Archive for February, 2010

Let’s make 2010 a better place – with FREE KOREAN MOVIES!!

This post is long overdue – two and a half months overdue, in fact, but I’m making it up to you all by posting it now.

The nitty-gritty:

Yang Ik-June’s movie, BREATHLESS, screens TONIGHT, 7pm at Tribeca Cinemas FOR FREE.


Note: This evenings screening will be subtitled – I just couldn’t find a good clip with subtitles on Youtube.  But from what you can see, the protagonist is a violent thug with a broken heart.  For more, go see the movie tonight.  Or wait for my review.  But it’s probably a better idea to go see the movie for yourself.  The review may take me a while.

The skinny:

Director, producer, writer, and star, Yang Ik-June will be on hand tonight at the screening.

Even skinnier:

Yes, this is the BREATHLESS movie that Yang mortgaged his house to make.

The anorexic:

The Korean Cultural Service is determined to make the world a better place this year by screening free Korean movies every other Tuesday this year, from January  12, 2010, to December 14, 2010.

All screenings will be free and all screenings will take place at the Tribeca Cinemas down on Canal and Varick (54 Varick, to be precise)

Already we’ve missed the dry and wry humor of DAYTIME DRINKING

And the raw, emotional, family trauma, MEMBERS OF THE FUNERAL

But we will not miss the fists+fury of BREATHLESS!

There will be more movies and more (in depth) updates on what’s to come, but for now, bring your own soju and leave your heartache at the door.  If BREATHLESS doesn’t leave you feeling raw and emotionally scarred, I don’t know what will.

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Our Week of Snow

We spent a good part of our February break up in Vermont for some snowboarding fun at Killington.  This was both amusing and deeply problematic; amusing because I discovered that I don’t loathe snowboarding as much as I thought I did, problematic because not since my childhood days in Boston have I been treated so rudely by a throng of white people.

I managed by alternately cursing people out in my best Boston accent (i.e. “Shut-up, retahhd!”) and pretending that I didn’t speak any English.  And then telling them to “Shut-up, retahhds!”

After a few incidents like that, we were good.

We did lots of this:

Some of this:

We watched the Olympics at night (yay, Torah!) and when it was time to go,

we were very sad.

A mighty, mighty, shout to the chicks and fellas at Aspen East/Surf the Earth Ski+Snowboard shop who helped me out with my rental and outfitted me with a nifty Salomon ride.  Not sure what model it is but it had these sick cut-away rails – or rails that reminded me of the cut-away rails on my sister’s longboard – that I really liked.  They didn’t make the board as responsive as I thought they would, but it was defnitely a faster, smoother snowboard than the Burton cardboard I rented in the past.  I should mention that it was responsive enough for me to try a little regular footing – and with success (!) on the bunny hill – which I wouldn’t dream of trying on a generic Burton rental.

I’m not sure that we’ll go aallllll the way to Vermont for our next outing in the snow, but I’ll miss tearing down the mountain with my kid, and the guys and gals at the ski shop.  They were the nicest white people we spoke to all week.

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New Year, New Egg: Scrambled

It has been a while – but I always say this, and it’s always true.

It’s been a while.

One thing that suits me best about this time of year is the Western New Year and the Lunar New Year coming in back-to-back.  So if things don’t work out December  31/January 1, (which they rarely do) not to worry, I’ve always got late January/early February  to try again.

This year, the Lunar New Year falls on Valentine’s Day, pretty late for the lunar calendar, but right on time for me.  2010 kicked off with mayhem, mayhem galore and I’ve welcomed the extra time to recover and get back on my feet.

We’ve got a lot to look forward to in my little home for this week and next: A huge blizzard that’s promising to shut down the city – and the schools; New Year’s parties and feasts; Valentine’s Day candy; and winter break in Vermont where I get to take my kid up the mountain for a week of snowboarding.

So, without further ado, the egg is back!  Not as hard boiled as in the past, but certainly not rotten, and not yet fried, but definitely salted.  Salted and preserved.

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