Tuesday, July 31, 2007

That He's Mad, 'Tis True

"The man that hath no music in himself
Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils."
--From The Merchant of Venice

I previously wrote a farewell to the Sopranos on HBO. Since then, HBO has added two new shows to their line-up which are "John from Cincinatti" & "Flight of the Conchords." "John from Cincinatti" is about a parrotting, bizarre, and prophetic guy supposedly from Cincinatti. The show is as frustrating as it is foul-mouthed and, to me, annoying. I've decided that John is not a prophet, Jesus-figure, or messenger of G.O.D but, merely, an autistic adult who is screwing with a small surfing town and can, subsequently, heal himself. Either way, I don't enjoy being frustrated with dialogue, plot, and strange characters. I also don't enjoy hearing the "f" word used so inappropriately the Sopranos are rolling over in their Sunday-time-slot-graves.

Then, *sigh*, "Flight of the Conchords" redeems my hopes in HBO and their ability to cross the ambiguous cable-television line. Sure, the show is nuts and the lead characters are bizarre New Zealanders, but the Kiwis dont prophesize, they use their dry humor to the utmost, and keep me laughing at their zany antics.

HBO featured the band in a special "Flight of the Conchords" comedy show a year ago. I never forgot that special that I on-demanded one night with friends and, have since, been singing their hilarious songs. Now, all the world can watch the band and bask in the glory of their humorous songs.

Its the whole package; their accents, their mocking of themselves, their hilarious lyrics, and the way they dance. Brett and Jermaine, the main characters and band members are funny and after watching "John from Cincinatti" i need a little humor in my life. The sub-characters, their agent Murray and a few other friends and a stalker-fan, make the show even more bizarre and hilarious. But, the best of it all is when they sing. My words can not demonstrate their humor...so let them do the talking.

"I’m not crying
I’m not crying
It’s just been raining on my face
And if you think you see some tear tracks down my face
Please don’t tell my mates" -Im Not Crying
"Oh my God.
She’s so hot.
She’s so flippin’ hot.
She’s like a curry.
I want to tell her how hot she is, but she’ll think I’m being sexist.
She’s so hot she’s making me sexist.Bitch." She's So Hot - Boom
"I’m the mother flippin’ Rhymenocerous
My beats are fly and the birds are on my back
And I’m horny
I’m horny
If you choose to proceed you will indeed concede
Cos I hit you with my flow
The Wild Rhino Stampede.
I’m not just wild, I’m trained,Domesticated
I was raised by a rapper and rhino that dated
And subsequently procreated
That’s how it goes"

In conclusion, watch this show. Its full-comedy-fun. A little bizarre, but hilarious. Plus, the debate rages over who is cuter Jermaine or Bret.

~The Lady~

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Now Go We in Content

"By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes." Macbeth's witches

I never thought I'd spend years of my life devoted to withcraft and wizardry...but, I have.

I dont know why I first started reading the Harry Potter books. The first one had come out and my friend's aunt, who was a teacher, loved it. I was peer-pressured into it, I borrowed it from my 8th grade best friend (who has since dissapeared from my life). Although I never speak to that best friend anymore, Harry and I still share a witchy love affair. Since I was 14 I have had a relationship with the books that only other Harry Potter lovers will understand.

One of the key elements to J.K Rowling's fabulous series is its relevance to the emotions and situations we've all been through. No, I've never stunned someone with my magic wand (although I've tried very hard) and, no, life isn't about stopping He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Yet, the books bring us back to that awkward stage in life where we didn't fit in except for a few friends, where school was tough and teachers were tougher, and where we felt every day was a battle against some evil in our lives. If the books don't bring us back they relate to us, the books make us feel things aren't as desperate, and give us the sense that "Well, shit, Harry has it worse."
The characters are engaging, realistic, and well developed. We can all feel for their situations, laugh with them, and cry with them or for them. J.K does it so well we feel we are them...in a creepy sort of way that breaks the second we stop reading the book. I've never been so wrapped into a novel, consistently throughout every book in the series, that I feel my blood pressure rise when I feel nervous for the characters. I literally feel for them. J.K knows how to engage her readers on that many levels.

Its not about the movies being good or bad. The movies are fabulous in their own right, they bring to life the thing we all love. I only hope the movies inspire people to read the books. The movies only give a flicker of what we true Harry Potter lovers love. We have two more movies to obsess over but, the books, now thats another story.

Its over. I'm okay with it being the ending and the ending Rowling laid out for me and her devoted fans was exactly what I wanted. I loved it actually. Closure. Its a little death in the way that the last novel so aptly discusses (I didnt ruin anything for those of us who haven't read the book yet). At the same time, things will change because I won't get excited for another book to be released and search the pages for answers. I have the very last released book. I have the answers. Time to obsess over something else.

Sure, I may have cried a little throughout the final book (not full on gushy tears but enough to realize my connection to a seemingly lifeless book). Sure, I may miss the releases of these books and the new developments yet, if there is one thing I am sure of its that I can always go back, re-read, and introduce these books to some unexpecting bystander who just wants to go to somewhere magical.
Heres till the next movie is released!
Dear Harry Potter,
I have a crush on you. It will be a lifelong one. Its ok if you've left me for good.
I still love you, ya' crazy little wizard.
Cheers to you,
~The Lady~

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

"Et tu, Brute?"

"Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me."
--From Antony and Cleopatra (V, ii, 282-283)

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, (who am I kidding, Lady and Gentleman)
I must make this quick but, on this evening of the 4th of July, I recieved this enlightening video clip from my dear ole' dad. Its long, 10 minutes, but I plead with you to watch the entirety, or a part, or whatever you can give it. Its a clip from the end of Keith Oberman's show last night and I just think he says far more than I could ever say and I want all to listen, closely, and enjoy.

Happy 4th of July! Please click below!

~The Lady~