Random Sunday

OK, I postponed the randomness because I messed up dates for the latest interview. Meh. Fried brain in this heat. Glad I met Laxmi, though!Β  Sorry. So, for the randomness – some reading and a movie!

World cinema again! I had it on my ToBuy list and it was graciously offered in Italian newsagents courtesy of Ciak magazine this month, so I bought it. Et maintenant on va oΓΉ? apparently started like Spurlock’s Where in the world… – the writer director on the verge of parenthood thought about the future of his/her unborn child. In this case, she was pregnant during religious struggles in Lebanon. So, it’s the eternal fight between Christians and Muslims (see My name is Khan), but this time the women step in. It’s a Lebanese movie, but it might as well be Bollywood – they call it a “musical”. Not really, although there are a couple of songs for the romantic subplot. And I absolutely love this song (the reason why I wanted to watch it in the first place, LOL! Sorry I couldn’t find it with English subtitles)!

The movie has humor, sadness and shows another place. World cinema recommended for everyone – stop silly religious struggles, no God EVER asked to kill whoever doesn’t follow the same precepts/rites that you do!

I read The Lair of the Jaguar God because it deals with were-jaguars. I’m not a fan of werevolves – but was curious to read about other kinds of therianthropy. Besides, this book is also hot M/M romance, so it was a fun ride. It didn’t gave me any ideas for my own were-animal (in sci-fi, so he’s called a mutant, LOL), but it was good nevertheless. Pity for the bad editing provided by the publisher. Oh, and I’m not saying for how many months it had been sitting on my Kindle! πŸ˜‰

Another Blog Hop win is Scarlet and the White Wolf – which is book one of a trilogy. Now, for those of you familiar with yaoi scene, this is really an uke/seme story, from the look of the characters (short, young, dark-haired uke, tall, older, fair-haired seme) to probably the execution – they meet, they hate each other, but they’re meant for each other, so we already know where they’re headed. It’s Jason Mink and Ricky in a fantasy setting. OK, Ai No Kusabi (the novels) is longer (and I’m still waiting for volume 7, that comes out in September. I might actually give up and just remember the much shorter OVA). I might read the other two books in this series when my TBR pile goes down a little. But I’m actually sick of Yaoi storylines and would rather read real gay literature instead! πŸ˜‰

Final Blog Hop win is Caged – #2 in a series. Not that it mattered that it’s book 2, mind you. Mixed feelings (and not because it’s erotica – so don’t read it if you’re not eighteen, LOL). I like the story, but at the same time it had a very slow beginning and the characters felt very stereotyped (especially the parents) – sometimes falling in the “too stupid to live” category that is normally used in fantasy. And it also felt like a sci-fi story unless the whole world turned gay while I was not looking – I know they usually stick to their peers, but there was no trace of straight relatives or friends in this story. AND being Italian, I had problems with the guy called after a town + at some point I was wondering where he was because he was looking at the “ocean” outside of his window and there’s no ocean in Tucson,AZ nor it Italy (the Mediterranean is a SEA, not an ocean. Not big enough to be called ocean. That’s why we use WINDsurfs – or used to in the 1980s. You can tell I don’t go to the beach much, huh?). So that’s why I hesitate to read the other books in the series, especially if they’re actually set it Italy (as apparently is #1). But I did like the story in spite of the “heavy” parts with rape and torture (I skipped more the sooo-romantic ones, actually, haha) so I’ll wait and see if I want to read more of this series. Maybe I should just stick to the author and ignore all books set in Italy or with (co-called) Italian characters! πŸ™‚

And because it’s so darn hot I’d rather procrastinate writing, I spent yesterday afternoon drawing. So here go the results…

Hritik – color pencils (Caran d’Ache)

Keanu – black pencils + gouache (black & white)

Passione d’Amore


This is a twin-post with Fly-High!

Jean-Louis Trintignant

Today is a national holiday in Italy (famous “Ferragosto”), therefore I’ll pretend it’s NOT Sunday and treat you to an extra post – a movie review.

I mentioned a few days ago about “Passione d’amore” – the title means “Love passion”, and the DVD is labeled… comedy! 😦 Obviously it isn’t funny at all, it’s an old-fashioned melodrama based on a novella by Iginio Ugo Tarchetti, Fosca (1869),Β  that you can find reviewed in the twin post.

It’s a period movie set in the second half of 1800, when the Kingdom of Italy was still young (yeah, can you believe we had a king? Not for long, though, the “Regno d’Italia” lasted 1861-1946). Officer Giorgio Brachetti has just found love with a beautiful married woman, when he’s transferred to a mountain outpost where the only woman is very ugly Fosca, who immediately obsesses over the gorgeous and sensitive officer. You can easily guess there is no happy ending here.

Laura Antonelli & Bernard Giraudeau

Bernard Giraudeau is at his most handsome with Laura Antonelli as Clara and Valeria d’Obici as ugly Fosca. The cast is a mix of French and Italian actors (some of them famous in their younger years, like Massimo Girotti and Jean-Louis Trintignant) who seem perfect for this 19th century re-enactment drama by Ettore Scola, one of our most famous directors.

Now please go check the review of the book this movie is adapted from – I hope to read it too real soon, but in the meantime go to Fly High!

p.s. I’ve just been awarded with another Lovely Blog award… if you’re reading this and would love to have it, please take it and pass it on. The rules are here – I’ve already done it, so I won’t repeat them!

Imprint & Dances with wolves

I’m a movie-lover, not a movie critic, therefore you’ll probably never see a review of a blockbuster or studio movie on this blog – they don’t need my publicity anyway. Instead I’d like to talk about smaller or foreign movies that I enjoyed, whenever I find them

Along with Smoke Signals, I bought another Native American movie – Imprint. More recent (2007), I call it the Native American version of The gift because it’s a paranormal mystery. I haven’t seen many movies in that genre, so I can’t tell if it’s good or bad. I enjoyed the story – watched it during daytime, just in case. πŸ˜‰ And because I was told Michael Spears was always worth looking at (indeed! :-D), I IMDBed (so many nice new verbs in the internet era, ain’t it cool?)Β  him afterward, just to check his acting history.

Now, I might have mentioned I love Dances with wolves, have the 4hours version on DVD and it’s one of my favorite movies (so it was great visiting one of its sets during my Bear Medicine Tour). I have often wondered what the three young Lakota kids had become – and one of them (Otter) was a thirteen-year-old Michael Spears! πŸ™‚ So I had to rewatch Dances with wolves as well, just to check what he looked like. The cute boy has grown in a fine young man! Can anybody suggest a more recent movie where his hair isn’t braided? πŸ˜‰

OK, enough drooling. Back to Imprint, it’s an interesting ghost story, but I’ll probably have to watch it again to grasp everything (that’s why I don’t watch mysteries, I usually need time to fully grasp them, especially when spirits are involved). So, for another glimpse on more contemporary Native America with a female lead, go check that movie! πŸ™‚

Note: I keep calling them “Native Americans” because I know I have real Indians from India reading me and don’t want to confuse anybody. And I use the term knowing it’s as generic as “Europeans” ant that it comprises many nations/languages, just like Europe! πŸ˜‰

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