Good Mornin’ Sunshine!

No, scratch that.  Make that:  Good Mooorning, Rain!  Because it’s pouring right now.  Pouring!

See?  Self knew there was a reason she’s still in her pajamas at 2:48 in the afternoon!

Self just got off the phone with hubby, who gave her a most dolorous account of his career.  Then finished up by saying he was going to halve son’s allowance.  And asked if self could just pull herself together and deliver the bad news to son.  Which had self going “Ahem, er, we’ll see, uh —  Okey dokey!  G’bah!”

Self scanned the list of 2010 Guggenheim recipients (posted a few days ago; naturally, self is *not* on it —  BWAH HA HA!!!) and there actually is someone there who self met once:  Monique Truong.  She was the judge of a Hyphen short story contest a few years ago, and self has been teaching her novel in her Asian American lit classes.  Congratulations, Monique!

Let’s see, what else is blog-worthy?  Oh, self had such a fuuun time in the City on Saturday, first at the Growing Up Filipino II reading at the I-Hotel (Niece G and her friend Peter were able to make it, happy happy joy joy!), and then walking around Chinatown afterwards.  It did not rain.  Not one tiny little drop.  How wonderful.  Then niece rode back with self to Redwood City (which was a very welcome distraction from the knocking sound under her engine hood), and self introduced her to local staple Yumi Yogurt.  We each had small cups of Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Peanut Butter frozen yogurt.  (Next, self is determined to try Red Mango, which opened in San Carlos a couple of months ago.)

And tonight is Episode 6 of “Justified” !!!  (Oh, please, F/X powers-that-be, please let this show go on, for at least another season.  Because Timothy Olyphant looks just so spec-TA-cular in a white Stetson and cowboy boots!)

Finally, here is self, scanning the Wall Street Journal of last Monday (the 12th).  And, bottom of page 1 has a very interesting article about a Chinese American scientist turned stand-up comedian, named Joe Wong.  Apparently, Mr. Wong made an appearance on Letterman and just killed.  So, China Central Television, the biggest TV network in China, “deemed his success in the U.S. curious enough that it dedicated a special program to him in December.  The peg:  He’s the Chinese scientist who makes Americans laugh.  While CCTV declared that Mr. Wong’s success proves ‘humor has no boundaries,’ it concluded the program without showing any of his jokes.”

So, next, the Journal talks to Mr. Wong directly.  Apparently, Mr. Wong had  a live gig in Beijing, in late 2008, and that was just brutal.  In America, Mr. Wong said, “it’s funny to poke fun at yourself.  But in China, there’s no humor in misfortune.”  Mr. Wong “recalls looking out on the blank faces of a “polite but serious” crowd.

Yiiiikes!  You can never go home again, honey.  Never, never, never.

Stay tuned.

Eavesdropping: “Clothes on Film”

Self has a feeling the guy is from the UK (She of course has never bothered to read his “About Me” page) because he uses expressions like “daft.”

She loved his review of “Inglourious Basterds.”  Know why there is no background music in the scene where Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) is talking to the farmer hiding the Jews under his floor?  So that, according to analysis of “Clothes on Film,” the audience can better hear the “sinister” creaking of Colonel Landa’s leather coat.  Oh, too clever!

All right, on to “Shutter Island.”  Here he chooses to focus, not on hunks Leonardo di Caprio and Mark Ruffalo, but on the women in the movie (And these women were good!)  Here’s how he describes them:

And then there are the women.  Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, and Michelle Williams, a trio of sirens representing various stages of hysteria.  Each significantly unsettles DiCaprio’s sense of self:  Mortimer, unnervingly sensual and frisky under interrogation; Clarkson, an intellectual prophetess of conspiracy, seeing connections beyond DiCaprio’s working class character, Ken; Williams, as DiCaprio’s tragic wife, less the perfect bride than a fragile flower he was unable to save.

Very neat piece of analysis, that!  Self particularly likes when he writes:  “trio of sirens representing various stages of hysteria.”  Self believes there can never be enough of hysteria.  In movies, anyway.

Now, self did not enjoy “Shutter Island.”  Not at all.  But she did enjoy reading the “Clothes on Film” review!

And, here are a few of self’s random thoughts on “Date Night” :

  • Tina Fey is very appealing.
  • The boat scene in Central Park (in the dead of night) had self laughing the hardest.
  • She liked the African American cabbie.
  • James Franco and Mila Kunis have little itty-bitty roles.  And Leighton Meester plays, of all things, a baby-sitter.
  • Mark Wahlberg is ha ha ha funny.  But his girlfriend (who doesn’t speak English because she’s supposedly from Tel Aviv, had self hissing urgently to hubby:  That’s not trueEveryone in Tel Aviv speaks English!)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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