Saturday night my sis and I went to see EXTRATERRESTRIAL at the 35th annual Portland International Film Festival (or PIFF). So, by the name, you might think it was a Sci-Fi film or a thriller, or horror, or. . . NOPE it was a romantic comedy.
This was Nacho Vigalondo’s second feature and was set in Madrid. It was a story of love and betrayal with aliens hanging over head. . . sort of.
At times it was seriously funny ;) Michelle Jenner was beautiful and played the part well. Just the looks and glances that went on between the actors was very telling...in the story. Julián Villagrán did a great job too. Well, all the characters were great.
The triangle love affair grew into a massive deception of intergalactic proportions and that's what made the movie so much fun. It was almost a spoof on the levels people will go to to hide their indiscretions.
Anyway, if you don't mind reading subtitles, I would recommend this film. It was a fun departure from the local films.
If you want to read more about it, check it out here.
The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. My sis has tickets and I wanna go too. I know I sound like a whiny little kid but the tickets are so super expensive. . . I don't think it's gonna happen for me. :(
Have you seen it? What did you think?
Maybe you'll talk me into it. Maybe you'll talk me out of it.
I just don't want to spend a fortune to see something . . . if it's not worth it.
I wanted to make a cake that looked like a book because Marjorie likes to read especially memoirs. It didn't turn out as nice as I would have liked but I learned a few things. So, maybe next time it will be better.
I started with a cardboard cake stand. After my husband helped me put it together, I embellished it with some ribbon Then I decorated the cake but I had problems with the fondant cracking but before I even got to that step the cake fell a little in the center...
All in all, a cake fail. But still it was a fun attempt... I guess I'll just have to get rid of the evidence, by eating my mistake ;)
It’s almost March so let’s start thinking about what we can do this spring to help others and save the planet at the same time. Here are a few ideas I came up with:
* Participate in a run/walk and help raise money for a good cause. The Shamrock Run in Portland, Oregon is set for Sunday March 18th and the beneficiary of this run is Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation/OHSU.
If you don’t want to run or walk, what about volunteering?
If you don’t want to give time, how about some money? You can donate to a good cause or sponsor a runner or walker.
If you have another idea, please post it in the comments section and help inspire others to give back.
I've been enjoying the UK version - not so much the American show - now I hear that (SPOILER ALERT - DON'T READ ON IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW) Mitchell, George and Nina are all on to other things. Now I love Annie, but how's she going to carry the show all on her own?
This is depressing.
I'm glad for Mitchell going off to Australia to do The Hobbit but why does Nina have to get killed.. . ?
I read all this on accident...well, to tell you the truth, I was warned by a spoiler alert but I didn't heed the warning. And, now, I'm :(
Anyone else out there watch the UK version?
I think the acting is better and the show less predictable. But, if you haven't been watching it, you can Netflix it and watch a few episodes to see what you think and, if you do, let me know what you think then we can commiserate together :( :( :(
My husband picked this film because he has a man-crush on Liam Neeson (well as an actor) he thinks he's the Cats Meow or at least the epitome of what an actor should be. And . . . that may be all well and good and even true but The Grey took more than a few liberties in the name of entertainment. First off, when they say in the film that wolves are the only animals that hunt for revenge, I'd say right away you have to think of humans as the only animal who hunts for revenge. I'm not saying that a wolf or even a dog won't remember that someone has committed an act of abuse against it, it will and it might even get mad enough to turn on its owner if it continues. But, I've never heard of one hunting for revenge.
Next, with all the dead bodies laying around, those wolves would have been feasting for weeks - and since the bodies were buried in the snow partially they wouldn't have rotted too quickly. Why would the wolves waste precious energy and risk wolf lives to go hunt people who were going to fight back with fire, sticks and knives, when they had a cache of easy picking food available? They wouldn't have.
And when they swung across the crevice, I doubt anyone would have made it (and if they had made it across the great divide) I'm not too hopeful they would have survived the impact . . . had the clothesline been able to hold their weight.
But the worst offense of all to my survivor girl instincts was when John and Pete plummeted into the icy water, they would have died of hypothermia within a couple of minutes...at the most. And where the heck did Liam get the dry clothes? Because if those weren't dry clothes he would have definitely died for hypothermia.
All in all I have to say this was a suspenseful fantasy more than fiction. I think the acting was good but . . . and this is a BIG but...I wouldn't recommend the film. It was too fraught with fantasy for my liking...
I know, I know, I love zombie, vampire and werewolf movies so what the heck am I talking about? Well, this movie was compared to ALIVE - and meant to simulate real life, no vampire, zombie or werewolf movie makes that claim, at least none that I know of.
When I was growing up I never heard anyone say they didn't eat gluten. Heck, I didn't even know what gluten was. But now, nearly all my girlfriends are on some sort of gluten free diet. So, I decided to do a little research to find out what exactly they were talking about.
First I had to find out what gluten was/is.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat.
Then I had to see why it's such a problem wheat is in some of my favorite foods like brea, cookies, cakes, and a whole lot more. And then I read that some practitioners also say oats could be an allergen. OMG!!! that cuts out an entire category of foods - at least in my opinion. So, why would people be willing to give up these yummilicious goodies?
I read further.
Gluten intolerance is associated with Celiac Disease, which is most common in Caucasians and people of European ancestry. And, of course, women are affected more often than men. Thus, the probable reason why most of my friends are on this sort of diet - most of my friends are women.
But then I read that the symptomology can be hard to pin down because gluten intolerance can present different symptoms for different people. So some of my friends might even be gluten intolerant and not even know it.
But - in general - here is a list of problems associated with the disease known as celiac disease which damages the lining of the small intestine:
A person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food he or she eats.
People with celiac disease are more likely to have:
Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and Sjogren syndrome, Addison's disease, Down syndrome, Intestinal cancer, Intestinal lymphoma, Lactose intolerance, Thyroid disease, and Type 1 diabetes.
I had no idea it could wreck such havoc on a person.
I wanted to find out what the common problems are. I read that they are gastrointestinal. Some of the signs are:
Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, or indigestion,
Decreased appetite but it might also be increased or unchanged
Diarrhea, either constant or off and on
Nausea and vomiting
Stools that float, are foul smelling, bloody, or “fatty”
Unexplained weight loss (although people can be overweight or of normal weight)
And, if left untreated, the following symptoms may appear over time:
Depression or anxiety
Growth delay in children
Itchy skin (dermatitis herpetiformis)
Missed menstrual periods
Muscle cramps and joint pain
Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Unexplained short height
Only 1 in 133 Americans suffer from gluten intolerance but it is difficult to diagnose so some people might misdiagnose themselves.
I thought WOW!!! this is one disease I barely knew anything about.
I thought it was on the increase due to stress or some other common concern with our modern day lives but I had no idea of all the consequences.
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