7/28/10

Inception



I LOVE going to watch a movie by myself, it's such a great feeling.
I went to see the infamous Inception on Sunday. I've heard so much about it, I had to see if it was worth the hype.

And yes, I loved it.
Every ten years a movie shows up and will leave an impact, with a new concept, new ideas, and plays with our imagination and our way of seeing things. Inception might be the one.

The action isn't there just to entertain the spectator, the incredible effects aren't there just to show off, but the talent of Inception is definitely the psychology of the characters and the scenario. Pure genius. Brainstorming, full of suspense, sentimental, everything is here and at the right place. The mise en abime brings you in different levels where time gets slower and makes you sometimes feel delirious.
The cast is perfect, (oh Joseph Gordon Levitt... *sigh*) but I think I would have liked to have someone older to play Ellen Page's role... just my opinion. I didn't think she fit in as well as the rest of the other actors and looked a little too young.

But yes, great great movie, I wasn't watching a copy of a movie I've seen 2 months ago and it was very refreshing, to have someone like Nolan who comes up with amazing ideas and thoughts. He shows is talent, again. Since Memento, we know that he loves puzzles, and now he invites us into a maze. A maze of dreams where I loved being lost into.
I left the movie feeling weird, wondering if I was still dreaming or not.
To have such a crazy idea like this one, I wonder what Nolan's dreams look like... and what Freud would have thought about this movie...


7/24/10

chick, chick, chick, chicken

Last night, it was roommates night.
Wendy, who used to live here and in the room i am now, joined us and we had a good time. Maybe a little too much fun... =)
Chef Ryan cooked an AMAZING chicken. But really amazing. I couldnt get enough, especially the sauce who was absolutely delicious. Seriously, you should try it, it looks fancy but it's pretty easy to make and people will think you're a cooking genius. Here's the recipe from Ina Garten:

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 to 6-pound) roasting chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme
  • 4 lemons
  • 3 heads garlic, cut in 1/2 crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the chicken in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the thyme, reserving enough thyme to garnish the chicken dish, 1 lemon, halved, and 2 halves of the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Cut 2 of the lemons in quarters and scatter the quarters and remaining garlic around the chicken. Lay the bacon slices over the chicken to cover.

Roast the chicken for 1 hour. Remove the bacon slices from the top of the chicken and set aside. Continue roasting the chicken for an additional 1/2 hour, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove to a platter and cover with aluminum foil while you prepare the gravy.

Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the bottom of the pan. Add the wine and chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until reduced by half.

Slice the chicken on a platter. Garnish the chicken platter with the bacon slices, roasted garlic, reserved thyme and 1 lemon, sliced. Serve with the gravy.


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7/21/10

I'm alive

I haven't been posting a lot since I made the big move to LA but I've been so busy!
It took me about 2 weeks to get adjusted to my new way of life. Driving wasn't as big of a challenge as I thought, maybe because Mr GPS has been very helpful and nice to me =)

I also found a job and I'm really happy about it!
You can check it here and also here. I work a lot but it's worth it, the team is fun and I'm learning about many different things.


Since a while now, I have been in love with the brand Insight. They are fun, inventive, the fabrics are great plus they are from Australia and related to the surf/skate culture =)
No surprises, but I really dig their '10 fall line, I feel I could wear/buy anything they have, it's really boho/rock, and I'm realizing I'm putting a lot of /// into this post.

check it out: Insight

7/10/10

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo

Disneyland...the happiest place on earth...I already miss it...
I had such a great day!
I went to California adventure for the 1st time and it was really fun. I'm usually not a fan of big rides, or to be more clear, i hate and love them at the same time. But my friends convinced me to do the big roller coaster, which i did! I'm super proud and i wish i could give myself an award for it.
I'm glad i got to see some friends from Sac, esp Rory who now lives in Chicago and I haven't seen in so long.
I brought home some amazing memories, I couldn't stop smiling all day, I had some tears during the firework and I wore my Minnie mouse ears all day =) Yeah I'm a Disney nerd...

Hope you guys have a great weekend!

Here's my favorite Disney movie/song
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