Juno, you know it


When I called our friends Bryce and Liz tonight to see if they wanted to meet up with us to see Juno, they laughed because they already has planned to go the the same 5:30 showing at the local 2nd run theatre around the corner Cine Magic. So we met up and found some seats in the well worn-theatre, just in time to see a preview for some lame-looking Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes vehicle. Admittedly, I have never actually seen Colin Farrell in a movie, and yes, I’ve chosen to stereotype him as a H’wood dumb party boy who probably has not much talent. Anyhoo onto the feature here, Juno. Well, I thought it was adorable. A feel good movie, but in that quirky, well-written, well-performed, indie film kinda way. Kudos to Diablo Cody for a delightful, truly gal-power script. It’s just amazingly refreshing to see such robust, complex characters in a pretty typical coming of age story. Juno, played spot-on by Ellen Page, plays a teen who accidentally gets pregnant by her best friend Bleeker (the always awkwardly charming Michael Cera, the next Owen Wilson?). And that’s it. We follow her journey from pregnancy through birth. And in that time we meet some pretty stellar characters, each of which is at times odd, sweet, dumb, brilliant and just plain old regular. Great performances include Allison Janney, Jason Bateman and JK Simmons. (Jennifer Garner was the weakest link in my opinion, nothing surprising there.) You might sympathize, you might cringe, you’ll certainly laugh and yes, you might even tear up (I admit, I did). Check this one out for sure.

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January linkage

Here are some links to some of my recent work online:

APA Compass on KBOO Community Radio
Paper Cuts, Tung-Hui Hu and the Angry APA Minute

The Asian Reporter
Emerging artist finds inspiration from quilts, industrial sites

Local comic shop owner puts together stunning tribute to Bill Mantlo, writer of ROM Spaceknight
Vancouver-based artist’s new work explores identity and labor through subtle forms

North Portland gallery explores the world of sophisticated craft

another year, another set of resolutions

Greetings and happy new year, whether it be gregorian, julian, lunar, tet or other. I’ll admit it, I’ve got some resolutions in mind for 2008. Trite, but useful. We’ve got the rules of improv, recipes for cooking, outlines in coloring books – which can all be considered structures, but in my opinion can also provide a smaller container from which to explore freely. I’d like to think that resolutions can do this too.

“Resolution” as defined on Wiktionary:

  1. The state of being resolute.
    His stalwart resolution is perhaps admirable, perhaps foolish.
  2. A statement of intent, a vow (often New Year’s Resolution).
    My resolution is to cut back on the fast food this year.
  3. The act of discerning detail.
  4. (computing) The degree of fineness with which an image can be recorded or produced, often expressed as the number of pixels per unit of length (typically an inch).
    Printing at higher resolution will cause a reduction in performance.
  5. (computer hardware) The number of pixels in an image that are stored or displayed.
    This monitor’s maximum resolution is 800×600.
  6. A formal statement adopted by an assembly.
  7. (sciences) The separation of the constituent parts (of a spectrum etc).
  8. (sciences) The degree of fineness of such a separation.
  9. (music) Progression from dissonance to consonance; a chord to which such progression is made.

Some of those sound pretty juicy. I especially like the #7 and #9. Here’s just a few of my resolutions, vows, intentions for 2008:

  1. Blog at least twice a month
  2. Eat more veggies
  3. Intentionally move my body at least once a day
  4. Work with Matt on completing at least three video shorts
  5. Continue improvisation PLAYgroup
  6. Organize and maintain my office/craft space
  7. Buy a house
  8. Raise money for KBOO and Bitch Magazine
  9. Create one audio documentary piece
  10. Learn and practice more Spanish
  11. Streamline programming of the Portland Grassroots Media Camp
  12. Watch lots of films
  13. Practice sewing at least twice a month
  14. Read these books – Omnivores Dilemma; Eat, Pray Love; Brave New World; Tokyo Cancelled; People’s History of the United States; Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White; Writing Down the Bones
  15. Teach an improv class
  16. Take a walk at least once a week
  17. Sing
  18. Practice my New Zealand accent (currently obsessed with Flight of the Conchords)