wingblossom: [heyyoitsmj] (fandom (persepolis))
Packing is going swimmingly! Well, sort of. Now that I've put a heap of my books into cardboard boxes, I have to contend with everything that I'm planning on: 1. sending ahead to Kobe, and 2. presumably getting rid of, since there's not enough space for all of them. I feel like I should take an inventory of all the books I own, but I think it's a little too late for that. *g* At any rate, looking through my old notebooks/journals/sketchbooks has the effect of making me flip through every single one of them, albeit briefly.

While going through one of my journals, I also found an entry with brief notes I took on Persepolis for an article in the Free Press a couple of years ago. In honor of my new icon, I'll c&p them here.

FROM 2008 )

Tomorrow, I have to pick up the rest of my money in traveler's checks from the bank, and then go to the dentist for the last time in hopefully a very long while. The day after that, Ellen is coming over to help me finish the rest of my packing, and then I'm going to the pre-departure orientation in the city. Later, I'm meeting a childhood friend I haven't seen since fourth grade (!) for dinner, and then...after that? Who knows! Probably more packing, I'm sure.
wingblossom: [pretendenitis] (fandom (the office))
1. I hate you so much, Roman Polanski. And all your apologists to boot.

2. There's been a meme going around that asks for your five favorite foreign-language films or series, so here's mine. (For now, let's keep anime out of the equation.)

1. Raise the Red Lantern
2. Persepolis
3. Nowhere in Africa
4. Life is Beautiful
5. In the Mood for Love

I kinda wanted to put M. Butterfly on this list until I realized there's no way it could qualify for being a foreign-language production, despite being a deconstruction of Madame Butterfly and the typical approach to foreign policy on the part of Western nations, among other things. There's also the fact that the source material is a play, and that the movie -- from what I've seen of it -- isn't nearly as good.

I pretty much have undying love for the first two movies on my list, and Nowhere in Africa is a terrific film that I'd recommend to anyone. I didn't see Life is Beautiful until this year, but it's a very well-written and well-directed tragicomedy helmed by Roberto Benigni. Out of all the movies I've listed here, In the Mood for Love is the one I had the least emotional involvement with, but it has absolutely beautiful cinematography. All of them do, actually, with the exception of Persepolis, because that one's animated instead. :D

3. Positive effects of the Avatar movie? People are rewatching the show again, and making posts about how awesome it is. I think my favorite one so far is the post about Zuko's most lol-tastic lines in each season; I seriously forgot how many dorky things he says!

For the record, "Bad skin? Normal teenagers worry about bad skin, I don't have that luxury. My father decided to teach me a permanent lesson...ON MY FACE!" takes my number-one vote for the best line ever. Or the worst line ever. Oh, Zuko.

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