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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Memoirs of an Obsession

So, I'm pretty sure that I mentioned that I totally am obsessed with Michelle Yeoh. So, this weekend I went to go see Memoirs of a Geisha, and it wasn't starring Zhang Ziyi. For me, it was starring the amazing Shelly, and I lived every moment to the fullest. Granted, she didn't show up in the movie until after the first third, but I entertained myself with thoughts of her greatness, and a glimpse of her that the audience recieves early on. So, every time Mameha (her character's name) appears in more and more beautiful kimono, I couldn't help but bask in Shelly's amazingness. Yeah, I know I made that word up. The plot is pretty straightforward. Zhang Ziyi is a young girl, Chiyo, and later Sayuri, who becomes the most famous geisha in her provience all to find the love of a man called the Chairman, whom she meets as a child, and eventually falls in love with. My main beef with the film is that it focuses totally on Sayuri, so when she and Mameha are in a scene, it flows toward her, which, I recognize, is not truly a beef. The accents weren't a problem for me, sometimes I got a little lost, but it was pretty easy to follow along. If I were a lesbian Asian women would totally be my style, because every single one of the leads I found extremely hot. Gong Li, who is a new name to me, is totally a hottie, even playing the hateful Hatsumomo. But so you don't think I'm a total lesbo (well, in the right circumstances.....(what?), Ken Watanabe was looking totally hot and his suits made me want to jump his bones, and the fact that he's hot. One note about the kimono, all the kimono that all the women wear are so beautiful that you're going to want to go right out and buy one, give it at least a week. Also, my friend England wanted to be a geisha right after that, so give that about a week as well, before you fly off to Japan. All in all, the perfomances were good, nothing spectacular, but the story is something to see, it opens up the culture of the geisha in a tremendous way, though I would totally suggest reading the book which gives so much more to understand. Shelly's performance, of course, was flawless, and I'm sure will be hailed as the role of the century, and everyone will shower her with Golden Globes and Oscars, in a way that will not give her a concussion. So, on Terri's Scale O' Movies with 10 being Crash and the Matrix and 1 being Doo Doo Brown 2: Electric Boogaloo, I totally vote for a 7.5. It would have gotten a 7 if Shelly wasn't in it. This is a very comprehensive score that is totaled only after seconds of me sitting around and thinking about it, so you can tell it to your friends with pride. So, go out and see this thing, for the love of mike! And I'll leave you with a Shelly quote, which is from the commercial, but she's my girl, so I could end it no other way: "We do not become geisha to fulfill our own destinies, we become geisha because we have no other choice." Or something like that.

PS- Um, Brendan Fraser can be expecting a rice cake sometime soon....just putting that out there. Those of you who have seen it will know what I"m talking about.


Anonymous Marlewen said...

Happeh Holidays!!!!!!! *dances*

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rice cakes. Come and get yo rice cakes. None for you, Lisa!!


9:52 PM  

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