Thursday, July 31, 2008

YouTube Thursday: Awesome disturbing movie trailers

Here is a nice selection of some of my favourite disturbing movies. Yes, I have a thing for them…the more disturbing, or freaky or just plain weird, the better.

Kissed: About a girl who is into necrophilia.

I heart how this trailer makes the fact that she likes to do corpses so glamerous...

La Grande Bouffe: About some guys who decide to eat themselves to death.


Das Parfum: About a big freak who creates a parfume out of real women that women love so much they end up killing him out of obsession.


Saw: About some guys chained to the wall in a dirty bathroom, and their only way to escape alive is to cut of some of their body parts and kill the other person.


Clownhouse: About three psychotic clowns who break into the house of a boy with an extreme fear of clowns. Clowns are evil people!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

We are still lesbians

In case you missed it, last week the court in Athens ruled that gay women are still allowed to call themselves lesbians. Whooo! Aren’t you relieved? I know I am!

Three disgruntled inhabitants from the Greek island of Lesbos had filed a complaint against lesbians using the term lesbian, because it is supposed to only be used to describe people living on the island.

They argued that the use of the term by gay women insulted their identity. I think it is totally ridiculous, and I cannot believe they were even allowed to go to court with this.

I love the banner the guy is holding though *Snicker* Some people really have too much time on their hands.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Song of the week: the Breeders-Cannonball

I’m glad I wasn’t on that plane

I was just catching up on my news this morning, when I came across this title Women try to open door mid-flight. I thought WTF?

Who would be stupid enough to want to do such a thing? Well, apparently two drunken British women were on a flight from Greece to the UK annoying the hell out of their fellow passengers and the flight staff by being loud, rude and very annoying.

If that wasn’t enough, they then came up with the brilliant idea to try to open a cabin door, because they wanted some fresh air! OMFG! How stupid can you be?

Luckily the cabin crew could put a stop to it and had to keep them in their chairs with force, while they made an emergency landing in Germany in order to remove the drunken bitches off the plane.

I am not at all scared of flying, but I am always really obsessed with the emergency doors on the plane. One of my biggest fears is that one of these doors would accidentally open and I fly out of the plane.

I always thought this was a totally irrational fear, then again, I never thought anyone would ever be stupid enough to actually try to open one of these doors while we were in the air.

I’m so glad I wasn’t on that plane.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The L word continues

This week there was lots of news about TV lesbians, and with that I mean women who play lesbians on TV, especially about the upcoming season of the L word. If you want the full scoop, just go to AfterEllen. I just wanted to highlight what stood out for me.

Elizabeth Berkley is going to star in the sixth season of the L word, playing “the straight girl that got away from Bette Porter”. Seriously? I know the L word usually has little to do with reality, but still I am wondering how they are going to make this believable.
Because (1) Bette would never fall for someone like her, (2) Elizabeth Berkley is much young than Jennifer Beals, and finally (3) No one gets away from Better Porter!

Ok perhaps my real problem with this casting is that I just cannot stand Elizabeth Berkley. She already annoyed me when she played in Saved by the Bell, and I hated her just as much in Showgirls.

Then again, it could be a lot worse. I am still relieved Paris Hilton isn’t going to star in the L word.

In other news on the L word, Ilene Chaiken has announced that the final season of the L word will have an open ending. Oh God! This means that this show will never ever end. Do we really want to leave it all unresolved?

I would much prefer for a clear and closed ending. It does not necessarily have to be everybody dies, but perhaps they could do a final 5 minute “What happened to”. You know, we see Bette and Tina growing old together and Shane still fucking up her life and lots of women. That sort of thing.
But no. We’ll get an open ending instead. And a spin-off. Seriously? Just start something completely fresh and new people. Even if they have great ideas, it will never be Melrose Place. More like Private Practice or Joey.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Safe or stupid?

Last night I took the last subway home, just like I had done a hundred times before. It was a little past midnight, and I was sitting in the back of the final carriage. The final carriage is always the fun one.

Here is where all the people sit that don’t want to sit with everyone else, mainly because they are scum and they cannot get up to whatever it is that scum gets up to in any of the other carriages.

At least, that’s my explanation for the assortment of freaks, creeps, junkies and other weird folks that were on the subway with me last night.

There were two black guys with a stereo cranked up way too loud and rapping along with some hip hop track I did not recognize. On the other side were three Skinheads in complete uniform waiting for some trouble to get into.

A few homeless guys were quietly contemplating the meaning of life, while smelling very very bad. Next to them was a junkie who was in the midst of an attempt to snort whatever it was he had in some tin foil.

You might think him doing drugs bothered me, but seeing as some other dude at the other end of the carriage was already smoking a joint and two other guys were smoking cigarettes, I did not really see what a difference it would make.

I was just sitting there reading my book, minding my own business. No one took any notice of me, or cared that I was there. Nothing eventful happened and I got off at my stop, just like I had done a hundred times before.

Walking home I started thinking about the fact that I was the only woman on the subway (and also the only one who wasn’t a big anti-social freak). Even though nothing happened, and nothing has ever happened in all the time I have ridden that subway, it easily could.

I am used to living in big cities. I go out alone at night all the time, and I never worry or feel scared. Sure, I try not to do anything stupid and watch where I’m going and stuff, but apart from that, I hardly think about all the horrible things that could happen to me.

At least, I never let it stop me from going out and living my life the way I want to. I hate it when I hear that so many women do not even go out at night at all, unless there is a dude with them for protection.

Yes, you shouldn’t go walking through dark parks or other deserted places alone in the middle of the night, that’s a very dangerous and stupid thing to do. But c’mon, you really do not need an escort to take the last subway home.

Despite the bunch of freaks riding the subway with me, I never feel unsafe. Is it really not a big deal or am I being stupid?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Don’t see it: Miss Conception

When I first heard about this movie, I already thought it was total crap, but that unfortunately did not stop me from seeing it anyway. Miss Conception is a romantic comedy about a woman who desperately wants to have a baby.

The movie is neither romantic nor funny, and I will go as far as to say it is probably the worst movie I have seen this year. In fact, I even have trouble thinking of any movie that was worse than this one. Therefore, I feel I have to warn you: Don’t see it! If you are not convinced yet I am right, do please read on.

In Miss Conception we meet Georgina (played by Heather Graham), a woman in her thirties who is obsessed with getting pregnant and having a baby, before it is too late and she is too old. However, her boyfriend Zak does not feel like he is ready to become a father yet.
Of course, this leads to major conflicts in their relationship and eventually Georgina makes him move out. It is hard to believe they were together for six years, because the character of Georgina is so silly and clueless, not to mention annoying, Zak should have left years ago.

Once Georgina gets rid of Zak she comes up with the brilliant idea to go on a quest to find a man to get her pregnant before her biological clock run out. Her best friends Clem and Justin decide to help her out, and hilarity ensues.

Or I guess it is supposed to. Her desperate quest to find a man-any man at all-to knock her up is actually more annoying and dumb than that it is funny. I would like to believe that a woman as beautiful as Georgina would not have to stoop that low in order to find a decent man interested in having a baby with her.

She goes to fertility clinics, asks co-workers, as well as random people at funerals and in nightclubs. She places fictitious rent ads, searches for guys on the internet, and even in strip clubs. One of the low points of the film for me was probably her attempt to have sex with a gay man just for his sperm.

Her total disregard as to who fathers her child is quite appalling and also very unrealistic to say the least.

Did I mention this movie also stars Mia Kirshner (Who most of you of course know as Jenny in the L word), and the best thing I can say about that is that listening to her talk in the worst fake British accent ever, was kind of amusing.

I suggest you do yourself a favour and stay the hell away from this movie. It sucks, big time. And even that is an understatement. This could have been a much better movie, if only everything about it would have been different. As it is, I think the people who made this movie should be ashamed of themselves.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

You should read it: One flew over the cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest had a huge impact on me when I first read it in high school. For those of you who are not big readers, you are probably familiar with the 1975 movie of the same name starring Jack Nickelson.

It tells the story of these guys in a mental institution during the 1950’s, a time in which you really did not want to be send to an asylum. The patients are trapped inside the mental institution with electro-shock therapy as a valid means of treating most disorders or even disorderly behaviour.

The story of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is told by Chief, an enormous schizophrenic Native American who spent years in the asylum pretending to be deaf and mute. The all-male asylum is pretty much run by Nurse Ratched, a horrible stiff and tyrannical woman, and her black orderlies.

Things are very boring and depressing in the asylum, until one day they get a new patient named Randle Patrick McMurphy. McMurphy is a rebellious happy-go-lucky kind of guy, who has faked insanity in order to serve out his prison sentence for battery in the mental hospital.

Seeing how bad things are at the asylum, McMurphy takes it upon himself to lighten things up and make staying there more fun. Of course, this is not how Nurse Ratched sees it, as his constant attempts to upset the sacred and boring routine of daily life at the asylum only annoy her, and she is waiting for an excuse to be able to really discipline him, which is of course, only a matter of time. Read the entire review here.

What I love about this novel is the detailed and vivid description of what life must have been like in an insane asylum during the 1950’s. The lack of control and the helplessness of the patients, who are literary at the mercy of the wardens, is really scary to me.

That, and I was very surprised by the total lack of actual treatment most patients received. It also makes me think about what it means to be normal or crazy, and how sometimes there is such a thin line between the two.

I have read One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest many times since high school, and it is still one of my favourite books I have ever read.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Song of the week: the Who-Behind blue eyes

I decided it was a little much to come up with a new song every day...so from now on I'll only choose one song a week.

This week, a (very) oldie but a goodie...

I don't get it: Arrested Development, the Office, and Lovespring International

I like to think I have a good sense of humour. I enjoy a lot of funny things, I laugh a lot, and I have even been known to be quite funny-if not very dry and sarcastic-at times. I also enjoy watching a variety of humorous TV programmes.

However, there is one type of TV series I just don’t get. Well, there is probably a lot more stuff on TV, which I do not get, but only one of these actually bothers me. It’s shows like the Office, Arrested Development and Lovespring International.
I have watched all of these shows at one point or another, and I have tried very hard to understand what is so amazing about them. I tried and I failed.

Actually, it is not so much that I do not get it, but more that I just do not think it is funny. I cannot quite put my finger on it, but something about these TV shows just do not appeal to me.

Why is it that so many of you out there are LOL-ing every time you watch any of these shows? The only response they got from me was some raised eyebrows and the occasional eye roll.

If I had to choose, I guess the one show that I dislike the least is the Office, but only the original British version, not this weird American one. It is not that I do not enjoy American humour per se, it is just that British humour does appeal to me a little more.

Oh well, we cannot all like the same thing I suppose. Still it bugs me. It bugs me, because tons of people I know love these shows and they generally have really good taste. I would hate to think it is not them, but in fact, it is me…

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Song of the day: Pussycat Dolls-Don't Cha

Oh c'mon, just admit it...you love this song too. Don't cha?

Passport photos

I went to get my passport photos done yesterday. I never really enjoy getting my pictures taken, because somehow I always look like crap. I am not just saying that, it is true.

Even these days with digital cameras, I cannot seem to produce a decent picture of me. A while back, a friend of mine took 30 pictures of me, and in only two of them I did not look like a complete moron.

In at least eight photos I blinked or had my eyes closed, in others I was either grinning like a retard or I tilted my head for no good reason. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to getting passport photos taken.

This pimple faced sixteen-year-old boy at the store took my picture. He looked so bored and tired, I felt I should be grateful he even bothered to get up from behind the counter at all.

He told me not to smile or show any teeth, and to put my hair behind my ears. New passport photo regulations. It is so unbelievably stupid. I mean, is it truly harder to recognize someone when their ears are not showing?

I never show my ears, and for good reason too. I am blessed with one nice Dumbo ear. Yep, just the one. The other ear does not stick out at all, but it is quite misshaped from those fun college years during which I had one too many piercings done.

If ears are indeed important, does that mean that from now on every time I go through security at the airport they will make me show my ears? You know, just so they can check if my ears match the ears on my passport photo.

My photo did come out somewhat ok though. And with ok I mean that they look like my head shot from prison, if I had a head shot.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Song of the day: U2-With or without you

My favourite U2 song.

Wanted

I saw Wanted the other day, and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. In case you have been living under a rock for the last few months, Wanted is the latest action movie starring Angelina Jolie.

It also stars Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy, but let’s be honest, the only reason to go see this is because it has Angelina. And guns. Angelina looking hot, shooting guns. Yep, that’s all I needed.

To be honest, I probably need even less. I have seen almost every movie Angelina Jolie has ever been in, and some of those have been pretty crap (remember Hell’s Kitchen?). I even own Mr. and Mrs. Smith on DVD, and it’s not because of the great plot.

I don’t mean to imply Wanted is a bad movie. Not at all. It is quite entertaining, and even has some great moments, as well as a plot. Of course, the movie is based on a comic book, so you cannot expect too much.

If you haven’t seen it yet, let me sum up what the movie is about: Wesley (played by James McAvoy) is an average guy, with an unexciting job and an even more boring life. Some might say he is a total loser.
This all changes when one night he goes to the grocery store, where a mysterious woman (played by Angelina Jolie) tells him that his father was an elite assassin who was killed on the rooftop of a building a few days ago. The next morning Wesley is shown the Fraternity, a secret society of weavers turned assassins whose mission it is to kill all those who threaten to bring the world to chaos. They want Wesley to follow into this father’s footsteps and become an assassin too. At first Wesley is totally overwhelmed and he refuses to become part of the Fraternity. However, the next day he gets a change of heart and decides that perhaps it is not such a bad idea to kiss his crappy boring life goodbye and try on this brand new adventurous life (Read the entire review here).

If you like action movies and/or if you like Angelina Jolie, you are going to enjoy this movie. But then, you have probably already seen it, haven’t you?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Song of the day: T'Pau-China in your hand

Yes, more eighties. I can't help all the best songs are from that decade...well, most of them anyway.

Dr. Horrible’s sing-along blog

This week saw the launch of Joss Whedon’s wonderful new web series called Dr. Horrible’s sing-along blog. If you haven’t checked it out yet, go do that right now because it is awesome.

It is about Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris), an unbelievably bad super villain. And when I say bad, I do not mean evil, but simply that he is so bad at being a super villain. He is more like a geeky loser super villain.

And he has a video blog, because who doesn’t these days. In his blog, he addresses viewers’ comments, as well as discusses the latest evil stuff that he has done. His biggest dream is to become a member of the Evil league of evil.

He also has a huge crush on this girl he first spotted while doing laundry. However, she soon gets swept of her feet by his arch nemesis Captain Hammer (played by Nathan Fillion).

Did I mention it is also a musical? Yes, I know, it all sounds really weird, but it works. I watched the first two episodes yesterday, and I loved it. More please!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Song of the day: Prince-Sign o' the times

I used to be a huge Prince fan. Actually, I still think his older stuff is awesome. Like this song...

Mama’s cooking

I just returned from spending two days at my mother’s. My mom is the greatest mom in the entire world. Ok I might be a little biased, but trust me, she is awesome.

I especially heart her cooking. She is not a great cook, and she hardly ever makes anything special, but it always tastes better than anything I make myself. Or anything I eat in restaurants.

Ok that last part is a lie. But still…why is it that a boring home cooked meal tastes ten times better when your mother makes it?

Last night she treated me to a standard traditional Dutch meal consisting of cooked potatoes, green beans, pork chops and gravy. I have to say, I never ever make this kind of food myself. Ok maybe once a year I do, but when my mom makes it it becomes a special treat.

There are a few things she makes though that are unaffected by the mom-bias. That is to say, these are truly extraordinary meals. One of those meals includes pea soup. Her pea soup is the meanest pea soup in the entire world.

My mother has been known to hand out plastic bags of her pea soup to all of the people who have ever tasted it. Every winter I feel lucky when a few of those bags end up in my fridge.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Song of the day: Soulwax-Conversation intercom

Employed again

After months of job interviews and plenty of slacking, I am once again entering the world of the full-time employed people. Starting September 1st I am going to be an assistant professor at a great university in the Netherlands.

I haven’t actually signed any contracts yet, but it is as good as certain. I am really excited about the new job, and moreover, so relieved I no longer have to go on any more job interviews.

It sure has been an exhausting few months. I have been all over the place, going to different countries even, selling myself to various people and places. Well, at last someone has decided to buy.

When I lived in Germany, I constantly made fun of a Dutch colleague of mine, mainly about the city he used to live in. Guess what? That is exactly the city I’ll be moving to…oh the irony.

Besides making myself useful again, I am also really looking forward to having enough money to waste it on unimportant and luxurious things. And more importantly, moving into my own apartment.

Yay me!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Song of the day: Tanita Tikaram-Twist in my sobriety

Blog crush: Pamie. com

I think it is time to reveal another one of my blog crushes to you: Pamie.com. I stumbled upon this blog a few months ago, quite by accident. I cannot remember what exactly I was looking for, but one of my google hits brought me to this blog.

It only took me reading one or two entries before I was hooked. Don’t ask me what makes me heart this blog so much. It is just like all of my other blog crushes I have admit to-I really enjoy reading about people’s daily lives…but only if it is written well.

Anyone who can get me intrigued and interested in there every day crap is a good writer in my book. Humour always helps. Snark is good too. And I guess the main ingredient is the ability to make fun of oneself.

Pamie.com gives me all of these things and more.

It has also been around forever. Recently the blog had its ten years anniversary. Very impressive. I mean, who had even heard of blogs ten years ago? Hell, ten years ago I had never even used the internet.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Song of the day: No Doubt-Ex-girlfriend

Oh who hasn't been in a relationship like this one....

21-the movie

I saw 21 at the movies last night. And I have to say, it was quite good. Not great, not mind blowing, but entertaining and fun. Better than the trailer had me think, not as good as I had hoped.

21 tells the story of this smart math nerd at MIT who needs money to get into Harvard medical school. It turns out his math teacher is actually the organiser behind this secret card counting team, who go to Vegas every few weeks to count cards while playing black jack and get very rich in the process.

Math nerd is at first a bit reluctant to join them, but he soon gets a change of heart. In fact, he starts to get a little bit too much into it. He no longer has time for his geeky loser friends, which is kind of cruel.

Then again, can we really blame him when he is leading such an exciting double life, complete with lots of money, the best parties and the hottest girl in school he always had a crush on.

(I had a hard time understanding why he is so into her. Sure, she is really hot and sexy, but she does not seem to have much of a personality. In fact, if she speaks 20 lines in the entire movie that is a lot).
He soon learns a valuable lesson that he cannot just get away with all that he is doing without any consequences.

I thought it was fun. I like movies like this. It reminded me of this TV series in which a group of card counters go from casino to casino to have fun and get rich. So it is basically the exact same idea, minus the smart students’ angle. That is ok though.

The only two problems I had with this movie were (1) the plot wasn’t all that convincing and (2) one of math nerd’s nerdy friends annoyed the hell out of me. He was this fat dumb creepy loser who liked to talk with his mouth full.

Why do geeks in American movies always have to be so over the top stupid and lame? C’mon, I have met a bunch of geeks in my time and none of them have ever been that bad.

Anyways, if you are looking for a fun movie and you enjoy watching people play a lot of cards, go check it out.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Song of the day: Living Color-Love rears its ugly head

Partners and straight people

Travelling back home from England to the Netherlands the other day, I overheard this conversation between this Dutch man and woman who had just met. The woman was telling the guy she had just been on a job interview.

The guy asked why she would apply for a job in the UK, and she told him it was because of her partner who lived in England. The guy then continued to ask her about her partner phrasing it like “So is he or she English?”

The woman replied with “He or she? Well, my partner is a man, of course.” To which the man replied, “Well, that isn’t always that obvious, and I did not want to presume.” The woman then laughed nervously and agreed that you can never tell, and sometimes these things are not obvious.

I really liked this exchange. Especially where the guy was coming from. Here was this typical boring stuffy straight guy, who thought it was the most normal thing to not assume someone was straight.

And it was not just because she used the word partner. In the Netherlands, it has become more and more common to refer to your boyfriend or girlfriend as your partner, even among straight people.

That is because so many people do not get married anymore, and if you want to let people know you are in a serious relationship, bf or gf does not really cut it, so a good alternative is the word partner.

I loved hearing this exchange, because living abroad for a while, I had forgotten how casual the Dutch generally are about homosexuality. Well, of course they aren’t always that great, and we have some homophobes too, but generally people do not really care.

With not caring I mean, it is all fine with them. As long as you do not make a big deal out of it, they won’t make a big deal out of it.

They might still not like it, but they’d keep it to themselves.

Well, unless they are a group of drunken testosterone filled straight morons, and they beat the crap out of you for walking hand in hand with your bf.

I am hoping for a gay-bash free pride in Amsterdam this year. C’mon, some used to call it the gay capital of the world *snicker* Let’s earn that title again.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Glasses are hot

I am blessed with great eyesight, but many people are not. In fact, it seems like almost everyone is wearing glasses these days. I am not complaining though, I've always thought glasses are really hot.

You can easily get your glasses online these days, on websites like ZenniOptical.com. They sell prescription glasses that are not only stylish, but also very cheap. They offer a whole range of different frames and lenses.



The site recently got some extra attention by being featured on Fox news: Zenni on Fox.



Song of the day: Joe Jackson-Real men

No one is more eighties than Joe Jackson...yes, I heart him too (I have such broad tastes LOL).



I couldn't really post this song without also including Tori Amos' version:

Bonekickers: Awesome new TV series

This week a new drama series debuted on BBC one called Bonekickers. It is about this group of archaeologists who dig up all kinds of exciting stuff…Yep, you read it correctly, a drama series about archaeologists.

It shows the world that archaeology is not boring and dorky, but actually really quite cool and exciting.

Bonekickers is like a cross between CSI, a good British detective show, and something exciting, unusual and strange like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Indiana Jones.

Yeah, I know, it might sound weird, but it is hard to come up with the right comparisons. All I am trying to say is, it is a mixture of many different TV shows that I love…and well, I thought it was awesome.

In the first episode, the archaeologists are called to a building site where they found some old coins in the ground. Once they start digging, they find lots of stuff in the ground there, including lots of human bones and swords.
It looks like a huge battle took place there…a very long time ago. In fact, about 2000 years ago. They find remains of what looks like the Knights Templar who supposedly carried religious artefacts from Jerusalem to somewhere else.

That is when a few religious fanatics become very interested. Religious fanatics is an understatement, as it includes one guy who believes the world would be a better place if it only included devote Christians and his main agenda is to get rid of all Muslims.

He also has two brainwashed devotees ready to play the armed servants of God, complete with ancient swords. They start harassing a group of Muslim students, and one of them eventually even beheads one of the students.

They also break into one of the archaeologist’s houses, as well as into the university where all the findings are stored. Eventually the two crazies together with their leader follow the archaeologists to an ancient tomb filled with religious treasures.

What follows is an Indiana Jones type scene in which the archaeologists can luckily escape while the creepy religious guys get set on fire.

This kind of plot development made me go AWESOME, while many TV critics proclaimed the series was total crap. They deemed it unbelievable. I agree, but who cares.

I love shows that combine reality with fantasy. Moreover, the show had me captivated and entertained for a full hour. How many TV series can really do that?

Bonekickers: Awesome or total crap? Watch it next week and make up your own mind.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Song of the day: Human League-Don't you want me

Songs like these are why I heart the eighties...

Because you are hot: Women with nice arms

I was thinking of some of the characters from the L word I really like. Some of the women I thought of were Tasha, the carpenter from Season 1, the trapeze artist from Season 1/2, Maura-but only in the first two episodes of Season 3, and the girl Beth hooks up with in Season 2.
What do all these women have in common? Well, they all get to show of their arms by appearing in sleeveless shirts. Anyone ever notice that before? This inspired me to post some pictures of some more women with nice arms.

Because really, nothing is as hot as some nice arms….

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Song of the day: Great lake swimmers-Your rocky spine

Stuck: Would you ever be this selfish and cruel?

Last night I watched the movie Stuck again. Stuck is a thriller written and directed by Stuart Gordon, and tells the story of Brandi Helper who one evening after returning from a night of clubbing, high on alcohol and pills, accidentally hits a homeless man with her car.

Brandi is unsure of what to do and decides to drive home, with the guy still on top of the hood of her car and his head stuck through the windshield. The more she thinks about it, the more she comes to the conclusion that if anyone finds out about the car accident it could ruin her life.

She decides that it would be a better option to just leave him in her garage to die, and then dispose of his body later (read my entire review here).

What I find very fascinating about this storyline, is that it not entirely fictional. In fact, Stuck is inspired by a true story. It makes you wonder about the kind of people that are out there.
I mean, people have been known to be quite selfish and cruel when it comes down to it and they just want to save their ass. But come on! Who would actually let an innocent man die just so they won’t get into trouble?

I’d like to think this is not a matter of “you have to live it, to know it” kind of thing. I hope I would never be capable of something that horrible.
Then again, I do not find it hard to believe there are other people who would easily be capable of it. Hmmm. What does that say about me?

Monday, July 7, 2008

Song of the day: Dixie Chicks-Not ready to make nice

I'm not really a big Dixie Chicks fan, but this song is awesome...

Stupid

Last night my roommate put some special lotion on her neck and shoulders because she was sore. This lotion was supposed to warm the skin, and through this, relax the muscles.

After 10 minutes or so, my roommate started to complain that maybe the stuff was making her neck feel just a little too warm. I looked at her and noticed that her entire neck and shoulders were bright red.

“Did you get a sunburn?” I asked her, because that is what it looked like. Then we realized it was actually the lotion, giving the impression of second-degree burns.

Not just giving the impression either. By now her skin was hurting like hell. She went to the bathroom to try to wash the lotion off in an attempt to do some damage control.

I followed her and read the tube of the lotion she had used. It said it was not suitable for people with a certain allergy.

I then came up with the retarded idea to put the lotion on myself, in order to see if there was something wrong with the lotion, or whether my friend just had an allergic reaction.

It seemed like a great idea at the time, and I remained convinced until 5 minutes after I put the lotion on my arm. My skin started turning red, and not only that, but the redness appeared to be spreading way beyond the spot where I had put it on my arm.

It also really started to hurt. I immediately went to wash it off, but I continued to have a burning red arm for at least another hour.

That lotion is definitely evil, and my roommate is thinking of writing a complaint to the company that makes the stuff.

Why did I have to put it on me as well? Such a stupid thing to do.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Song of the day: Butterfly Boucher-Life is short

One of the many great songs you can hear on Grey's Anatomy.

Comic of the month: Jane’s World

This month’s pick is an actual gay comic strip. Yep, there is such a thing…there are probably quite a few of them, but the one I am most familiar with, and also really really like, is Jane’s World.

Jane’s World is a comic strip by Paige Braddock that has been around for about a decade now. It is all about the main character Jane Wyatt, a young lesbian, and her every day life.

And with every day life I mean mainly the silly things she gets up to, her often complicated love life, her interactions with her family and friends.

Her family and friends mainly include her mother, her straight roommate Ethan, her best friend Dorothy (who she sometimes hooks up with), and Chelle (who has a background in special ops).

The special ops thing is a good excuse to sometimes have these weird storylines about criminals and break ins etc. They are a very entertaining read, but it is quite the contrast from Jane’s normal mundane existence.

For example, there was a hilarious storyline a few years back with Jane continuing to lie to her mother about being gay, while it turned out that her mother had known for years and was just waiting for Jane to come out.

What I like about Jane’s world is that it is a gay comic strip. Most of the characters are gay, and the comic deals with a lot of lesbian storylines and typical humour about being gay.

I heart how Jane is so politically incorrect, hates vegetarian restaurants and does not understand anything about women.
But beyond all the gay stuff, Jane is just a very likeable character. She is what some might call a likable loser. She is a big geek, and things do not always go her way. Still, she seems to enjoy life, or at least she likes to make fun of hers.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Song of the day: the Beautiful South-Song for whoever

Straight clubs

Last night I went to a straight club for the first time in years. I do go to straight places, just hardly ever to clubs. This is mainly because I do not like to dance, so then there really is little point in going. Most of the time anyway.

However, last night it was one of my good friends’ birthday and she wanted to celebrate it there. So I thought, why not, how bad could it possibly be?

Well, I have to say, it was not that bad. It was just a very weird experience to get hit on by guys. Not that this normally never happens, but not to the extend as such things go on at a club.

They were nice enough though. I mean, when I told them I was not interested they would just go away. This was such a contrast to my previous experiences where I really had to tell guys to F off or they would not get the message.

Besides all the straight guys, the music was also something I did not really enjoy. It was so loud you could hardly have a normal conversation.

This might make sense to most of you, but for someone like me who does not dance and usually only goes out to pubs, this was really annoying.

I also realized it was my first time at a club since I quit smoking. Normally while everyone was dancing, I would pass the time chain-smoking. Now I decided to just keep drinking instead.

Bad idea.

No, don’t worry, I did not do anything stupid. I just have a really sore head right now.

All in all, I’d say it was an all right night, but if it is up to me I won’t go to a straight club again for a very long time.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Song of the day: Patti Smith-Pissing in a river

I heart Patti Smith. It's the best version of this song I could find on YouTube...

European Union against Homophobia

A new report came out this week saying the European Union should work harder at preventing homophobia.

As it is, the European Union as a whole is not doing that bad, but there are still nine countries that do not have explicit anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation or gender orientation.

The report also goes on to say that so far only three countries allow same-sex partners to marry (the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain-even though most other European countries allow same-sex civil unions), and this should be a basic right available to gays in all countries.

I was happily surprised to hear about this report, because often the things the European Union worries about seem very boring and trivial, like the size of carousal horses or what can and cannot be called Vodka.

Yay European Union, for addressing some important issues for a change. And yay for Europe as a whole not doing that bad when it comes to gay rights.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Song of the day: Live-I alone

Good songs remain good songs...don't look at the video (it's weird and distracting), just listen to the song...

Suckers live longer

Chupa Chups lollipops has just launched a new campaign over here in the Netherlands. I was quite surprised when I saw it (or at least it made me raise my eyebrow. Just the one though).

They are trying to be clever by mimicking health warnings on cigarette packs. You can buy their lollipops in cute little cigarette pack type packs that have “fun” warnings.

These warnings though, all are about sucking.
So their slogans include: “Sucking increases risk of pleasure and fun”, “Suckers live longer” and my personal favourite "Sucking is more fun".

Seriously?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Song of the day: Kate Bush-Breathing

You should read it: Pages for you-Sylvia Brownrigg

Pages for you by Sylvia Brownrigg is one of my favourite lesbian novels. Actually, I would go as far as to say it is not just my fave gay book, but one of my fave books from all the books I have ever read. And I have read a lot of books…

It is the story of first love. Of first sight, first kiss, first sex, and ultimately first betrayal and first broken heart.

Written after the fact, in diary form, it gives such a detailed and vivid description of a first lesbian relationship, it is at times almost painful to read. At least it was for me. It had me thinking about my own first crushes and relationships a lot, as if they happened only yesterday.

Pages for you tells the story of 17-year old Flannery, a freshman in college, who falls madly in love with a graduate student. She first sees Anne reading a book and thinks she is the most beautiful person she has every seen. Talk about love at first sight.

It turns out Anne is actually teaching one of Flannery’s classes, and that is how the two get into contact. Flannery is totally intimidated by this beautiful and amazing older woman, and soon she becomes her pupil both inside and outside of the classroom.

Anne teaches Flannery all about life and love, and Flannery is eager to learn everything Anne has to teach her. As you can probably guess, things eventually start to fall apart.

The naive little college freshman finds out the hard way that Anne is not as wonderful and perfect as she thought she was, and that first love never lasts forever.

Just writing this down makes me recall certain parts of this novel, and especially the feelings it evoked. It has been a few years since I read it, but I still get the same strong sense of excitement mixed with uneasiness, as I did when I first read it.

It is hard to explain why, or perhaps I do not need to explain it at all. I guess it is just because this book touches on all those emotions involved in first love so well.

Especially the intensity and the naivety. You cannot believe what you are feeling and experiencing, and you want it to last forever. And you think the other person is feeling exactly the same way. But they don’t. Or they do, but somehow it just cannot last.

And nothing hurts like the ending of your first lesbian relationship.

If you haven’t read Pages for you, you should. What are you waiting for? Order it now!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Song of the day: T.A.T.U.-All the things she said

Yes, I know it's bad...very bad. But c'mon, are you saying you do not even like this song a little bit? At least you should like the fake lesbians in fake school uniforms making out in the rain. No?

Don't worry....I'll be back with real music again tomorrow. Promise.

Movies I have seen too many times: Gone in 60 seconds

I have probably watched Gone in 60 seconds at least 50 times. I am not kidding or exaggerating. I have honestly seen this movie so often I know it pretty much by heart.

In case you are wondering if you are really thinking of the right movie: Yes, Gone in 60 seconds is that movie starring Nicholas Cage and the story is all about stealing cars.

I could not care less about cars, or about stealing them. Still, I heart this movie so much. I am not sure why. I do really like Nicholas Cage. Yes, again I am being serious. I have always been strangely fascinated by him.

No! Not in any kind of weird and creepy sexual way, but I have always thought he is really cool. If I were a guy, I would want to be like Nicholas Cage. Or actually, probably not like him personally at all, but like the characters he plays.

The move also stars Angelina Jolie. That of course, also has something to do with why I like this film. Angelina is always a pleasure to watch. Especially when she plays a bit of a bad girl.

Gone in 60 seconds is the kind of movie I pop into the DVD player whenever I don’t feel so well, or are hung over, or when for some other reason I just want to lie on the couch and be entertained.

And it is always entertaining, even though I already know exactly what is going to happen. In fact, the movie never had such an exciting story to begin with. Yet, I love it. It can’t be explained.

Still, I always like to think it is a better choice than some of those chick flick movies like Pretty woman, Bridget Jones’ Diary or Dirty Dancing. Don’t you agree?