Me Voy a Convertir en una Ave

10 03 2008




Jeans and Top

3 03 2008

Simplicity is beautiful and sexy.  Enough said.

Shakira





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.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/music/wma-pop-up/B000051Y42002002/ref=mu_sam_wma_002_002





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
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/books/bestseller/1118bestpapertradefiction.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Love in the Time of Cholera (2007 – IMBD)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0484740/

Editorial By John McMurtrie – San Francisco Chronicle
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/11/11/PKC8T4O9A.DTL&type=movies

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.





2007 Women’s World Cup – USA Team in 3rd Place

6 11 2007

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team won a bronze medal at the 2007 Women’s World Cup held in China in September. Still, it’s a shame that the 2007 Women’s World Cup received very little coverage in the United States’ media. Because of the time difference, the games were televised at between 5 am and 8 am in the morning. There was little or no mention on national network news or newspapers.

At the time in September, I visited various sports websites for news and stats about the World Cup and I found nada! My best source for information was Wikipedia.

2007 Women’s World Cup On Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_FIFA_Women’s_World_Cup

Ironic? Maybe. But the media is not the only party to blame. Why was the World Cup held during the busiest sports month. In September you have College Football, Pro Football, the end of Baseball, and the beginning of international soccer leagues around the world.

This is a column that appeared on USA Today last month.

FIFA’s World Cup timing doing women’s soccer a disservice
By: Christine Brenna, USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/brennan/2007-09-05-world-cup-timing_n.htm

So here is my little part to cover the 2007 Women’s World Cup.

Did you know that Carli Lloyd, US’ midfielder, is a Rutgers University ’04 alumni? And that she was named first-team all-Big East Conference for four straight years and Big East midfielder of the year in 2004? Here a link to her website, CarliLloyd.com. And this is a link to her ussoccer.com biography.


Video of Carli Lloyd on youtube.com

Did you also know that Heather O’Reilly, 22, US’ forward, currently playing soccer for the University of North Carolina, was born in New Brunswick, NJ and grew up in East Brunswick, NJ.


USsoccer.com interview of Heather O’Reilly (part 1)

She wrote a blog hosted on Soccer.com during the 2007 Women’s World Cup. Here is a link to her blog.
http://www.soccer.com/chinablog/index.blog?cm_mmc=SOCCER-_-china2007-_-banner-_-OReillyBlog

So that’s it.





Rutgers vs South Florida 2007

2 11 2007

I have said it before. Rutgers has been playing amazing games but this blog will not attempt to talk Sports. Dany will leave that to the pros on ESPN. (Actually, yes, I have something to say to Coach Schiano: Punter! I like Ito as a kicker but Rutgers is giving up +15 yards per punt compared to last year. 5 punts per game X +15 yards per punt = +75 yards per game that Rutgers is losing. Let Ito concentrate on kicking and bring a young talent with a strong leg. Bring another Joe Radigan). So that’s it.

Back to the game outside the game.

Rutgers Dance Team. Hip-Hop cool. Triple pirouettes even cooler. Girls bring those turns back.

 

The Rutgers “Non-Marching” (Because-There-Was-No-Room-to-March) Band Jams after the fans stormed the field after the game. Awww. The twirlers are looking sad because they didn’t get to do their show. I would be sad too after practicing all week long and then not being able to showcase the material.

 

Ben is thrown on the air after Underwood scored a TD to make it 20-17 Rutgers. This was the sweetest TD of the season, by far!!!

 

The Rutgers Band plays “Crazy Train” during one of those commercial breaks.

 

 

Here is a little treat:

This recording is “On the Banks of the Old Raritan”, Rutgers’ Alma Mater





The Things That Two People Share When They Connect

2 11 2007

(This is a repost from March 2007, but I thought it was appropriate to bump it up.)
… Not the things that two people share, but the things that two people share when they connect. Is a relationship only about sex or an official title? What ever happened to all the hidden details? Does a painter only draw stick figures on a white background? Is a song just about the words? I want the things that are most meaningful, walks in the park at night, endless conversations into the early morning, cuddling on the couch in front of a movie, the intimacy of her innermost secrets, the smell her skin, conversations with only glances, the sense of adventure and discovery, the intimacy of a kiss on the neck, the warm air of a whisper, stealing the cold of her lips after heavy breathing, the peace of mind when you truly trust, her idiosyncrasies that turn her into something weird and wonderful, the flirting, the mutual smirks, the breaking of boundaries and the setting of new ones, the complicity of sin, the constant laughter, the refreshing feeling of the harmony of her presence, the thoughts that make you smile in her absence, the expectation of the next date, the satisfaction of her happiness, the calls in the middle of the night just because, the presence of a car waiting outside to pick you up, waiting outside to pick her up, the first two seconds after she gets in your car, a kiss under a red light, the mutual respect for each other values. …





Jimbox

15 10 2007

Our friend Jimbox. Nice hair Jimbo.

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The First Cold Morning of September

16 09 2007

September 16th, 2007 – New Brunswick NJ

There is a magical contradiction in this first cold morning of the arriving Autumn. This morning the sun shines bright on the green leaves outside my open window, but it cannot disguise the hostile coldness in the air. This chill does not numb my body though. This chill reminds me of the agony, the pain and sorrow, the sensuality and bliss, the desire and amour that I once felt. It hurts and heals at the same time. It reminds me that I am alive because I feel and that I feel because I am alive.

The slight chill in the air brings me memories of the first and last Septembers in her life. Soon, the leaves will change colors and I will have forgotten if I am seventeen, twenty-one, or twenty-four years old.





Rutgers vs Buffalo. Football 2007.

31 08 2007

Rutgers vs Buffalo 2007. Scarlet Knights. Rutgers University. Football.

The Rutgers vs Buffalo game was awesome!!! The Scarlet Knights have officially started the season with a win vs Buffalo. I will leave all the sports talk to the sport talk people.

This article will feature and focus on the game outside the game (i.e. the Rutgers Marching Band, the RU Twirlers, the Rutgers Dance Team, the Cheerleaders and the fans).

The Rutgers Band:

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In previous years, the band occupied the stands behind the north endzone, but this year the band has been placed on the field in order to make room for the eager fans. This worked out great for me because I was sitting directly next to the band and we had perfect acoustic reception in section 109.

Gina and her “Verizon Network”:

The Rutgers Twirlers were magnificent in their brand new outfits as they spear-headed the procession to the Stadium in Piscataway.

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This is a link to the official RU Twirlers Website.

We hung back to the very end of the game in order to listen to the post game ceremony. The Marching Band performed “Malaguen~a” and the Alma Matter acapella. Holy effing crap! They sounded awesome!

The Twirlers took center stage right smack in the middle of the band during this performance – I wish there were pics but my battery was dead by then. I want to know when Gina choreographed the Twirlers’ routine because it was longs as hell. Dod Gamn!

(Updated: Sep.06.2007 – Thursday)
I found a video of the Rutgers Post Game performance on youtube by a user “vanessaP85”.

The Fans:

What to say? Painted faces, a sea of red, the cute girls…

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The R U Chant… R!!!!! U!!!!!! R!!!!! U!!!!!!!…

But most importantly, this a video of the Celebration for the very first Touch Down and Extra Point of the 2007 Season.

This is the Celebration for the second Touch Down and Extra Point of the 2007 Season.

Another celebration! Too many to count at this point. Really! Rutgers 38, Buffalo 3. On this one, there is a good shot of the Dance Team.

The Rutgers Dance Team:

There are a lot of new faces in the RU Dance Team these year. In part, this is because there were a handful of seniors that graduated last year. I haven’t worked things out yet but I seems that some non-graduating dancers didn’t return this year. No matter, they danced like pros.

Rutgers vs Buffalo 2007. Scarlet Knights. Rutgers University. Football.
The second thing that I noticed is the spanking new glittering red little dresses – too many adjectives, ha! – worn by the dance team. Those dresses were very sexy without being too revealing but I have to be honest: I like the uniforms from last year (black pants and a little tops) better. It is not a matter how much skin they were showing or anything like that. Honest! In fact, they were showing more skin with the dresses. It has more to do with the dancers setting themselves apart from the Cheerleaders. The pants and tops outfit made the dance team look like the athletes that they actually are. If you want to compare, take a look at this 2006 Dance Team Video in my other website. Make no mistake, those 16 young women looked absolutely beautiful in glittering red. But in more than one occasion, I had to correct fans when they referred to the dance team as cheerleaders. Get it right! They are not cheerleaders, they are dancers! See my point? Bring the pants and dance sneakers back. Glittering red pants, now that would be hot!

The Mascot:

I got close to the Mascot this game and it stunk like something! Ha! Not the mascot that rides on the horse, the other Mascot, the puffy Knight. Actually, the knight that rides on the horse stinks too… well, the horse stinks.

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T-Mobile Dash

Please note that videos and pictures were all taken with my T-Mobile Dash. Who needs an effing iPhone??).