OMG, everybody. I feel SO great right now. Despite the muscle pains in my back and so on, I’ve had an unbelievable weekend so far. I didn’t go in to work on Friday (I suspect I’ll pay for THAT little thing on Monday, but that’s Monday’s problems!) and I ended up hanging out with Orlando for a better portion of the day. It was a stint of walking around in the slush, playing video games, watching a movie — Memoirs of a Geisha (more on that in a minute). What fun! 😀 The snow was still falling in the morning and I was just jumping around like a kid with a huge smile on my face. I haven’t felt so carefree in a long while.
As for “Memoirs of a Geisha”, the cinematography of the movie was wonderful. The profound use of color and shots that enhanced each thing made it lovely to view. Like with “Harry Potter” though, I could see how the movie would leave one feeling empty. I read the book and I felt a little empty. The narrator of the story, her voice (Shizuko Hoshi), was perfect for the role, I think. What really would have made the movie better would have been to have it in Japanese with English subtitles. That took away from the movie in a big way. You would have background Japanese chatter and the main speaking characters are speaking English… it just isn’t consistent at all. I thought Michelle Yeoh was a magnificent choice for the role of Mameha. She was PERFECT, just like in the book. Zhang Ziyi (I know you’re supposed to write it the OTHER way, but that’s how I know her) was gorgeous to behold and in truth, she did do a good job. At some points though, I could hear the slight shift in accent from what would be Japanese to Chinese. It’s very slight, but for those used to the language, it’s more noticable.
This was a pretty sizeable Japanese cast and for that I have to give them props. I’m up in the air as to whether I would own the movie; it was good, granted. But there were obviously big pieces of the book missing, more details that could define the relationship between Hatsumomo and Sayuri, but I think they got across the major rivalry between the two. Oh, Hatsumomo’s role, played by Li Gong, was pretty good. She could have been bitchier though…… in the book, Hatsumomo was just wicked and evil beyond comprehension. At the same time, you feel sorry for her anyway.
I give this one 3 stars of 4.
Moving along, so I went to Herman’s holiday party (yes, I was invited!), and that thing was a BLAST. The DJ sucked ass. Who cared if he was Nicole Ritchie’s ex boyfriend? He’s an EX for a reason, and that certainly doesn’t make him a good DJ. He was spinning and scratching some bad 80s music. Why, I say…. WHY?!!? Well, we danced up a storm anyway, tried to make the best of it. It was a huge turnout, people bringing their significant others and so on… and here are me and Herman…. Gus was there, and so was Allegra (who I got to know a little better!). Afterward, we did an “afterparty” sort of thing and went to Koreatown for some karaoke… it was SOOOO much fun! We sang and drank and ate… gluttonous behavior and it was awesome! I got to sing a couple Japanese songs and we were up dancing with some of the Korean folks there singing their songs too. LOL. It was a massive party, man. As you can imagine, I was TIRED and I was wearing those damned boots, the tall ones that kill me after I’m done dancing. Whoo! These tootsies still hurt!
Then Saturday, I hung out with my mom and we talked about a lot of stuff. It was nice hanging out with her and getting her up to date on things in my life. Things are constantly changing, you know? I talk to her like every day anyway so it’s actually hard for her to miss anything major. 😛 Afterward, Herman and I went out Saturday night pretty late… ended up going downtown to the village and seeing a comedy show and watching some guys play at The Blue Note. It’s such a nice place. The music was nice, but it was a little harder than we were looking for at that hour of the night, 2am. Tired, man. I tell you… but it all felt great. He said the right thing today too… just like old times. Too true. And who says it has to be old, huh? We’re doing it now!!
And there’s today, Sunday. I finally made it home after not really being here for the last couple days. I’m going out with Orlando today to the movies, presumably to do some shopping too. We’ll have to see. I’m meeting him around 3. I’m so glad I decided to take that day off. Now I’m ready to face anything…
That’s it for now! Mata ne!