Terri's Cellar Door

Stuff that happens to me, Terri.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Shelly OR Turn on the Radio

I love Michelle Yeoh. She is the totally coolest/best actress ever. If you don't know who I"m talking about, you probably remember her from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or you'll see her in the new movie Memiors of a Geisha as Mameha. I've liked her ever since I saw her in SuperCop 2, and I've become such a weird/obsessive fan, I call her Shelly, even though I don't think that anybody in the whole world calls her that. I don't know that woman. It's actually kinda weird. Anyway, she's got MOAG, and another project that she's filming right now. I'm pretty excited about it, simply because it's a pretty big budget Hollywood thing, and she hasn't done something like that since Tomorrow Never Dies, and I just wish that people will realize how totally amazingly great that she is. Anyways, here's an article I found online about her goings on. Next time you're in the video rental store, check one of her movies out. She does a lot of stuff with Jet Li, and she's just plain great. I like Twin Warriors, Heroic Trio, among many, many others.

(From Scifi Wire @ Scifi.com) (I guess Scifi doesn't completely and all encompassingly suck)

Yeoh Talks Sunshine And Boyle

Michelle Yeoh told SCI FI Wire that she's currently playing an astronaut in Sunshine under director Danny Boyle and considers the SF movie a typically atypical choice for the director. "That's where Danny Boyle is amazing," Yeoh said in an interview while promoting her latest film, Memoirs of a Geisha. "If you look at his films you don't know what to expect from him."

Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) co-stars in Sunshine with Rose Byrne, Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans in a futuristic story about a team of astronauts sent on a mission to re-ignite the dying sun. Yeoh said that Boyle brings something new to the SF material, much as he did with his zombie movie, 28 Days Later. "There are so many zombie movies out there," she said. "So why did he make it different? Because he had an edge. So [Sunshine] is, yes, eight astronauts going up to save the world. We've heard that so many times before. [But] you have to see it. It's got an edge. I loved that the first week of filming he said to me, 'You know this is not a family movie, right?' [I said,] 'Danny, I know your films. It's OK.'" (Alex Garland, who wrote 28 Days Later, also wrote Sunshine.)

Yeoh, who was born in Malaysia, said that Sunshine is a marked change for her as well, given that she'd just done the Japanese period drama Memoirs of a Geisha. "Last year I was the geisha," she said. "Four hours of makeup and every day walking around like a supermodel. This movie I'm the astronaut: 50 years ahead in time, 15 minutes in the hair and makeup. I'm like, 'Wait a minute. What about my eyebrow[s]?' 'No, you're a real character. You're an astronaut. You're a physicist. You're a scientist. Go back to your lab.' It's fantastic." Sunshine will be released in 2006.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Wow.... OR A Thin Line Between Entertainment and War

Wow, it's been a long time. And no, I'm not going to make the Timbaland joke. That is just so past me. Um... wow, this is actually kind of awkward. What is going on in your life? Seeing anybody new? Whew, not that that line of questioning is out of the way let me get to the real reason behind this post. Have you ever finally liked something, but it was years since anybody was truly interested. Like you walk up to somebody and you're like, 'Man, Independence Day. Amazing." And everybody looks at you like you've been in a box since 1994. Well that happened to me. I'm sure that you've all heard about the band Rage Against the Machine. Well, just recently (like two or three days ago) I got into thier music. What happened was I was playing GTA: San Andreas. I had just run over a hooker and blown up the head of a cop when I heard this really rockin' song on the radio. FOr those of you that don't play GTA when you 'jack cars from people and you'r driving around you have choices of different radion stations you can listen to. They're just like real radio stations, there are rock, rap, raggae, and talk, and they have real commercials and dejays and everything. My fave commercial has a unforgettable jingle for a theme park (Gloryhole, where strangers become friends). Apparently it's a themepark called Gloryhole that has rides that deal with such. Anyway, back to the point, so I'm listening and this song comes on. And all I hear over and over again is "Fu*# you, I won't do what you tell me!". And this guy is screaming it over and over again. It has a really great guitar riff, so I want to find who did it. (Oh and btw, the game San Andreas is set in the year 1992) And it's Rage Against the Machine. Now, it's not like I hadn't heard of ratm before, in fact, I knew one of thier songs by heart, but this was the only exposure I had ever gotten from a non Matrix song. So, I went and downloaded a couple (25) of their songs, and visited a couple fansites. But here's the thing: They frickin' rock. I mean, I love all of their licks, but I don't always agree with every single bit of the politics(though I agree with most of it), but they're great. So imagine my chagrin when I go (247 years after the fact) and try to bring up a conversation about Rage Against the Machine. I might as well be talking about the dinosaurs or how that steam engine rocks. People are going to throw me a couple of dirty looks. And of course they're broken up now, so they're won't be more new albums for me to buy, and the fans are going to start slacking off. So, once again I have been screwed by fate, and made a fool of by lady luck. Oh well. If you'll excuse me, I just heard about something called the cotton gin. Sounds interesting, so I think I'll check it out.

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