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06 July 2011 @ 02:12 pm
Somebody turn down the sun! >:{  
Well, no bike ride today. I forgot my second water bottle, and the temps are scorching. At least Accuweather has caught up: its "Real feel" for 88o at noon is around 95 now (humidity), which is much closer to the truth.

I mentioned that we'd gotten hooked on Community last week. The codas after the episode are often my favorite part—Spanish 101 Rap, and "O, Christmas Troy".

We're watching Psych, S5, in which Little Shawn was recast mid-season (sacrilege!), and Gus has suddenly become unsuccessful with women and a would-be player. (What is THAT all about?) The "Dual Spires" episode in homage to Twin Peaks was pure genius, though. And I'm completely intrigued by the concept of cinnamon pie.

Our family movie this weekend was Whale Rider. Lauren bailed mid-movie, but Christopher really enjoyed it (HSH and I had already seen it). We talked about it a lot afterwards—about the challenge of maintaining older cultures and traditions in the modern world, about the incredible resilience and perseverance of the little girl, and how well the movie shows that she really IS her tribe's next leader even though she is yet a child. What an amazing performance by Keisha Castle-Hughes—it still blows me away, even now.

All right, back to work. Boo. :(

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wrldpossibilitywrldpossibility on July 6th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
My husband's favorite part of Community are the codas too. 'Troy and Abed in the MORNing!'

Will have to try Whale Rider. We're watching Psych too, but aren't quite to S5 yet.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on July 7th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
We're about halfway thorugh S1 of Community, and getting a kick out of it. Neither of us usually enjoys sitcoms much, so this is a real surprise!

Whale Rider would be good for the whole family, or at least for those about 10 and up. It's a drama, though, if that makes a difference.
The Rogue Bitch.: jjp black tattooroguebitch on July 6th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)

I really liked that movie a lot, although I was mad they got Lisa Gerrard (from Dead Can Dance) to do the soundtrack instead of including actual Maori music.

It was nice for me that I still recognized a few Maori words, too. ;-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 7th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
I didn't know you knew any Maori at all. How cool!

The music didn't seem to match the movie much, I agree, other than the parts where it sounded a little bit like whale song (but so did some of the Maori music).
The Rogue Bitch.: someplace to be flyingroguebitch on July 7th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)

Yeah, I did my Plan of Concentration (i.e., undergraduate thesis) on The Effects of Colonization on the Literature of the Aborigines of Australia and the Maori of New Zealand. Taught myself a lot of Maori, which is not all that hard, but to this day I wish I could have taken an actual language course. It's not something I think Rosetta Stone offers. ;-)

My minor was feminist film criticism. I know, you're shocked and surprised.
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Ocean waves stormyembroiderama on July 6th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
That's too bad about your cycling. :\ But I love that movie, too!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laundromat Reaperhalfshellvenus on July 7th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
We've been stuck at this temperature for over a week now. This is one of the things about Sacramento that really gets to me. :(

Gee, so many fans of that movie! It was such an atypical film, and it seems people either loved it or missed the whole point of it and found it boring.
cindytsuki_no_bara on July 6th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
holy shit, it's hot out there. *fans you* bummer about the biking. :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on July 7th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
It's hot, and it won't go away! Make it sto-o-o-o-o-op!
Former wild child of the 80's: Misc - Aussie roadsierra_foxx on July 7th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
Oh, I want some of that heat!! It's so cold here right now.

We all loved Whale Rider too - my 13 year-old son loves it especially. Despite being born in Australia, he fully embraces his Kiwi heritage and as such, has learned a lot about the Maori culture. I agree, Keisha Castle-Hughes is amazing. Such depth for a young girl.

Another great New Zealand movie is Boy. Well worth a look.

Edited at 2011-07-07 12:17 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on July 7th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
That's right-- our heat misery is your winter misery. :(

I wish my daughter had given Whale Rider more of a chance. She's 13, and I thought she'd like the movie better than her brother. But they got into a couple of spats on the couch, and she left to go do some yardwork (she's on a money-making mission this summer). And honestly... her brother has much more openminded tastes in music, books and movies-- even though he's only 11!

I'll look up "Boy" at Netflix. My husband and I saw "Once Were Warriors" years ago, which was a really good movie but awfully depressing. :(
nrrrdy_grrrl on July 7th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
THANKS FOR MY SMOOCH!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on July 7th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Love the icon, evil though it be. ;)
alienmomalienmom on July 8th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
i'd take 95 degrees! it's been more like 105 down here! it hasn't been under 100 in over a week. ugh!! hate it! it will maybe hit 99 over the weekend...yippee for the cool down. :-/

whale rider was much better than i thought it was going to be.

community is hysterical!! all the pop culture references are LOL funny. it keeps getting better!

don't like the new little shawn. weird things happened in season 5 that seemed out of character. have to agree, the 'twin peaks' episode was classic!

must go and melt into a puddle now...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on July 8th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Looks like we made it down to 95 today, and it WAS slightly more bearable than the week+ of 100-degree heat.

You're in Fresno, aren't you? Like Red Bluff, it's very similar to Sacramento in weather, except slightly more hellish. :(

Nice to hear that Community keeps up the level of comedy as time goes on. Mmmmm... 1 1/2 seasons left to view.

Your watermelon looks so cool and inviting, even though we know it's an act of desperation trying to make us forget how bad summer REALLY gets. ;)