Friday, October 21, 2005

Infotainment: A new weekly post on my non-political passions

Those who are around me very well know that my span of interests goes well beyond politics. Apart from politics and world's affairs, reading, music, movies, soccer--or football as I'd like to call it-- and oddly enough, clothing have always been among the biggest passions of my everyday life (soon traveling will also be on that list). Suffice it to say that I catch five movies every week (four rentals, one on screen), explore as many new and old music albums as I can, finish at least two books every month and last but not least, kill some time on the weekends, checking out new designer clothing! This new section called "infotainment" will be dedicated to sharing some of the quality stuff I get to see, listen to or read every week:

Kash's recommended music album:

Air Supply-Forever love: Greatest Hits (2005)

Along with Lionel Richie, Air Supply has made the most ageless romantic ballads I have ever heard. This new double-disc collection is a definite must-have for those who want some time out of today's hip-hop stricken music to sooth their minds and souls. A couple of days ago, a Mexican student of mine who's only 19 was telling me how much she appreciates Air Supply's music. Huh? Today's teenagers and Air Supply's music? Well, that's what I call undying music.

Kash's recommended movie:

Broken Flowers (2005)
Starring Bill Murray, directed by Jim Jarmusch.

Well, earlier this week, I finally got a chance to catch this movie on big screen. Jim Jarmusch says he wrote the leading role exclusively for Bill Murray and isn't that true. I've always admired Bill Murray and his unique style of acting and in this movie he proves his worth once more. One of those movies you've got to discuss with someone after watching.

In the entertainment news:

The Washingon Post offers a rave review of one of the best movies of 2005 "North Country" and its star Charlize Theron whose mesmerizing performance in this movie could lead to her to earning her second Oscar:

"North Country" is too grim, too harrowing, too nobly aggrieved to be described as a fun night at the movies. But as an example of what used to be described as a "social problem" picture, it holds its own with such classics as "Norma Rae," "The Accused" and "Erin Brockovich." Like those films, "North Country" does a good job in ratcheting up the tension and unfairness until the audience is brought to the breaking point along with the long-suffering Josey, who takes so many hits -- to her body, her psyche and her reputation -- that she begins to resemble a feminist Saint Sebastian. (Josey's sexual past, including a teenage pregnancy, is viciously invoked to punish her for fighting back.)

Theron, who won an Oscar last year for completely transforming herself to play the prostitute Aileen Wuornos, once again proves to be a remarkable character actress, submerging her almost superhuman beauty to become a typical blond, pretty Minnesota girl. (She's also mastered the accent, which is just south of "Fargo.")