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Movie: Becoming Jane
Year: 2007
Starring: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Maggie Smith, James Cromwell
Genre: Romance, Drama
Rated: PG
Runtime: 120 minutes
Stars: Three out of five

I wasn’t all that excited to watch this movie, and I can’t tell you why. I mean, I don’t know why, not that I can’t tell you why, like it’s a secret. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a movie set in the 1800’s, and I guess it just didn’t light my fire. Anyway, it turned out to be a pretty good movie.

It’s based on the true story of what happened to Jane Austen when she was a 20-year-old aspiring writer. She falls in love with an insufferable womanizer at the same time that a wealthy young heir offers to marry her, even though she does not love him. For those of you that have read Austen’s novels, you will recognize a common theme here. I won’t spoil the ending for you…you’ll have to watch the movie for yourself.

It’s worth a rental, and is especially fun for women. My husband refused to watch it with me.

Enjoy!

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I can’t believe another week has gone by without me watching a movie. Netflix is really getting their money’s worth with us lately. My problem is, now that the shows are back on cable, we just don’t have time for a movie during the week. For some reason, we didn’t feel like watching one on the weekend, either. I’ve got Becoming Jane and Mannon of the Spring/Jean de Florette sitting next to the DVD player, begging me to watch them. They’ll just have to wait.

Meanwhile, I’ll have to review a favorite again:

Movie: Chasing Amy
Year: 1997
Starring: Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Kevin Smith (also wrote and directed the movie)
Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Runtime: 113 minutes
Stars: Four and a half out of five
Times I’ve seen this movie: about 20

This is another movie you do not want to see with your parents. Unless your parents are swingers. That curse. And drink. And are gay. Chasing Amy is about Holden and Banky, BFF’s since high school, who now work together on Holden’s comic book series. Holden falls head over teakettle for Alyssa Jones, who turns out to be a lesbian. Holden decides that it’s okay to just be friends, but then just has to profess his undying love for Alyssa. Hilarity ensues.

This is one of my all time favorite movies. One of the best scenes is toward the beginning of the movie in the bar, where Banky and Alyssa are trading “scars from sex” stories while Holden rolls his eyes (Alyssa’s stories all involve girl-on-girl action, which Holden finds horrifying, since he just found out she’s gay and therefore has no chance with her).

If you are a fan of Kevin Smith movies, you will love this one. There are plenty of recurring characters, like Jay and Silent Bob, as well as recurring actors, like Brian O’Halloran from Clerks, Matt Damon from Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back and Dogma, and Scott Mosier from…well, every single Kevin Smith movie. One thing about Kevin Smith is, he sure likes to hire his friends.

If you haven’t seen Chasing Amy, please do. You won’t regret it.

Enjoy!

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In the first days after Sarah Palin was chosen to be the Republican VP candidate, there was much talk about who she was and what she stood for. Anne Kilkenny, a brave soul from Wasilla, spoke out about Palin because she felt that she needed to share her story. There were so few people willing to speak about Palin for fear of retribution, that Anne’s story went viral. This was a woman who knew Palin from the inside, like few others did.

Now the people of Wasilla are coming out of the woodwork, ready and able to tell their story. They are even putting their names and faces out there for people to see. They are no longer afraid to tell the truth. Their project, named The Wasilla Project, is for anyone who is interested in hearing their side of the story. Click HERE to visit their site.

I am proud to be an Alaskan, but not for the same reason that many others who live here are proud. I am proud of those that are standing up for what’s right and for what they believe in. I’m a proud Alaskan not because of Sarah Palin, but in spite of her.

Oh, and just for fun…

Projection on 10/8/08, www.fivethiryeight.com

Projection on 10/8/08, http://www.fivethiryeight.com

Hee hee!

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Hello all!

Welcome to CineMonday! Favorites Edition. I was so busy this weekend with the Obama rally and a family dinner that I didn’t have time to watch one of my Netflix movies. I’ve decided to review one of my favorite movies, Jeffrey.

Movie: Jeffrey
Year: 1995
Starring: Steven Weber, Patrick Stewart and Sigourney Weaver
Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Runtime: 92 minutes
Stars: Four and a half out of five
Times I’ve seen this movie: about 10

Jeffrey is a gay man living in New York City in the mid-nineties. He has decided to give up on love (and sex) because of AIDS. Unfortunately (so to speak), Jeffrey meets and falls head over heels for Steve, a fine specimen of the male species. Jeffrey does his best to stay away from Steve, even though his heart is pulling him closer and closer to finding the love of his life.

My favorite character in Jeffrey is Sterling, played by Patrick Stewart. It’s a must-see if you love Stewart and have seen his work in other genres (its a far cry from Captain Picard on the Starship Enterprise).

This movie is certainly not for everyone. Trust me, you won’t want to watch it with your parents. Okay, you wouldn’t want to watch it with my parents. It’s fun but also has a serious side that is very real and touching.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Enjoy!

Image from Wikipedia

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Oh Happy Day!

Well, we did it. Who is “we” and what did “we” do, you ask? “We” are Alaskans for Truth, and the “what” is that the seven Alaska state employees have agreed to testify! I swear, I haven’t felt this good since before August 29th. I’m so happy I could burst out in song. Okay, maybe not, but close.

Hmmm…does this mean I have to move Talis Colberg from my “Bad Guys” list to my “Good Guys” list? Um…not yet.

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Alaska Obama Rally Photos

The following pictures were taken by me on Saturday, October 4th at the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage, Alaska. I surmise there were probably around 1,500 people there, but reports are in at 1,200.

For Alaskans For Truth rally photos, click HERE.

For Alaskan Women Reject Palin rally photos, click HERE.

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24 hours. It lasted just 24 hours. 24 hours between when we found out Troopergate would continue and when it was back in the hands of the court. I am too tired to rehash the details of today’s installation of “How Alaska Turns,” so I’ll redirect you to Mudflats. You should read the comments, too, since several of the loyal readers are lawyers. It is a very interesting discussion. I’m proud to be a Mudpuppy.

Because of the complete pile of dog poo that this whole mess has become, I’ve started losing track of who’s on what side. I started a Good Guys/Bad Guys spreadsheet and will continue to add to it as things move along. I wish I’d started it on August 29th.

Here’s what I have so far:

Good Guys

State Rep Les Gara
State Rep Kim Elton
State Rep Lyda Green
State Rep Bill Wilechowski
Judge Peter Michalski

Bad Guys
State Legislator Wes Keller
State Legislator Mike Kelly
State Legislator Fred Dyson
State Legislator Tom Wagoner
State Legislator Carl Gatto
State Legislator Bob Lynn
Attorney General Talis Colberg
Attorney Kevin Clarkson

Who did I miss?

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