One of the characteristics I especially appreciate about some of my friends (especially when they’re a plus one at a work event) is being able to talk to anyone. Not the type that are merely networkers, because that can come across as horribly phoney (sorry if you’ve been practicing your ‘interested look’, it probably doesn’t work as well as you think). I’m talking about those who are genuinely interested in people and their stories.
Auckland, the gorgeous city I live in has a bit over a million people living in it and we are from all over the place. Hardly anyone I know grew up here and that is what makes us a fascinating bunch (with delicious international food!)
The other day, someone posted a note at work that our colleague Sirwan’s documentary Relocated Mountains would be showing soon on Maori Television. I’d heard he had made a documentary before coming to work with us, but reading a little bit about it reminded me how little we know so many people we say hi to at work. Here’s some of the blurb from ITVS (whoever they are). There’s a clip there too.
When Sirwan Namo was just a boy his family fled Iraq during the Kurdish genocide of Saddam Hussein’s regime. He and his family would eventually find a new home in New Zealand as political refugees. Now, in the face of escalating violence, Sirwan risks his life to retrace his journey to freedom and to fulfill his promise to be reunited with his dying grandmother.
You can watch Relocated Mountains on Saturday 4 December at 8:30pm (or MySky it bro). I think it’ll be well worth a watch.
…On the subject of documentaries, I’d like to say how totally excited I am about seeing the Young @ Heart Chorus perform in a weeks time. The movie is a completely delightful (and tearjerking) story about a bunch of elderly folk who truly know how to rock. I want to be as cool as them when I get old.
Here’s the trailer to the movie. Or come and see them live.
Today included three particularly unexpected moments, that were unusual but nice.
- I had forgotten that Sufjan Stevens tickets went on sale today, but saw someone tweet about it early enough that I got in quickly and got tickets in what I think is the fifth row. And I’m going overseas to the North Shore for the gig – exciting!
- I met the Mayor and had a nice chat with him. He’d seen that something was happening across the square and came over to have a look and say hi. That was cool.
- I found that a Oodle (a special kind of doodle that my friend Joi makes) that is ‘inspired’ by me, is for sale in her online shop! So I have just purchased a limited edition print of Josie and The Electric Cats for myself. Other than than the Josie one (and who wouldn’t want to have some Josie artwork in their home), I am in love with The Frightful Sagging of a Serial Retweeter.
Check out all the oodlies in the collection.
The image attached is the early oodlie from Joi from about a year ago when we were engaging in a really cool online book club. She’s pretty awesome. I can’t wait to hang my Electric Orange Print.
This movie has everything – humour, violence, romance, intruigue and Karl Urban doing a spectacular job as hotshot young CIA dude. (Yes, I’m doing that proud kiwi thing when any international success makes me feel impressed with all of us as a nation).
This movie has what many are lacking – excellent actors and a solid script. Seriously – it is a winning combo that I wish Hollywood would pull off more often. It has both explosive action and hilarity and subtilties.
Except the moment when I first saw Morgan Freeman and thought “Oh my gosh, I was in the same room as him in July” and the afore-mentioned Karl Urban “Isn’t he doing so well” pride, I was totally engaged the whole time. I could mention all the key cast members, but I want to finish this blog now so I can go moisturise so I can be a hot older lady like Helen Mirren.
Oh, and I’ve added Mary-Louise Parker to my list of women who should have got the lead in the Eat Pray Love movie. Now there are two on the list, her and Joan Cusack. Don’t you agree?
It is good. Go and see it. Best movie I’ve seen in ages.
Just went to a preview of The Social Network thanks to the lovely folks at TV3. It is the story of the awkward Mark Zuckerberg and his frenemies and Facebook, the social network that TOOK OVER THE WORLD and has survived even after people’s mum’s started using it.
Here the are, my learnings from the film. The Social Network acrostic:
- Friends don’t let friends blog drunk
- Always remember that Facebook is about hooking up with college kids – we are clearly not using it right in New Zealand
- Could the Winklevoss twins be any more Elza and Nellie – pretty, on their own planet, thought they’d win in the big time, but only came sixth in the Olympics
- Even though they were played by one actor Arnie Hammer and then another actor was a body double (Josh Pence)
- Believe me, you shouldn’t see this movie if you get offended by the fact that someone can have lots of money and still wear scuffs with socks
- OMG, Justin Timberlake can act and was very believable as Sean Parker
- Of all the Universities in the world, Facebook came out of the one that Rory Gilmore attended, Harvard (correction, was going to attend until the end of season 3 – she actually went to Yale. But not actually, because she’s a character not a person).
- Keeping friends is less important than making money