Helpful votes received on reviews: 60% (3 of 5)
Birthday: April 4
In My Own Words:
I'm fascinated by pop culture and its meanings and ramifications.
I love biographies, historical non-fiction, true crime, chick lit, and not-stupid romance novels. I enjoy painting (acrylics, mostly, but I'm trying to make watercolors work) and lots of movies. They include, but are not limited to, romantic comedies that don't suck, dramas that don't make me cry, and comedies that are actually … Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 489,382 - Total Helpful Votes: 3 of 5
2.0 out of 5 stars No emotional connection, April 13 2004
This is a movie that I really thought and felt like I would like. And certain elements of it are very good: cinematography (although northern California doesn't really represent a challenge to film well--it's gorgeous), acting (Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley both perform well, as does the actress who plays his wife).
But it's hard for me to watch a movie without happiness, and this is one of those. You can only be hit so many times before you stop coming back for more and "House of Sand and Fog" keeps hitting you with problems until you just end up asking, exasperated, whether the characters have gone through enough yet.
There are other problems:
-The movie is… Read more
Chappelle's Show: Season 1 <b>DVD</b> ~ Dave Chappelle
Chappelle's Show: Season 1 DVD ~ Dave Chappelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show on TV, April 9 2004
I wasn't prepared for how funny and edgy this show is. And I think it shows what a unique comedian Dave Chappelle is that he can make me laugh so hard I cry, while also making me a bit horrified that I'm laughing at all. The racial jokes that he has in here are hilarious (the blind black white supremicist might be the funniest skit I have ever seen, Mad Real World, the crack addict, Real Movies, they're all way too funny), and make me think that Dave Chappelle is ushering a whole new era of race relations.
Not for the easily offended.
Lady Vanishes, the <b>DVD</b> ~ Margaret Lockwood
Lady Vanishes, the DVD ~ Margaret Lockwood
This is early Hitchcock and you can see the talent that was already there. He made this story into a great suspense film, even though there were quite a few implausibilities. It's an odd film, though, in that it mixes a rather dark story (woman disappearing on a train) with an almost slapstick feel at times. This caught me off guard, and sometimes subverted the tension Hitchcock was trying to create. But it's a very witty film, quite fast-paced once it gets going, and very suspenseful. Definitely a fine example of early Hitchcock and an interesting look at turn-of-the-century Scotland.
Also, since this is a Criterion edition, the special features are excellent. Even more impressive,… Read more