Sum Quality Time with Familia
I woke up today with an early text from my sister-in-law who gave me her new number. I found out that they were near our area since my niece just got baptized in their religious denomination. A church a few exits away from our place conducted the service. Afterwards, they paid me a visit and I showed them our vacation videos. Since it was around lunch time, I told them I was going to treat them out for lunch (consider it a celebration of Nikki's baptism). Also, I really didn't have food at home. We decided to go to Strike in Cupertino so that the kids would enjoy (Nikki also brought along her friend). Though it was raining, I was glad to spend quality time with good ol' family.
Today was also quality time with Al. While we decided which movie to watch, we both agreed on Juno (I know it's been out for a while, but we didn't have time to watch it until now). Am sooo glad to see it, and I told Al that I would get the movie once it's available for distribution. I absolutely love it! Great soundtrack and lots of references to bands and songs that I like. I loved the flow of the movie, the plot, the characters, the dialogue, and everything about it. I like the song in the end (while at first I thought it was going to be cheesy, it was actually endearing). I miss watching movies like this, and I haven't seen a good indie flick like this for a long time (yes, what has happened to me?) In a way, I can relate to Jason Bateman's character who grew older, settled down and sold out (yeah, I work corporate nowadays and lost my edge). What keeps me sane is my very occasional involvement with non-profits, plus working with multimedia and edgy companies, but that's about it. This movie kinda reminds me of my dreams and aspirations when I was a teenager, and made me reflect on my life right now at my age.
Among the bands mentioned in the movie was Sonic Youth and Iggy Pop. Though I agree the Stooges are the shiznit, a lot of what this generation's youth know about old bands is what is being written by music journalists who don't know jack and as old as my grandpa. Thank goodness for bloggers. Sonic Youth was pretty much a big part in my teenage years. While others thought is was noise, as referenced by Ellen Page in the movie Juno, I felt their passion in playing their instruments and thought that Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon and are brilliant musicians and among the best ones in my book. I wanted to see them so bad when I was younger, that I actually watched their concert by myself at the Warfield in SF since no one else wanted to listen to 'noise'. Oh and I bought my Goo green t-shirt too (I like their earlier work, but I was only able to watch them with this album's tour). So in watching the awesome movie Juno, I liked Jason Bateman's character and could understand his dilemma (been there). But all characters in the movie was just brilliant. Ellen Page's smart, confident, quirky, witty, and sarcastic character, dialogue, and thoughts remind me of myself when I was 16. Jennifer Gardner was perfectly casted in the movie, and Michael Cera is adorable. Even the parents and bestfriends were really good actors, comprising the cast of a movie with a good screenplay (now a fan of Diablo Cody who I'm rooting for in the Oscars). I am also rooting for Jason Reitman and Ellen Page.
Speaking of awards night, Al and I just saw the Independent Spirit Awards. I was happy to see Diablo Cody win best screenplay and thought she deserved it. Ellen Page also won for Best Actress beating Angelina Jolie. Btw, I thought Rainn Wilson did a good job in hosting the awards show. Am actually glad Al forced me to watch Juno because I had a different impression of the movie. Although I hear the buzz, I thought it was another teenage flick, when in fact it's actually a very good, funny and smart movie. Kudos to Al for convincing me (I originally suggested to see something funny such as Be Kind Rewind). After watching the movie, I kinda missed my ol' self.
In the meantime, I feed my music and film making voids in my life through home videos I make. I've uploaded four new videos on YouTube that show our east coast trip. I still need to finish our New York trip videos and it's taking longer because there's just so many clips! I also uploaded the song Anyone Else But You by Michael Cera and Ellen Page (originally by the Moldy Peaches) on my radio.blog (right). Check it out. Btw, for those interesting in the track list for Juno, here it is -
1. All I Want Is You - Barry Louis Polisar
2. Rollercoaster - Juno Film Version - Kimya Dawson
3. A Well Respected - Man The Kinks
4. Dearest - Buddy Holly
5. Up The Spout - Mateo Messina
6. Tire Swing - Kimya Dawson
7. Piazza, New York Catcher - Belle & Sebastian
8. Loose Lips - Kimya Dawson
9. Superstar - Sonic Youth
10. Sleep” Instrumental - Kimya Dawson
11. Expectations - Belle & Sebastian
12. All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
13. So Nice So Smart - Kimya Dawson
14. Sea of Love - Cat Power
15. Tree Hugger - Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants
16. I’m Sticking With You - Velvet Underground
17. Anyone Else but You - The Moldy Peaches
18. Vampire - Antsy Pants
19. Anyone Else But You - Ellen Page and Michael Cera