The Road Not Taken

12 07 2008

The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Dia De Enero

9 06 2008

Carenina Garcia Espendez

Nothing much to say. Except that I miss this song. That’s it.

HBO Real Sports Features Rutgers Basketball Coach

13 03 2008

How awesome! HBO Real Sports aired a segment featuring Rutgers Basketball coach, Vivian Stringer. Real Sports is one of my favorite shows because it presents sports topics and personalities that are not covered by the media. Newspapers and news broadcasts usually only focus on pro sports. But Real Sports demystifies inspiring and thought-provoking topics while connecting in a personal way with the viewer.

Vivian Stringer, Rutgers University Basketball

Excerpt from Coach Stringer’s interview
RETURNS MARCH 10, ON HBO (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

It was about time Real Sports covered the Scarlet Knights!

Me Voy a Convertir en una Ave

10 03 2008

Jeans and Top

3 03 2008

Simplicity is beautiful and sexy.  Enough said.


Love in the Time of Cholera – My Movie Review

26 11 2007

This is film is the perfect adaptation from a magical reality in print. Ironically only the viewers that have also read the book will appreciate fully the accuracy of this book adaptation to film. In most cases, a picture will always be worth a thousand words and this film attempts to narrate this story in 2 hours and 18 minutes. Sadly, you need Gabriel Marcia Marquez’s (GGM) masterful use of words and language to appreciate the emotion and nostalgia of the characters and places. This movie is a beautiful animated illustration of GGM’s poetry-rich verse. Nothing more. This is not a short-coming of the writer, director or actors but of the nature of film itself. Some will say that this movie is bland and boring but only those who have read the book will notice how the film is embedded with famous quotes from the book. Had the movie diverted from the book in order to be made more appealing to the illiterate masses, that would have been the real short-coming of the film.

The film is truly a masterpiece except in one aspect. The soundtrack of the movie was very intrusive to the innate nostalgic emotion of GGM’s writing. Shakira style of singing was in constant discordance with an otherwise perfect picture film. The intermittent lyrics of Shakira’s “Pienso en ti” were annoyingly simplistic every time they were heard throughout the movie. Shakira’s new original track “Hay Amores”, though is in perfect harmony with the theme, mood and setting of the film, do not make up for the lack of an emotive acoustic soundtrack. One single song cannot carry the artistic load for this literary adaptation. As a matter of fact, not a single artist should be given the responsibility of a full soundtrack. Colombian artists have displayed amazing talent, especially in the last decade, but somehow other Latin Rock artists have been overlooked. Gustavo Santaolalla was certainly a better match for this film… not to mention, Juanes, Mana, Cafe Tacuba, or Enanitos Verdes, Ely Guerra to name a few of the most prominent artist. There is a natural marriage between Latin American Cinema and Latin Rock (Rock En Espanol), but this connection was forgotten. Then again… it wasn’t Latin American Cinema but Hollywood trying to be Latin American.

Amores Perros was a great film not only for the film. The soundtrack was richer in so many more ways that the film. A beautiful opportunity was missed with “Love in the Time of Cholera” to coin unforgettable songs that would have endured with the viewers for a lifetime. Perfect example: “Avientame” by Cafe Tacuba.

Love in the Time of Cholera – The Movie

12 11 2007

I just (right now) saw the commercial on TV!!! “Love in the Time of Cholera” (The Movie) is being released this Friday, November 16th, 2007. The movie is based on the novel by the same name. Actually, the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel is originally in Spanish, “El Amor en los Tiempos del Cholera”.

Why is it that everything “underground” that I liked eight years ago is mainstream today? Julieta Venegas, Shakira, Nelly Furtado, Juanes, Salsa…

The latest example, one of my favorite books by my favorite author, G.G.M.

So I am not going to talk about the novel/movie because if you don’t know, well… then ax somebody. Besides, you should know.

Suffice it to say that at the top of the New York Times Best-Seller list is, as you guessed it, Love in the Times of Cholera”.

“Love in the Time of Cholera” #1 of the NY Times Best-Seller List

Love in the Time of Cholera (2007 – IMBD)

Editorial By John McMurtrie – San Francisco Chronicle

Finally, the movie trailer

And if that wasn’t enough, Shakira’s new song “Despedida” is in the movie’s soundtrack!!

See? The marriage of Latin Rock and the Latin American Cinema, only that now, eight years later, it’s in English.