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First of all, La Doublure does not translate into The Valet. In the movie's context, doublure is French for  stand in or double, usually in theatre. Many of of Francis Veber's comedies have games of pretense in their plots involving a character named François Pignon. Previous well known Veber films of similar nature are Le Dîner de cons (The Dinner Game) and Le Placard (The Closet). I think the latter is still my favourite of…

My first Pedro Almodóvar film; I just didn't manage to watch any of his films until now. This Spanish drama has a great cast, strong script, good music, and wonderful direction. I love the overhead shots employed. The theme of death, and the strong focus on women is poignant and well executed. The twists are a bit predictable if you're an avid film watcher, but that does not mean the movie does not hold you…

I confess that I did not actually see the end of this movie, but I saw most of the movie. The ending was not a surprise when I found out about it. Like most Elia Kazan movies from that era, there is a lot of angst. As for the acting, Warren Beatty is hot in his first role and of the three Natalie Wood films I have seen, this is probably her best work. I…

Danica started December 12th 2007, finished December 25th 2007 Pattern: Danica by Jesse Loesburg - Knitty, Winter 2005 Yarn: Patons SWS in Natural Earth - 80g 110yds 70% Wool 30% Soy - 4 skeins Needles: #8/5mm straight bamboo Modifications: Due to yarn change, no changing of yarn between sections. Added fringe from Lady Eleanor Stole in Scarf Style. Lessons Learned: Entrelac and knitting backwards (purling on the RS) Cost of Project: $20 for yarn Would…

The first of Pamela Aidan's trilogy of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of Mr. Darcy. Two P&P interpretive books in a month? I'm on a roll it seems. This book ends in London not too long after Darcy and co. leave Hertfordshire after the Netherfield Ball. I requested this book based on an LJ friends review of it; she mentioned that the second book should be skipped because it is set in the months…

Michael Cunningham's The Hours is a book that I really liked when I read years ago. I bought a used copy of it last year, but I have not reread it. I remember the beautiful prose, the wonderful mimickery of Woolf's writing style and Cunningham's own distinct prose. Specimen Days uses Walt Whitman instead of Virgina Woolf as a common thread in its three stories of the past, present, and future. This a unique novel,…

This my second time I'm making a recipe from JoyofBaking, and I'll make another recipe from the site today. I think it's consistently delivered good results. This loaf is really good. The lemon glaze and the zest give the loaf its quality result. The hand mixer is in storage so I used my arms. That was not good overall. I also think you could use less butter than called for in the recipe. As usual,…

F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel. It has been awhile since I read The Great Gatsby, but I remember liking it especially since I studied it in school. This novel had some fun prose and interesting writing. Not the most riveting, but not the most boring thing I've read in awhile either. The novel started with that particular romanticism that captured the pre-World War I era, and while the war itself is not elaborated on, the…

I am a part of the Notable Books Challenge. There is no book limit, and this post serves more as a reference for myself of books to check out if I am out of and in pursuit of more reading material (unlikely but still possible) in 2008. It includes books from the New York Times Most Noteable Books 2007 and the Publisher's Weekly Best Books 2007. The Gathering and Shortcomings are definitely going to be…

This cake is gooey, cinnamony, and chocolately. It could be eaten as a coffee cake for tea or snacks, but it could be a small birthday party cake as well. For people like my Dad who do not like chocolate, raisins could probably be used instead. It's a little bit of work to separate the eggs and layer the cake, but I think it's well worth it. (more…)

After a couple of boring P&P modern retellings and Mr. Darcy perspective books, I learned to be conservative with published Jane Austen "interpretations". Not all of them are bad, but not all of them are good either. This was on the Express Collection shelf at the library, and I didn't have much to lose as it looked short. Also, a blurb on the back says Austenblog approved of this book. Those snarky Austenites definitely have…

This British crime film was probably one of the reasons the producers of the Bond films hired Daniel Craig as James Bond. A thinner Craig (before he gained all that 007 muscle) shows his acting prowess as a conflicted drug dealer amidst all the motley layers of the British crime world. It goes without saying that DG is attractive in this as he is ever, but part of his appeal is that his sexiness seems…