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why in the hell is the spears clan so damn ignorant when it comes to birth control? someone needs to explain this to me.

ETA - my favorite quote from jezebel posters - "i understood knocked up as a cautionary tale, not a life plan."
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there are a couple of new things over at filmsnack - los angeles plays itself and the devil wears prada.

bento!

Jul. 15th, 2006 12:26 pm
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bento!
Originally uploaded by bollygrl.
so excited. though i sweated buckets in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way back from the 'burbs (stupid construction), i have my bento! i also have a grip of candy, but . . . mmm, candy. no, candy was not the main purpose of this trip. not at all.
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i'm re-posting a press release written by one of [livejournal.com profile] sarcasm_queen's law professors regarding the SD abortion case.

an insightful essay on abortion activism and how the supreme court may deal with the law )
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are you coming to our fundraiser? dancin', improv, and beer! you're so coming to our fundraiser.

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breakfast on pluto - despite the fact that this film is based on a novel, it made me think of nothing so much as the crying game as told from del's point of view. that being said, patrick "kitten" braden is a much more fully realized character than del was, and murphy's performance is amazing - i literally would forget that i was watching him as an actor, he fell so deeply into the role. there were some fun turns by jordan regulars (liam neeson as a catholic priest, and stephen rea as a magician, as well as brendan gleeson in a hilarious 5-minute bit that's impossible to explain properly), but murphy absolutely holds the movie. it's a good thing, too, as the structure of the film seems trapped between showing the audience a rather gritty, ugly side of kitten's real life, and presenting it as a sort of fairy tale, which seemed more in keeping with kitten's own point of view. it's a bit muddled between the two, though jordan does manage to make some very nice points on either side. there's no denying that it's a fun film, though - the play of fantasy and pure free spirit, along with murphy's incredible performance, make it very enjoyable.

one of my big issues with the film, though, is in keeping with problems i've had with past jordan films, including crying game and mona lisa. jordan is fascinated by transgendered characters (there's even a supporting one in the good thief, who serves little narrative purpose), but he doesn't seem ready to fully deal with their sexuality. kitten's sexuality is never really looked at - despite a couple of boyfriends and a few stints as a sex worker, we never even see him kiss. similarly, i felt that jordan played del's sexuality for shock value, and the subject of lesbianism was even more problematic in mona lisa (that those films were further complicated by the fact that the "divergent" characters were black is not a problem that breakfast has). i feel that there are certain things that jordan did very well with this story, but that his views of alternative sexualities are problematic, and this leaves me somewhat dissatisfied with a trio of otherwise very interesting and, generally, quite good films.

sort of off-topic, but as i was walking out of the theater, i thought of how much fun it would be to teach a transgender cinema class.
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i got my cd, [livejournal.com profile] brdgt! thank you! i'm excited to listen to it, because i'm not familiar with a bunch of the bands . . .

i had a fun weekend with [livejournal.com profile] hayat16 - yay! we talked, ate lots of yummy food, drank tons of good wine, watched a drag queen maul my friend, saw a lovely african ceramics exhibit, and went to see brokeback mountain. the movie was lovely. i liked it better than i expected (the trailer is pretty bad at capturing the real feel of the film), and i'll post more about that later.
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snow chairs
Originally uploaded by bollygrl.

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jamaica

We're back from Jamaica! It was an amazing trip - one of my best vacations ever.

This is a public journal entry, so that everyone I know can read about our trip at their leisure. Most of our photos can be seen at Flickr –

http://flickr.com/photos/15483276@N00/sets/675201/

Many of the photos are unfortunately blown out. That’s what happens when you still aren’t entirely comfortable with your camera, and you go to a country with very, very bright sunshine. Oh well – I think most of them came out well all the same.

Our trip to Jamaica. This is very long. Feel free to skip around, or to skip it entirely. But I wanted to record as much as possible while it's still fresh in my memory. )
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we saw a late show of batman begins last night.

i'll spoiler this for those who haven't seen it, but i hated it )
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offer for chicago folks -

if you would like to see the cubs play the pittsburgh pirates, or if you know anyone who would, i have two tickets to a game on friday, july 15th, at 1:20pm. they're my friend's, and she's asking face value for them, which comes to $84. feel free to offer this to any of your friends who like baseball, 'cause jeebus knows i don't know anyone like that.

ETA - whoops! she actually paid $95 for the both of them, including fees. so there's that.
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brit-brit's reality show.

the kicker? it doesn't sound much different from newlyweds, but IT'S ON THE UPN!

hahahahahaha!!!!!
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perhaps this is a silly question, but can i reinflate my bike tires using the air pump at a gas station, or is the pressure too high?
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copying [livejournal.com profile] queen_puff_puff on this one, but i couldn't help myself.

deserved approximate level of fame: MOSES

wouldn't it have been the best if shatner had played moses, instead of heston? ROCK!
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so, aside from watching waaay too many episodes of the wire, the boy and i also saw where's the party, yaar? this weekend. it's somewhat disconcerting that the DVD release title has been changed to dude, where's the party?, but i know they're trying to capitalize on kal penn's recent success. this was a really low-budget movie about "ABCD's" (american-born confused desis) and newly-arrived indian immigrants. it's not a good movie - it was written by at least four people, and the direction is startlingly bad (some scenes make absolutely no sense, and look more like they just had some extra film to waste, rather than some actual connection to the plot), but it's certainly entertaining, and the jokes run from hopelessly insider, to side-splitting, to really, really lame. the cast is really enjoyable, even when they're not acting particularly well (the female leads are pretty obviously non-actors), and it's nice that a film like this was actually made, in which a relatively insular community can poke fun at its own stereotypes and identity issues.
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this is exactly what i needed this morning. gummi roadkill is wrong! hee!
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what is it about friday? last week, ossie davis, this week, arthur miller.

sad.
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