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An African Animated Short Film

Belated Sunday Reads

We mentally compress our networks when we are harassed, bullied or being threatened by job loss. We close ourselves off, isolating ourselves, creating a huge blind spot where we can’t see our resources, allies and opportunities.

Sunday Reads


Double edition Sunday reads

Some stuff I read over the past week and liked.

  1. Wanna know what Obama eats?
  2. Avoiding sexism in the Economics field.
  3. Because I Love Viola Davis.
  4. Why Teenagers behave as they do.
  5. Hair through the decades
  6. Why are slow cookers sales on the rise?
  7. Why twelve weeks of maternity leave?
  8. Very interesting project related to books
  9. Should bosses allow workers to work from home?
  10. Top 50 movies of the 2010s so far. First 50. Second 50.
  11. What happens when a restaurant dies?
  12. The unlikely intervention of meritocracy and privilege
  13. My next little challenge (starting on Ash Wednesday)
  14. So sad to hear that Parenthood is over.
  15. LOVE this chick’s (Rachel Kerr) music. She sounds like Bay but she is so much better.
  16. BONUS: Don’t know what this writer expected but she got told in the comments.

Movies I have never watched

  1. Lion King
  2. The Titanic
  3. The Matrix Trilogy
  4. Jurassic Park
  5. Lord of the Rings

What famous movies have you not watched to date?

Attempting an abbreviated post

I admire people who can tell so much in a post by using bullet points and when I try to, I instead do a brain dump of links I have loved as clearly brevity does not come so easily to me but I shall attempt to charge ahead.

  • Went for the AfCon 2013 final match at Soccer City and let’s just say it was a mini-Abuja all right.
  • Well done Burkina Faso, the little bus that could!
  • Finally my Pilates class is back to normal numbers – the last two weeks, I’ve had to rush there to get a spot!
  • Certainly won’t miss the heavy breathers that totally mistook what breathing out means. Its just normal breathing, nothing heavy and fancy!
  • The Pope is resigning! Slowly now, The. Pope. Is. Resigning.
  • Kenya votes on the 4th of March and I do not like the vibe I am getting off Facebook – I just pray that it does not become very tribal and degenerate into a violent episode like five years back.
  • My phone, a Blackberry Curve, is over its sell-by date and is totally actin up. Looking for a new one!
  • Would you believe, still waiting to watch the season Finale of Homeland Season 2! (NO spoilers please)
  • Watched two silly movies recently: For a good time call (I’m the girl who loved Jack and Miri … ) and The Campaign. Judge away.

Another movie recap

A night at the movies


Since I’m not exactly a movie buff, this could be a couple months weeks overdue.

No strings attached & Friends with benefits. These two are combined as they are intrinsically the same thing, one better than the other. I dislike JT and that coloured my appreciation (OR LACK THEREOF) of this movie. It was lacklustre, it had nothing new to add to entertainment and so, no, dont watch! run in the other direction. I liked No strings, there was a story line and the characters were adorable and it tugged the right strings and just worked. So watch this, if you have nothing to do and are in the mood for a RomCom.

Bridesmaids & Something borrowed. Two different takes on weddings, taking on the best friend bride-matron of honour relationship. How many times do we pine away for some guy we think is great for us and then end up falling for the sweet dependable one, right under our nose? Kristen Wiig is adorable. Love her on SNL, love her in this movie. We could totally be best friends in real life. Love her! I liked Something Borrowed and throughout the movie, I kept thinking of how Ginnifer Goodwin was from her Big Love character. I love soft, chick flicks so definitely, watch these two!

Columbiana. Zoe Saldana is devastatingly beautiful and utterly fierce in this movie. Loved, loved, loved it. Would definitely recommend it to anyone unless you don’t like any sort of gunfire. Was utterly distracted by the choice of houses and how I would have decorated them if I lived there. The beginning was a bit dodge, Zoe at 11 years old was hard core and I mean, how real is that. (Aside: Doesn’t Zoe look a bit like a younger Jada Pinket?)

Source code. If this is the direction that movies are taking in the future, then I am good to sit at home and practice my needle point. I dont get this movie, I dont get the premise, I dont get who their target market is. I did not like this movie and would not recommend it to anyone. The end.

So what movies have you watched recently?

after the weekend

Something I read today.

Something I will watch later today.

Make me smile Monday

stuff i’ve seen

For someone who readily admits not to be a big movie fan, I have certainly watched quite a fairly large number of them these last six months. Here is a list below (not in the order I watched them) and a few thoughts I had while watching them.

  • RED. It was the best kind of fake that I absolutely love to watch and it had all the older actors from way back when: Morgan Freeman and Dame Helen Mirren. It was A LITTLE slow to begin but once it started, it went! My best scene:  where Bruce Willis “cooks” the bullets. Awuuuu! Would I recommend it? My one sister who also likes fake action movies, so that lives me in a bit of a pickle as to who else.  Synopsis here.
  • Love and other Drugs. The basic premise of this movie is this guy who sells drugs who falls for this chick with early onset Alzheimer disease … That the release of this movie was timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day, is shocking and awe-filling. I think it had a weak story line and if you take out all the flashes of skin, it had nothing else to stand on. I really like, love Anne Hathaway and so it hurt me, like personally, that she would agree to star in this movie. On a slight tangent, it made me think of youth and how fleeting it is, and how certain diseases that we associate with older people often affect younger people and I never pay them any mind at all.  Synopsis here.
  • 127 Hours. On the day that I watched this movie, I had just heard the synopsis of the movie and thought to myself, eek! Who would want to do that for an hour plus? But then, I went to the movies later that evening and it was the only thing showing. Then I begun to freak out that it would only be one person throughout. It was well done and though I hid my eyes when the more gory bits came up, it was rather nice on the whole. Would definitely recommend it to everyone. I wonder where it was shot, like the scene where they squeeze through the water and go and swim in the pool. Very pretty. Synopsis here.
  • Black Swan. Besides the fact that I was thrown with the good and bad Natalie Portmans and all the things that happened in her mind and the few that actually did happen, I think I quite liked the movie and was totally taken by the intensity of the main characters. The ending too? Didn’t see that coming at all. But I like this movie, would recommend it to anyone, male and female. Synopsis here.
  • You Again. THIS movie has been done unto death and back. But it was a light hearted thing that I could fall asleep to. Synopsis here.
  • Sex and the City 2. Where do I start with this one? OK, If I was a fashionista, then maybe I would have been bowled over. OK, I got it! I love New York and so it was so nice to behold and dream of the city of dreams…the thing about this movie was the mockery, which I felt it made of the institution of marriage. The bit where Carrie and Big decide to have her old place as a place to go to when they wanted an out from their marriage just left a cold in my heart. And knowing the kind of following and the way these four women have been thrust into pop-culture, it was jolting. I agree that marriage is really between two people and they both have to discuss what they want from it and talk through all that BUT, shouldn’t there be a single model of it? Me thinks yes… I pray there won’t be another take of this movie. Synopsis here.
  • Social Network was truly a case of bad timing. Just before watching this movie, I read the Time Person of the Year and therein was the profile of Mack Zuckerberg and I thought the article was more credible than the movie. I also wondered what they hoped to achieve from the movie, it was neither informative nor was it entertaining, it was a total yawn to be honest and I could not live the movie hall fast enough. I also really don’t like Justin Timberlake, because of what he said about him and Brittney while they were together. Synopsis here.
  • The Town has also been done until kingdom come. The small town bad boy who meets the good girl and decide to make good with her and leave the world of crime behind him for good. Although, I did like how the bank robberies were orchestrated and it did freak me out when he made friends with the good girl, who was involved in the first bank robbery. Oh, and the fact that she quit her job to volunteer at that vegetable garden? I’m sorry, but my mind could not reconcile the two! Synopsis here.
  • The Tourist. Why did Angelina agree to star in this movie? And Johnny Depp too? If one person forgets their mind, it’s one thing, both? Really?  The story line wasn’t so bad, just the actual acting. It did have beautiful scenes and it did make me ache to go to Rome so bad, just to sit on a gondola, oh and to take a train ride. I am ever so partial to train rides. In my next life, I must live in a city where people do a lot of travel by train. Word!  Synopsis here.
  • Why did I get married 2.I have to start with I rather liked the first half of the WDIGM 1. The sequel? Totally unnecessary. Felt very bad but this has easily got to be the worst Tyler Perry Movie I have watched and I have gone through a big number of them. Synopsis here.

So what beautiful, or not so, movies have you watched and why would you recommend them to anyone else (or not)?