a wonderful, quirky, creative, and inspiring woman. I treasure a book of her poems which she gave to me - its one of only 200 she had made - and its truly beautiful.

13 March 2005

i hate

((ED note: Updated 26 March 05 - I was in a hard place when I wrote this... but I am ok now, really *smiles* The important thing to realise is that hate is an easy emotion to hold on to, even when it isn't the right emotion; its less confusing to pigeon-hole something into 'hate' than it is to deal with the true emotions... Of course this just makes it harder in the end! Obviously a part of me knew I didn't feel hate - which is really the whole point of this little 'ode'... Ah, the eternal torment of human emotions!!))

i hate.
i hate that while washing the makeup off my face at 9pm on Sunday night, my phone rang. i hate that i hadn't quite finished, and my face was dripping wet. i hate that i had to quickly dry it and run to my room.
i hate that when i answered i got crackling phone feedback. i hate that it took me a second to realise that it was a long distance phone call... and that it was from Houston, Texas.
i hate that i was so shocked i didn't know what to say; dry mouthed... word-less... stunned.
i hate that we had to have the conversation that we did. i hate that at 3am on Saturday he was thinking of me. i hate that he called because of me.
i hate that when it was over i needed to walk alone down my dark and sad street, in the rain, listening to Sigur Ros... 9:40pm on a Sunday night.
i hate the way i feel.
i hate that one moment i was half in tears, my heart screaming... Then cold as ice on the inside; unfeeling.
i hate that when i got back my phone was ringing again. i hate that it was Houston, Texas again. i hate that it was her, and that i was nice. i hate that i forgave so easily. i hate that everything was so unexpected that i didn't have time to be angry. i hate that i was friendly. i hate that now she may feel better.

And mostly i hate that no matter how hard i try to hate right now, i can't hate.

09 March 2005

The Obsession of the Obsessed



I just can't stop obsessing over a few things* at the moment. I've got to stop this. It's not healthy. I suspect the hamsters are stealing little pieces of my brain everynight, hence this madness...

* "things": generic euphemism for problems and/or experiences that I would rather remain nameless.

05 March 2005

Sin City

Was just looking around and found this movie. I've not heard of it before or seen the graphic novels, but it sounds like its going to be awesome - I mean, Robert Rodriguez directing?! And just check out some of the cast:
Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Rosario Dawson, Elijah Wood, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Michael Madsen, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Jessica Alba, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rutger Hauer...
And that's not even all of'em!

"Sin City" is infested with criminals, crooked cops and sexy dames, some searching for vengeance, some for redemption and others, both. The film incorporates storylines from three of Miller's graphic novels including 'Sin City,' which launched the long-running, critically acclaimed series, as well as 'That Yellow Bastard' and 'The Big Fat Kill.' "Sin City" stars Bruce Willis as Hartigan, a cop with a bum ticker and a vow to protect stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba); Mickey Rourke as Marv, the outcast misanthrope on a mission to avenge the death of his one true love, Goldie (Jaime King), and Clive Owen as Dwight, the clandestine love of Shelley (Brittany Murphy), who spends his nights defending Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her Old Towne girls (Devon Aoki and Alexis Bledel) from Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro), a dirty cop with a penchant for violence.

Sounds like a bit'o me. No release date for NZ yet, but I've seen a poster up in a theatre lobby (one with Jessica Alba). It's listed as being in post-production, and Australia get it in May 05. For more info check out IMDB page on Sin City.

I choose to display the delectable Clive Owen's poster for my own viewing pleasure.

01 March 2005

Closer


“Closer concerns itself with the fact that, in love, we remember beginnings and endings and tend to edit out the middles. It asks interesting questions like ‘how do we really remember things and how does life really look to us?’” — Director Mike Nichols
As I said before Sarah ended up seeing 'Closer' already - it was to be just Alex and I. Well, half way through class I get a text message - and a cancellation. I was determind to see the movie, even if it was by myself! In the end I had a text message from Dione wondering if I was feeling better so I asked her :) And I am glad I did - we both enjoyed it and had a huge discussion about it afterwards. Its a fairly complex film... brilliant acting!! I will write more on it later as I am tired.
I'm listening to Sarah McLachlan, 'Afterglow'. I am off to see her in a few weeks for the second time. Her music is so beautiful...
Good Night xoxo

22 February 2005

Reading & Watching & Buying

Another weekend over, another week begins.
Well, its Tuesday, so it began yesterday. And in true Monday form I had to deal with one of the last people I would want to deal with first thing on a Monday morning. Luckily it wasn't as painful as it could have been, and the sexist rumpelstilkin (ed: my private nickname for him , as I can imagine him throwing a huge tantrum and putting his leg through the floor... if only he'd disappear...) actually managed to listen to whole sentences of mine without interrupting. Wonders never cease to amaze.
The day actually got better as it went on - yes, I was surprised.

We had a new order of books arrive, with about 3 or 4 that I am dying to read. So with much sucking up to the Acquisitons Librarian I have 'The Jane Austen Book Club' by Karen Joy Fowler, and 'Eating with the Angels' by Sarah-Kate Lynch. I am already halfway through 'Jane Austen Book Club', and loving it! It has made me completely want to read all of Miss Austen's books - some of which I have never read before.

I've also been completely naughty and ordered online 'Before Sunset' on DVD - it has come out in NZ now (region 4), and its only $24.95 - very reasonable. Hopefully that will arrive for me this week (yay for free delivery).

Tomorrow and Thursday I am going on my much anticipated SQL course. My work has forked out for the costs (thank god). I am really looking forward to it as it should help me understand our database better.

And tonight I am off to the movies with Sarah - we are finally seeing 'Napoleon Dynamite'. I read that it is similar to 'Rushmore', which I own on DVD and adore.
Well, much work to do.. must go.

Fukitol

19 February 2005

Afraid Not Scared

I've finally extracted both Shins CDs from my stereo. I realised no matter how much I adore them, even I was going a little extra crazy with them on repeat... for over a week...
So, Ryan Adams 'Love is Hell' (pt 1 & 2) is what I am listening to now. I own all Ryan Adams albums (though none from Whiskeytown) - he is brilliant. Love the music and the lyrics. And at the moment the sadness of the songs on this album are pretty much mirroring my soul.

From out of the blue (ed: no pun intended) I have been hit with a drowning sorrow; the kind of sadness that makes everyone else fade away. I've spent the day alone - reading and watching DVDs. There is probably a profound reason for it all - but at the moment I am going with: I am completely shattered; utterly tired and worn out. And the more tired I am, the more emotionally sensitive I am.
This will no doubt explain why, while rewatching 'The Never Ending Story' for the first time in a decade or so, I completely bawled my eyes out. It was that scene where the horse dies in the swamp... man, I don't think I cried that hard when I watched it as a kid!!
I guess we all need a good cry now and then.

That's all for now. Happy days...

18 February 2005

Slacker's Guide to Success

Read an article on The Shins, at The New Zealand Herald here:
Slacker's Guide to Success

"You gotta hear this one song, it'll change your life I promise you."

New Slang, The Shins
Gold teeth and a curse for this town
Were all in my mouth.
Only, i don't know how they got out, dear.
Turn me back into the pet
That i was when we met.
I was happier then with no mind-set.
And if you'd 'a took to me
Like A gull takes to the wind.
Well, i'd 'a jumped from my tree
And i'd a danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would 'a fared well.
New slang when you notice the stripes,
The dirt in your fries. Hope it's right when you die, old and bony.
Dawn breaks like a bull through the hall, Never should have called
But my head's to the wall and i'm lonely.
And if you'd 'a took to me like A gull takes to the wind.
Well, i'd 'a jumped from my tree
And i'd a danced like the kind of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would 'a fared well.
God speed all the bakers at dawn may they all cut their thumbs,
And bleed into their buns 'till they melt away.
I'm looking in on the good life i might be doomed never to find.
Without a trust or flaming fields am i too dumb to refine?
And if you'd 'a took to me like
Well i'd a danced like the queen of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would 'a fared well.

Prose... or something like it

I wrote this... and its strange really - the feelings related to it... anyway, its not all what it seems; just a way to let something out of me... I had a friend, who left, then found me again, now I am lost. It is bitter - I don't feel this way now. I guess its about getting over the loss of a friend for a second time - if that is even possible?

under a spell she was,
The Girl who thought she knew; it was a miracle to find
Him two worlds away.
but that meant everything was safe
words and more words
not even a look.
He was Her, but refreshingly new and different
He made Her laugh and love and write and whisper whisper
words that were private; thoughts reserved for her scribbling.
She didn't know that she helped make him strong,
a crutch; temporary. He walked away from her then.

It took time for Her wounds to heal
and in that time His grew raw,
He crawled back to The Girl who knew she had been treated like
a nothing; not worth the words it took to say good bye.
she let him
come back
in.

worlds away betrayal came and it came
And the cowboy didn't stop it.
now She rides to the sunset
feeling the dying glow;
glances over her shoulder
a little less every day

(Written by Me, ... I apologise really, as I am no poet)

New Slang

Ok, I know things have got a little obsessive over The Shins, but I am *really* into them at the moment - especially after the concert.
I found this interpretation of the lyrics to New Slang (posted in my previous entry) at Song Meanings. I really agree with what she is saying - and by using her words it saves me from saying the same thing!

By StarClaire on 07-22-2002 @ 07:13:47 AM:
"Oh, this song...this is what it feels like to be stuck forever in a small, dull town, bored to tears, and you resort to thoughts of lost love...("a curse for this town")...and the bitterness and anger is somehow toned down to a jaded apathy because what use is it to be angry? You curse everyone and everything you see ("all the bakers at dawn, may they all cut their thumbs and bleed into their buns till' they melt away") and the days pass and you don't even seem to notice, and you think your life could have been so much more if that one person had just stayed...(If you'd a took to me like a gull takes to the wind") And your self-esteem is gone entirely ("king of the eyesores," "too dumb to refine") and you reach your breaking point and you tell this person...five seconds later you realize you shouldn't have. ("Never should have called, but my head's to the wall and I'm lonely.") Talking to the person now, you realize they're happy, they're doing well, and here you are. ("I'm looking in on the good life I might be doomed never to find.") There's so much more than meets the eye to this song...The musical composition is so simple and monotonous-like the speaker's life-and the lyrics are so completely opposite. They're original and fresh, and thus all the more bitingly articulate-old cliches have lost their meaning in the face of lines like this-specific imagery painting a picture that's not quite coherent until the very end. I love this song. "

17 February 2005

Getting Shin-y with it

Wow, I am getting tired. I wasn't at first; I was wired after a fab concert - The Shins! They rocked the King's Arms (ed: the venue). But I am winding down now... eyes sleepy...

Anyway, they played every song off both albums, and a new track which was mellow - really good. They talked to the audience, and for the first time in my concert-going-history I saw a band do shots on stage! The Shins certainly kept us all entertained in more ways than one.

Unfortunately both tonight and tomorrow's concerts are sold out or I would've gone again tomorrow! Although fortunately enough for me Sarah and I managed to have tickets for tonight's show.

It was kinda strange, but as I smiled away to the music there was this couple next to me - and it hit me: I am happy to be single. And I truly felt it - it made me smile more. Then the next second I wondered: Am I just kidding myself?! Well, for the second before that I wasn't... Maybe I am destined for a "single-serving" life - and maybe I am fine with that.

Ok, must sleep - had more to say but soon nothing is going to make any (more) sense.

15 February 2005

The Lovely Bones

I just finished reading 'The Lovely Bones' by Alice Sebold. It's a fiction book my friend Alex was raving about 3 or 4 months ago, then it was announced a few weeks back that Peter Jackson had bought the rights to it. Its to be his next movie project after 'King Kong'.

Read the story here:
Jackson's next film an adaptation of 'The Lovely Bones'

The New York Times described it as "an uplifting book about the abduction and murder of a young girl" but its about so much more than that.
Susie Salmon is a 14 yr old girl with her whole life ahead of her... or so she thinks until her neighbour rapes and murders her. This shatters her family, the community... affects so many people, and we hear about it all through Susie as she watches from her Heaven (sometimes its school with no teachers - everyone's Heaven is different depending on what you desire).
The way she innocently narrates the pain and hurt around her - watching her family and friends lose hope for her safe return, and then mourn her...
More than once was I almost brought to tears - honestly, its a tear-jerker to hear the victim talk about her murderer, or how she watches as her father smashes every single one of the ships in bottles they built and loved together (and the ones his father built with him).
I can't wait to see what and who Peter Jackson/Philippa Boyens/Fran Walsh script and cast - I think it will be wonderful to see Jackson adapt this story, and I believe he will do it complete justice (I am thinking of 'Heavenly Creatures').

Read more here:
Peter Jackson's movie plans send book sales soaring
Wellington feature in Jackson's next movie

30 January 2005

Movie Wish List #1

Those crossed out I have managed to go see - Last Updated: 16 August 2005

Alfie
Ella Enchanted
Finding Neverland
The Motorcyle Diaries
Napoleon Dynamite
The Spongebob square pants movie
The Aviator
Vanity Fair
Constantine
Maria Full of Grace
Million Dollar Baby
Sideways
I Heart Huckabees
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Closer

04 January 2005

Happy bday Louis Braille!



Working where I work makes this day very special indeed, and a snaps to Google for marking this day with a google image! I am impressed :)
I, however, continued to have an everyday normal kinda day for one that is on holiday. I went shopping with Mum and saw 'Rumour Has It'. Pretty much a fluff of a movie, although Shirley Maclaine was hilarious.

I stayed on for a family dinner, which was lovely - homemade hamburgers :) I ended up abandoning the DVD the family was watching, and disappearing to read. I actually just finished a really amusing and interesting true story called 'Join Me' by Danny Wallace. It had me laughing out loud! Honestly, check out http://www.join-me.co.uk for more. And so Danny says "It's a collective, not a cult!".

01 January 2005

Books Read [2005]

51 books read, 2005

22 Jan: A Thousand Days in Venice, by Marlene de Blasi
31 Jan: Secret Smile, by Nikki French
16 Feb: The Sunday Philosophy Club, by Alexander McCall Smith
18 Feb: The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
22 Feb: The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler
15 Mar: I'm a Believer, by Jessica Adams
23 Mar: Incubus Dreams, by Laurell K Hamilton
3 Apr: Second Glance, by Jodi Picoult
24 Apr: My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
25 Apr: Single White Email, by Jessica Adams
14 Jun: The Tea House on Mulberry Street, by Sharon Owens
16 Jun: Enduring Love, by Ian McEwan
23 Jun: Light on Snow, by Anita Shreve
27 Jun: Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, by Peter Hoag
27 Jun: Bergdorf Blondes, by Plum Sykes
29 Jun: Perfect Match, by Jodi Picoult
1 Jul: Dark Challenge, by Christine Feehan
2 Jul: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip K Dick
7 Jul: Vanishing Acts, by Jodi Picoult
10 Jul: Fortunes Rock, by Anita Shreve
14 Jul: White Apples, by Jonathan Carroll
21 Jul: Tom, Dick, and Debbie Harry, by Jessica Adams
26 Jul: The Runaway Jury, by John Grisham
1 Aug: Perfect Pink Polish, by Lee Tulloch
4 Aug: Speaking in Tongues, by Jeffery Deaver
7 Aug: Emotionally Weird, by Kate Atkinson
17 Aug: Cool as Cats, by Jessica Adams
20 Aug: Tears of the Girafe, by Alexander McCall Smith
27 Aug: The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx
28 Aug: The Lake House, by James Patterson
29 Aug: Picture Perfect, by Jodi Picoult
1 Sep: Ya-yas In Bloom, by Rebecca Wells
3 Sep: Human Croquet, by Kate Atkinson
4 Sep: Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
11 Sep: The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende
16 Sep: The Dark Room, by Minette Walters
6 Oct: Seduced by Moonlight, by Laurell K Hamilton
31 Oct: Kill the Messenger, by Tami Hoag
11 Nov: Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson
11 Nov: Eve Green, by Susan Fletcher
19 Nov: Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted, by Lolly Winston
25 Nov: White Oleander, by Susan Fitch
29 Nov: Living Dead in Dallas, by Charlaine Harris
10 Dec: The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks
10 Dec: Dead Until Dead, by Charlaine Harris
11 Dec: In Her Shoes, by Jennifer Weiner
14 Dec: Club Dead, by Charlaine Harris
16 Dec: Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison
25 Dec: Maps for Lost Lovers, by Nadeem Aslam
27 Dec: Join Me, by Danny Wallace
28 Dec: Innocence, by Kathleen Tessaro

Concerts Rocked [2005]

21 Jan: The Big Day Out @ Ericsson Stadium [ link ]
Highlights: Chemical Bros, Beastie Boys, The Donnas, John Butler Trio, Pluto, RJD2.. (And the fact that my Sarah and Richard got themselves and me a surprise VIP ticket, which meant we mingled with NZ celebrities and had an awesome *air conditioned* area to hang out in!!!)

16 Feb: The Shins @ the King's Arms [ link ]
Support by The Brunnettes

21 Mar: Sarah McLachlan @ The Civic [ link ]
Support by Butterfly Boucher

24 Mar: REM @ Christchurch Westpac Centre [ link ]
Support by Bright Eyes

25 Jun: Fly My Pretties @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe

Movies Seen [2005]

56 movies seen, 2005

01 Jan: Blade Trinity
02 Jan: A Very Long Engagement
04 Jan: Bridget Jones 2
09 Jan: Incredibles
19 Jan: Finding Neverland
15 Feb: Sideways
22 Feb: Napoleon Dynamite
03 Mar: Closer
06 Mar: Constantine
10 Mar: I Heart Huckabees
12 Mar: House of Flying Daggers
13 Mar: School For Seduction
16 Mar: Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou
29 Mar: Ae Fond Kiss
08 Apr: Darkness
21 Apr: Sahara
11 May: In Good Company
16 May: Star Wars Episode III
23 May: Dear Frankie
24 May: The Upside of Anger
30 May: Apres Vous
08 Jun: The Amityville Horror
10 Jun: Being Julia
17 Jun: Mr & Mrs Smith
02 Jul: Batman Begins

International Film Festival (nzff)
08 Jul: Delamu (China/Tibet)
11 Jul: Le Pont des Arts (France)
14 Jul: The Edukators (Germany)
15 Jul: Crash (USA)
18 Jul: Birth (USA)
19 Jul: Howl's Moving Castle (Japan)
21 Jul: Czech Dreams (Czech Repub.)
21 Jul: Life is a Miracle (Serbia)
22 Jul: High Tension (France)
24 Jul: Broken Flowers (USA)

08 Aug: Melinda and Melinda
10 Aug: Fantastic Four
15 Aug: Sin City
16 Aug: The Wedding Crashers
18 Aug: A Good Woman
12 Sep: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
19 Sep: Red Eye
04 Oct: The Perfect Catch
09 Oct: Unleashed
15 Oct: The Consequences of Love (Italian Film Fest.)
17 Oct: The Wedding Dress (Italian Film Fest.)
20 Oct: Pride and Prejudice (2005)
22 Oct: The 40 year old Virgin
09 Nov: Elizabethtown
25 Nov: Transporter 2
26 Nov: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
28 Nov: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
29 Nov: Serenity
10 Dec: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
28 Dec: King Kong
30 Dec: Chicken Little