Friday, March 04, 2005

Movie: The Forgotten

I just watched the movie The Forgotten starring Julian Moore. Mildly entertaining, a bit predictable, over all okay. The acting was good enough and the plot was semi-interesting, but it lacked something. I'm not sure what that something is, but I know that its not there. The movie is about a woman named Telly (everytime I heard her name I thought of the sesame street character named Telly) who has memories of her son named Sam. The twist (one of several... )everyone around her doesn't seem to remember him and thinks she is crazy. She enlists the help of a fellow parent; Ash, who has forgotten his child but soon starts to remember (the connection between the two, her son and his daughter were friends) thus begins their adventure to find out the truth. Long story short.... (don't read if you don't want to find out the "big twist"... really not much of a twist!) aliens have been conducting experiments on earth, possibly since the beginning of time and part of our government (the NSA and FBI) and a few select random people have known and helped to keep human kind safe. This particular experiment: they abducted several children going on an airplane to summer camp (Telly's son and Ash's daughter being one of the children on board), had the plan dissappear thus making everyone assum its crashed and starts to erase the parents memories and everyone who ever knew about them or were related to them just to see how the human memory and the bond between children and their parents work. Only thing is Telly was the only one that kept holding on to her memories of her son. Not much of a twist, half way through the movie I had it pretty much figured out. The only really good thing about the movie was the plot line of the deep connection between a mother and her child... hence the reason why Telly (a mother) simply could not be made to forget her son by aliens. I think the movie had a lot of potential but the alien twist was not done well and should have been cut out. I think a better writer could have come up with something better than aliens. I think the aliens did it plot is a bit worn out. SO, if you have some time and nothing better is available to rent you could do worse than The Forgotten.

Thought for the day

Do you ever wish you could just sleep for days and days? Some days I long to just lie in bed and sleep for days, maybe even weeks. My dreams can be so realistic it seems like a tragedy when I have to wake up. Its almost as if waking up is the dream and the dream was the reality.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Thought for the Day

Isn't it amazing how you wake up one day and you have a husband and two kids? Sometimes I find myself wanting to yell, "This isn't how it was suppose to be!". But isn't that what life is all about? Life never turns out how you think it will. Maybe it turns out better or worse, but never exactly how you thought. We can spend our lives fighting it or going along with the ride; hands up and screaming for joy all the way down.
I may not be that famous opera singer or broadway star that I so longed to be; but when my baby girl smiles at just the sight of me or my son is sick and can only be comforted by my embrace, I know that there is something bigger happening now. I know that I will be remembered for many years to come. My legacey won't be an oscar or a tony award. It will be the positive imprint of life that I have left through my children and then through their children and so on.

red queen book

Obviously its been a while since I last posted and I have finished the book (actually I finished it quite some time ago). So here are my thoughts....
The second half of the book was completely pointless and unnecessary. The second half followed a British professor that is mysteriously sent the book (the book implies that the dead queen has sent it to her from beyond the grave to get this professor to help tell her story), and how the book effects her. The only bad thing here is that the author does not really illustrate very well how the book effects her. It just goes on about the trip to Korea that the professor takes (not because of the book, she has a conference to attend) and what happens to her there (she tours a couple of places that where mentioned in the book, she meets a man and has an affair with him, he dies, ect.) and then it bizarrely ends with her meeting her dead lovers wife and they both adopt a baby from China together. WHAT? I have no idea how this connects to the first half and why the author put this in. It was almost as if the author needed to fill up pages so the book would be longer so she just stuck in this last half.
If the first half (which I raved about) sounds interesting to you I suggest you just go online and try to find the actual memoirs and read them instead of this. The only good thing that came from me reading this book was getting me interested in Korean history and wanting to read the actual memoirs of this Korean "Queen".

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Book: "The Red Queen"

I am currently reading "The Red Queen" by Margret Drabble. I am highly enjoying this book so far. It is written in two parts. Part One, is the story of the 'red queen' as told by her. This story is based on the memoirs of the crown princes of Korea during the 1700's. Part Two, is about how the ghost of the queen picks a professor to help tell her true story. (I am currently on part two).
Here is the blip from the book: 200 years after being plucked from obscurity to marry the Crown Prince of Korea, the Red Queen's ghost decides to set the record straight about her extraordinary existence - and Dr Babs Halliwell, with her own complicated past, is the perfect envoy. Why does the Red Queen pick Babs to keep her story alive, and what else does she want from her? A terrific novel set in 18th century Korea and the present day, The Red Queen is a rich and atmospheric novel about love, and what it means to be remembered.
I must say that the first part of the book was captivating. Being of some Korean descent myself it was fascinating to read about some history of Korea. There are some liberties taken by the author as to the feelings of the "queen" and how the story was being told by her ghost. However, It has made me want to do research on the actual memoirs of Princes Hong (her real name)/The Red Queen. I'll keep you posted on the last half of the book and what info I dig up.

Husband's Weblog

Here is a link to my husband's blog,


Today is a frosty, snowy day.