under the sun


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we’ve got nothing to hide.

freshly drawn today.

originally i was going to draw a monohoshi zao to hang my skin, but nodoca-san’s photo inspired me to draw a laundry hanger instead. he’s one of my favorite photographers on flickr. he takes photos of everyday objects and places that are forgotten. his photos show that they have lives. his photos are sad, lonely and tasty. they make me want to give a big hug. i love what he sees. he’s also a graphic designer. you can see his designs on his website.

speaking of “under the sun”, there’s a song i like called “under the sun” by the junior boys. you can listen to a sample.

i got to see the junior boys play live in kingston back in spring 2005. they played songs from their amazing first album, last exit. i was just so happy. it’s a great album to listen to, driving at night in the rain, i think.

2046

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probably my favorite movie ever is “in the mood for love”, directed by wong kar-wai. it’s subtly overwhelming. the tension, the distance … just so sexy. it’s all about mood: colour, music, clothes, food … ambiance. you can look, you can almost feel it, but you can’t touch…

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2046 was publicized as the sequel for in the mood for love. as soon as i heard wong kar-wai was filming, i wanted to see it…

2046 finally came to saskatoon last fall, at the broadway theater. i wanted to go the day it opened. but we waited until cheap night (tuesday). i then discovered there is no cheap night at broadway theater (of course not, it’s broadway…).

the movie was showing at 9pm, and i was planning to get there early, to make sure we got good seats. but we were late, so we showed up right at 9. i was so worried. we bought tickets (hmm, no lineup) and ran inside.

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no need to worry. no one there except us! we were at a loss. too many choices — we could sit anywhere. talk about home theater, this was it. just for fun, i sat in the front row left and paul sat in the back row right and we talked diagonally for awhile. then two guys who had been hanging out in the lobby came in. they had popcorn — how can you eat popcorn watching this sort of movie? i love popcorn, but not with a sentimental wong kar-wai movie.

paul and i met in the third row, centre and the movie began.

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about this movie, i don’t really remember the story, and it doesn’t make much sense anyway. that’s okay, it’s all about the smoke and the colours and the glorious music.

the story starts after the end of “in the mood for love”. tony leung becomes a sci-fi writer in hong kong and gets involved with many women. none of his affairs last long. there’s also a futuristic story about kimura takuya (kimu-taku!) riding a train with some beautiful robots. everyone’s in love, but nobody can do anything about it.

i don’t care for the time travelling train part, but i love the parts in old hong kong. tony leung is just as sincere as in “in the mood for love”, but now he’s a bit of a gigolo (what a mustache!). all the ladies love him.

many of the shots reflect similar images from “in the mood for love” (lovers in the back seat of a taxi, passing each other on the stairs). all the women have qualities of maggie cheung’s character (image and character), but no one can be maggie cheung. tony’s still in love with her, and he’s trying to find maggie in every woman. he’s always being reminded of some aspect of her, but he can’t find all of her in someone else. so even when he’s sleeping around, his heart is still purely in love with her.

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mp3: connie francis – “siboney”
buy: the dvd and the soundtrack

EMO! EMO! EMO! EMO!

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it was only a week after i moved to saskatoon from kingston. i’d never been to saskatoon before, so everything in saskatoon was kind of a mystery. feeling kind of blue, i was walking around downtown watching people passing by and hoping to find something fun to do. then i saw a poster with a familiar face topped by a familiar mushroom haircut — it was EMO! EMO PHILIPS was coming to saskatoon!

i’d never seen him live before, but i’d heard his brilliant LP, “E=MO2” so i was pretty excited about it. and it was a perfect timing, too: his show was a day before my birthday.

the show was part of the annual comedy festival and was held at a high school auditorium. paul and I sat right up front seats so we could capture everything EMO. two other comedians opened for him. they were funny too, but all i could think of was “EMO! EMO! EMO! EMO!”

when EMO finally appeared on stage, he was so funny i almost fell off my chair. i love his timing and his weird intonation. he did some new sketches and some of the old classics.

after the show, EMO hung around in the lobby, chatting with his fans. some people brought copies of his original LP for EMO’s autograph. paul has a copy, but unfortunately we forgot to bring it. so we bought the CD version and EMO signed one of his promotional postcard for me. he was so gentle and kind. he called me a “hot mama”, but i think he says that to all the girls…

download: ‘how girls can score with me
buy: E=MO2.