30 November 2010

U2 26 Nov 2010

The fab setlist for Friday night's U2 concert!

Return of the Stingray Guitar
Beautiful Day
I Will Follow / New Year’s Day
Get On Your Boots
Mysterious Ways
Until The End Of The World
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
One Tree Hill
Pride (In The Name Of Love) / Angel of Harlem
In A Little While
Miss Sarajevo
City Of Blinding Lights
I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (Remix)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Walk On

Where The Streets Have No Name

Ultraviolet (Light My Way) / Hold Me Thrill Me
With Or Without You
Moment Of Surrender

Mobile photos:

Waiting for the opening act, Jay Z on in 45 minutes.

Jay Z 

Time for U2!



Cellphones lighting up the night

25 November 2010

The first of the LISTS!

As we near the end of a year, and the start of another, the LISTS start a'coming. Even I start up with the lists!

Here's the first one I've stumbled across so far - Stereogum's 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2011

Click here for the full list

Otherwise, here are my picks:

Death Cab For Cutie – TBA (via Atlantic)
The Decemberists – The King Is Dead (1/18 via Capitol)
Fleet Foxes – TBA
The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts (2/14 via Memphis Industries)
Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean (1/25 via Warner Bros.)
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes (3/1 via LL Recordings)
M83 – TBA
My Morning Jacket – TBA (ATO)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – TBA
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong (March via Slumberland)
Panda Bear – Tomboy
R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now (2/07 via Warner Bros.)
Radiohead – TBA (via Teh Internetz)
Santigold – TBA
The Shins – TBA
U2 – Songs Of Ascent

Honorable mentions & Speculations 2011:

Bon Iver – TBA
British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall (via Rough Trade)
Coldplay – TBA
Deerhoof – Deerhoof Vs. Evil (1/25 via Polyvinyl)
Islands – TBA
Jane’s Addiction – TBA
Noah & The Whale – TBA (via Lost Club/Mercury Records)
Beth Orton – TBA
White Lies – Ritual (1/18 via Fiction)

22 November 2010

Busy Weekend

What a weekend! It was a good'un.

Friday night was dinner at my one of my fav local Japanese restaurents, Sakanaya http://www.sakanaya.co.nz/). Food and drink was divine as always, the highlight being the dessert we ordered - I hadn't tried it before: Chocolate banana spring rolls with Vanilla Bean icecream, and cream. Heavenly! I have added that to my fav must-orders!

That was followed by a trip to the cinema to see 'Red', which I thoroughly enjoyed; it was entertaining and funny. It was just what I needed after the week.

Saturday was Roller Derby with my bro - the final between Mascara Massacre and Dead Wreckoning. I am a complete fan now; I'll be following it religiously in the new season. The Auckland league here is the Pirate City Rollers (http://piratecityrollers.com/), but there are leagues spreading in other places: Northland Nightmares, HELLmilton Roller Ghouls (Hamilton), Mountain City (New Plymouth), Richter City Roller Derby (Wellington), Dead End Derby (Christchurch).
There were some exciting moments, and some really boring disappointing 'non-skating' moments - not impressed with some of the tactics at all.

Afterwards it was beer and delicious food-on-sticks at Ken's Yakitori (http://www.kenyakitori.co.nz/); great to hang with my brother too. We may flat together, but we hadn't been out like that for a long time.

Sunday I went shopping by myself; knocked a few things off my Xmas list. I had a lovely time browsing, though I bought something in the first shop I went into, and it was crazy heavy!! So I was stuck lugging it the rest of the time.

Today, I spent most the morning at the hospital - it was a follow-up to see if the treatment is working. The good news was: it's not worse than last week... Soooo... I get to keep up the treatment. Down to 15 pills a morning!

Lunch, Niwa (on Lorne Street); their Chicken Teri lunch bento box is fab!

Somewhere in there I've done some work...

Tonight I'm off to see 'The Social Network', which I am really looking forward to!

Not bad for a Monday, not bad at all.

PS: My goal is to be finished ALL Xmas shopping before December 1st

16 November 2010

Movie Wish List #13

I haven't made one of these lists in a while - thought it might be a good idea to look forwards 2011 and see what choice flicks are coming!

Last Updated: 30 December 2012

The Next Three Days [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Paul Haggis; Starring: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson
The Plot: A married couple's life is turned upside down when Lara Brennan (Banks) is accused of murder. Three years into her sentence, Lara's husband John (Crowe) is struggling to keep their family together and, realizing his wife's deteriorating condition, he decides to break her out of prison.
Comment: This is a remake of the French film 'Anything for Her' - I really liked it... I'm not so keen on remakes, esp when the original is on the money - I like the casting though.

Morning Glory [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Roger Michell; Starring: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton.
The Plot: An upstart television producer (McAdams) accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts (Keaton and Ford).
Comment: Again, it's the cast that's grabbing me about this one... And also the fact that JJ Abrams is the producer!

Burlesque [imdb] - NZ Release 13 February 2011
Director: Steve Antin; Starring: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming.
The Plot: A small-town girl (Aguilera) ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer (Cher).
Comment: What can I say?! Burlesque is fun to watch - Christina and Cher seem perfect for this. Maybe more of a DVD renter though... We'll see.

Black Swan [imdb] - NZ Release 27 January 2011
Director: Darren Aronofsky; Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel.
The Plot: While vying for the coveted lead roles in a production of Swan Lake, a veteran ballerina (Portman) enters into a twisted friendship with a promising new dancer (Kunis) that threatens to consume her.
Comment: I am *dying* to see this one! Cast, Director, the preview. I am completely sold.

How Do You Know [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: James L. Brooks; Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson.
The Plot: Feeling a bit past her prime at 27, former athlete Lisa Jorgenson (Witherspoon) finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis (Rudd) competes with Lisa's current, baseball-playing beau (Wilson).
Comment: Comparisons have been made to 'It's Complicated' for a younger generation. Once again, it's the cast that has me. Paul Rudd AND Owen Wilson?!

All Good Things [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Andrew Jarecki; Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
The Plot: A missing-persons case might spell doom for the heir to a New York real estate dynasty (Gosling), who fell for a young woman from the wrong side of the tracks (Dunst).
Comment: Intrigued. This will be a quality film for sure.

Frankie and Alice [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Geoffrey Sax; Starring: Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad.
The Plot: A drama centered on a woman with multiple personality disorder (Berry) who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality.
Comment: Lots of buzz around this. I'm not a big Halle Berry fan, but I do like Stellan Skarsgård

True Grit [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen; Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin.
The Plot: A young girl recruits a tough U.S. Marshall to track down the man who killed her father.
Comment: *swoon*. They had me at 'Coen'.

Somewhere [imdb] - NZ Release 26 December 2010 
Director: Sofia Coppola; Starring: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning.
The Plot: A hard-living actor (Dorff) holed up in the Chateau Marmont gets a reality check when he's visited by his 11-year-old daughter (Fanning).
Comment: Love Sophia Coppola's films, and this one looks fantastic. Yay for a Stephen Dorff come-back.

Country Strong [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Shana Feste; Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester.
The Plot: A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester).
Comment: Ok, I am a sucker for Paltrow and Meester. I haven't seen a preview yet, so again, this could be a renter. On a country music note - I did see 'Crazy Heart' - Bridges was great in it, but the movie itself didn't wow me (what the hell was Colin Farrell doing in it?!)

Blue Valentine [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Derek Cianfrance; Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman.
The Plot: A look at the idyllic past and troubled present of working-class couple Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Williams).
Comment: More Oscar buzz over this one. I am a fan of both Gosling and Williams - I'm looking forward to this one.

Unknown [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra; Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones.
The Plot: Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one -- not even his wife (Jones) -- believes him. With the help of a young woman (Kruger), he sets out to prove who he is.
Comment: Preview and plot sound a bit old hat, but I'm liking the cast. And the director did 'Orphan', which makes me a little excited (for a tense, dark movie)

The Roommate [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Christian E. Christiansen; Starring: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet.
The Plot: College student Sara (Kelly) finds her safety jeopardized after she's assigned to a dorm room with a new roommate, Rebecca (Meester).
Comment: Described as a 'camp-thriller', this makes my list because of Meester (I am hopeless 'Gossip Girl' fan). Perhaps another to add to the DVD list.

Gnomeo and Juliet [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Kelly Asbury; Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith.
The Plot: An animated version of Shakespeare's play, where Gnomeo (voice of McAvoy) and Juliet (voice of Blunt) are would-be lovers from rival garden-based families.
Comment: This just sounds so cute - rival garden gnomes?! We all know how it will end... Or Will it be 'happily ever aftered' for the kiddies?!

I Am Number Four [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: D.J. Caruso; Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron.
The Plot: Nine alien teens come to Earth after their planet is destroyed by an enemy species. But soon discover that their enemy is now after them on Earth.
Comment: Sounds very Disney (and it is). But the cast is looking really cool.

Happythankyoumoreplease [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Josh Radnor; Starring: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan (Full Cast)
The Plot: A look at the lives and loves of six friends in New York City, and how their existence is changed when struggling writer Sam (Radnor) finds himself the unlikely guardian of a boy who becomes separated from his family in the subway.
Comment: Sounds right up my alley. Awesome buzz at Sundance. Gooooo 'Ted'! (also a hopeless 'How I Met Your Mother' fan).

Drive Angry 3D [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Patrick Lussier; Starring: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner.
The Plot: A felon (Cage) breaks out of hell for one last chance at redemption: to prevent the cult who murdered his daughter from sacrificing her baby in three days' time. He's aided by a young waitress (Heard) and her ex-boyfriend's muscle car, and together the duo will have to face down the leader of the cult, the police, and a killer known as "The Accountant" (Fichtner) -- who wants to return him to the Devil.
Comment: This sounds like cheese-on-toast fun. Parallels could definitely be drawn to 'Ghost Rider' though (not necessarily a good thing in my mind).

The Eagle [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Kevin Macdonald; Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland.
The Plot: In 140 AD, Roman soldier Marcus Aquila (Tatum) embarks on a quest to restore the reputation of his father, the one-time commander of Rome's Ninth Legion, who disappeared in the mountains of Scotland twenty years earlier.
Comment: Swords and sandals fun.

Rango [imdb] - NZ Release 14 April 2011
Director: Gore Verbinski; Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant.
The Plot: The story of a chameleon with an identity crisis.
Comment: The trailer totally sold me. Looks cute and quirky.

The Adjustment Bureau [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: George Nolfi; Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt.
The Plot: A rising politician (Damon) falls for a ballerina (Blunt), only to be stymied by mysterious forces keeping the would-be lovers apart.
Comment: 'Bourne Ultimatum' co-writer George Nolfi, and Bourne himself (Damon). This is a loose adaptation of a Philip K Dick short story. Sounds very promising to me!

Jane Eyre [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Cary Fukunaga; Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell.
The Plot: A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.
Comment: I know this has been told and retold - but the cast is great, and the director did 'Sin Nombre' (which I thoroughly enjoyed).

Red Riding Hood [imdb] - NZ Release ?
Director: Catherine Hardwicke; Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman.
The Plot: Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl (Seyfried) falls for an orphaned woodcutter (Haas), much to her family's displeasure.
Comment: Yes, the director of 'Twilight', but this sounds *awesome*. Love the idea of a dark Red Riding Hood with a werewolf twist.

15 November 2010

Paper Heart

Personal Disclaimer

-start of rant
So, there was this thing a while ago, and it made me think about warning someone - like: "hi, you might want to read this before you get to know me..." or "thank you for your inquiry re: friendship, but before you go any further you had better know this..."

I thought about disclaimers - on websites and with programs.... Why not with people?? so I wrote my own - the disclaimer on this disclaimer is, that it is a work in progress. Maybe.

Personal Disclaimer:
1. Very sensitive - this has pros and cons.
2. Can forgive, but will never forget.
3. Defensive; I get my back up for myself and others.
4. Emotional - the good, and the bad.
5. Stubborn and prideful.
6. Moody - my moods swing.
7. Insecure.
8. Low self-esteem.
9. Stress bunny.
10. Intense.

The Good:
1. Caring.
2. Great friend - I will always be there for you.
3. Thoughtful.
4. Creative/Imaginative.
5. Good sense of humour.
6. Fun, when I'm not being a drag.
7. Listener and advice giver.
8. Helpful, and Supportive.

I wanted to make it 10 all - balance out the bad with the good, but I just can't think of the final two...

When it comes to people, you can have a conversation for hours, but a lot can go unsaid. I've come a long way in sharing my thoughts and feelings - I have found that, depending on the situation or the person, writing is my medium; I can get it all organised on paper. I've done a lot of writing lately, to myself that is. I made the decision that even though I could share what I've written, that it was best kept just for me. Holding some of it back has been hard, but I am waiting (for what exactly I am not sure...)

I wonder how different things would be if we all carried a personal disclaimer... "ah, but you can't be upset - you signed a waiver when you read my disclaimer". Forewarned.
-end of rant