Wednesday, June 17, 2009

jeux d'enfants: the Dare of Dares

I absolutely adore this movie, and the ending scene breaks my heart. Some spoilers here but if this makes you want to watch the actual movie, then that's better than not at all.

Sophie and Julian are childhood friends. They have an ongoing game where whoever is in possession of the tin box gets to dare the other to perform dangerous tasks. As they get older, the games get more dangerous, until they start playing with... well, each other's hearts.
In this scene, which I admit I have seen 56 times, Sophie and Julian decide on a final solution to end their cruel game once and for all. Sigh. I cry every time.

Julien (Canet) & Sophie (Cotillard) Photo: Paramount Classics
Love Me If You Dare/Jeux d'enfants

Monday, June 15, 2009

an evening with nancy pelosi

Thanks to a politically aware and very enthusiastic neighbor, I found out about an opportunity to see Nancy Pelosi at the Wortham Center downtown. On our way, we began to see protesters on the side and police on horses, and we went in through the back door and found:

Protesters! According to the news the next day, there were about 600 of them. They were yelling extremist comments at everyone walking inside to hear the talks. A couple of us went back out and walked through the crowd just for the experience. Ooh.

The actual talk: Madame Speaker is such a calm, relaxed speaker. The talk was set up that it was more of a conversation with Randall Morton, sitting on the couches and throwing questions back and forth. She talked about her view on the state of politics right now, plans for the future, and a lot about her new book, which we all got a free copy of.
Book is not a heavy read, it reads more like a breezy novel. I'd give it two stars, because people who pick up a book by Nancy Pelosi would expect some more dirt.

Monday, June 8, 2009

begin to be happy

"It would have been better to come back at the same hour," said the fox. "If, for example, you come at four o'clock in the afternoon, then at three o'clock I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o'clock, I shall already be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! " -The Little Prince.

Lunch with the boy this Wednesday: we only have 30 minutes because we're such busy people, but I'm already excited about that half an hour together.