Monthly Archives: July 2011

Foreign Film Friday

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Dead Snow is my ninth review for Foreign Film Friday. Dead Snow is a horror movie from Norway, there is an isolated ski cabin, college students not expected back till the end of spring break, buried treasure, and Nazi Zombies- oh yes, Nazi Zombies. It has a slow build up- which was fun because you keep scooting to the edge of your seat thinking this is it, the Zombies are coming now, and then they don’t. It’s a fun movie- with some really gross parts- um hello college students. The Zombies are fast and intelligent. I also think the is the first spring break movie I’ve watched were there weren’t any bikinis.

Wise, Witty, and Wacky Wednesday

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It’s been a while since we have gotten wisdom from the Old Spice Guy- so I sacrificed- well I’m not saying how long I spent watching videos- but the end result is this.


I frequently feel as if I have no free time- unfortunately mine time is full of dishes, paper work, watching kids, and editing. What are you busy doing? Anything as cool as turning a cell phone into a machine gun?

Music Monday

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One of the things I love about foreign music is getting a sense of where that person lives, and Seth Lakeman totally does this. You can hear his accent when he sings- I hate it when they train themselves to sing without an accent- and his songs are all revised versions of older folk songs and stories. It doesn’t hurt at all that he’s sexy as hell.

Foreign Film Friday

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My eighth pick for Foreign Film Friday is a pair of movies, Night Watch and Day Watch. These movies are Russian and I really enjoyed the flavor of Russia that was woven through this sci-fi horror movie. It has scary moments, they build tension well, and the visuals are stunning. This is supposed to be a trilogy- but I can’t find anything about the third- granted I didn’t look all that hard 🙂 Both hubby and I really enjoyed these movies, I haven’t seen many Russian films and I liked the uniqueness of the Russian life style and landscape that is shown. If you’re a sci-fi fan and enjoy thousand year old battles of good vs. evil then I recommend Night Watch and Day Watch. Oh did I mention they are battling to control mystical chalk?

Wise, Witty, and Wacky Wednesday

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I just finished a really good book- I’m a fast reader which means books don’t last long around me, and it also means I can re-read them because I will have forgotten or not noticed certain things. Anyway- back to the point- I have just finished a good book. Now I’ve seen movies- TV- read in books- about people who finish a good book, and sigh and sit there absorbing the amazing material they have just read, allowing the authors poetic words to float in their mind and marinate in the story. Me- I look for the next book. If I’ve read one in a series I want the next one NOW- if not maybe another by the same author- or maybe the same genre. What about you? When you’ve finished a book do you bask in the glory of that book or search your ‘to read list’ for the next one?

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you the knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.

– Elizabeth Hardwick

Hello everyone just a quick note to let you know I will be at Comic Con until Monday, so I’m not ignoring you, I just don’t have any niffy computery stuff so I can stay connected while I’m gone. I’ll answer responses when I get back. But I think I’ve figured out how to post while I’m gone so Foreign Film Friday and Music Monday are still on. 🙂

Foreign Film Friday

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I wanted to lighten things up a bit for my seventh Foreign Film Friday so I’m picking a kids movie “Kirikou and the Sorceress’ This is a French cartoon- so beautifully drawn it takes your breath away. It’s about a baby boy Kirikou who lives in a traditional African village- this means the kids are running around naked and the woman wear sarongs but no tops- this is in no way sexual, but simply how they live. Kirikou manages to outsmart the evil Sorceress who has been tormenting his village and saves them from her rule. You can get the French version- but it was done in English with lovely accents. It is a very fun movie that was shown at my local indie theater during their Children’s International Film Festival, I fell in love with it instantly! I will be reviewing at least two more of films directed by Michel Ocelot so if you enjoy Kirikou keep an eye out for more of his work. I couldn’t find a trailer but here is a clip.

We Are Not Alone–An Indie Cinderella Story (via Kristen Lamb’s Blog)

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I need to buy some glass slippers- such a great post and such inspiration!
Alica

We Are Not Alone--An Indie Cinderella Story Welcome to WANA Wednesday, based off my best-selling books, We Are Not Alone–The Writer's Guide to Social Media  and Are You There, Blog? It's Me, Writer.  This is the day I dedicate to teaching you guys how to rock it hard when it comes to social media. Writing is hard. Building a platform is hard. Some days it will feel as if you are doing all this work, and yet it's all for nothing. So, today I want to share some social media successes with y … Read More

via Kristen Lamb's Blog

Wise, Witty, and Wacky Wednesday

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A year and a half ago I began to live my life from a place of fear and regret. A child in my care was placed back home- I knew it was the wrong choice, and I did what I could within the restrictions of my job to prevent it, as did my boss who is wonderful and listened to me rant and complain over and over again. The caseworker and the therapist were at odds (personally) and they both were more interested in their own egos then doing their jobs and this little girl suffered for it.
She had lived with me for a year and came to me socially stunted ,hissing, and biting people who upset her and unable to sit through class at school. When they took her she was getting good grades, had friends, and was one of the teachers favorite kids. I know intellectually that I did what I could, and if I had meditated, made lists, and prayed on it I might feel that way in my heart, instead I acted- or didn’t act- out of fear. I was afraid to lose my job- which supports my family (I have a husband and two kids) a valid fear as my thought was to go to a meeting and yell at everyone until they listened to me about what dumb asses they were being. My boss can only protect me from so much. I also thought about kidnapping her- but I lacked the funds and again I had my family to consider.
The point being since then I have vainly tried to protect myself. I have tried to not get close to any of the kids (I’m not very good at this one) and emotionally have hidden inside a shell. I just finished reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, were she talks about how as writers we are more sensitive, more emotional, because we observe everything and bring it into us to use later in our writing. This helped me realize that my emotional nature isn’t wrong, and I’m not broken, and yes I really do use egg rolls to medicate- but a lot of authors use something. In her book Anne Lamott says that she becomes more open, more vulnerable, and this helps her deal with her emotions better then hiding from them and herself.
I envy this courage. I want to be fierce and proud and vulnerable, and open to life. This reminds me of my friend Ahu. I don’t remember what we were talking about or who asked her, but someone asked what she does when she argues with someone and hurtful things are said. And Ahu smiled (she’s so beautiful when she smiles) and said “I become more vulnerable, more open, I don’t hide my heart I show it and I become stronger and more powerful because of that openness.”
I have thought of these words many times, and admired Ahu’s passion and openness and love of life.
So now I am trying to find my way to that place of truth, acceptance, joy, and vulnerability. Day by day, moment by moment I do my best to slow down, think about what I’m doing a see if I could open my heart just a little bit more.
My beautiful friend Ahu http://www.ahusmith.com/Home.html