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A woodcut image from novelist Julia Alvarez's official website. Happy Birthday Indi, webmistress extraordinaire!!!

Speaking of birthdays and birthday greets, check out BeatGreets for cool personalized cards with music from your fave artists. Just sent our birthday grrl Sean Paul's "Get Busy". Shake that thing/ Miss Kana Kana/ Shake that thing...

Lazy weekend VCD non-marathon

Last Saturday evening I finally got to watch my copy of In the Mood for Love (2000), and now I understand the raves. Quintessential Wong Kar-Wai. Might finally go to Quiapo on the next payday and am hoping to find Chungking Express and a slew of other films. Yay! Tony Leung is hot. Not in the photo of this oldish interview though. Guess even movie stars look like plain humans in the harsh light of day. ;)

Sunday afternoon I watched In the Time of the Butterflies (2001), based on the courageous novel by Julia Alvarez (check out these cool images in her website). Lots of differences between the two, but it was fine since the novel was a fictionalized account of true events. Effective film adaptations don't simply copy what's in the book anyway, right? The film, co-produced by Salma Hayek, had its heart in the right place. What a sad, brutal ending.

I've heard that Salma's a brainiac in her own right, so I guess she and Edward Norton really gel in that sense. Wait, sila pa ba? God am so behind in showbiz. BTW, singer Marc Anthony doesn't seem right for the role of intellectual activist Lio Morales, the first love interest of Minerva Mirabal (Salma's character). He has huge teeth! He's not really cute! Enough said.

Spike Jonze, is that you? Before I end this, let me just say I want this DVD. From the November Spin:

Before he was the acclaimed director of the mind-bending comedies Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, Spike Jonze was the acclaimed director of mind-blowing videos for such artists as Weezer, Bjork, and Fatboy Slim. A new DVD, The Work of Director Spike Jonze, due out this month, crams 16 of his videos into a single disc but offers no commentary from the 34-year-old boy genius himself. To make up for this omission, Jonze provided us with his thoughts and reflections on some of his early efforts--and then commented on his own commentary.

Full article here. Weezer's "Buddy Holly"? Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet"? Beastie Boys' "Sabotage"? If that's not the soundtrack of my early high school years, I dunno what it is. I wonder if the pirates of Quiapo would have this...

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Best described as a Murakami detox support group, we're all fans of the quirkily brilliant Japanese author, Haruki Murakami, and writing about such things as films we've seen recently and books we're reading (not to mention meandering musings on the man's work, of course) helps us to pass time while waiting for the next book from Haruki-baby.

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