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10 January 2004 @ 11:00 pm
Why have I been slacking on ChaCha. There's a good reason, right?? RIGHT??

Not really.

I haven't been able to find my pattern.. but a circle skirt shouldn't be THAT hard... I'm kind of loath to do it without a pattern, though, because I'm really not sure what to do about the fact that it's courderoy, and courderoy is ribbed. What should I do about getting all the ribs to go in the same direction?? Since it's a circle skirt, should I bother? It's going to be off anyway! Should the be horizontal or vertical? Will anyone even care??? AIIIEEEE >..<

Pink blouse=hideoussssss... But I should start. That one should be easy. Animefest, it seems like all I've been doing are things with poofy sleeves. (iRO thief jacket, and both Princess Bride costumes..)
I guess I could start on that one. It's cold here, though, and the pilot's gone out. Gotta relight that, too.

For as productive as I was yesterday... getting banking done, running erands, figuring out my work schedule (I work tomorrow only... don't work at all Mon-Sat)... and wasting money... I feel so utterly lazy now.

I need to clean house a bit.
I need to start on costumes.
I need to figure out what I am bringing to Ushi.
I need to get in touch with people.
I need to feel better about myself.

And soon, I'll have to take a rental back to Hastings and go to HEB.

I rented Fireworks (Hana-bi) yeserday. Its a Takeshi Kitano movie about a detective with a life that is slowly spiriling downwards, and how it affects those around him and those whos lives are following a similar course. I think it was very good, and hard to sum up. It's depressing as hell, but it does have it's heartwarming and funny moments. There's also some violence accompanied by massive blood loss XD Wow.
Anyway.. it's a very good movie.. and a very deep movie, I think. I'm glad I rented it.
I don't normally rent movies.. but I've been renting a lot lately. Especially since it's easier to find the Japanese foreign films at Hastings.
I've been TRYING to check out Sharkskin Man&Peach Hip girl for the past MONTH, but it's NEVER there. And I still can't find Kikujiro.

But recent triumphs in rental:

Ichi the Killer
Another Heaven
Avalon (!!! Been waiting for ever to see this one!)
Taboo (fuckin finally. And for me to find out that it was mediocre... ahhhh...)

I say triumphs.. because while I love shopping at Hastings, and I used to work at Hastings, there are many things I HATE about Hastings.

1) DVDs always look like they've been down a child's throat or up a hick's ass when you get them home.. and most of the time, scratched to hell along with it. Renting DVDs SUCKS there. HOWEVER!!! No one rents the foreign films!!! XD And those that do actually know how to take care of DVDs.

2) Nothing is in it's place.

3) They keep moving things around, so that makes absolutely certain that if somthing WAS in it's place.. it sure as hell isn't anymore

4) I think people are stealing the Japanese movies o..O IMO, rental theft is a HUGE problem at that place... which is only more frustrating because:

5) Hastings never has titles available for both RENTAL and SALE. It seems to always be either one or the other. If you rented a movie and liked it, you probably can't buy it at the store.. and if you see it for sale, you probably can't rent it to see if you like it.

That aside.. I'm glad I rented Ichi the Killer RIGHT AWAY, because it's not there anymore. I think someone stole it. It hasn't been on the shelf since I brought it back.

Anyway... I'm starting my Kurosawa collection as of today. I haven't had any luck in finding a copy of his collection of short films "Yume," but yesterday, I bought Yojimbo. Akuma should like it, since he likes westerns, and it was remade as "A Fist Full of Dollars."

Bleh. Westerns. It seems a lot of translators and people equate Japanese samurai movies to westerns, also. I can see the connections.. but samurai movies are better.. because they're not cowboys with guns. They have swords and honor :P

Honor. Very important. Somthing too many people lack. Like Candice. ARGH (She just logged onto AIM. No honor in that little girl whatsoever.)

Anyway.. I'm going to go put my cold fingers on Akuma's back to warm them up, since I am evil. Then, I'm going to try to find a lighter and get the pilot back on.

From there, it is probably Yojimbo& sewing, or Yojimbo& cleaning. Yojimbo& SOMTHING, dammnit.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Cryokineticcryokinetic on January 10th, 2004 11:12 pm (UTC)
again another movie i rented that never watched yet, hehe (kikujiro). recently we saw Adaptation... it's a great movie.. we also rented
Whale Rider, and "Y Tu Mama' Tambien" saw big fish today.. it's a great movie, you need to see it, if you haven't yet. if you get desperate for kikujiro let me know.. i can probably rent it and copy it for you.
The Ten Thousand Thingskhet_tcheba on January 11th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC)
Westerns = eh
Spaghetti westerns = best thing evar

I agree with you about most John Wayne, cowboys-n-indians westerns. Bleh. The spaghetti westerns are quite different. Pacing and characterization-wise, they are very much like Kurasawa's works (AFFoD as well as the original stories). If you haven't seen it, I would highly recommend renting The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly at some point. If only for the gorgeous cinematography and music to die for. Ennio Morricone, you are a GOD. *_*
HIDE your facekyonomiko on January 11th, 2004 11:30 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I've seen The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly many times... because I think it was one of my dad's favorite movies. However... since I never did like a western, I couldn't sit through the whole thing and the only part of the movie that made a real imact on me was when some guy died by being suffocated with a pillow... and then I think they shot him. XD
the singer and the song: cosplayelya_chan on January 12th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
Circle skirt...
*Tries to make an ascii drawing*

IF that came out right... cut 6 of those wedge-shaped pieces for a full circle skirt (or 8 of a narrower wedge), with the lines of the corduroy straight-up-and-down on each panel as shown - vertical will hang better, IMO. ^_^ To get the arc right, figure out what the radius of the skirt should be, and use a length of string like a compass. The thinner the panels, the closer to vertical all the lines will be. (*kills the grammar in that last sentence*) Add more panels for more fullness. Hope that makes sense... >.>

Complete agreement on all five points about Hastings. Argh, frustrating-nyo. -_-;; What really annoys me as a GSM, though, is when people bring a movie up to me and whine, "I rented this movie, and it's in chinese or something with subtitles. Can I get a different one? Waaaah...." *grumbles about people who can't be bothered to expand their cultural horizons by (GASP!) reading* I have learned to channel that annoyance into productivity, though - I use those complaints as recommendations of movies that I DO want to see! That's how I picked up on Another Heaven. ^__~
HIDE your facekyonomiko on January 12th, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Circle skirt...
XD lol I find the movies by just staring at stuff in the foreign section. Unfortunately, more and more of them are missing cases, so it's more like foreign film rulette. Will it be in Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, or French today?!? :O XD

Anyway.. thanks for the help on the circle skirt! So... with courderoy, then you're suggesting a lot of smaller panels as opposed to just making 2 big half-circle peices, or 4 quarter circles? Cool. Maybe I will get to work on that today then :D