that chamillionaire is the best name of all time. the boy and i have also decided that should we ever tie the knot, we're changing out last name to chamillionaire, and we're exchanging grills instead of rings. my grill is obviously going to say "blood in, blood out" in diamonds. he's also going to get me an awesome japanese knife, and i'd probably get him a piano or something. hahaha! can you imagine dragging a piano to a wedding ceremony and then shoving it at your future spouse?
so i saw "marie antoinette" last night. it was...boring. it dragged and dragged. i can attribute this to a variety of reasons. a) i believe that all of sofia coppola's movies are a projection of just how over-hyped and fundamentally BORING she is as a person b) there were too many scenes of cake being consumed, and the frivolity of court. WE GET IT. we don't need it shoved down our throats. essentially that IS the movie...and i understand how that was the point, but still, it makes you feel like hte movie drags and drags. c) sofia coppola has a very detached "gaze" as a director, leading to a general tone of disaffected ennui in all her movies. they're such trifles, and i don't know if that's the point, but she fails to make these trifles engaging. you feel like you're several steps removed from what's passing before your eyes. she also recycles a lot of the same shot composition and tricks in each film. for example, she LOVES shooting someone (a girl) reclining on something (a chaise lounge, a bed) gazing off into the middle distance. she LOVES depicting girls frollicking in tall grass with the sunlight beaming directly into the camera. it's becoming cliched! and the pastiche was aggravating. more because it's completely DONE. done done done. that font she used for the title, the new wave music, the quick shot of the powder blue converse kicks amongst marie's other "period-correct" shoes...it's just done. boring. it doesn't feel like a current juxtaposition. it was just monumentally uncreative as far as pastiche goes. the film does look pretty for the most part, and she made a good choice in kirsten dunst, who does vacuous coquette very well. all around, it gets a resounding "meh" from me.
tonight i'm going to see this man to my right...madlib, as part of the stones throw tour. the lineup is jam packed! it's going to be at the phoenix, and i'm seriously hoping there's going to be enough room to dance in and amongst all the scraggly dudes who are going to be there. this show is going to be dude-fest to the max. i'm hoping the vibe is going to be amped up though to get me going. madlib is pretty hit or miss for me, i like that he's from the dilla school of very organic sounding, sample-based hip hop, but some of his stuff gets a little too noodley for me. i need hooks, what can i say.
for dinner i'm making a sweet potato and cheddar gratin, which we're going to eat alongside some pan roasted brussels sprouts (I LOVE BRUSSELS SPROUTS) and some roasted asparagus. that banana tart i made yesterday was the ill na na. total rudebwoy dessert. it tasted very grown up and sophisticated. i made a pate sucree, blind baked it, and filled it with sliced bananas, topped with a brown butter mixture that puffed up when baked, and created a slightly chewy, baked crust...similar in texture to a baked frangipane, but with a meringuey crust. here's a picture. we're probably going to eat a piece of that for dessert with some whipped cream.