I was feeling a little Conchords withdrawal today, so I thought the best solution was to watch Eagle vs. Shark, a favorite film of mine that also happens to star Jemaine Clement. Yea for Netflix instant! The writer/directer, Taika Waititi, also helmed a few Conchords episodes this past season, and shares the same quirky Kiwi sensibilities as his buddies. Jemaine plays Jarrod, a mullet-sporting doofus obsessed with avenging his childhood bully. But the heart of the film is Lily (played by Loren Horsley), a sweet misfit longing for Jarrod's attention. I fell in love with Lily, and so did Kiki, who painted these perfect portraits of her. If you are feeling schmoopy one afternoon, listen to the soundtrack and watch the movie; your life will be the sweeter for it.
So I'm seeing Star Trek for the second time this weekend. For anyone who loved the original incarnation, it's loads of fun. Plus I always had a weird crush on Spock, and the movie gives you two for the price of one: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy! I remember running around the house when I was little, pulling up my ears and eyebrows, trying to be a Vulcan. My mom recently dug up this picture of my brother getting a USS Enterprise action playset for his birthday. I was clearly digging it too. Although it looks like my brother is hogging Spock. I appear to be clutching Scotty, waiting for him to beam me up.
I love spaghetti. And I like to cook spaghetti. And I used to eat it every day. I weighed thirty pounds more than I do now. You can't — you can't do that. Ice cream — I love to watch television and eat ice cream. But that's like a ten-year-old. I can't do that anymore. Beer. Beer, spaghetti, ice cream.
Portrait by Arthur Giron. For more Walken fun, check out this Walken On Sunshine t-shirt (thanks, Loretta)!
First there were the gifts, filled with Flannery O'Connor's peacocks, aromatic herbs, and mixtape love. But let me focus on the dessert for a minute. I visited the best bakery in Chicago for the coconut cupcakes and sour cherry macaroon you see. Then, thanks to a fabulous package from Amy with an amazing cookbook, I baked my first hummingbird cake! My new plan is to make every weekend a birthday weekend.
Like anyone, I've had my share of painful breakups. How I wish I could have watched Sita Sings the Blues while I was licking those old wounds! Nina Paley is the extraordinary animator who, fueled by the pain of her divorce, made the film on her computer. Paley effortlessly mixes the story of her own breakup with the story of the Ramayana, the ancient Sanskrit epic of Sita, a blindly devoted wife of a very popular prince. Paley voices Sita through 1920s jazz standards sang by Annette Hanshaw and has shadow puppet scholars provide hilarious annotations to Sita's story. What charming lemonade Paley made from her lemons! Better still, she is streaming the entire film for free here. Just watch the trippy opening sequence and you'll be hooked.