Sunday, June 24, 2007

Watched Silver Surfer and Ocean's Thirteen last night. Both are meh movies, but at zero cost, I'm not complaining.

I read Richard Matheson's I Am Legend yesterday afternoon. It's an old story, first of its kind, and yes...about vampires. But this is a far cry from Anne Rice and pulp vampire fiction books. This is about a man being the legend, not the vampire. I can't wait to watch the movie with Will Smith in it.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

My favorite lines from Gone With the Wind:

1) Land is the only thing worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for. Because it's the only thing that lasts...... - Gerald O'Hara to daughter, Scarlett.

2) As God is my witness...I'll never be hungry again...If I have to lie, steal, cheat, or kill, as God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!...... - Scarlett O'Hara.

3) Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. - Rhett Butler to Scarlett.
The first and, hopefully, last rant I will put on this blog. I don't like ranting.

Just finished watching Blood Diamond. I never was a fan of sparkling things and bling bling. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of jewelry and gems in shops and in magazines, or in any other types of media featuring weddings, and I wonder whether or not to pester my beloved for a brilliant stone. Why not? Every other woman seems to love diamonds. But after watching the movie, I am all the more so inclined to stay as I am - unattracted to such things, content and happy as I am. Why?

1) Bright and shiny. So? Can I watch TV on it? No. Will it engage me in intellectually stimulating conversation? I highly doubt it. Can I wear it constantly and show it off? might get scratched or lost, then I'd be pissed.

2) Is it really everlasting? As all science majors know, the answer is a resounding no. Diamonds are freaking carbon atoms arranged in pyramidal shape, forged from prolonged periods of high temperature and pressure from graphite. Pencil lead, people. Yeah, the stuff on the pointy end of your pencil. They're allotropes. Enough time, pressure, and temperature, the stuff reverts back to pencil lead. Nuff said.

3) Is it worth getting the smashing stone, knowing people are killing each other for it in some impoverished third world country? I've seen third world, and it ain't pretty. Do you want to contribute to the problem? As Leo DiCaprio's character says in the film, "You girls think it's all bling bling. Well, in reality, it's actually bling bang."

Some people would accuse me of not seeing the big picture. Well, I haven't. I don't know the whole story. I've only seen a movie with a brilliant Hollywood script. But look, I would rather turn down a diamond, than worry about whether or not it came with a blood price.